250W Head with a 400W Cab

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Shadowbass23, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Shadowbass23


    Sep 2, 2010
    I'm looking into upgrading my rig and I'm a little confused. If I run a 400 watt 8 ohm cabinet with a head that runs 4 ohms at 250 watts and 8 ohms at 180 watts, will anything bad of any sort happen? I've head bad things about under powering and overpowering a cab, so I'm just kinda confused at this point. Any advice would help! :help:

    Here are links to the cab and head:

    Head - http://www.guitarcenter.com/Hartke-HA-Series-HA2500-250-Watt-Bass-Amp-Head-107934473-i2536884.gc

    Cab - http://www.guitarcenter.com/Hartke-...ne-Bass-Speaker-Cabinet-107934440-i2536879.gc
  2. It's a good match, use your ears.
  3. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

    Nope. Your setup is Bassackwards. It's better to have too much amp and not enough Speakers. Here's why. Too little amp requires turning up over 7/10 on the volume knob. This causes Clipping which causes heat which burns up voice coils. Your best bet is too much amp and too much speaker so that 1/2 volume is way more than enough volume. But...I would always prefer too much Amp Vs. Too much speaker.
  4. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

    And I developed an allergy to corn :meh:
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  6. It's fine, use your ears. Amp clipping sounds like arse. More likely you will fart the cab before it clips at 180w.
  7. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    perfectly acceptable. Why not go with the hartke lh500 an get a used cab? I run an lh500 I bought new for 300 shipped from amazon. And a swr pre fender goliath sr 6x10 That I practically stole from guitar center for 400$. My amp puts out 500 watts at 4 ohms and the cab handles 1000 at 4 ohms.