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Focus Series sa II vs. Clarus 1 Series III

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Badmuthaplucka, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. So I've been successfully using the original Clarus with a Music Man 2x10 and more recently a Schroder 1210 cab . I almost always have PA support and th Music Man/Clarus has been more than enough for rehersals.

    But at this point I would like to upgrade to either a Focus Series sa II or Clarus 1 Series III. More than likely I will be using Music Man 2x10 and Schroder 1210 cab for a total of 2.6 Ohms. My curent Clarus handles this impeadance just fine. I'm leaning twards the Clarus 1 Series III but I'm wondering if the Focus Series sa II can handle 2.6 Ohms. Also for Clarus 1 Series III, would the extra 200 watt upgrade make a diffrence?

  2. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    Hi ... I have a AI SA Series II,

    This is taken from the AI website:
    "Is my Series II Focus capable of driving 2-ohm speaker loads?
    While it isn’t rated at 2 ohms, it will handle the load in most cases, as long as the volume isn’t cranked to extreme levels. Give it a try. If the amp isn’t up to the task, an internal protection device will shut things down momentarily… however you won’t do any harm."

    Hope this helps somewhat
    - Tom

  3. Thanks!

    But would say 12 noon on the Focus is "extrem"? What's the setting you usually use?
  4. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    I hover depending on where I am usually in the 9-11 (at most) range... the unit really is amazing though so portable and pumping out that great, clear tone.
    - Tom

  5. I know what you mean. I love AI amps especally combined with my MXR M80. I've played every thing from hard rock to latin on my Clarus and I have always sounded great.
  6. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    I just picked up an epifani t210 I havent had a chance to use it out yet but I cant wait ... I was actually thinking about trading my SA but ultimately I could not seem to let it go...
    I am using a Sansamp DI. And would love a new preamp which is on my short list right now. but with the Sans amp my rig is so small its ridiculous.
  7. Very nice!

    Here's a pic on my clarus rig:

  8. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY

    Hey your rig looks great! we kinda/sorta have something similar going on ... how are you liking the MXR? With my BDDI I find myself constantly fiddling trying to get what I want out of it. But again I have not tried it with the Epi yet.

    - Tom
  9. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    sweet little setup. :cool:
  10. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    Why not a Focus I Series III... totally safe at 2 ohms, tons of power (the power upgrade to the new Focus would definitely make a difference, and you would only be carrying one small box. Considering that you could sell your current Clarus, the cost might even be less.
  11. The Focus can handle a load of 2 ohm fine. I'm going to use the 2.6 ohm load for bigger happenings when the Schroeder 1212 light comes in next month.
    I'm using my Avatar SB112 Neo at 8 ohm for small rehearsals. The Schroeder 1212 light at 4 ohm will be for loud rehearsals (with a drummer) and small performances and both cabs at 2.6 ohm when I need some headroom.

    Bought the Sansamp RBI last week and this is giving me a lot of extra's: Punch, harmonics and all sorts of nasty sounds.
    Didn't try the Sansamp yet with my upright and my giant Ashbory.....

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