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Unleashed silent recording

Rogue

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There's a thread on here where this is discussed. Unless something has changed, the badcat folks say it is safe to run the unleash without a speaker hooked up. However, do not plug a speaker up while the unit is on. I think they said that could potentially damage the speaker.
 

vibrostrat43

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There's a thread on here where this is discussed. Unless something has changed, the badcat folks say it is safe to run the unleash without a speaker hooked up. However, do not plug a speaker up while the unit is on. I think they said that could potentially damage the speaker.
^Yes the above is correct. Solid state power amps without output transformers have no load requirements...many class D bass heads that are hundreds of watts can be run with no load as simple silent preamps. In fact I have used the Unleashed to allow me to turn up my amp and record direct into Logic without a load...doesn't sound great, but it works and the Unleashed is just fine. I'm looking into possibly picking up some kind of speaker simulator to run with the Unleashed.
 

Sean413

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Ya I read that thread but there's a lot of contradiction in/ about the answers given.
 

Tone Loco

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Ya I read that thread but there's a lot of contradiction in/ about the answers given.
Couldn't hurt to just ask BadCat. They'd get back to you with a definitive answer, probably as fast as one of these threads takes to play itself out.
 

thiscalltoarms

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^Yes the above is correct. Solid state power amps without output transformers have no load requirements...many class D bass heads that are hundreds of watts can be run with no load as simple silent preamps. In fact I have used the Unleashed to allow me to turn up my amp and record direct into Logic without a load...doesn't sound great, but it works and the Unleashed is just fine. I'm looking into possibly picking up some kind of speaker simulator to run with the Unleashed.
I smell a Two Notes Torpedo CAB in your future.


But the way this is what I experienced and what BadCat has confirmed several times. No load necessary on the class D amplifier, but plugging in to the speaker while the Unleash is powered will likely damage the speaker.
 






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