1. KEYGLASS

    KEYGLASS Member

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    I see many people use the term head room when describing the sound quality of an amp. could someone please define for me what headroom means. thanks
     
  2. loverocker

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    It's used as shorthand for how loud an amp will go before you get overdrive. Some amp's don't have much - like a Fender Champ. People using with a low wattage amp often want more headroom to be heard over a drummer when playing live (i.e. they crank the amp, but it distorts leaving them without a clean tone).

    I had a Diezel that could do 160W of clean. Now that's headroom :eek:
     
  3. hear and play

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    +1 for loverocker's answer

    An amp's wattage rating is not synonomus with its headroom -- two 50 watt amps may differ in how loud they'll get before the listener perceives distortion.
     
  4. Reeek

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    As hear and play states, headroom has more to do with the circuit design and component values including the transformers. Other elements to a certain degree would be the tubes and the speakers as to how clean an amp can stay after the circuit has been designed for clean headroom.
     
  5. KEYGLASS

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    Thanks for the quick replys! Now I know what it is and it makes sense. Thanks again

    peace
     
  6. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    It's also something tall folks like me need to be concerned about it the back seats of cars.

    ;)
     

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