#1
Will the difference in volume be substantial? Also, would a 50W amp sound a lot better at low volume?

Thx.
#2
Based on what I've heard, you gain approximately 3db every time you double the wattage.

And whether it will sound better depends on the type of amp; a lot of modern high gain stuff doesn't actually sound that much better, as the gain comes from the pre-amp tubes, primarily, not the power tubes.

That said, I don't know jack about the inner workings of amps. Eurotubes.com is bursting with this kind of information, might e worth your while to head on over there.
#4
Quote by hawk5211
It completely depends on the kind of amp. I have a 100W SOLID-STATE Fender, which is no louder at full honk (despite being a 2x12) than my 15W TUBE Blues Junior (1x12)

what about a Marshall DSL100 or DSL50?
#5
Quote by Wolffgang
Based on what I've heard, you gain approximately 3db every time you double the wattage.

And whether it will sound better depends on the type of amp; a lot of modern high gain stuff doesn't actually sound that much better, as the gain comes from the pre-amp tubes, primarily, not the power tubes.

That said, I don't know jack about the inner workings of amps. Eurotubes.com is bursting with this kind of information, might e worth your while to head on over there.


you need 10 times the power to double the volume so a 50watt and a 100watt amp will have nearly the same volume.

big difference in sound and behavior.
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#7
Quote by AcousticMirror
you need 10 times the power to double the volume so a 50watt and a 100watt amp will have nearly the same volume.

big difference in sound and behavior.

do you mean that the amp will distort better at lower volumes?
#8
the dsl's are super loud. You won't notice much of a difference between them though. with my current knowledge, i definitely would have purchased a 50 watt since there are less tubes to replace. Its still going to have to be somewhat louder than what you would like for bedroom levels to get a solid tone, the 50 will perform marginally better (if its really noticeable at all for the dsl's)

tldr: Get the 50 watt DSL
#9
The only place you'll really notice the difference is if you are really cranking the volume on them. The 50W will breakup slightly earlier. Not a lot in it really. The big advantage of a 100W amp is more headroom. That makes them better for modern metal because you want as little power amp distortion as possible.
At bedroom levels you won't notice any difference.
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#10
Short answer?

Pretty much none.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Feel free to express yours so I can make an informed judgement about how stupid you are.
#11
Not much difference in volume, the 100 watt will just have a lot more headroom and, in my experience, have a little more bass response at higher volumes. With the DSL series the amps distort incredibly easily anyway, so it really doesn't make that much difference which one you go for. I had a DSL50, it sounded amazing but it was very unreliable.
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#12
Lower wattage will distort more at lower volume. So it will be better suited to indoor usage - but still gets loud if you put your volume up.
#13
also parts, like speakers have a pretty major effect on volume.

the cab or system the sound is comin out of has a large impact from the point of vew of the listener. it "seems" louder due to more speakrs putting out sound.
#14
Difference in volume is almost nothing. Difference in headroom and low end are the things you'll notice the most.
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#16
How much you can crank the amp before the powertubes begin to distort.
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#17
in my experience the difference is minimal. yes you will have people talking about headroom and you need to get a hotplate, but the truth is that anything over 20 watts for bedroom play is overkill. But in saying that ive had both a 60 w engl fireball and a 120w 5150, and the 5150 sounded better at bedroom play. take from that what you will
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