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Questions about my new amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BassRocker8713, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. BassRocker8713


    Jul 15, 2003
    So I just purchased an Ampeg SVT-5Pro and I'm having a little trouble understanding its Ohm handling capabilities. Its ratings are as follows:

    205 Watts x 2 @ 8 Ohms/680 watts mono-bridged @ 8 Ohms
    340 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms/1000 watts mono-bridged @ 4 Ohms
    500 Watts x 2 @ 2 Ohms

    Ok, so what I'm having trouble understanding is what makes the 2 Ohm load (keep in mind that this head has 2 seperate power amps). Is it saying that it can handle 2 Ohms (2 4 ohm cabs on each side, 250 Watts to each cab) on each side, or that it can handle a 4 Ohm load on each side (500 watts to each cab), thus creating a 2 Ohm load? If it is the former, doesn't 500 Watts seem like too small of an amount for a 2 ohm load?

    I'm sorry, I know I just asked a s**t load of questions, but any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

  2. It is saying it can handle a 2 ohm load on EACH SIDE, providing 500 watts to each side. So yes, if you were using four cabs that are 4 ohms apiece, each cab would get 250 watts.

    However, if you bridge the amp you can get all 1000 watts into one 4 ohm cab.

    If you were using two 4 ohm cabs then you can get 340 watts to each cab.

    Chances are good that if you ran 4 cabs @ 250 watts apiece you could melt people's eyeballs.
  3. BassRocker8713


    Jul 15, 2003
    Wow, ok. So what you're saying is that if I really wanted to, I could run 4 8x10 cabs into my head?! That seems utterly impractical to me, but it would look pretty d**n cool! Man, I wish there was some way for me to put the 2 x 500 watts into 2 4 Ohm cabs....oh well.