I'm trying to logically research what I want and need in a new power amp (my first), and I'm getting confused. I will (eventually) be driving a pair of 8 Ohm Bag End S-15D cabs, which have a rated power handling capacity of 200W continuous / 400W peak. I figure 300W per cab would be enough for me in any situation, and would give me the SPLs I want with lots 'o headroom. Im considering Carvin amps due to price, availibility, price, reputation, price, features, and - of course - price. Other possibilites include a Mackie M1400 and/or a Stewart World 1.2 . I was originally looking at picking up a small head like a WT400 or Mesa Walkabout, but was lead astray into preamp/power amp/big headroom country. As an example, Carvin's DCM1000 is rated at: Bridged 1000W @ 4 Ohms / 700W @ 8 Ohms Both channels (I assume this means stereo) 350W + 350W @ 4 Ohms / 225W + 225W @ 8 Ohms OK, it seems obvious that if I run bridged, Id be seeing 1000W, which is 500W per cab. And that if I run in stereo mode with parallel input, Id be seeing 225W per cab, because each channel has only an 8 Ohm load. What are the advantages and disadvantages of running bridged vs. stereo in my situation, where I will have two identical cabs? Is one mode more reliable or less demanding than the other? Will the amp run cooler in stereo mode with parallel input than it would in bridged mode? It would seem the amp would be running flat-out all the time in bridged mode, rather than loping along in stereo. I couldnt find definitive answers after a two hour archive search, so Im probably not searching on the right keywords - I got close a few times, but nothing monosyllabic enough for my antihistamine-addled brain to fully comprehend. Im sure this has been covered before - can anyone help show me the way to enlightenment?