Hi folks, this is my very first post on TB... I have some technical questions reguarding "high powered amplification" and any information and/or experience any of you might have or could give would be helpful! It seams to me as though "high powered" amps now a days do not excede the power handling (RMS) of the cabinet(s)... Stupid question but is this so that the amp won't blow up the cabinet? And also, it seams as though a lot of cabinets are 4ohms now too. I know that using multiple (more than 1) 4ohm cabinets "daisy chaining" cuts the ohms in half making multi 4ohm cabs into a 2ohm load (using 2 at a time), and adds the RMS power handling per cab together for the power amp to cover, if it can. Some power amps won't handle a 2ohm load and those that do aren't that high powered enough to cover RMS wattage of multi cabs together. Also, high "powered" power amps that are "bi amp" capable only have arround 500w to 600w per side. Is this normal? I am under the impression that cabs rated to handle more power than the amp can deliver will "over load" it, which is bad... And, too much amp power to the cabinet(s) will blow up the speakers, which is also bad... Is this not true??? This is my current rig: A GK2000RB power amp and 3 EDEN cabinets: One is a 210XLT and the other is a 410XLT and I have a 212XLT as a back up or in addition to either. I do not use all 3 cabinets at the same time but I do use at least 2 together. All my cabinets are 4ohm cabs. (And, I play 3 different Warwick basses, 2 Thumbs and a Streamer.) My GK power amp can handle a min load of 4ohms per side (500w per side)for a total output of 1000w and my cabs are 700w RMS for the 410XLT and 350w RMS fot the 210XLT and my 212XLT is 400w RMS. Running 2 cabs in bi-amp mode because of the min 4ohm load per side on the amp means that I have to crank it up for it to be loud enough for my application. What I'm trying to do is simplify my gear for portability and touring ease of transport as I am my own road crew for now Hauling arround 2 cabs, 1 rack box and 3 basses in casses is a pain and a hassle to say the least. Because most of the gigs I play don't have a house PA :scowl:, I need to have a high powered and more over, a LOUD rig to be heard in the mix! I'm looking into upgrading to a single cabinet (probably a 610 or an 810 cab) instead of multiple cabinets and changing brands of power amp to "match" with the cabinet instead of my mixed and matched rig I currently have. I need to have a "high powered rig" since I currently play in a metal band where I'm battling to be heard in the mix with 2 drop C tuned guitarists and their half stack rigs along with a double bassing drummer and blast beats... I need to be heard in the mix! I've been looking into the following manufactures as possible replacements for my current rig: 1. Aguilar DB751 amp and the DB810 cab. 2. David EDEN WT800 amp and the 610XLT cab. 3. Genz Benz GBE 1200 amp and the UB810 cab. Have any of you had any experience with these rigs or set-ups? How about a rack mount pre-amp, like EDEN's Navigator pre-amp and a straight power amp like a QSC? Do any of you have information or experience in that kind of a set-up? Some of you may have noticed that I didn't include some manufacturers, namely AMPEG. Because of their commonality in the metal world, I would like something more unique/exotic that can better transition between music styles with different sounds for playing styles as I often times am asked to play a country gig from time to time where an overdriven tube growl wouldn't be needed. I've had Ampeg stuff before, it's nice but not for me... Same for SWR, MESA, MarkBass and Fender. I've been playing bass for over 20yrs and I currently have nice gear but the whole amp to ohms, power handling and cabinet rating thing is a bit confusing... I'm not much of a gear junky either and there are a lot of choices to make as far as brands and power needs to consider. I like the whole "plug and play" idea. A lot of "pre-amping" on todays amps says "time consuming" all over it to get ones "sound" to me IMO . Basically, I baught really nice stuff a long time ago, and it still works great for what I do, but my stuff is starting to show it's age and I think I'm due for an upgrade If I'm going to upgrade, I want and I like simplicity and I'm not looking for a lot of stuff to be hauling arround either! If I can get away with only having 1 rack box (that isn't too heavy), 1 cabinet (that isn't too small) and a bass or 2 for gigs, with enough power I won't have to worry about being heard in a mix, I'll be happy!