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Old 03-04-2016, 03:40 PM   #1
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50W for bedroom?

Hey! I got a great offer on a JetCity 50/100W amp. I am currently just playing at home. Would this be overkill our could i turn down the volume to 1/2 o clock? Or will this make it sound bad? Thanks!
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:48 PM   #2
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Any amp with preamp and master volume controls will be fine at minimum and maximum volume levels.
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:59 PM   #3
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^Yup. Agreed, furthermore, I have a 50w, 100w and 120w that are all manageable.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:23 PM   #4
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I'm happy with my 45w amp sitting 10' from my bed. Just learn tour controls, and you'll be fine.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:51 PM   #5
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A buddy of mine recently bought a 5150 III 50 watt for his bedroom and he is really happy with it.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:59 PM   #6
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There's this novel thing called a volume knob that you can use.
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There's this novel thing called a master volume knob that you can use.
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Old 03-04-2016, 06:23 PM   #8
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Technically, you can control the amp's volume with the preamp volume. So the pedantry is moot.
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Technically, you can control the amp's volume with the preamp volume, but it will also decrease the gain moreso than the master volume would. So the pedantry is moot.
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Old 03-04-2016, 06:33 PM   #10
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In case it wasn't clear enough, we're talking about the overall volume of what comes out of the speakers, not the level of distortion.
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Old 03-04-2016, 06:47 PM   #11
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Overkill in terms of your max volume needs? Sure. Just turn it down and increase the bass to fill out the sound at lower volumes.
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:01 PM   #12
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My JCA50H sounds great at low volumes. You just gotta tweak the EQ a little.
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mine sounds good at low volumes, but it does depend on exactly what you mean by "low volumes".

If you mean whisper volume, where someone in the next room wouldn't hear you, then

If you mean loud TV/action movie on a home cinema type levels, then, to my ears at least, they sound good.
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Old 03-06-2016, 03:09 AM   #14
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There's this novel thing called a volume knob that you can use.

Do you think a volume pedal on the fx loop will be just as good as a master volume for overall volume control? I don't think this is irrelevant to the thread topic so I interject, warn me if I am doing wrong...
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Do you think a volume pedal on the fx loop will be just as good as a master volume for overall volume control? I don't think this is irrelevant to the thread topic so I interject, warn me if I am doing wrong...

I use a volumecontroller in the loop and it works like a charm.
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Great to learn that thank you
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Old 03-06-2016, 04:04 PM   #17
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Own the same amp, sounds fantastic at low volumes but much better when loud as expected. =P

Do be mindful of speaker sensitivity, that's what matters probably most in getting an amp to operate at quiet volumes.
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In general, how well to big amps/high wattage speakers work at very low volumes, say, acoustic guitar volume? My H&K is about 20w and works fine.
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In general, how well to big amps/high wattage speakers work at very low volumes, say, acoustic guitar volume? My H&K is about 20w and works fine.

Read this.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/col...formance.ht ml

Tl;dr you cannot generalise how amps of higher wattages perform at low volumes. Too many other factors (independent of an amp's wattage) make a difference.
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Interesting, thanks, it provides plenty to think about. Speakers are pretty obvious, but I hadn't given much thought to the transformer.
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