#1
Im looking at getting a new amp and the one im going to get comes in both combo and amp+cab. Whats the difference? There both 5 watts, both have the same tone controls and both are tube... I dont see any difference

#2
if you get head+cab you can have more speakers...
5 watt combo is probably 1x10...with head+cab you can probably have twice 4x12 cabs...
so yeah..more headroom
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#3
I don't know the difference but if it's only 5 watts then i'd go for the combo, more convinient.
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I don't know the difference but if it's only 5 watts then i'd go for the combo, more convinient.


I would rather go with the head+cab because i can hook it up to a larger cab if i want.
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I would rather go with the head+cab because i can hook it up to a larger cab if i want.


Fair enough, have fun with it then.
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I would rather go with the head+cab because i can hook it up to a larger cab if i want.

Go with the combo, adding a larger cab won't make the head louder.
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Go with the combo, adding a larger cab won't make the head louder.


So a small cab will give me the same volume as three marshall cabs?

#9
it wont be that much louder with more speakers probably, but it may have a slight spike in percieved volumes, due to more air being pushed.
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it wont be that much louder with more speakers probably, but it may have a slight spike in percieved volumes, due to more air being pushed.


Well the amp+cab combo isnt that much more expensive and i dont much like combos. Besides it also means if i get another head later on i dont need to buy a cab.
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as long as the ohms and stuff match.
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So a small cab will give me the same volume as three marshall cabs?


Pretty much, yes.

A 5 watt head wouldn't be able to power 3 cabs, the rating of a speaker cab indicates how much power it can handle, likewise the rating of an amp is how much power it can produce.

Adding more speakers doesn't increase the power, it just spreads it around. If you had a 4 x 12 100 watt cab and a 5 watt amp you wouldn't have 100 watts, you'd have 4 speakers each putting out 1.25 watts. It's like a jug...if you have 1 litre of water and pour it into a 5 litre jug you've still only got 1 litre of water. Get the combo, there's no point worrying about cabs and stuff given your limited budget so it makes sense to get the simpler package. You could only re-use the cab if you bought a similar low wattage amp and somehow I doubt that's going to be the case.

Remember, there's NO difference betwwen the two, it's just that the combo is in one bit and the other is in two, and that goes for all amps....saying you "don't like combos" is just kind of childish really, an amp is an amp, tho only thing that matters is how it sounds.
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Pretty much, yes.

A 5 watt head wouldn't be able to power 3 cabs, the rating of a speaker cab indicates how much power it can handle, likewise the rating of an amp is how much power it can produce.

Adding more speakers doesn't increase the power, it just spreads it around. If you had a 4 x 12 100 watt cab and a 5 watt amp you wouldn't have 100 watts, you'd have 4 speakers each putting out 1.25 watts. It's like a jug...if you have 1 litre of water and pour it into a 5 litre jug you've still only got 1 litre of water. Get the combo, there's no point worrying about cabs and stuff given your limited budget so it makes sense to get the simpler package. You could only re-use the cab if you bought a similar low wattage amp and somehow I doubt that's going to be the case.

Remember, there's NO difference betwwen the two, it's just that the combo is in one bit and the other is in two, and that goes for all amps....saying you "don't like combos" is just kind of childish really, an amp is an amp, tho only thing that matters is how it sounds.


Ok thanks... I guess. Il look at the combo then *grumble*

Oh and about the volume... Suppose i mic it up to a PA if i were to play a gig?

Also it's not that I don't like combos its just that there's something more appealing about a head+cab to me.
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Nicely said Mr. Seagull
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Ok thanks... I guess. Suppose i mic it up if i were to play a gig?

Oh and it's not that I don't like combos its just that there's something more appealing about a head+cab to me.

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Ok thanks... I guess. Il look at the combo then *grumble*

Oh and about the volume... Suppose i mic it up to a PA if i were to play a gig?

Also it's not that I don't like combos its just that there's something more appealing about a head+cab to me.

If there's a PA then you can mic it up and it'll go as loud as you want, people do stadium gigs with mic'd low wattage amps.
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If there's a PA then you can mic it up and it'll go as loud as you want, people do stadium gigs with mic'd low wattage amps.


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I thought that every speaker you add is +2 or +3dB, which does make a 412 9dB louder than the 112.
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