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TC Electronic RH450 Bass Guitar Amplifier Head

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The TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amplifier Head is here to give bassists a voice.
From the moment you experience its sounds, the raw power, and its many amazing features you realize why they refer to this system as Bass Amp 2.0. The bass team at TC Electronic has delivered what you as a bass player have always wanted: an amp system without compromise. With decades of cutting edge amp design and signal processing development, no other company could bring you this much power, flexibility and tone within a bass amp system. Purchase the optional RC4 foot controller for ultimate control of the RH450. Click Here.

At TC Electronic, bass gear is developed for bass players by bass players. We have accumulated years and years of live and recording experience; hard-earned experience we've harvested out there on the road and in studios. After countless hours of playing, tweaking, listening and living bass, we truly understand your needs and desires when it comes to gigs, rehearsals and studio work. We’re proud to bring you RH450; the bass innovation that will define Bass Amp 2.0.

TC Electronic RH450 Features

  • 450 Watt high power Class D Amplification
  • Rehearsal inputs, play along to an external sound source
  • Integrated Tuner, push the Mute button to get a full-resolution tuner
  • On board User Memories presets for players with multiple basses
  • Flexible Tone Control plenty of tweaking options to nail the perfect tone
  • TubeTone emulates all characteristics to deliver the full tube sound
  • Spectra Comp evens out the compression across all strings
  • World Ready power supply
  • Digital Recording output
  • Integrated DI box
  • Compact and Portable
  • Active Power Management
  • Optional RC4 Foot Controller Available. Click Here.
Rebel with a cause
Accommodating apparent needs that we all have, RH450’s impressive feature set is bound to make you go Why didn’t someone think of this before?
TC calls it Bass Amp 2.0

Vertical Line Stacking with RS210 and RS212 Cabs!
TC Electronic RS Cabinet Horizon If you use a traditional 4x10 cab, you're always faced with the same problem when playing live: place the 4x10 on the floor and you get great bottom end but no pitch recognition. Put the 4x10 on a stand and you get the opposite, great pitch but no low end. The solution is to use RS210’s convenient vertical 4-driver stacking system that gives you the best of both worlds, great sound and pitch, and in a system that’s light and portable enough for you to carry from gig to gig. Easily stack any combination of RS210 (2x10 inch) or RS212 (2x12 inch) cabinets making your on-stage placement of cabinets a breeze. TC ELectronic Cabinet Vertical

Rehearsal inputs
Playing any instrument on its own can be a little dull, but everyone needs time to practice, which is why RH450 has rehearsal inputs. This rear panel-mounted feature allows you to plug in your iPod, phone, computer or MP3 player via the supplied mini-jack to RCA cable adapter for easy practicing and playing along with recorded music. The headphone amp is a high quality model taken straight from TC Electronic’s Studio Konnekt 48 and includes a speaker filter on the bass signal.

Integrated Tuner
Every bass player needs a tuner, but virtually no other amp offers anything other than a tuner out feature until now. Simply push the Mute button to get a full-resolution tuner light ring to help you tune your instrument quickly and accurately. You can also use the RC4 for easy remote access to this functionality.

Onboard User Memories
You might not use presets, but only because you’ve never had the chance! Anyone who’s used different basses on stage knows that a few user memories on your amp would be welcome. With RH450 you can easily switch between your 4- and 5-string basses, or your Rickenbacker and Fender Jazz. Just plug in the bass and use the car radio style Store & Recall controls to easily switch between presets for your chosen model. There are three bass user memories, remote control access and visual indicators for Mute and the Tuner.

Flexible Tone Control
Straightforward controls like you know them from traditional amps. Voiced to give you plenty of tweaking options to nail the perfect tone. Chances are that this is all you’re ever going to need. However, if you’re not fully satisfied with the default frequency areas, fear not - we’ve given you the option to change the focus of each of the tone controls.

The nerdy term for this feature is semi-parametric bands, but let’s just refer to it as hidden parameters or the magnifying glass. It allows you to pinpoint a frequency you either want to remove or boost for each tone control and then store the settings.

Most transistor designs have tried to replicate the tube sound using one small pre-amp tube, but they generally fail as they don’t take into account the crucial characteristics of the full pre-amp and power amp sections, both of which are essential to the sound. TubeTone emulates all characteristics to deliver the full tube sound.

Spectra Comp
Most bass players know that integrated compressors generally don’t sound that good. A regular compressor tends to be dominated by the lower string, but RH450’s SpectraComp technology allows virtually per string multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all strings.

World Ready Power Supply
The ultimate in convenience for the traveling musician. The built-in power supply operates from 90 to 240 Volts, making life a lot easier for anyone on the road as there’s no complicated fuse changing; just plug and play!

Digital Recording Output
The AES/EBU connector means you can record straight into your DAW, such as Pro Tools or Logic. For maximum flexibility it’s also S/PDIF compatible and switchable from pre to post in the pre-amp section.

