500w amp with a 200w head..

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by EstusFlask, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. EstusFlask


    Feb 17, 2014
    Edit: meant 500w cab.
    I'm thinking of getting an Eden D210XST 8ohm...it is rated for 500w, but I only intend to play at home standing 5-10ft from the cab. Am I going to have any issues if I buy a head that can't do 500w (such as the GK MB200). If that won't work, I was looking at the Ampeg PF-500...but that's still 500w and 4ohm, not 8ohm...
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    You'll under-power it and the thing will go up like a roman candle. Just kidding...

    Sounds like great combination. I used a Hartke 1400 (85 watts @ 8 ohms) to power my Acme cab. Perfectly suitable for your stated purpose. Enjoy!

  3. EstusFlask


    Feb 17, 2014
    Haha, thanks. Just want to make sure. I know I will be underpowering it if I turned the volume up and would get a bad tone...but is there any 'underpowering' going on if I'm not even cranking the volume past 9'oclock?
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  5. DerTeufel


    Nov 11, 2011
    Wildomar, CA
  6. Underpowering...
    Delete that idea from your mind, please, and kick in the nuts anyone who talks to you about it.
    What kills speakers is too much power. Nothing wrong with not supplying a lot of power to a cab.
    Now enjoy your amp and cab. :p
  7. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    If anything, you can push the amp a bit harder than you could with a "matching powered" cab before fartout. I'm not saying you still don't have to respect the speaker's limits, but I'd bet it has better excursion than many cabs rated for 200 watts.
  8. Scoops

    Scoops Between here and there Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek
    A slight bit of caution needs to be taken if the cab has a tweeter in it. If you crank the amp to the point of clipping, the tweeter could blow
  9. vickde


    Jul 23, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    The only way you're going to get a "bad tone" is if you need more volume than your 200w amp can provide and you crank the amp until it starts breaking up. For your intended purpose, I wouldn't worry about it. I use a GK MB200 with a variety of cabs as a backup/light load-in amp. It's a loud 200 watts.
  10. It has a volume control. You'll be fine.
  11. orangejulius3

    orangejulius3 Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    La Habra CA
    The GK MB200 amp is a little monster.
    So far I have not needed to put the gain knob past 1 o'clock.
    I notice with bigger cabs my gain knob needs to be adjusted down.

    I have both the GK MB200 and Ampeg PF500.
    I prefer the GK most times, lighter and just as powerful.
    I take the Ampeg for a different flavor tones for different bands.
  12. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    The 500w rating of the cab is it's limit, not what it needs. Now, you might run into issues with an 8w amp dues to efficiency. But in general, it's a good idea to have the speaker cab rated for higher wattage than the amp driving it.