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svt 4-pro with Carvin cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by cagipple, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. cagipple


    Oct 6, 2013
    I just purchased a used svt-4 pro and I'm wondering if my set up is going to work well. There seems to be many different ways to hook up cabs to this amp and this is all very new to me.

    I want to hook it up to Carvin 4x10 8ohm cab.

    What is the best way to accomplish this that will give me the most amount of wattage with out blowing anything out?
  2. Mono-bridged gives you 900w. If this is the modern Carvin, it's rated at 800w. Sounds perfect. Don't turn everything all the way up, just listen for any issues, and you should be able to get everything that cab has to give.
  3. I would not try pushing more that 400 watts at that cab, but we'll be here to answer the "What's wrong" afterwards.
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Good luck getting 800w into any 410 without making it explode.
  5. cagipple


    Oct 6, 2013
    So it is not recommended to run the svt 4 pro with a 410?
  6. Not bridged. Run it from one amp side, if you bridge to get all those cab burning watts be VERY careful. That is a Carvin cab you mentioned and they are not well known for strictly "honest" ratings.
  7. I used to run an SVT 4-Pro into a Carvin 10.4Neo. The thought of getting anywhere near what the amp could output/cab could take never crossed my mind, as I would likely be deaf and bleeding from the ears.

    Personally, I always took a single amp out into the cab so that I could drive that one more than having to back off a bridged output. But even that one amp was more than I ever needed.

    Just out of curiosity, where are you playing where you may need 900W?
  8. cagipple


    Oct 6, 2013
    I never said I needed 900W, I justed wanted to know the optimal way to set up my rig.
  9. The bridged will give the most wattage and will not "blow anything" if you can keep it tightly controlled and don't use a hard pluck/pick technique or slap.
    The safest way and likely all you will need is from one amp side only.

    So "optimal" is for you to choose.
  10. cagipple


    Oct 6, 2013
    Thank you B-String. I have decided to use one power amp.

    Next question, I do not have a speakon cable at the moment. Can this be done with a regular 1/4 speaker cable?
  11. Yes not a problem when running the two amps separately. A speakon end is REALLY easy to install on an existing 1/4" cable though, no soldering, just a screwdriver and $3 to $5 bucks each. The advantage is they are secure, fully insulated and no chance of a half pulled out cable damaging your amp.
  12. Waynebass


    Nov 21, 2011
    you also need a special mono bridge cable
  13. Waynebass


    Nov 21, 2011
    the mono bridge cable is not a standard speakon,one end is wired different,youtube has a lot of videos showing you how to make a ampeg mono bridge cable
  14. jeffkew

    jeffkew Bass Curious

    Dec 14, 2010
    I have an svt 4 pro, and I run it mono bridged with an SWR Goliath III 410 with no problem. I prefer the punch I get from the amp used this way. In order to damage the speakers, you'd really need to turn it up ridiculously loud.
  15. Waynebass


    Nov 21, 2011
    i ran a 4 pro bridged into a 600 aguilar gs 212 for years with no problems,just watch your volume and how you eq,that 8 ohm 410 will work just fine