will a 50w head into 4x30w speakers sound same as 100w into 4x65w speakers?

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  1. Tonecap

    Tonecap Member

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    I've heard it said that lower wattage speakers sound different. Is this due to different construction or simply how they are being pushed. For example, a 50w marshall head into a 4x12 cab with G12h-30's has a head to cab wattage ratio of 41%. A 100w head into a 4x12 with 65w g12h's has a ratio of 38%. Being fairly close in ratio's does that mean the speakers would sound about the same?
     
  2. solitaire

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    No, that is totaly unrelated, I'm affraid. You have roughly the same headroom in the speakers so possibly will be roughly as lively. But that's the only similarity.

    A 100W amp has more headroom, bass and depth - and sound louder/ larger - and higher W coils make the speakers sound smoother and possibly a bit larger. 2 cabs of G12H30s and a 100W amp will be more similar. Then I'm unsure as to the type of G12H30 that would have 65W coils. :S Is that in reference to a clone?
     
  3. Tonecap

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    yeah, for example sake lets just take any modern clone
     
  4. riffmeister

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    Different skeakers sound different. As long as the power handling of the speakers is good for the the wattage amp being used, I wouldn't be too concerned about ratios and whatnot. Different speakers sound different, is what it boils down to.
     
  5. Tonecap

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    That essentially what I meant by the ratio's. head/cab handling wattage. 50w/120w = 41% 100w/260= 38%

    So the handling wattage would be taken care of, just a quesiton of tonal differences.
     
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    Yes, make sure your speakers (and your skeakers) can handle the wattage of the amp. Everything else after that is subjective as to what sounds "best' to you.
     
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    Power handling doesn't tell you anything about the tone.
     
  8. Tonecap

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    Ha! skeakers. That's another one of those tricks of the pro's isn't it! :)
     

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