Integrated DI box
Quality can vary wildly with built-in DIs, but RH450’s DI is transformer balanced and galvanically isolated from the rest of the amp, which means no ground loops or hum. And don’t worry about long cable runs. RH450 will draw at least 100 meters of cable with zero drop in audio quality.

Even though the integrated DI in RH450 does not need 48v phantom to operate, it does not get harmed either if your sound engineer accidently leaves it on.

The versatility of RH450 wouldn’t really make sense if it came in an oversized, bulky box. Its stylish design with the smooth grab’n’go handle just spells out portability. It sets your creativity free and screams for you to bring it along wherever your bass talent takes you. Bring your own sound for whatever show or studio session you’re involved in or jam out on the tour bus, at the hotel room, at home - and hey, it works for rehearsals too.

Power Handling
The 450-Watt high power output level of RH450 is accomplished by using Class D amplifier technology in combination with TC Electronic’s Active Power Management. APM effectively means that the amp behaves very much like a tube amp when getting close to maximum performance by optimizing the power impact, contrary to the hard-clipping tendencies of transistor amps and most other Class D amps.

TC Electronic RD4 Remote ControlOptional RC4 Remote Control
The optional RC4 footswitch provides a tuner indicator, a mute switch, and three preset foot switches to recall the amp's three user memories. Click Here to Order!

Product Specifications
TC Electronic RH450 Specifications
  • Input Section:
    • Input connector: 1/4-inch jack
    • Input impedance: 1 Mohm / 100 pF
    • Gain range: -96 to 32dB
  • Tone Control:
    • Bass: Center Freq: 280Hz (range: 71-1120Hz, Gain: +15/-24dB)
    • Low Mid: Center Freq: 400Hz (range: 100-1600Hz, Gain: +15/-24dB)
    • High Mid: Center Freq: 800Hz (range: 200-3150Hz, Gain: +15/-24dB)
    • Treble: Center Freq: 1600Hz (range: 400-6300Hz, Gain: +12/-24dB)
  • Tube Tone: 0 to12, Tube amp Recreation
  • Spectra Comp: 3 band Spectral Compression
  • Preset Level: -12 dB to 0 gain attenuation
  • User Memories: 3 memory locations storing all front panel controls except Mute & Master Level
  • Tuner: Chromatic
  • Tuning range: Constant on A0 (27.50Hz) to E5 (659.26Hz)
  • Mute: Mutes speaker out, Phones out and Balanced out
  • Master Level Headphone Output:
    • Studio quality headphone amp
    • Impedance: 40 to 600 Ohm
  • Mains supply: Universal 100 - 240V 50/60Hz (80w AT 1/8 Power)
  • Speaker out: Combined Speakon / 1/4 inch jack
  • Power rating: 450 Watts (800w Peak)
  • Balanced output:
    • Transformer Balanced XLR, Pre/Post Pre-amp
    • Maximum Output: +0dBu
    • Optimal Load Impedance: 600 Ohm
  • Preamp out: 1/4-inch Jack, Balanced Output, Max Output Level = +8dBu
  • Power amp in: 1/4-inch Jack, balanced input, impedance = 10 kOhm, Max Input Level = +8dBu
  • Rehearsal input: RCA, Left/Right input, fits to iPod
  • Digital Recording out: Balanced XLR, AES/EBU, (24-bit)
  • Remote connection: 5 pin DIN, Cable with shield
  • Dimensions: 10.8 x 11.4 x 2.6 inches (275 x 290 x 66 mm)
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs (4kg)
  • Finish: Sandblasted die-cast aluminum

