Amp output power and attenuators (Peavey 6505, Kock Dummybox Studio)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Untalented, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. Untalented

    Untalented Member

    Jan 14, 2015
    I have a question that may sound stupid to some. I have the Peavey 6505 amp head, output power 120 W RMS (to 4, 8 or 16 ohms).

    As you may know, it has 2 channels, with pre- and post-gain knobs for each.

    My question: Is 120 W the output power when the clean channel is at full (10/10) post-gain volume? And if so, can I assume that the output power is around 60 W at 5/10, 36 W at 3/10 and so forth? I know that using distorted sounds adds to the peak output levels.

    The reason why I'm asking is that I mady a hasty decision to purchase a used 60 W attenuator. Can I use it with my amp safely (without breaking anything) if I keep the post gain levels below 3/10?

    Thanks in advance,
    an idiot with a credit card

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