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Priciples of headroom

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FunkThumb, Oct 20, 2002.


  1. what is head room exactly?

    Is the idea to have more watts than your speakers RMS?
    Or is it simply to have more watts in your amp than you would require, regardless of speakers?
     
  2. tim4003

    tim4003

    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
    Ideally, it's best to have twice the wattage coming from your amp as your cab(s) can handle, but at least have more.
     
  3. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    The second one. Once you have that, it really doesn't matter so much what the rating of your cab is, provided that it can handle the amount of power you customarily use. You gotta be sensible here--you can't use a 1000 W amp with a 10 W speaker, but you can very often get by with using, say, a 500 W speaker with a 1000 W amp. But given equal efficiency, you don't get any more headroom with a 500 W speaker than you would with a 1000 W speaker. The ratio of amp to cab really doesn't have any direct relation to headroom.