Re: Amp options

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Posted by Deman on August 06, 2000 at 18:11:54:

In Reply to: Amp options posted by Dough on August 06, 2000 at 15:21:33:

: I am going to buy an amp. I have a chance to get an SM-500 SWR cheap. although i do not need the power 400watts yet i am not sure if i should buy it and not have to upgrade for a long time. but buying a head and a cab still is not cheap. my other option is to buy a combo and upgrade when i need the power

Hey...I would have to say go for it. Power amplifiers have a thing called headroom, meaning the percentage of power that is available above the current amplification (sound level). This is especially important with bass and low frequency sound. Power amplifiers use a large set of transformers (solid state) inside of them to increase the amplitude of the sound wave (thus, "AMPlifier"). When these transformers are used at low percentages of their available power, the %THD (percentage of Total Harmonic Distortion) is lower than at higher percentages of power outputs, resulting in a "cleaner" sound. TECHNO BABBLE TRANSLATION: The more power you have, the more you can turn your amp down. The more you can turn your amp down, the better it sounds. (This refers to solid state amps can differ greatly depending on type, tone wanted, and condition of tubes). if you don't have the power now, you'll probably want it., and if you plan on upgrading anyway, get the best you can get now and save a buck. I think you'll find that to get a combo that lives up anywhere near to what you will get with that SWR will cost you as much or more, and the SWR will be more versatile anyway. That's my two cents.
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