The best Class D mini bass amps

Mesa/Boogie Subway bass amp
(Image credit: Mesa/Boogie)

At the turn of the 21st century, lightweight, high-powered bass amps became the rage when switch-mode power supplies and Class D amp topology were adapted to the demands of the musical-instrument world. Suddenly, bottom dwellers could tuck a concert-capable rig into the pocket of their gigbag.

This repurposed technology from the hi-fi world was not initially designed for bass amplification, and many first-generation mini amps were accused of lacking punch, not delivering the true wattage claimed by the manufacturer, or sounding sterile. But the platform’s convenience was undeniable, and suddenly it seemed every company had a mini amp in their line-up.

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