#1
Hey,

Recently I've been in the market for a new cab + head, I have made a few threads trying to decide on a new bass or cab + head. I technically really need a new head + cab, considering I only have a practice amp, but a new bass just makes my mind wander.

Anywho, I have decided on a head that I would get. A Hartke 5000 Transient Attack. They are great, they have many features, Bi-amp, Direct out, 10 band Eq, tube pre amp, compression, etc,. for fairly cheap. I was wondering, if I only had a 4x10 (or 4x12) to start with, would I plug it into the 5000's High or Low frequency speaker plugins in the back?

Also, the amp is 250 + 250 watts, it's meant to be bi amped. I don't exactly know what bi amping is, and it confuses me a fair amount. What is bi-amping, exactly?

The hartke has four speaker plugins, two for low frequency's, two for high frequencies. What amount of wattage would I need to get in a cab for these four speakers? I'm looking at either a 4x12, or 4x10 for the high's and two 2x15's for the lows. Any suggestions?

Also, it has direct out, and I'm looking at a pre/ post amp. I noticed BBE Bmax have quite a few good ones that are good for budget. Since the head already has a tube with solidstate pre amp, which you can blend, or only use one of, a 10 band eq, two contour knobs, two crossover knobs and a compression knob, should I look into a pre/ post amp?

Since it can run four speakers, does this mean I'll have 500 watts, or 1000 watts?

Sorry for the jumble of questions!

Here is a link to the head

http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=14
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#3
Biamping is where you send the low freqs to a cab, and the higher freqs to another, e.g. low to a 15, highs to a set of 10s or 12s.

The head is 500 watts- it has two speaker outputs for either side of the crossover if you use 8 ohm cabs- you get 170 watts using one 8 ohm cab, the second 8 ohm cab will use the rest of the wattage. If you use one 4 ohm cab, you'll get all the wattage into one speaker. That's my understanding anyways.
#4
Okay, so since it has four input jacks, two for high, two for low, both needing to be eight ohm cabs plugged in, can I plug in four cabs to it? Two 2x15, two 4x15s? If I do this, what amount of wattage will the cabs need to have?

It seems so simple, yet it's complicated to me : (
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#5
Well, your cabs will have to handle at least 170 watts, which is easy to find. My Ashdown MAG410T handles 450watts at 8 ohms, and only costs £200.

Out of interest, do you really need 3cabs? Cabs are heavy (Aforementioned cab weighing in at 27.5kg), bulky (more of a problem than the weight) and getting 3 of them will be expensive. And you don't need 4 15 inch speakers. Two will do you fine.
#6
I don't, I'm just thinking of the possibilities.

So I just need a cab that is over 170 watts?

I have three shows in February (I'm directing the schools musical, I made a thread about a month ago about it) and we might not have a PA to use. So, I'm just curious if I should look into getting four cabs to be able to power the High School Gym full of bass. Thanks for the help Delirium, I'm a bit new to cabs + heads.

I also forgot to ask, there are a few reviews saying that the stock tube isn't very great, and that I should switch it with a JJ/ Tesla tube. What tube would I switch it with, exactly? Someone said they switched it with a JJ/ Tesla *High Gain* tube, but I never found one after searching for it.
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