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Total amp noob here with a few questions about heads and cabs.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FBS1996, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. FBS1996


    Feb 14, 2011
    Hey everyone :) I've got a lot of cash recently, so I thinking of doing a completely changing my set up. Got a new fender jazz on it's way and now I'm looking into amps. I've only used combo amps in the past, but now I'm thinking of upgrading to a head/cabinet combination

    The head I have in mind is an Orange Bass Terror 500 (https://www.orangeamps.com/products/bass-guitar-amp-heads/terror-series/terror-bass-500/#tab-id-2). I've heard a couple of reviews on youtube and it sounds awesome from what I've found, and there's one selling in my local area for £330. The cab I'm looking at is an Ashdown MAG 410T Slim (http://ashdownmusic.com/products/1/Bass-Amplification/3/MAG/38/MAG-410T-SLIM/) as the matching orange cabs cost a fortune, plus I've had only good experiences with Ashdown so far

    I was just wondering if this head will be compatible with this cabinet. I've heard a few little horror stories about people who have damaged their cabinets because they used a head that wasn't compatible. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

    NOTE: I've also found that the bass terror head has a switch between 4 ohms and 8 ohms resistance, if that changes anything?
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    The cab is 8ohms and the head can switch from 4 to 8. So you are good to go. That is really the only thing you MUST concern yourself with when it comes to compatibility. Amps have minimum ohm ratings. You can't go below those ratings on the cab.

    Now, there are dozens of factors that will determine whether or not they will sound great together. But "damage" should not be an issue unless you go nuts with volume.
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  4. FBS1996


    Feb 14, 2011
    Ah right, awesome :) so if they head has a minimum of 4 ohms, the cab must have a minimum of 4 ohms too? Or can the cab still be higher than 4 ohms?
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Cab be be equal to or higher than 4 ohms..... but not less.
  6. fnordlyone

    fnordlyone Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    south Louisiana
    Your one cab will be rated for ohms, actual not minimum (it will be either 8 or 4). If you add cabs then… see sticky… but one amp into two 8 ohm cab's = a 4 ohm load. You must have an amp head that goes to minimum 2 ohms to run two 4 ohm cabs that together equal 2 ohms.

  7. The 4/8 switch is an oddity for a solid state power amp. Simple rule is match the switch to the cab used. One or two 8ohm cabs, but only one 4ohm cab may be used.