how much is too much (power) for my cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by GetLow, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. ok, here is the situation...

    i am in the market for a new amp. i currently have a peavey 410tvx cab that can handle 350 watts @ 4ohms. i am considering both the gk 1001-rbII and the kustom groovebass 1200hd.

    both of those amps have some major power. i'd rather have lots of clean power than fall short and distort.

    my question is, how much is too much power? at 4ohms, both of those amps put out 700+ watts. should i just kiss my speakers goodbye? or would it be alright?

    if not, i might just have to settle with the gk 700rbII.
  2. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    well there's lots of threads on this, i think one or two in the faq sticky that touch on it.

    anyhow, overall, most feel that an amp that puts out 1.5 to 2x the wattage that the cab is rated for is preferable as it gives you some headroom.

    Essentially you just need to listen carefully to your cab to see how it's doing, and turn down if its starting to disort. Soemtimes i use 7x the power my cab is rated for, I'm just judicious about how i use it.
  3. thank you very much