Ampeg - SVT-810AV or SVT-1540HE

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Lakini's Juice, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. Which one? Opinions? i am leaning towards the SVT-1540HE. because it is 550 watts. and the head i want is carvin R600. the SVT-810AV is 800watts i think and i would probably have to go with the R1000 head. and i dont need that much. The 1540HE also has 4X10' and 1X15'. so that seems really good to me. what do you guys think?
  2. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    I haven't heard the 1540, but its specs look good, and it probably has a better bottom end than the 810. Because it also has a tweeter, it has a much broader frequency response.

    They are both the same size, but the 1540 is a bit lighter. There is some $ economy to be had by buying it rather than a separate 4x10 plus 1x15, but the cost is the size and weight of a big single cabinet.

    I think you should go for the R1000 head anyway - it's only $80 more, but the R600 would work fine with either cabinet.

    - Mike
  3. i was thinking of the R600 rather then the R1000 not because of money but because the cab is only 550 watts. i dont want to blow the cab up.
  4. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    According to the Ampeg catalog I have, it's a 2x4-ohm cabinet, so you can drive the 4x10 with one channel and the 1x15 with the other. My guess (from the specs) is that the top can handle about 400 watts and the bottom (1x15) can handle about 200. If you drive them with each channel (not bridged) you get about 300 (clean) watts into each side: no problem for the top, and if you don't run into clipping or super-loud sustained notes, the bottom will probably be okay. You can always turn down the gain to the 1x15 if you are concerned about blowing it. If you put the two parts in series for 8-ohm operation, the R1000 will deliver maybe 600 (clean) watts bridged - again, I don't see any problem as long as you avoid clipping.

    If the extra $80 isn't an issue, I'd recommend the R1000 over the R600. Just use restraint if you feel like it has more than you need. Someday you will probably be glad to have the extra kick that the R1000 offers.
    - Mike
  5. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I dont know why people say stuff like, "This cabinet has 600 watts!" Cabinets dont have power. They have a rating of how much power they can handle, but they dont actually have watts. My dad does this and so do you guys :mad:

    Joris, back me up on this one! :D
  6. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    I don't know to whom you're referring - no one here said this. Perhaps you were trying to post to a different thread.
    - Mike
  7. yeah lo-end you cought me. i understand that cabs dont have power. its just a habbit or somthing of saying that.

    well i was looking around here and read that the cab has been discontinued. so maybe i should look at another cab.
  8. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    Well, I see Ampeg has a new web site (, and the 1540 still appears in it. Check out

    There are certainly many alternatives to this cabinet, though most have different arrangements. I liked the basic idea of the cabinet, but its size and weight were a little bit too much, so I went with a different approach.

    - Mike
  9. yeah i know its on there site. thats where i first saw it. but i could not find it for sale anywhere.

    I'm looking at SWR at the moment. The Goliath Senior and Big Bertha, how great would that be together?
  10. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    I'm pretty sure that the 1540HE has indeed been discontinued.