Another tube amp related question...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by LCMBassist, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. LCMBassist


    Sep 27, 2008
    Ok so you have a cab rated at 300 watts. You have a tube amp rated at 300 watts. Now I know tube watts are supposedly 3-4 times louder than solid state watts due to the fact you can push them harder, soooooo, will that equate to 3-4 times the wattage going into the cab, and blow it sky high, as it'd be getting an efective 900-1200 watts driven into it?
  2. kraigo


    Jun 21, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    See the "Do Tube Amps Push More Air..." thread. In terms of what the cab sees, I don't think it really matters. A watt is a watt.

    At the same time, I tend to use different cabs with tubes than with solid state. "Modern" ported, "hi-fi" cabs for solid state. Sealed, "old skool", "character" cabs for tube. When I choose one or the other, I go all the way.

  3. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    A watt is a watt. You're fine.
  4. LCMBassist


    Sep 27, 2008
    I wonder what an Ampeg SVT would sound like into some Ashdown 4x8s....since my friend is getting an SVT, I guess I will find out soon enough!
  5. uaudio


    Apr 11, 2008
    You're fine. Tube amps aren't magic. It may be debatable whether they 'sound' louder, but one thing is the case - you aren't getting 1200 watts from a 300w tube head.
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