Overpowering a cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jarrhead, Jul 23, 2009.

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  1. jarrhead


    May 23, 2009
    Yes, I know it's in the FAQ, and was in three threads.

    But nobody can just give a direct answer

    Short and simple, will running an amp with more wattage than your cab hurt the cab? Of course keeping it under the push limit of audible distortion. I dont think i'll need my 410 or 212 to be pushed by this amp. :)
  2. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    Short answer - yes.

    If you turn it up enough to send more power than your speakers can handle either mechanically or thermally. Especially if sent a lot of low-range content.

    At lower settings, i.e. below speaker farting, it would likely be just fine.

    If it sounds good, it is good.

    Beware of sharp dynamic loads though such as really digging in or popping and slapping heavily.
  3. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    Sneak up behind it, throw it to the ground and get it in a headlock. :D

    Seriously, you can run a cab with twice its rated power if you just listen to what's going on, watch the speakers for crazy excessive excursion and keep it clean.
  4. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I usually run over 1000 watts into a cab rated for 400 watts. No problems whatsoever so long as you don't crank it full up, and be sure to listen for the speakers stressing - they'll let you know when they're being pushed too hard.

    Remember, an amp rated for 1000 watts only puts 1000 watts to the speaker when its turned up all the way, not when its volume is only turned up half way.
  5. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    The answer is no.

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