# Will two cabs split the wattage of my head?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by davidkrejci, Jul 9, 2014.

1. ### davidkrejci

Jul 9, 2014
So i have one 8ohm 200 watt ampeg cab. I'm looking to get a 500 watt head but worried that I'll blow out my cab because of over powering it. If i get another cab to hook up to the head will half of the wattage go to one cab will the other half goes to the other?

2. ### lowfreq33

Jan 27, 2010
Nashville
Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
If it's 500 watts at 4 ohms it will put out around 250 watts at 8. So you'd be pretty ok with both a single cab or a pair as long as you don't crank it to 10.

Now, if it's 500 watts at 8 ohms, that's 1000 watts at 4, so even with two cabs you could blow speakers if you push it with the volume.

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3. ### CL400Peavey

Nov 7, 2011
Grand Rapids Michigan
What cab?

4. ### davidkrejci

Jul 9, 2014
The head is switchable from 4 to 8 ohms. The head is 500 at 4 or 8 ohms

5. ### CL400Peavey

Nov 7, 2011
Grand Rapids Michigan
Which amp, which cab?

6. ### davidkrejci

Jul 9, 2014
An ampeg bse4x10h and the orange terror 500

7. ### HolmeBass

Jan 18, 2007
Charlottesville, VA
That is an odd amp (head) unless it is a tube amp...

If you attach two cabinets to the amp and both cabs have the same impedance then they will split the wattage that the head outputs.

If the cabinets have different impedances then each gets wattage inversely proportional to it impedance; if one is 4 ohms and the other 8 ohms than the 4 ohm cabinet will get twice the wattage of the 8 ohm cabinet.

This works out to the 4 ohm box getting 2/3 of the output wattage, and the 8 ohm box getting 1/3 of the output wattage.

8. ### davidkrejci

Jul 9, 2014
It is a "hybrid" head. Both tube and solid state. Thank you though. So if i got another cab at 8 ohms both would recieve 250 watts?

9. ### HolmeBass

Jan 18, 2007
Charlottesville, VA
If they are both 8 ohm cabinets, yes, they would each get 250 watts.

10. ### davidkrejci

Jul 9, 2014
Awesome thank you. So i'd definitely be better off getting another 8 ohm cab instead of just pushing it through my one 200 watt cab?

11. ### Joedog

Jan 28, 2010
Pensacola FL
Not familiar w/the head but sounds like your assumption is correct (2 8ohm cabs would get 250 watts each). Probably more w/peaks. Will you blow a single cab? TOTALLY depends on how hard you push it. I saw a guy play a single 1X12 cab w/ an 1100W amp (on tour). Sounded great. What are you volume needs is the pertinent question. Use your ears. If the cab is struggling add another. If not, you are fine.

Having said that, having 2 cabs (ideally matching) has it's advantages, as long as you have the cash and don't mind the schelp. They look bitchin', the extra height makes it easier to hear yourself if you are right in front of the rig, and you can leave one at the doghouse (rehearsal space) and one at home for practice. Just bring the head back and forth, and bring both cabs for gigs that may require the extra volume.

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12. ### negativefxcomplete hack

Feb 18, 2013
Fort Collins
Terror Bass 500 has been known to throw over 700W in some peak situations. Don't dime the volume with only 500W of cab. I put a TB1000 up against a OBC410 (600W) and OBC115 (400W) @ 4ohm amp output and they were definitely struggling even at half to 3/4 volume.

13. ### Thijs V

Feb 17, 2004
Netherlands
Hybrid means tube pre and ss poweramp. So it is actually a ss amp. Guess it is a class d

14. ### bassmeknik

Nov 6, 2009
Fair Haven, MI
I run my 1400 watt SVT 4 Pro into a single 15 (190 watt rating) every week and never a problem. I do however listen to it and when I hear the speaker breaking up (very infrequently) I back off. I always have PA support so the 4 pro is a stage monitor, not filling the room...

You CAN use the head with only one cab, but you must pay attention to it or you could break it.

The same can be said for most rigs even where the amp and cab ratings are lopsided the other way.

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15. ### paulears

I might be stupid, but if yopu turn it up full, you can damage your speakers. So don't turn it up!

Speakers usually sound bad when they're being overdriven, so you get a warning - but if they are your speakers and your amp, just exercise a little restraint - I can't really imagine me ever turning mine up full - I just wouldn't do it.