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400 or 800 :)?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Obsolex, Apr 1, 2003.


  1. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    :bassist: Ok... Now comes my final decision, do I want a 400 watt or 800 watt amp? Can you guys please put your input. I'm looking to play infront of about 100-2000 people if that helps any. The brands I am looking at are SWR and Ampeq only. Thanks... _-soto-_ :bassist:
     
  2. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    In San Luis Obispo, eh? You won't need aything bigger than 400w. In bigger venues everything is run through a PA anyway.
     
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    My thinking is a 2:1 power ratio is too close to matter that much.

    400 watts is plenty to deafen everyone in the room, including yourself
    :rolleyes:
     
  4. depends on what style of material I'd say. Pick-driven, rock styles will be fine with 400w's. Bass heavy, cleaner styles like dub or fusion may require more headroom. I would personally go for the extra bit of insurance 800w's offers.