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Cabinet wattage compatibility, SVT-15EN+SVT3PRO

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Shimmidybone, Mar 4, 2014.


  1. Shimmidybone

    Shimmidybone

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    Is my cabinet too small for my amp? I have a SVT-15EN and an SVT3PRO.

    http://www.ampeg.com/products/classic/svt15e/

    http://www.ampeg.com/products/pro/svt3pro/

    Bought the 15EN after the sales associate told me it was 300W. When I checked it out online, I found it was listed as 200W. At 8Ohms, the SVT3PRO can deliver up to 275W.

    I brought in the head and played it with the master and plate voltage all the way up before I bought it. I didn't have the guts to bring the gain past 3 o clock though. Still, it was behaving very well and sounded great. I just don't want to cause any chronic issues.
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    The 200w rating is more of a real world rating than when the voice coil will actually blow. It can take up to 400w before that happens. But if you push the 3 Pro as hard as you can, it could still blow it because the 3 Pro has twice as much wattage capability past its RMS rating, generally referred to as peak wattage. It's distorted, but it's available. So tread carefully, but as long as you use common sense and don't just go by the numbers, you will be OK. Here's a helpful hint...if it sounds like it might explode, it will.
     
  3. Shimmidybone

    Shimmidybone

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    Thanks. I think that's just going to be how I have to think about this one.
     

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