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Ampeg Pf500 Cab Advice

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by John92mc, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. John92mc


    Feb 9, 2016
    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to the forum, hopefully this thread is in the right place.

    I've just bought an Ampeg PF500 head and I need a cab but I'm not sure on suitable choices. I'm a newbie in terms of heads and cabs as I've always used a combo so any recommendations would be helpful.

    Just wondering in general with heads and cabs, does the cab have to match the output of the head perfectly. Can I use the 500 watt head with a 300 watt cab for example?

  2. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I'm recycling this from a post I made last week, but it should be helpful.

    Cabs don't make watts. They take watts.

    Think of it like this. You have a half liter glass. You can pour a quarter liter of water in it and it will be fine. You can put a half liter of water in it, but it may spill all down your shirt when you lift it up to take a drink. You can not pour a liter of water in.

    Now substitute cab for glass, and watts for water and it should make sense.
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  3. John92mc


    Feb 9, 2016
    My bad. Yeah that helps a lot, thanks for that. So I'd be more looking for a cab that has a power handling of up to 500 watts, is that right?
  4. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    If you have an amp that can put out 500 watts, you want a cab that can handle at least 500 watts.
  5. High Camp

    High Camp

    Oct 3, 2013
    To specify a bit more, the PF500 gives a maximum of 500 watts with a 4 ohm load or 300 watts with an 8 ohm load.
    So with for instance an Ampeg PF115HE cab, which is rated at 450 watts with an 8 ohm load you should be fine.
    (or two of those cabs creating a 4 ohm load should also be fine)
    Having said that, when it sounds like a cab is cracking up, it's cracking up, so always listen with your ears.
    Good luck with your search! :)
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  6. image. I have that very same setup ..pf 500 with pf115he...so far no issues..:)
  7. Since i'm thinking of buying one of the PF (350 or 500) i have a dillemma. Wich 2x10 cab would suit better to make this amp sound it's best?

    Of course the perfect set would be a 4x10 but i mainly gig in bars and i own a Peugeot, not a Mercedes van, so space is a very important issue.

    Wich 2x10 could handle enough power and headroom to make that ampeg sound good, round, full? Not only Ampegs, other brands too
  8. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I'd get an SVT212AV.
  9. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    Ampeg: Portaflex Series - PF-210HE
  10. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Not Quite Right! Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    Whitby Ontario
    Have the PF500, when I got it I also got the PF115HE cab. Sounds great, really happy with it. Came down with a bad case of gas, and added a PF210HE cab as well. Still sounds great! Didn't have to, it was plenty loud before, but it is louder now. And did I mention it still sounds great?
    High Camp likes this.
  11. I have the same amp. I've been using a Gallien Krueger 1x15 with it for a while and couldn't get the pop I really wanted. Recently replaced it with two TC Electronics K210s and I am in love with them.

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