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Time and again I see threads pop up with questions and/or assumptions pertaining to amplifier wattage and low volume performance. They often look like some variation of these:

“A 100 watt amp is too loud for home/apartment/bedroom use.”

“I’m looking for a 5 watt amp so I can get great tone at low volumes.”

“Will the 50 watt version have better tone than the 100 watt version at bedroom levels?”

“I need an amp under 5 watts so I can crank it up without it being too loud.”

“Is 30 watts too loud for home use?”

There are of course all kinds of other questions and claims that pop up about this stuff, but you get the picture. There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings abound when it comes to amplifier output power and low volume performance and I wanted to share some information to help clear up some of it for whomever may be interested to learn more. Shall we?

Rule #1: An amplifier’s output power does not dictate its low volume performance or tone quality.

I just want to make sure that is clear first off. A 5 watt amp can sound great at low volumes, or it can sound like crap at low volumes. Doesn’t matter that it’s 5 watts. Likewise, a 100 watt amp can sound great at low volumes, or it can sound terrible. Having 100 watts of output power isn’t the determining factor.

Cool? OK, so let’s look at some factors that play an active role in how good an amp will sound at low volumes. Here’s a summary first, and if you care to take it further, I’ll provide some elaboration below it.

1) Output transformer design & quality
2) Power supply design
3) Signal path circuit design
4) Speaker(s)


Output transformer design & quality
The thought of the output transformer playing a significant role in low volume performance may not have ever crossed your mind. But it’s a fact. The output transformer couples the power amp section of a tube guitar amp to the speaker(s). But due to the nature of what a transformer is, this connection is not direct. The output tubes are connected to what is called the primary winding of the transformer. The speaker is connected to what is called the secondary winding. These windings are not physically connected to one another though. So how does your output signal make it to the speaker?

When the AC output signal is introduced to the primary winding by the output tubes, it is inductively transferred to the secondary winding via the magic of electromagnetism. This is where we can make or break tone quality at any volume really, because there lies the opportunity for losses and inaccuracies during that “translation” from one coil to the other.

An ideal transformer would cause no losses, degradation, distortion, or inaccuracies when performing its function. But ideal transformers only exist in theory. In the real world we have core materials and design approaches to deal with. Lower quality transformers (characterized by both material and design inadequacies) are inconsistent performers. When presented with a low amplitude signal (as when an amp’s volume is turned down low), the transfer of the output signal from primary to secondary—as a whole or only for various frequencies—may be inconsistent with that which occurs when it is presented with a high amplitude signal (as when you turn the volume up). There may be a lack of certain frequencies and too many of others. There may be distortion artifacts that present themselves in non-musical ways. This will cause unsatisfactory tone at low volumes.

Conversely, higher quality transformers (in materials and design) will be more transparent, cause less loss, degradation, distortion, and inaccuracies overall. As a result, performance will be a great deal more consistent at all volumes. This contributes to better low volume performance.


Power supply design
The power supply of any tube amp is easily one of the most overlooked and underappreciated parts of it. Essentially, when you are playing through a tube amp, you are “playing” the power supply. More specifically, your guitar signal is modulating the power supply via the tubes.

How tube amps work is beyond the scope of this post, but let it suffice to say that a well-designed power supply is critical to an amp’s performance—including how well it performs at low volumes. A shoddy power supply design will undoubtedly reduce the low volume performance potential of an amplifier.

Of course, what constitutes a “well-designed” power supply depends heavily on the rest of the circuit design. So there isn’t a black & white, one size fits all standard.


Signal path circuit design
Like the power supply design, the signal path circuit design also plays a role in low volume performance. It’s impossible for me to provide a universal explanation of what constitutes a good or bad design here, because there are an incredible number of variables that play into it—and it’s somewhat of an “application-specific” issue.

Nonetheless, design quality and component quality will work in conjunction with one another to play a role in an amp’s low volume performance.


Speaker(s)
Here is an item that almost never gets discussed in low volume amp performance discussions. Speakers are an absolutely critical factor in this! One of the most important in fact!

