PA50 – Compact Power Amp

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$899.00

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Production Update 6.29.21 — We now have these in-stock! Here are the colors built and ready: Seafoam Green, Flat White, Red Sparkle, Dark Red Sparkle, Anodized Black, Dark Blue Sparkle. Other colors will be ~2 weeks lead-time.

Overview

Finally, the perfect power amp to compliment your Ceres, or any other preamp! Our goal for this product was to put the excellent power section found in our amp heads into the smallest package possible. Weighing in at only 12.8 lbs (5.8 KG), it packs a huge punch in a compact, portable unit.

With the myriad of tone shaping controls the PA50 will be right at home with any preamp, distortion pedal, or modeling unit. The HiFi / Guitar switch is the secret weapon for running your modeler, or if your preamp is particularly dark. The extensive set of NFB (negative feedback) controls allow for near limitless tone sculpting options, garnering both the best modern and vintage tones.

The PA50 includes our first-ever built-in bias monitoring circuit, as well as individual adjustments for each power tube. This allows for the use of slightly mis-matched tubes, as well as purposeful mis-matching to generate different harmonic content.

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Specifications

Controls: Top (presence), Bottom (resonance/depth), NFB (negative feedback), Master Volume

Switches: HiFi / Guitar source select, Power, Standby

Bias: Individual tube bias monitor and adjustment, all via the front panel.
LEDs from top-bottom: Good, High, Low, Fault. It’s normal for the LEDs to blink and flash as you play, especially at loud volumes the effect is more pronounced.

Internal LED lighting color selectable via internal jumpers: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Cyan, White, or Off

Voltage Input: 115/230V, 50/60 Hz
Power Output: 50W RMS
Power Tubes: 6L6GC, EL34, or KT77
Preamp Tube: 12AX7 phase inverter

Dimensions: 5.75″ wide, 5.125″ tall, 10.625″ deep (not including feet or knobs/switches)
Weight: 12.8 lbs (5.8 KG)

Controls: Top (presence), Bottom (resonance/depth), NFB (negative feedback), Master Volume

Switches: HiFi / Guitar source select, Hi / Low NFB range, Power, Standby

Bias: Individual tube bias monitor and adjustment, all via the front panel.
LEDs from top-bottom: Good, High, Low, Fault. It’s normal for the LEDs to blink and flash as you play, especially at loud volumes the effect is more pronounced.

Internal LED lighting color selectable via internal jumpers: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Cyan, White, or Off

Voltage Input: 115/230V, 50/60 Hz
Power Output: 50W RMS
Power Tubes: 6L6GC, EL34, or KT77
Preamp Tube: 12AX7 phase inverter

Dimensions: 5.75″ wide, 5.125″ tall, 10.625″ deep (not including feet or knobs/switches)
Weight: 12.8 lbs (5.8 KG)

Additional information

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 10 × 10 in

2 reviews for PA50 – Compact Power Amp

  1. Steven McLean (verified owner)

    Well, the KSR team done did it. And to no surprise.
    The PA50 is the perfect companion to the Ceres preamp, any other preamp or modeler. This power amp is well thought out and useful in several applications. I bought mine with the intention of using it with my band, in tandem with the Ceres preamp, so that I could leave my conventional amp heads at home. Weighing less than 13 pounds, it suits my needs to have all the power that I need, with a small footprint and lightweight design.
    The Hi-Fi switch is cool for use if you wanted to power a turntable for mono sound or even have two for stereo. I don’t currently own a modeler, but I can only imagine that the PA50 would offer all of the flexibility that one would need to get the most out of your favorite modeler. It can also be useful with darker sounding preamps.
    One can use this power amp as one may use an FX loop return on your other amps, but it offers so much more with the negative feedback control and an incredibly useful master volume. If you’re a bedroom player with PITA neighbors, this power amp can be used at super quiet volumes. Or if you’re playing a gig, it can be an integral part of your gig rig.
    One of my favorite features of the PA50 is the tube bias monitoring system and bias adjustment. One doesn’t even need a multimeter or basic understanding of electrical theory to bias your choice of tubes. Just set the dip switches to the appropriate position for EL34/KT77/6CA7 or 6L6 bias range, let your tubes warm up, and adjust the bias until it’s in the good (green) bias setting for that tube. It’s never been that simple. Leave it to Kyle Rhodes to design something with incredible features and make it serviceable by the average user. Another quality KSR product. As if you would expect anything less at this point.

    Thanks to Kyle, Mandi, Corey, Quinn and anyone else who helps make these products reality.

  2. Jason Anthony (verified owner)

    This thing…….man. It’s everything I thought it was going to be and more. It can be quiet enough to play in my bedroom, but it can also do blow my ears out brutal. It’s size is amazing. The purple finish I got is amazing. It’s not noisy at all. The NFB, the top and bottom and the guitar/hifi switch are all game changers to me. It sounds awesome and it FEELS awesome. Thanks to the KSR team and how well it was packaged up was totally appreciated.

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