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Hartke Question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Infamous_MB, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. Infamous_MB


    Dec 11, 2002
    I was doing some research and found that all Hartke bass heads are at 4 ohms, but 95% of the cabs run at 8 ohms...i am perplexed...how does this work?
  2. this means that that is the lowest load rating that the head will run. THis is also where the most power (watts) is drawn
    but it will run 8 ohm cabinets, just with less power
  3. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    its because of ohmage. Im not sure if im using all the right technical words but here we go. IF your running 2 8ohm cabs your actually running the same as 1 4 ohm cab. So if the amp can handle 4 ohms then i can handle 1 4 ohm cab or 2 8ohm cabs. Unfortunately hartkes cant really run a 2 ohm cab without hurting it. The good news is youd have to go out of your way to find a 2 ohm cab.
  4. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    or 2 4 ohm cabs = 2 ohms, and you can rewire 8 ohm 4x10's to run 2 ohms.
  5. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL

    impedance, dude ;)
  6. Infamous_MB


    Dec 11, 2002
    so, say if i purchased the 3500...in order to get the full effect of the amp Id have to buy two cabs?
  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Usually, and I mean usually, running two cabs on any amp will give you a "fuller" sound.

    You can get the full 350 watts out of the Hartke 3500 by running two 8ohm cabs, or one 4ohm cab.

    I routinely run my 3500 at 4ohms. It likes that best.

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