First let’s address sensitivity ratings. Take the following scenario into account: we have two 112 cabs, each loaded with a different speaker than the other. The cabs are identical otherwise, and are being driven by a hypothetical amp at a set volume. As you may or may not know, one speaker can be louder than the other despite the two being driven by the exact same output. Why? Because of something called sensitivity.

Sensitivity most usually refers to the dB output of a speaker when fed a set frequency at 1 watt output power. It is typically measured at a set distance from the speaker. Speaker sensitivity ratings for typical guitar speakers can range from dB levels in the 80’s to over 100dB. Let’s look at an example.

A Celestion Vintage 30 has a sensitivity rating of 100dB. One can infer that when fed 1 watt of signal, the speaker will produce 100dB SPL (sound pressure level).

Let’s wait a moment here and think about something. It only takes 1 watt of output power to get the speaker to create 100dB? As a reference, you’d experience the same level of loudness standing next to a motorcycle while the engine is being revved. If you brought a motorcycle into your bedroom, fired it up, and began revving the engine, do you think anyone in the house, or outside of the house would be able to hear it? If 1 watt of output power can create this level of noise, do you think that a low wattage amp is necessarily the solution to being able to play at low volumes?

So back to sensitivity. We just learned that a Celestion Vintage 30 is rated as having a sensitivity of 100dB. If we take a look at a Celestion G12T-75, we find that it has a sensitivity rating of 97dB. 3dB less than the Vintage 30 at the same output power.

Is 3dB a big deal? Let’s have a look at how much extra power is required to get 3dB more volume out of a speaker.

To increase output by 3dB, we actually have to DOUBLE our amplifier’s output power. So for a G12T-75 to put out 100dB, it has to be fed 2 watts, versus the Vintage 30 only needing 1 watt. But let’s take a look at how this exponential relationship begins to widen the gap between the two. Below I have output SPL’s listed, and how much output power would be required to achieve it with each speaker.

100dB
V30: 1 watt
G12T-75: 2 watts

103dB
V30: 2 watts
G12T-75: 4 watts

106dB
V30: 4 watts
G12T-75: 8 watts

109dB
V30: 8 watts
G12T-75: 16 watts

112dB
V30: 16 watts
G12T-75: 32 watts

115dB
V30: 32 watts
G12T-75: 64 watts

118dB
V30: 64 watts
G12T-75: 128 watts

So to drive a V30 to 118dB only requires around 64 watts. To get the G12T-75 to that same loudness would require 128 watts! Hopefully this sheds a little light on one aspect of this in terms of speakers. This is of course a very theoretical example based on a single frequency signal in very controlled conditions, but it illustrates the point that some speakers will seem louder than others at the same given level of output power.

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(Continued from above post)

The next point I want to talk about with speakers is efficiency. Efficiency has to do with how well a speaker creates varying frequencies at a given output power level. Efficiency and sensitivity go hand in hand. When we are looking at sensitivity, we are looking at loudness at a single frequency (like 1kHz for example). But our guitar signal contains a broad range of frequencies, so we are interested in looking at efficiency across that range.

If you have ever seen a frequency response plot for a speaker, you are basically looking at a panoramic view of the speaker’s efficiency at a set output power level for all intents and purposes. The output levels of each frequency vary, which gives the speaker its “voice.” Speakers could be thought of as the most significant EQ curve in your entire rig!

What’s important to note is that speaker efficiency will vary for any given frequency at any given output power. In other words, as we turn volume up or down, that speaker’s EQ curve is going to change in places. This is one of the prime reasons why tone changes when we turn amp volume up, versus turning it down. There is a dynamic relationship between output power and frequency response.

Some speakers stay truer at low volumes, and some speakers just flat-out SUCK at low volumes. That’s really what it boils down to. Have you ever experienced excessive “fizz” with high gain tones at low volumes, and then it starts to go away as the volume is turned up? In many cases, the speaker can be the prime culprit in that phenomenon. At low volumes, low frequency efficiency typically goes down the tubes and higher frequencies become more dominant. We get a skewed “EQ curve” that takes away certain frequencies and seemingly “cranks up” others. It's inaccurate.

