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250W Head with a 400W Cab

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

  1. Shadowbass23

    Shadowbass23

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    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. Downunderwonder

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    It's a good match, use your ears.
  3. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

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    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

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    And I developed an allergy to corn :meh:
  5. Downunderwonder

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    It's fine, use your ears. Amp clipping sounds like arse. More likely you will fart the cab before it clips at 180w.
  6. spaz21387

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    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.

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