Hartke 115vx....300 watts RMS or 300 watts peak?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Psenghas, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Psenghas


    Jun 24, 2013
    I might buy a 250 watt/4 ohms head and will use it with a Hartke 115vx because it's a lighter cab and sounds warmer without Hartke's aluminum cones. The manual for the 115vx says its a 300 watt/8 ohms cab (without referring to RMS or peak). When I look inside the cab, the cone is marked 175 watts/8 ohms (?).

    Will I damage this cab with a 250 watt head? Does anyone know what the true rating for this cab might be? Called the company and they tell me to ignore the markings on the cone, and believe the manual instead.

    I hope this newbie doesn't come across as a complete idiot here. Thanks.
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Speaker ratings are almost useless. Use your ears, watch the low eq, and play away. Seriously, forget the numbers, just be sure you don't go under the amp's minimum impedance, (you won't with this cab), and listen for the cab to sound farty. When it does, back off the volume and/or the low eq.