And if we think about what we learned regarding output transformers, the variables get even thicker!

It should be mentioned that a speaker’s behavior will most definitely be influenced by the cabinet design. In fact, cab design can play a role in how well any given speaker performs at low volumes due to the physical interactions that happen in real world application.


Moral of the story
I hope this sheds some light on some of the big factors that determine how well an amp will perform at low volumes. I hope it reveals the fact that the amp’s output power does not directly correlate to how well it performs at bedroom levels.

Ultimately, because of the complex nature of everything that plays into this, the only thing anyone can really go on is personal experience. And even then we have to approach advice with caution, as we enter the territory of human subjectivity.

So go forth, take your newly acquired knowledge, and have educated discussions about low volume performance!
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Should be stuck at the top for newb reference.

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Awesome. A great read for everyone I reckon.

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Craig, write a comprehensive textbook please.
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The only counterargument I can think of is for a blues-grit tone through a tube amp... many people believe that powertube overdrive/distortion is more desirable that preamp overdrive/distortion for that particular genre. If that is the case, then a lower wattage tube amp will break up the power tubes at lower volumes, thereby generating a "better" tone at low volume than a similar high wattage amp.
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The only counterargument I can think of is for a blues-grit tone through a tube amp... many people believe that powertube overdrive/distortion is more desirable that preamp overdrive/distortion for that particular genre. If that is the case, then a lower wattage tube amp will break up the power tubes at lower volumes, thereby generating a "better" tone at low volume than a similar high wattage amp.

Ever tried to get power tube distortion on a five watter? The term 'low volume' does not apply. 'Lower' sure, but that's not the argument he's addressing... Moot point is moot.

He says countless times that he is only giving a general overview of the many, many nuances of this debate. I think he covered his ass on that aspect quite well.
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Very informative post, I learned a load of stuff here.

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Ever tried to get power tube distortion on a five watter? The term 'low volume' does not apply. 'Lower' sure, but that's not the argument he's addressing... Moot point is moot.

He says countless times that he is only giving a general overview of the many, many nuances of this debate. I think he covered his ass on that aspect quite well.


Oh, I absolutely agree... I was mostly saying that his argument was so thorough that it removed all valid points from the opposing side of the argument except that one minor case. It was an excellent post.
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Oh, I absolutely agree... I was mostly saying that his argument was so thorough that it removed all valid points from the opposing side of the argument except that one minor case. It was an excellent post.

Gotcha. There's always that 'but what about X' scenario in any argument... But this thread covers all the general stuff so well that when this topic comes up in a thread we can reference this then just add a tiny bit more situational info and we should be able to cover any and all bases.
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Y'know, I saw the title on the front page and came in expecting this to be some fool ranting on about low volumes vs high volumes is a myth and there is no audible difference etc.

How wrong could I have been - hit the nail on the head analysing the various stages of the signal path and their impact on the tone at the end result. Even mentioned the speakers which is something I believe too many people exclude from the equation when talking about low-volume performance (though I admit I'm referring to the audio engineering side of things; not the stuff you are more likely to discuss here in GG&A).

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Quote by Musicman48858
The only counterargument I can think of is for a blues-grit tone through a tube amp... many people believe that powertube overdrive/distortion is more desirable that preamp overdrive/distortion for that particular genre.


that is true, many people do believe that. and many times they will cite non-MV amps like a marshall 18 watt, JTM45 or old supro, the problem with those amps is when you crank the volume you're cranking the preamp with the power amp and there is no way to 'isolate' the preference of power amp distortion.

many contemporary amps can sound 'big' and 'ballsy' at lower volumes using the techniques craig mentions (good trannie, good power supply, appropriate circuit design, proper matched speakers). and yes, those techniques can even make a good blues amp at low volumes.

but the most important part of craig's contribution: "So go forth, take your newly acquired knowledge, and have educated discussions about low volume performance!" apply the knowledge he just gave you, go out and do some double blinds and compare a bunch of amps and speakers.

if you want to find acceptable blues amps, then go out and try some stuff, don't just rely on what "many people believe".

if i am interpreting craig correctly, that was the purpose behind his Toll Free Express design, it was designed to sound like a cranked amp at lower volumes.

