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
  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.