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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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I've got a silly question which I hope will not make me look dumb

Can the THD hotplate be used with a Combo Tube amp?? I know power attenuators are normally used with heads & cabs but what about combos?

Also, what is a suitable wattage tube amp which has sound levels (i.e. tubes fully driven) suitable for bedroom playing? Is there some kind of comparison chart for different sizes of amps?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 06:33 AM
 
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Re: Combos & Hotplate

Bedroom? Maybe 5-15 Watts.
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Re: Combos & Hotplate

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Bedroom? Maybe 5-15 Watts.
I've heard that solid-state amps of the same wattage are not as loud as tube amps. Is it true?
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Re: Combos & Hotplate

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I've got a silly question which I hope will not make me look dumb

Can the THD hotplate be used with a Combo Tube amp?? I know power attenuators are normally used with heads & cabs but what about combos?
Not silly at all, really... it's perfectly fine to use an attenuator with a combo. In most combos, it's possible to unplug the internal speaker. So run the speaker out into the attenuator, then plug the speaker into the attenuator. You may need a speaker extension cable to pull this off.

In combos where the speaker is hardwired in, technically it's still possible, but you'd probably have to cut the wire and put in a couple 1/4" jacks to have an insert point for the attenuator.

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Re: Combos & Hotplate

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I've heard that solid-state amps of the same wattage are not as loud as tube amps. Is it true?
And there is no point in turning a solid state amp up as well as they dont sound better when you dime them like tubes....

You can use a hotplate with a combo amp as long as the speaker is plugged in with a 1/4 inch input jack so that you can plug that into the hotplate and plug the hotplate into the amp as well..

Be sure to match the impedance - they make hotplates in 4, 8 16 and some oddball impedances like 2.7 so you should be alright.
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Re: Combos & Hotplate

Tube amp for bedroom playing? Something like...hmm...2 watts?

I am glad you asked the hotplate question actually, as I was wondering the same thing.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 10:32 PM
 
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Re: Combos & Hotplate

Even 1 watt cranked is loud. I would suggest a combo with a post phase inverter master volume and a hotplate like a marshall dsl201 or 401.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-03-2005, 04:17 AM
 
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Even 1 watt cranked is loud

true

believe it or not, to be comfortable you should go down to 0.1 watt, like the Z-vex

here you will find lots of infos on this problem, it's a personal webpage freely written by an amplifier engineer ---> www. amptone.com
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-03-2005, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Combos & Hotplate

What does 'headroom' mean? I keep reading threads about how wattage is related to headroom, just not sure what it means....
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