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cabinet power handling (blow out?)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pike66, Apr 2, 2003.

  1. pike66


    Apr 28, 2001
    Long Island NY
    Hey all! long time no see.
    I'm wondering about something, due to my inexperience.
    I have an ampeg svt cab (410 hlf)
    it is rated at 400 watts RMS power handling. If I had a 400 watt amp head, would it be in danger of blowing out? Is a 350 watt (and lower) amp safer for use with the one cab?
    thanks very much.
  2. I think you should be pretty safe with that setup, although a compressor or limiter somewhere in the signal chain would be smart to avoid clipping.

    Lower wattage would probably be even safer, but you don't have to worry much.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    A common rule of thumb is that it's totally ok to pair a cab with an amp that has up to twice the power.

    In most cases it's easier to blow a cab by underpowering it than by overpowering.