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Bass amps and wattage.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by TylerWithAK, Apr 26, 2015.

  1. TylerWithAK


    Apr 26, 2015
    I'm curious about something. I'm new to bass and amps and all that good stuff.
    So, (from my thinking) all of the noise comes from the cabinet. But the amp head has wattage. So does the amp head wattage get combined with the cabinet wattage?
  2. will33


    May 22, 2006
    The amplifier makes the power (wattage). The speaker recieves that power and turns it into sound. The power makes the speakers move back and forth which puts pressure waves (sound waves) into the atmosphere that our ears can hear.

    The amps wattage number is how much power it can make.

    The speakers wattage number is how much power it can recieve from an amplifier without blowing the speakers.

    The numbers are not additive. For example, a 100 watt amplifier connected to a 100 watt speaker does not equal "200 watts of sound".

    ** That explanation is extremely simplified, but it's a starting point to understanding how this all works. I left out a whole bunch of stuff so as not to be confusing.
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  3. Raf Seibert

    Raf Seibert

    Dec 16, 2013
    Thank you for a polite, easy to understand question. That's the sort that makes easier for Will33 and other cognoscenti to give a sensible answer.

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  4. Razman


    Feb 10, 2005
    Orange Park, FL
    You are exactly right young man, it is all good stuff. Welcome to the wonderful world of bass! (And TalkBASS!)

    Eric "Raz"
  5. BazzTard

    BazzTard Banned

    +1 to what will33 said.

    Welcome to TB and bass playing.

    The number of speakers in a cab and their size ie 8" or 15" affect the amount of sound they can push out. So two identical cabs will push out more volume of air than one cab, assuming the amp can accomodate them both
  6. Watch your wallet. ;)

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