Mesa’s first lightweight, professionally powered class D bass amp
Built in California, the D-800 weighs in at 2.5kg (5.5 lbs). The designers set out to produce a portable amp that everybody, from beginners upwards, can enjoy, and in that, it looks as though they have succeeded. In terms of features, there’s a single input for your bass, followed by toggle switches for mute, active/ passive and Mesa’s ‘deep’ function. The remaining controls cater for input gain, variable voicing, 4-band active EQ and master volume. There’s also a balanced XLR DI, line/mic and ground lift, headphone output and aux input, with the relevant sockets positioned at the back, alongside two Speakon outputs. The 1x15 and 1x12 cabinets look compact and solidly built too, with Italian poplar used for the cabs and tough metal grilles protecting the custom neodymium speakers.
I bought the D-800 rather than the more complicated looking D-800+.
Easy to dial in a great sound, with plenty of headroom. No unnecessary features. Through my Barefaced cabs, with Fender and Musicman 5 strings it sounds righteous.