Hartke HD25 Combo Bass Amplifier

94 out of 100. Incorporating 350+ ratings and reviews.

The HD25 is a compact and portable bass amp from Hartke, a company known for affordability.

The HD25 is slightly louder than the its smaller sibling, the HD15. It also has an 8” speaker as opposed to the HD15’s 6.5” speaker.

So, you’d be right for asking: “Is it worth it to pay a bit more for the HD25?”. The answer to that question really depends on what it is you’re looking for.

The volume difference between the HD15 and HD25 is negligible, though there is a significant difference in headroom (how loud you can turn up your amplifier before it distorts).

Wattage does not equal volume, and even though the wattage of the HD25 is significantly higher than the HD15 the HD25 is going to be less than 25% louder.


  • 25-Watts
  • 8” Speaker
  • Controls: Volume, Bass, Mid, Mid
  • AUX-In and Headphone-Out
  • Weight: 28 lbs.


Its good balance of sound quality and portability continues to keep this amp rated highly in the market. Some even describe the sound as being close to a premium amp, but at more bedroom friendly volume levels. Many also notice that build quality is really good, with some even trying hard to spot inconsistencies only to be impressed by how good the overall build is.


There are a few who wish for extra features like the ability to do direct recording, but for the price that maybe asking too much. Also it’s not loud enough to keep up with a band, but it can be done in smaller settings where everyone dials down their volume.


If you’re looking for a straightforward bass amp with good sound quality that you can use for small jams and practice, then check this one out.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Combo Bass Amps.

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