What would be the difference...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    ...between a 400 watt 4X10 cabinet and a 1000 watt 4X10 cab, if you were only running 200 watts into them? And which if either would be louder?
  2. T-Bird

    T-Bird Guest


    The one with a greater efficiency will be louder if either one of them doesn't fart out (run out of excursion) with 200W.

    Published power handling figures aren't comparable anyway.

  3. Implosion

    Implosion Guest

    Oct 19, 2007
    If everything were somehow mystically equal (speakers, efficiency, total volume of the innards cabinets, volume were the speakers start to give up, etc.) and the only difference would be power handling, then the cabinets would sound the same. But of course in real world one speaker can take 50 W and the other 250 W there are going to be differences.

    edit: +1 T-Bird
  4. VisualShock


    Feb 19, 2008
    North Wales
    if you run your amp into clipping, you'll risk damaging the speaker. if at all in doubt, buy an amp that can output more than your speakers can handle.

    When your amp clips, it sends a nasty signal to the cone, potentiall causing it to overrun it's mechanical excursions...
    if you buy a 300 watt head and a 200 watt cab, then only send 2/3s power, or something simmilar. avoid amp clipping.