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8 ohm cab wattage question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pike66, Jul 3, 2003.


  1. pike66

    pike66

    Apr 28, 2001
    Long Island NY
    hey all.
    I just bought an ampeg svt 3 pro head. And I got it cheap! lol
    Anyway, I also bought a used ampeg svt 410ce cab. I will be using it as a stand alone cab, and it sounds quite good. no strain, or weird buzzing. But, the head is 275 watts at 8 ohms. The cabinet is 8 ohms and handles 250 watts. ut it sounds great and shows no signs of crapping out. Is it in danger at any time of blowing any speakers out, being 25 watts over? The ampeg over-rating its wattage can be a solution. Any feedback is very cool. thanks.
     
  2. i read somewhere in TB that speakers can easily handle twice their rating (so in your case, 500w)

    or i guess if you keep the master under 9 (assuming full is 10), it should be fine
     
  3. pike66

    pike66

    Apr 28, 2001
    Long Island NY
    I won't worry too much because I think you're right. I've always loved the sound of a single 410 anyway under a decent head. That may sound too basic and simplistic, but I dig the sound. It's all I've ever needed, even in the loud band I'm in.
     
  4. speakers can actually handle more than double the RMS rating, as long as you watch out for A)amp clipping and B) speaker distortion(trying to push too much volume out of them, or too much power through them at volume...You'll be fine as long as you're not pushing your head hard enough that it clips....