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wattage question

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squirrelfriend01
09/21/2012 8:52pm

Hi guys,

Thinking about what speakers to order which got me thinking about watts.  Obvioulsy, I need a speaker(s) that are above the wattage of my amp but how do higher wattage speakers affect your tone compared to lower watt speakers?  For example, my amp is a stereo amp...70 watts a side.  My cab is a Carvin cab with four 100 watt speakers.  I run the cab in stereo which means I'm running 70 watts into 200 watts on each side.  At some point, I want to get another 4x12 and run one cab through one side of my amp and another cab with the other.  Which then means I would be running 70 watts into 400 watts with my current cab.  That seams like a pretty major difference.  The reaper is 30 and the veteran is 60 watts.  Been thinking about getting a pair of one of those to go with maybe the 75's.  Just curious on how watts of a 4x12 should match up with the watts from your amp.  Like I said, with my current rig, I'd be running 70 into 400.  Seems like lower watt speakers would be better to close the gap but since I don't know what the hell I'm talking about....I'm leaving this post:)  Thanks all!

VAUGHN SKOW
09/28/2012 6:20pm

Hi!  Generally speaking, the lower wattage speakers will be driven to compression & possibly speaker distortion when approaching their rated wattage (at WGS this means RMS TUBE watts).  Higher wattage speakers will generally stay clean and uncompressed longer, they will not be quite as nimble and touch sensitive, and be a tad darker in tone (because they usually use Kapton rather than paper formers). See my blog:

http://wgs4.com/paper-or-plastic-great-kapton-vs-paper-voice-coil-former-question

rob.topel
09/29/2012 5:47pm

I have a 15 watt egnater head.

If I run one speaker it gets 15 watts.

If I run two speakers in parallel do they both get 15 watts (or 7.5 max)?

VAUGHN SKOW
09/29/2012 11:57pm

It would be about 7.5 each ...