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Posted by Toby Meyer on October 09, 2001 at 09:14:06:
In Reply to: Re: how much power is enough?? posted by splatbass on October 08, 2001 at 01:15:22:
: : Switching over to pre/power amp/cabinet system, and need suggestions as to a good power amp, and how much power will be enough (using a demeter preamp, and eitehr a 1x15 cabinet, or demeters 3x10 cabinet). Mainly playing small to medium sized gigs. Looking at tubeworks 1160 power amp (160 watts rms, 80 a side, in stereo i guess. ) Any other suggestuions?
: I use 500 watts for small to medium clubs. It depends on what kind of music you play, but in general low frequencies need more power to be heard than higher frequencies like guitar. The wavelength is longer,and the speaker cone has to move more air. While a guitar player can usually get by with 40, 60 or 100 watts, bass needs at least 350. Unless you are playing in a very quiet acoustic band, without drums, 160 Watts just won't do. I played a gig in Japan where the club supplied the amp, a Hartke 160 watt combo with a 15" speaker, and it just wasn't loud enough. It kept breaking up, because I had the amp all the way up, and there just wasn't enough headroom (the difference between the volume you are playing at, and the maximum volume you can play at without breaking up, distorting, etc.). It is better to have more than enough, then you can get a very clean sound at any volume level.
When you use the PA, 160 Watts RMS should be enough. Without PA, it's not enough.
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