Ok Stupid question time!!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by PICK, Aug 14, 2002.

  1. PICK


    Jan 27, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Can you run a power amp in stereo and only use one side. Im thinking yes but everything ive been reading about power amps is as confusing as hell.
  2. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
  3. JohnL


    Sep 20, 2000
    Grayson, GA
    If I understand your question correctly, I'll expand on the last answer a little. I don't know what amp or cabinet setup you have, but here goes. Example: you have a stereo power amp rated at 250 watts per channel, and 500 watts bridged. You can either:

    1. Run 250 watts to 2 seperate cabinets using both outputs, or 250 watts to one cabinet using only the left or right output.

    2. Bridge it and run 500 watts mono to a single or multiple cabinets (this also opens up a discussion on ohm ratings, which can be discussed if you're inclined)

    I would think if you have only one cabinet, either way works, but bridging it will give you more power so you can get a cleaner signal at lower volume levels.