And the votes are in and the new rig is...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MrFortuneCookie, Oct 7, 2001.

  1. Well, i have finally decided that Ampeg is the way i'm gonna go. It was between that and Mesa. Both great, but the Ampeg truely rocked. So i've decided to get the SVT 810E cab and then, only one thing left to decide. SVT II Pro or SVT IV Pro? Which do you guys think?
  2. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    4 pro because it sounds just as good as the 2 (IMO) and has 1600 watts @ 4 ohms, bridged while the 2 has only 300 watts. More power, more better.

    But if you're a real tube fanatic (as most ampeg users are) you might prefer the 2 because its all tube. The 4 just has a tube preamp, but a MOSFET power section.
  3. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Well, I love the tone and power of my SVT 4 Pro. I really didn't want the extra weight and hassle of the all-tube SVT 2 Pro, and I actually preferred the sound of the SVT 4.

    I am currently running mine mono bridged into an SVT410HLF cab, and will soon be adding another identical cab. I am EXTREMELY pleased with what this setup can do.

    But, it all boils down to what you want. Try em both, and see which one you prefer. But I personally recommend the SVT 4 Pro.

    BTW, good choice on the Ampeg stuff. ;)
  4. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    The SVT2 PRO will be as loud as it gets.

    The SVT4 PRO has very "optimistic" power ratings, as far as I have read in this forums. Also the Tube power will sound louder to you before it actually clips badly.
  5. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA

    All this "tube is louder than SS" stuff is just nonsense.
  6. xHarperx


    May 8, 2001
    TUbe is louder than Solid state becuase it WON'T clip but tube can't make up 1300 watts!
  7. In real world applications, the SVT II will create higher volume levels than the SVT IV if needed. And if you're getting an 8x10, I would assume high volume levels are in your future. You may not be able to tell in a music store, but when you're out playing against a 100 watt Marshall half stack (or two), you'll be glad you bought the tube amp.

    I would actually recommend a 1970's vintage SVT head. You should be able to pick one up in good condition for $800 or so. Those things are built better than the current breed of amps, and can be fixed very easily by any competant amp tech.
  8. Wait, are you telling me that you're running an RMS 1200Watts into an RMS programed 400Watt cab? Wow, you might want to consider running it in Stereo and just plug it into the right speaker output.
  9. Also, thanks for all your inputs. Now i just have to figure out which one to get. Would you guys say that they sound the same?
  10. I havn't tried it, but I've heard good things about this setup: Ampeg SVP-pro preamp with a Carvin dcm 1000.

    Ampeg sound, hybrid price. Also you can take the preamp only for recording stuff. I've heard Carvin poweramps are really nice.
  11. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    all's I know is that the ampeg preamp friggin' rules. best sound ever, no matter which head you get. :D
  12. Steven Green

    Steven Green

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I understand that technically tube amps are not louder than solid-state amps, but a perceived to be louder due to different mid-range frequencies being emphasized. Since these frequencies are what our ears hear most (voice, most instruments, etc) we feel they are louder. This is my understanding...
  13. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Yep, that's what I be telling you. I am not too worried about it, my volume knob never goes past about 3 or 4, so I am not driving it very hard. I realize that that is a lot of power going into 1 cab (and it's rated at 800 watts program). I will soon be adding the second HLF, so then I won't be pumping as much power into the one cab.

    But for now, I have all the headroom I could ever dream of.;) :D With just one cab. I can't wait to hear what two of em are gonna sound like.:)