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If that is the case, then a lower wattage tube amp will break up the power tubes at lower volumes, thereby generating a "better" tone at low volume than a similar high wattage amp.


yes, the power tube will 'breakup at lower volume', but going after 'breakup at lower volume' by getting a low powered amp is generally not as effective as one may hope.

for example, a blues jr is commonly recommended over a hot rod deville (for power amp distortion anyway). unfortunately i don't know all the speaker specs on those amps, but if we just compare power outputs (15, 60 respectively) then the hot rod deville is only ~1.43 louder than the blues jr. despite the fact that the deville has 4 times the power output.

we can take to a huge extreme, lets compare something like a 5 watt amp to a 150 watt amp. mind you a 5 watt amp has 30 times less output than a 150 watt amp, but if all other factors are held constant then the 150 watt amp is only 2.7 times louder than the 5 watt amp. while i would admit, that is quite a bit of difference it should also be mentioned that most guitarists using their intuition would expect a bigger difference in perceived loudness.

that is what craig was trying to get across.

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ratio louder = 2^log10(P2/P1)
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(i'll read it all in a minute Knowing it's you and having skimmed it slightly I know it's going to be good and I'm going to agree, though )

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Thanks guys, glad you're enjoying the post!


Quote by Musicman48858
The only counterargument I can think of is for a blues-grit tone through a tube amp... many people believe that powertube overdrive/distortion is more desirable that preamp overdrive/distortion for that particular genre. If that is the case, then a lower wattage tube amp will break up the power tubes at lower volumes, thereby generating a "better" tone at low volume than a similar high wattage amp.


This is really a horse of a different color. If we're talking about power amp distortion, we are most definitely not talking about low volumes. Not by a long shot.

Unless of course we are talking about a sub-1 watt power amp. But even still, we are at the mercy of the variables I mentioned and thusly it cannot be assumed that it will sound any better than a 100 watt amp.

But overall, the quality of tone at any volume cannot be determined by the power output.


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I've actually been in the process of writing a book that I will release on the Amazon Kindle platform. Very slow process though.


I'm very, very interested. A design oriented text?
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Not all power tube distortion is the same either.

People go after tones that were made with 6l6s or el34s. Yet, the majority of low-wattage solutions in the .5-2 watt range are using pre-amp tubes in power amp duty, most often single-ended and even triode-strapped.

Even when those toys are cranked, they aren't gonna sound the same.
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I would buy the book too Craig. Me want.
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I'm very, very interested. A design oriented text?


Not at first. I'm hoping it will be a series. The first is explaining how tube amps work in a digestable way for people who are not EE's. There are a lot of references that are incredibly difficult for most people to make sense of. I'm trying to focus on what would be considered important in order to understand tube amps and translate it in a way that most people can pick up on.
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Not all power tube distortion is the same either.

People go after tones that were made with 6l6s or el34s. Yet, the majority of low-wattage solutions in the .5-2 watt range are using pre-amp tubes in power amp duty, most often single-ended and even triode-strapped.

Even when those toys are cranked, they aren't gonna sound the same.


agreed. Not to mention, even the 5 watters which do use "real" power amp tubes are normally single-ended. Which doesn't really sound the same as push-pull either. it can sound good, though, as long as you have no preconceptions- plus some classic tones were recorded on single-enders (layla, say) so it's a tone you're sort of used to.

but even a 5 watter cranked isn't really what most people (apart from cath) would call bedroom volume. It's a bit like saying a porsche is a better idea than a ferrari because the speed limit is 70 and the porsche only goes up to 150mph while the ferrari goes up to 200. You're not really driving either near the limit, what matters more is how each one is to drive at or below 70.
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First of all, excellent post. I learned some new stuff, and enjoyed doing it!

I've always known that there was more to an amp sounding better when cranked than the power tubes, but I never knew enough to say why. Now I do! I was somewhat close, though, as I've always thought it was something to do with the speaker reacting more at higher volumes.

