1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

speaker/cab wattage question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Biggbass, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    is it okay to use a speaker cab rated for 200 watts with a 500w amp head? Or should I change out the speaker to a higher wattage rated speaker?
  2. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    Partially depends on the ohms- is the head putting out 500 watts at the ohm one speaker is using, msot likely not. Most 500 watt ss heads are only 250 watts into one 8 ohm cabinet.
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    If somebody knows what they are doing, knows what to listen for, and knows how to avoid or control big signal spikes, then they can "safely" use any wattage of amp with any lower-rated speaker cab. But it's only "safe" in the same way that fire, electricity, or a knife is safe in the hands of somebody who has been trained in safe usage of those things. For anyone else, it is not safe. 500 watts can easily burn up or tear apart a 200 watt speaker.

Share This Page