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  702-800-8290 Warranty:  1 Year Parts and Labor
Charlemagne Submitted: 8/17/2017
Product Rating
This amp is a doozy, truly one of a kind.
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
the RH450 is a wonderful amp, that does not keep you wondering! The control knobs are easy to read, and very straight to the point. I have been using this amp on gigs and practicing at home now, for almost a month and so far is am well pleased. This amp has a crisp and warm, response to my bass (Sire 5 string). This amp can really rock with you. I like the Spectracomp compressor and the Tubetone features, very musical. If you crank the Tubetone knob all the way up, you can pretty outrageous sounds. I wish there was a way to play music thru the headphones but have an option to have the bass sound thru your cabs or the headphones itself. All in all, this amp has been a wonderful investment.
Doug Submitted: 6/28/2015
Product Rating
Great sound. Knobs fell off
What is your opinion of this product?
Knobs fell off. AMS replaced it
Eddie V Submitted: 1/3/2014
Product Rating
I love this amp
What is your opinion of this product?
This amp is very well made with features that make practice and gigging easier.
The product seems very sturdy and with the handle built into the frame easy to carry and hard to drop. All of the pots are firm and none of the jacks or pots are scratchy.
My favorite features are the mute, always on tuner, and the 3 easy to use presets.
The sound quality is good. It makes my speakers come alive and also sends a clean DI signal to the board. I pair it with one or two SWR 1x12 golights, and I always have the power that I need. I also use it with and Avatar 2x12 and it thunders with no sweat. I also use a GK 700RBII with the Avatar and they both sound great. The TC is just easier to put in a bag over my shoulder and take to a gig or practice, while the GK is heavier and has to go in a rack case.
The controls make sense and the pots turn smoothly yet firmly. The amp is not heavy yet still feels solid.
I purchased a demo head so I got a great a value, but this head is still a great value if bought at the new price.
C Gray from Oklahoma Submitted: 9/9/2013
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
After trying several others in this price range this blew me away.
Well designed and well executed with quality materials.
Everything works, no gimmicks.
Multiband compressor works very well. Gets an astounding modern tone.
Straightforward and easy to use. Get the foot switch, it's worth it for the tuner alone.
Wonderful modern tones. Tube sim is useful to about 30%. Better sounding than most in that aspect.
Exceptional value. Worth the money.
Tom P from Cape Coral, FL, USA Submitted: 7/17/2013
Product Rating
Really happy so far
What is your opinion of this product?
Overall, I really love this amp. I use it with a RS210 and a Mesa 1x15. It has huge sound in a small package. I've had this for 1 week and played 2 gigs with it. The first gig was the night after it arrived and it was a jazz and soft rock gig in a very small club. I brought it with just the 1x10 cab. I used a vintage Fender Jazz and an Ibanez SR600. I kept the volume between 2 and 3 and it was (almost) too loud. The next gig was an outdoor gig and I got paid extra to supply my amp as the back-line for me and 3 other bands. So 4 different players got a chance at it. I used both the 2x10 and the 1x15. First, every bass player who played it had nothing but good things to say about this amp. All without being prompted. The tone coming out of this was tremendous. It really does bring out the tone of the individual bass being played through it. This thing has so much bottom and clarity that I could keep the volume well blended with the group sound and hear every note and tone that played.
It seems really well made. I can see though, how some other comments about the knobs being fragile are correct. I do worry about hitting one of those knobs and knocking it off. Other than that, I am impressed with how rugged this thing is.
Everything is as expected. I love the SpectraComp multiband compressor. It really helped when I thumb and popped Steely Dan's Peg at a low volume. I also liked the Aux in and headphone option for practice. It's pretty convenient. I am not impressed with Tube Tone. Ok at just a little bit but anything more than 3 or 4 and it just sounds like a overdrive pedal and cheap one at that. On a side note, the keyboard player loved the always-on tuner. We played a song he wasn't familiar with and he watched the tuner to see the notes I was playing. LOL
By far the cleanest sound and a huge tone monster. My last amp was Mesa Boogie MPulse 600. This amp is has just as much bottom and tone. The tone is so clean that I can really hear the difference when I play over the neck vs. near the bridge or on the sweet spot over the pick-ups.
For the most part, yes. The Mem buttons, shift and mute are recessed (which is ok), but dark. I could not see the buttons on the stage. It did come with a footswitch that will help, but I would rather not use that.
By far the best feature of this amp is it's incredible tone. I think this amp would be appropriate for any tone or gig required. I haven't tried my upright on a gig yet, but it sounds incredible here at home. Honestly, for both of my gigs and several different basses the tone has been completely flat and it sounded great. 1 player who used it did increase the bass (too much I thought) and backed off the mids. It sounded really good too. I am not a metal player but I think it would work for that too.
By far this is a great value for the money. I really should wait a couple of years and see how it holds up though.
Armando Faz from San Nicolas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Submitted: 8/20/2012
Product Rating

Just Amazing
Very dependable
All I can say is that is a very loud small amp. And the compressor and the tube simulator makes it a very all-included-just-out-of-the-box amplifier. If you dont do weird stuff like the guy of muse, is just perfect as it is.
Crystal clear tone. I have never heard my bass sound this clear before.
Your general opinion of this product.
Despite the fact that Bass Gear says is only a 230 watts amp, I will have to agreed with TC Electronic and its quasi watts : it does sound like a 450 watts amp and it pumps out power as a 450 watts amp. I have try it on a Goliath-iii and it just sounds unbelievable loud.
As I said before, crystal clear.
Art Narvaez from Marshfield, WI USA, Submitted: 10/15/2011
Product Rating

Love the Sound!
It's made by tc electronic so I think it will be very dependable.
Every feature is well thought out: Tuner Presets Foot Controller with display iPod/MP3 player jack
Very transparent - sounds great with the EQ flat. It allows me to fully utilize the onboard EQ on my EBMM Bongo 5HH and Carvin SB5000. They both sound amazing through this amp. It definitely feels likes it's louder than the 450w rating.
Jeff Castanon from Simi Valley, CA USA Submitted: 10/10/2011
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Could not be happier!
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