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Power handling question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by RavCat, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. Hi,

    I'm considering buying an Ashdown MAG 300 head and a MAG 2x10 cabinet, to create the same effect as the MAG-C210-T-300 combo.

    I've noticed that the power handling for the cab is only 200W. Does this mean the net effect will be that I can only put 200W through it safely?


  2. xb100


    Mar 24, 2004
    NH, In
    What that means is that the 210 cab can handle up to 200 watts of continiuos power.

    Since the 210 is 8 ohms you would only get about 150 watts out of the mag300. If you wanted to, you could get another cab like a mag115 to get the full 300 watts out of the head.
  3. Thanks for your reply xb100,

    Would I be better off using that head with the ABM 210T (handling 300W) instead then?

    Or better still, using a cab by a different manufacturer altogether?
  4. Yes, it means it'll only handle 200 watts safely and it also means 200 clean watts. To get 200 clean watts might require as much as a 300 or 400 watt amp though
  5. xb100


    Mar 24, 2004
    NH, In

    You can still use the mag300 and the mag 210 cab.

    I don't think you can hurt the speakers at all, I know of a few guys who have a mag 210 and mag300 and they have no issues with that setup.

    I do suggest that if you do play in a loud rock band, or start gigging relativly soon, to get another 8ohm cab.

    If you are stuck with ashdown I would suggest getting the mag300 head and a mag210 and a mag115.
  6. Thanks again xb100!

    I'm not "stuck", but I am shopping to a budget and the MAGs seem to get the best reviews in that price range.

    I play funk/rock/blues (slap & fingerstyle) so I don't need a rig for metal - if you can suggest a similarly priced alternative, I'd be very grateful.

    This may sound like a newbie question, but how does this work? - is there more than one speaker out on the head, or do the cabs "daisy chain" the signal?
  7. xb100


    Mar 24, 2004
    NH, In

    You daisy chain the signal.

    Each cab is = to one 8 ohm load.

    And the mag 300 is rated to operate safely at a minimum of 4 ohms.

    So you will be fine, what ya do is you hook the head up to the 210. Then take a speaker cable from the 210 into the 115.

    2 16ohm cabs or speakers = a 8ohm load.
    2 8ohm cabs = a 4ohm load
    2 4ohm cabs = a 2ohm load
  8. Excellent - thanks for all your advice xb!