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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dcguess92, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. dcguess92


    Aug 14, 2012
    ok guys, i recently came into possesion of a gk 410/8 neo bass cabinet. i was wondering what would be the best head to run it, and the cheapest/best head. the ratings on the subs are 800 watts at 8 ohms. most of the heads ive seen are 4 or 2. where can i get a head the runs 8 ohms, or does it even matter? and how many watts do i need in a head to push the speakers? just getting a good sound not pushing them to the max.. sorry bout all the questions im pretty new at this stuff :D
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The only heads I can think of that DON'T run 8 ohms are the Ampeg SVT tube amps. Any solid state or hybrid head can, as well as most other tube amps.
  3. +1

    Take the cab and your bass down and start playing through amps, pick the one that sounds best.
  4. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Best for what? Jamming in your bedroom? gigging at a bar? Playing at an arena?
    Please define cheap.
    What kind of music do you play? Is there any bass sound that you like?
  5. Sneakypete


    Jul 22, 2009
    There is a ton of information on TB about this - and a lot of different opinions on what is right. Here are my prejudices;
    Most solid-state (not tube) amps are fine at 8 or 4 ohms, some go down to 2 ohms but you need to check. Cab manufacturers often rate their cabs at the maximum thermal dissipation - usually it is best to halve the power rating that is claimed. Typically, I suppose, most of us, given an 800W cab would not want to run more than a 300W head into it. This will be plenty loud enough for any small to medium gigs you are likely to do. 300W is a very common power rating for heads and you should easily find a wide variety of good stuff on the second-hand market for not a lot of money. I used a 150W head and a 240W 4x10 in a three-piece for years and never found it wasn't loud enough. When we did bigger venues there was always PA support. Even now I only have a 250W (old-school Trace) head running into a 1x15 and a 2x10 and still think is plenty loud enough but there are other here who think differently.

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