#1
Whats headroom?

liek people talk about if you have a 5 watt amp cranked there is like no head room

etc stuff liek that,

what does head room mean?
#3
Yeah, headroom is how loud an amp will get before it distorts.
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#4
When a amp reaches the state where tubes become over-saturated, natural distortion starts to kick in from the tubes. Headroom is the volume/gain level you can crank your amp to b4 reaching this level.
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#5
Like everyone else said, headroom is how loud the amp can produce clean tones before it goes into overdrive.
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#6
hmmm is going above the headroom a good thing?
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#7
If you like super clean tones, going above the headroom isn't really desired.
But, if you ask me, it's a very good thing to crank up and get some breakup.
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#8
headroom is the amount of volume before an amp distorts or that an amp is capable of producing sound without distortion.
#9
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hmmm is going above the headroom a good thing?


if you're playing a tube amp and want awesome distortion, yes.


If you're playing a solid state, going over the headroom on the clean channel is going to sound terrible.
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#10
^This.
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if you're playing a tube amp and want awesome distortion, yes.


If you're playing a solid state, going over the headroom on the clean channel is going to sound terrible.


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#13
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So if a tube amp has little head room it means it distorts easy?

Yes.
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#14
It is incorrectly stated below that headroom is the power/volume needed to begin to break up or distort an amplifier.
Headroom is how much clean, undistorted volume which an amplification system still has left after the desired volume level is reached.
An example of an amp with plenty of headroom is one that accomplishes its function at half volume with out breaking up or distorting and still has half the volume knob left. You will need to crank it to break it up or create distortion thus using it's remaining headroom.
An amp said to not have plenty of head room will intentionally or unintentionally break up or distort at a lower volume that is less than which is needed to perform its function. It runs out of headroom too soon.
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