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Power amp recommendation

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DemonGene, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. I need a poweramp that will happily output 2000w @ 4ohms bridged. Recommendations please.
  2. styro


    Dec 22, 2011
    QSC PLX2 Series e. g. PLX2502 or better/bigger.

    BTW if you are willing to settle for 1800w even the PLX1802 will do.
  3. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    Why do you "need" 2,000 watts?
  4. Information obtained from a website. "Go for a amp twice the rating of your cab to give plenty of clean headroom". My cab is rated at 1000 watts hence a 2000 watt amp
  5. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Ah, OK. That website was giving you bad advice. "Headroom" is the amount of dynamic range you have available, unused, before clipping. So some people think "more wattage" equals "more headroom", since there's more untapped power available. But feeding a speaker twice the power it is rated for is a recipe for blowing that speaker. Meaning whoops, you ran out of a very critical type of headroom: the ability of the speaker to function.

    Some people are able to use amps rated for a lot higher wattage than their cabs, but this is because frankly they are not actually driving their amp into its full wattage capability, and they have been lucky. Maybe any big signal spikes they put out happened to be in a frequency range where the speaker had better power handling ability. Because the wattage handling of a speaker does depend partly on the frequencies you feed it. Back to the first part though, a lot of people with a "X watt amp" assume their amp is putting out "X watts" all the time. It is not. It is putting out a much smaller amount most of the time, only reaching "X" when pushed with a very strong input spike, and only staying there for more than a few milliseconds if you drive the amp steadily hard. So again, this is part of why you'll see posts from guys saying they have no problem with their 2000 w amp into a 500 w cab.

    The wattage ratings on both amps and cabs are like vague serving suggestions, not to be taken too literally--so it is fine to go a little over, an amp rated a little higher than the cab. No big deal. But 1000 w higher? No.
  6. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Holy recone, Batman!!
  7. :D
  8. Thanks. I'm looking for recommendations for an amp around 1000/1250 watts then :)
  9. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    The big dogs are QSC, Carvin, and Crest. Can't really go wrong with any of those.
  10. murphy


    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    someone was selling a QSC PLX1602 in the classifieds
  11. QSC1450 too much? 1450 watts @ 4 ohms bridged
  12. murphy


    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    Should be great.
    You just have to be careful with your volume and EQ. Don't crank everything full blast.
    use your ears to listen for signs of speaker stress.
  13. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    PLX series all too heavy. Find a Crown 1500/2000/2500.
  14. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Crown XLS 1500... have fun with more Class D power than you'll ever need...
  15. odineye


    Dec 29, 2011
    Bear DE
    Are you talking the RMX 1450? If so, that's what I'm running right now. Rock solid amp with good control features. It turned this old die hard Crown fanatic into a convert.
  16. Yes RMX1450. The QSC's have high damping rates, greater than 500, better for tight low end I'm led to believe
  17. bassguppy

    bassguppy Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    I'm a former owner of the RMX1450. It's a fine amp, powerful and I've never had an issue. The fan could be a little loud between songs or silent breaks but it's not a dealbreaker. Maybe they have a newer, quieter fan now as I had mine about 6-7 years ago. Great amp on the used market for cheap.
  18. cableguy


    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    I've had good luck with Carvin. HD1500, 9lbs 1500W@4, goes for around 3 hundred new with a 3 year warranty. You can buy the older DCM series for a good price as well, just weigh a little more.
  19. odineye


    Dec 29, 2011
    Bear DE
    More like 300 but, from some of the things I've read, those super high damping rates really aren't all that worth getting caught up over.

  20. odineye


    Dec 29, 2011
    Bear DE
    Was the fan on your variable speed? I don't find the fan on mine to be so bad. It runs at a low, fairly quiet idle most of the time, only speeding up when necessary, which so far has been really rare.