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Ohms and Cabinet Selection???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Klelewon, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. Klelewon


    Mar 15, 2002
    Los Angeles

    I just bought an SWR SM-500 and am about to buy a new 410 cabinet, either SWR or Aguilar. Which Ohm rating should I pick? 4 or 8 Ohms? The spec indicate the wattage at 4 Ohm is higher than at 8 Ohms. How does this translate into loudness, punch, and cutting through? Or, Does it really matter?

    What are your experiences?


  2. If you buy an 8 ohm cab, you won't get as much power from your amp, but if you ever need another cabinet, you can buy another 8 ohm cab and run them both from the amp. It won't be as loud as a four ohm cabinet though.

    If you buy the 4 ohm cab, you'll get everything the amp can offer, but you won't be able to add another cabinet, you'd have to get a different one altogether, either 2 8 ohm cabs or one bigger 4 ohm cab (like a 8x10, or 6x10 or some other multi-driver cab).

    If you think you need room to grow, get the 8 ohm, but if you need the volume now, go with the 4 ohm cab.

    read this if you want to know more (lol)

    Stay Low,

  3. Klelewon


    Mar 15, 2002
    Los Angeles

    Thanks for the help! The link was great! :D I'll go with the 8 Ohm cabinets. I played through an 8 Ohm EA VL-210 with an iAmp 350. They were more than loud enough!!!

    Thanks again. This was enormously helpful!