Am I gonna blow my cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Poon, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Fellow TBers.

    I have an Aguilar GS410 that is a 4ohm cab.
    I'm thinking of running a PLX1602 Bridged Mono into the cabinet. That's 1600 watts at 4-ohms and the cab says it can handle 700 watts. Will I blow the speakers in my aguilar GS410 if I do this? Do you think I should just run the cab off of a single channel, and have it run at 500 watts. Ayudame
  2. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I've been running 1500 watts into my Aguilar 410 for over a year and a half. So long as you don't clip your output section, you'll be fine.
  3. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks Eric
  4. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I guess that depends on how many drinks you've had first.

    :D :D :D
  5. There's a difference between driving a cab rated for 700W with an amp rated for 1600W and actually putting 1600W into a 700W cab. ;)

    That being said, it's fine to run the GS410 with the PLX 1602 as long as you're not driving it too hard. If you're seeing more than the odd flash of a clip light (or a limiter light if the amp has limiters) you're in the danger zone.

    Note that having clip limiters on the amp won't necessarily prevent you from blowing the cab up in this situation.
  6. Stu L.

    Stu L.

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    THAT caused soda to fly from the nose! Classic.
  7. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Anyone want to still give me insight on this.
  8. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I'd have to say maybe.

    Runnning it on one channel will be safer, but running it bridged will let you drive the cab to its maximum potential with a little more risk.

    If you run it bridged, make sure you know the capabilities of the cab. You might be inclined to keep turning it up if you want more volume ("just a little more..."). If you don't know what the actual limit of the cab is you could damage it. I personally wouldn't want to run an amp that could put 1600W into my 700W cab that way, but alternatively I would want more than the 500W of the single channel. I would personally want the PLX 2402 with 900W per channel at 4 ohms for your application.

  9. IvanMike

    IvanMike TTRPG enthusiast, Happy, Joyous, & Free. Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    it'l work either way
    you just have to be judicious when using the 1400 watt version and you need to listen to the cabinet when doing so. In time you should get an idea about just how much the cabinet can take and be able to translate that into amplifier settings

    one thing to remember is that youre only going to get a 4db increase in volume by going from 500 watts to 1400 watts