Mesa/Boogie Subway D-800 Lightweight 800-watt Bass Head

800W Bass Amplifier Head with Class D Power, Voicing Knob, Balanced XLR Out, 5.5 lbs., and Gig Bag
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Mesa Tone on the Go

The Mesa Engineering Subway D-800 bass amplifier head is a high-powered, lightweight option for bass players who need quality tone that's easy to transport. The power section offers 800 watts to push any cabinet you choose, and the Class D design keeps the weight down to only 5.5 lbs. With its active 4-band EQ, voicing control, and deep switch, the D-800 more than makes up for its diminutive size with huge tone-shaping possibilities. Getting to the gig with great tone has never been easier than with the Subway D-800.

Easy to transport and protect

Sweetwater bassists know how difficult it can be to lug a full bass rig to the show. At only 5.5 lbs., the Mesa Subway D-800 takes the problems of bulky and heavy bass amplifier rigs out of the equation, allowing you to focus on your performance and tone. The Subway D-800 is built small enough to fit in the pocket of some bass guitar gig bags. And it comes with its very own gig bag, giving you protection that's custom built for the Subway D-800. This ultra-lightweight bass amplifier is the gigging bassist's best friend.

Plenty of juice for any rig or gig

The power section of the Mesa Subway D-800 bass amplifier can push 800 watts, ensuring you have enough juice for any gig out there. Whether it's driving a 1 x 12" cabinet for a smaller jazz combo or pushing an 8 x 10" cab for a huge sound across a large stage, the D-800 can cover it without breaking a sweat. And all of that horsepower comes in the form of an exceptionally lightweight Class D power section.

Total tonal control

Mesa Engineering has a long legacy of iconic bass amplifiers. The Subway D-800 joins the lineage of such amps as their Carbine and Big Block series, propelling the low end in just about every genre. The 4-band EQ is complemented by the D-800's variable voicing control, letting you preset your EQ curve anywhere from flat to a vintage-scoop. And you have plenty of setup options with a pre/post EQ and mic/line level on the balanced XLR output. The Subway D-800 makes dialing in your bass tone quick and easy.

Mesa Engineering Subway D-800 Bass Amplifier Head Features:

  • High-powered, lightweight bass amplifier head
  • Only 5.5 lbs.
  • 800 watts of Class D power
  • Powerful voicing control, EQ, and deep switch
  • Controls to optimize the XLR out
  • Silent practicing with the headphone out
  • Gig bag included
  • Note: Mesa/Boogie products sold by Sweetwater are intended for use within the United States. We are unable to ship any Mesa/Boogie products outside of the US.

Additional Media

Bass Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Mesa Unveils 5.5-pound, 800-watt Bass Amp

Tech Specs

Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 800W @ 4 ohms, 400W @ 8 ohms
EQ Active 4-band EQ
Inputs 1 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/4" (aux)
Outputs 2 x speakON, 1 x XLR (DI), 1 x 1/4" (headphone)
Height 3.04"
Width 10.59"
Depth 11.12"
Weight 5.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 6.D800

Customer Reviews

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I use this baby sized Bass Head with a Messa Boogie 2 x 15 Cab.... Just AMAZING power, sound, low end to die for!!!! If you need a pro Bass head that is so small and compact then look no further!

Thunder in a small package!!

I've had this little guy for two months now, I've practiced with it numerous times and gigged out twice and I must say I could not be happier. Paired with a Mesa Powerhouse 2x10 and a Mesa Subway 15 and I can pull the paint off any wall. Power is unparrelled, but the real joy comes from the tone. Deep, rich notes come out clear as a bell. Great low ends and wonderful mids are easy to dial up on this no frills, 5 1/2 pound box of dynamite. For now on, every thing I plug into will be Mesa. Buy it, you won't regret it. Sweetwater's Rob Pelance is great to work with also.

Great amp

I purchased this amp and the Subway 12" cabinet and I couldn't be more pleased. This rig has got tons of tone and punch. The added bonus is that it is lightweight and easy to transport. I believe that this is the future for gigging bass players.
Music background: 45 years experience...still gigging

Huge mesa Tone!

I play both guitar and bass, and just recently took on bass fulltime with another project so I needed something light, reliable and toneful. I previously owned a mesa bass 400+ all tube head (which was amazing) so when it came time to looking into another setup, I naturally considered mesa boogie. I was considering the bass prodigy but honestly didn't want to drop that kind of cash again. And then I seen they were coming out with this; 5.5 pounds, 800 watts class d for 699.00 out the door. So, I placed my order with sweetwater and patiently waited. Sweetwater immediately sent mine out within their first shipments. Service is always fantastic, never had any problems and Jim Watson always on top of my order! Impressions of the amp--- I play a ibanez K5 and it sounds fantastic. Literally within 5 minutes I had a tone I loved. I don't think there is a bad setting in the amp. Whatever style you play,, I mainly use a pick, with occasional finger style and I honestly love it better than my bass 400 + I had a few years back. Huge bottom end, and if you engage the deep it's actually to much imo. I keep it off. I play through an avatar b410 cab with eminence delta light neos (4ohm) and it just cranks man. No fartiness on the low B, I'm also using a Pigtronix bass compressor as well which also helps with alot of that I'm sure, but the amp itself throws the low B fine. I don't eq my sound like fieldy at all, in fact I hate his tone,, but instead I dial in mids with the guitar (apparently he dials em out) so I go for a nice throaty, punchy, with slight grit on top rock tone. And the d800 delivers. No issues so far, and with mesa usa handbuilt reliability, I'm sure it won't disappoint me. The most I've ever had issues with mesa would be a power tube here and there, which is perfectly normal with all tube amps. I highly recommend this amp, especially if you don't want to break your back with an svt but still want the tone to be huge. Also, the headphone jack is a great feature too, perfect for silent rehearsal. I have a 16 month old baby, and I can't always be blaring the amp so it helps alot!

Another MESA bass winner!

I am an M6 Carbine guy, that is MY tone. The Subway sounds very much like the M6, a bit more "grind" to it than the M6, but it is easy to dial that out, you can get any tone you want out of this from grind, to clean, to fat, to vintage mids, etc...its all there. I basically turned on the DEEP, set the VOICE to where I needed it, then bumped up the low mids a bit, kept the rest flat...and there it is, MY tone! I love my M6 and it will remain as my main amp in my live rig, but the Subway D-800 leaves me wanting for nothing, its like the M6's little brother. Small, light, loud as loud (all MESA amps are underrated, my M6 has to be pushing 900 watts, I bet the Subway is doing at least that also) and built solid, plus its a MESA, 6 stars on this, my guess is it wont be long before it dominates the class D marketspace...its priced right, sized right, and again, its a MESA!!!! Nod to Frank G, my Sweetwater rep, I am not the easiest customer, and he took the time, didn't try to sell me and made it work for me. 6 stars for him too!!
Music background: Gigging Bassist

Sweetwater Advice

Subway D-800 Bass Head

The D-800's voicing control wields the most power for shaping tones. There's a wealth of genre-specific sounds living within either side of its range, spanning from mid-heavy rock grind and jazz warmth on the flat side, to scooped and springy funk-friendly slap tones towards its boosted range. Keeping the EQ knobs pointed straight up, I easily dialed in great tones befitting the aforementioned styles with the voicing control alone. ...
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