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1200 WATTS - WHY ?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by 57pbass, May 26, 2019.


  1. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    I always say use 10 times the rated speaker power. My Wayne Jones tens are 500 W each. I also have a 12 inch speaker that I run with 1200 W.
    As long is you know how to tell how much the speaker can take there’s no problem with running this much power and the head room is always a bonus.
     
  2. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    It's not about volume. Its about heft. I have the sunn 1200s. What's great about 1200 watts is the heft in the low notes. I thought other amps had good low end until I played this one. Low frequencies chew thru wattage and 500 watts had "bass" to it but not the authority and sledgehammer strength 1200 does. And yes... I can turn down to play at any volume but no matter what the low end can have serious thumpage.
     
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  3. Yeah, now we live in such dark times that drummers run around saying "Ni" to old ladies! I'm speaking of my drummer specifically...GAWD, just...stop hitting...that hard...please!
     
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
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  5. @BurningSkies can tell you all about his 800w RMS 151566 Fearful.

    Less sensitive cabs with long excursion woofers can use a bit of extra power. Still I don't see how 1200w is MOAR than 800 except in space heating or converting to a welder.
     
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  6. Cat.
     
  7. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Redding CA
    Can you ever have too many watts??
     
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  8. Because a 1,200 watt amp is only twice as loud as a 120 watt amp.
     
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  9. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    Depends on the user my friend.
     
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  10. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Redding CA
    As stated above, you can always turn it down. Always better to have too much than not enough.
     
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  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    lol I have been trying to crowbar that in somewhere all week.
     
  12. Slow Clap.

    Well done, laddie, well done...(sniff)
     
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  14. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    For the 'slam', 'heft', 'girth'. Reading about the new 1200 watt ICE module makes me want to feel one, but not enough to invest. I'm doing fine with my 225-250 KT88 watts...
     
  15. 9Thumbs

    9Thumbs

    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Well, 1200 watts would sure make it easier to turn your speaker cabinets into confetti throwing machines
     
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  16. Lardass5000

    Lardass5000 Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2016
    Kentucky
    Ok everyone pay attention out there. This is the correct answer. Nothing else matters
     
  17. dan1952

    dan1952 Commercial User

    Jun 27, 2012
    Anderson IN
    Artist Endorsement with Supro Huntington Basses / Owner, Dan's Music, Inc..
    Okay, I'll stir an old pot..
    My 450 watt Ampeg SVT PRO 3 doesn't seem to have any more power than my old 100 watt V4B had.
     
  18. Lardass5000

    Lardass5000 Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2016
    Kentucky
    No.
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  19. Edword

    Edword Supporting Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    Detroitish
    This had to be pressed into service as a P.A. at a few gigs, I’m glad it had the suds to get us through.

    gb_rig_rotated.
     
  20. chris_b

    chris_b

    Jun 2, 2007
    There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding about watts. The number of watts is irrelevant. An amp has to be loud enough and have the right tone and feel to its sound.

    If 250 watts does that for you, then that's what you need. I use 800 watts and get a great sound. If one of these 1200 watt amps can improve my sound at the same volume then I'll get one. The objective is to sound better not louder.
     

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