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power amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by r05c03, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. r05c03


    Jul 21, 2005
    Lafayette, IN
    So assuming that someone has a preamp, what choices are their for power amps to use with it under say 500 dollars. I was just surprised by how much they seem cost. It seems as if you are just better getting an integrated head. What would the benefit or saving be to purchasing a preamp separately? Thanks
  2. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    Probably the biggest reasons are:
    1. Having the flexibility of switching between preamps as you like for different tone.
    2. Depending on the power amp, possibly having much higher watts at your disposal. This can give you the much valued "headroom" that lots of guys like. It can also allow you to drive additional cabs if you ever want to.
  3. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Versatility is definitely the key. I also opted for a separate pre/power for my "larger" rig because I could get more power that way.

    For less than $500.00, sniff around on ebay for an E&W power amp. I have an EL1600 (1600 watts) model and it is quite powerful and is very well-made. They can be had for cheap, too. They are made in Korea, but they feature very solid construction. I got mine new for less than $300.00 shipped and it's not one of those cheesey "DJ" power amps, either.
  4. You definately can get more watts per dollar with a pre-power amp rig, especially the higher in power you go.

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