Matrix GT1600FX too much power for an Ampeg 810e?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by warwick.hoy, Jul 17, 2021.

  1. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    With great power comes great responsibility.

    I'm looking at building a rig based around the Helix Rack. My main cab is an Ampeg 810e. I'm looking at poweramps and the one that jumps onto my radar is the Matrix GT1600FX.

    That amp hits 800 watts per channel* at 4ohms, no indication of peak.

    The 810e handles 800 rms and 1600 peak.

    So the question is, would this be the preferable amp to efficiently power that cab? Is this bumping into the top end of tolerances or are these nominal operational specs?

    On the surface, it appears as those this amp and cab go together like Jenny and Forest, Peas and Carrots.

    *a stereo amp, I could add a second 810 if I so desired (not likely but it's nice to know I have the option).

    From the Matrix page on the GT1600FX:


    Number of channels: 2
    Watts per channel @ 4 ohm 800w RMS
    Watts per channel @ 8 ohm 480w RMS
    Watts per channel @ 16 ohm 240w RMS
    Bridged mode @ 8 ohm 1600w RMS
    Bridged mode @ 16 ohm 1000w RMS
    Input sensitivity: 0.775V
    Frequency Response (+/-3db ref 1kHz) 8hz-24kHz
    Weight: 10.8lbs
  2. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    So you want the folks in Boise to hear you?
    The 810e can either be run as 2 x 8 ohms "stereo" or 1 x 4 ohms mono.
    You will be fine running it either way, but just like any rig, don't dime it right out of the gate. Use sensibility and listen for equipment fatigue.
    Note that the Matrix isn't rated to be run at 4 ohms bridged, so stick with dual mono.
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  3. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    Yup. All over it (Dual mono mode).

    I figure Volume can be handled accordingly but if I do want to Boise to hear me I have that option. It’s a solid state amp and there’s a knob for volume as well as on the Helix.

    I have my SVT but it’s a lot of maintenance.
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Just don't run it so loud that the speakers sound like they're going to blow and it should be fine. HINT: If they sound like they may blow, they will.