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I quite look forward to this, considering I'm not an EE but I'm very interested in the whole idea and concept.

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but even a 5 watter cranked isn't really what most people (apart from cath) would call bedroom volume. It's a bit like saying a porsche is a better idea than a ferrari because the speed limit is 70 and the porsche only goes up to 150mph while the ferrari goes up to 200. You're not really driving either near the limit, what matters more is how each one is to drive at or below 70.


Yeah, but we all know the reason Cath is on here so much is because he can't hear anymore to talk to normal "real" people

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that likes to use vehicle analogies with amps, though
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Craig... as far as the power supply's effect, how much does the filter choke have an effect on low volume performance?

I have always been advised to not use them in low wattage/low current draw amp designs as it has less of an effect on the filtering, but how does work with low volume tone?
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TL;DR

Besides, what the **** would you know about amps?
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We need more experts to write up articles like this. I learned a lot from this. Thanks a lot Craig!

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Craig... as far as the power supply's effect, how much does the filter choke have an effect on low volume performance?

I have always been advised to not use them in low wattage/low current draw amp designs as it has less of an effect on the filtering, but how does work with low volume tone?


The choke will have the biggest effect on power supply noise rejection. How effective it is in improving low volume performance would be dependent on how it is configured in the amp's power supply, how the core is designed, rated inductance, and the current draw it sees--not to mention how the rest of the power supply is designed.

Interesting that you'd ever be advised against using one in any amp. I'd much rather use a choke than a resistor up front.

Now, I can definitely see an argument from a "wrong tool for the job" perspective. I certainly wouldn't use a big 20H/400mA choke in a single ended EL84 amp with a single 12AX7 preamp for example.
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well, I know you like to run the whole amp through them anyway I've been considering getting one from Danbury (the company I get all my transformers from, although I may be going elsewhere for OTs in my production models, maybe edcor, need to test them side by side really) and see what they're like.

Or else I need to find some way of getting the high current o'netics ones
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Great post! It bugs me when I see posts about some amps being "too loud" for bedroom use. I think the only real issue is the volume knob being so touchy at low voumes, which is hardly grounds for buying a new amp.


But some amps just suck at low volumes. My 6505+ 112 was disappointing when not cranked, and upgrading the speaker didn't help. I eventually sold it because I ended up using a Vypyr 15 more often, but I upgraded that to a Vypyr 30 because the 8" speaker in the 15 just isn't good enough for me.

I think when someone is buying an amp for bedroom use, obviously the wattage should be considered(if it affects the price), but it should ultimately come down to how well it performs at low volumes.
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Great read!
maybe you should post this as a guest article.
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awesome stuff Craig, read all of it! Enjoyed ALL of it! haha

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Thanks man! Makes me less nervous about the Valveking 100W head that will arrive next week. Though I am prepared on ordering the FX loop volume box since it doesnt have dedicated Master Volume knob, most likely the "post gain" knob will go from whisper to "omfgthatwasloud" with a twitch from a wrist.

Also interesting points about the speakers. I do not have a cab yet, (considering Jet City 12S) so I have to research on how the speaker behaves on low volumes.

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637 IQ
#38
Great post man, thanks! Learned so much there that just went over my head before. I almost feel like I should be paying you for this though!
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Dave_Mc
Chirp and Swirl
Join date: Mar 2005
2,967 IQ
#39
Quote by Blktiger0



Yeah, but we all know the reason Cath is on here so much is because he can't hear anymore to talk to normal "real" people

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that likes to use vehicle analogies with amps, though




and yeah i don't know why i keep doing the car analogies, as i know nothing about them. just they seem apt most of the time
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Join date: Nov 2009
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#40
Quote by CECamps
Not at first. I'm hoping it will be a series. The first is explaining how tube amps work in a digestable way for people who are not EE's. There are a lot of references that are incredibly difficult for most people to make sense of. I'm trying to focus on what would be considered important in order to understand tube amps and translate it in a way that most people can pick up on.


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