Mesa Boogie Subway WD-800 Head Tube Preamp, Class D Power Amp
In direct response to player feedback and the longstanding demand for a more powerful version of the WalkAbout Bass Head, Mesa is proud to unveil the latest in the Subway Bass Amp Line, the WD-800 Head. This Head combines the warm, soulful sounding magic of the WalkAbout tube preamp section with the musical Class D Output Power used in our Subway Line (D-800 and D-800+), to create the ultimate lightweight hybrid.
As in the original, the inspiring round, fat WalkAbout Tone is joined by comprehensive rotary shelving Tone controls and a semi-parametric EQ, giving you total shaping authority in the preamp. The new WD800 also features the Subway D800 Plus’s highly effective HIGH PASS FILTER and a new POWER AMP DAMPING control, which allow tuning of the sub-low frequencies and power response options respectively. The POWER DAMPING choices enable you to tailor the tracking and feel of the power amp. The LOW setting produces a looser, more relaxed and blooming character reminiscent of Tube power. HIGH tightens the low end, adding punch and accuracy in tracking, while MEDIUM provides a blend of these opposite ends of the power response spectrum.
The WD-800 can perform as a stand-alone Head or be mounted in 2 Spaces within standard 19” Racks by attaching the optional Rack Ears (not included). Whether you’re looking for a lightweight new main rig to replace your heavy linear amp with a bigger, wider sound and more complex harmonic content than the lightweight options you’ve tried, or just a compact, portable head for everyday gigging and recording that will fill the room with luscious Tone, the new WD-800 covers bases with power and versatility to spare. Not exactly a WalkAbout or a Subway, but rather everything great about both combined in a super-responsive compact, lightweight, big-power platform, just as you ordered!
Amp Type: Tube Preamp & Class D Power Amp
Chassis Material: Aluminum
Preamp Tubes: 1x Mesa 12AT7
Power Amp Power Devices: Class D Power Amp
Wattage(s): Quick Reference 800 Watts @ 4 or 2 Ohms / 400 Watts @ 8 Ohms
Power Amp Details: Light-Weight, Compact Class D Power Amp with Variable Damping Control, Protection, Limit & 2-Ohm Load LED Indicators
Convection or Fan Cooling: Fan Cooled
Instrument Input Options: 1x 1/4" with Active/Passive Switch
Preamp Details: 2-Stage Class-A Preamp featuring Input Gain with Clip Indicator (O/D LED), Variable High-Pass Filter (25Hz-125Hz), Fully Active 5-Band EQ (+/- 12dB) featuring Bass, Treble and a selectable/bypassable 3-Band Semi-Parametric EQ Sweepable from 80Hz-1KHz, 150Hz-2.5KHz & 300Hz-5KHz respectively, Passive Mid Control & Master Volume
Effects Loop: Fully Buffered Series FX Loop
Solo Level Control: n/a
Direct Line Output: (DI) Balanced XLR Out with Pre/Post, Line/Mic & Ground Lift Switches
Tuner Output / Mute Tuner Output: (back panel) with Play/Mute Switch (front panel) and External Mute Switching Jack (back panel)
External Switching Jack Options: External Switching Jack for Parametric EQ & Mute (Footswitch Sold Separately)
Speaker Outputs: 2 - Speakon Output Jacks (no 1/4" speaker jacks) - 8, 4 or 2 Ohms
Headphone Output: Yes
Slave Output: n/a
Weight: 7 lbs