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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-01-2003, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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guitar power amp vs. PA power amp

can i use with (almost) my PODxt, any power amp or has it
to be designed for guitar? i've noticed that you can get like
300 watts under 400$! All the tone 'thingies' are on the POD,
so the power amp would give only volume. Is this right?
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Re: guitar power amp vs. PA power amp

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can i use with (almost) my PODxt, any power amp or has it
to be designed for guitar? i've noticed that you can get like
300 watts under 400$! All the tone 'thingies' are on the POD,
so the power amp would give only volume. Is this right?
That's up to you. Try it with a PA amp, and if you get the sound you want from the Pod, go for it. Some people think that a tube guitar amp adds "a little something extra". So try one of those, too - see if it makes a difference to your ears with your gear.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-02-2003, 05:05 AM
 
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That's up to you. Try it with a PA amp, and if you get the sound you want from the Pod, go for it. Some people think that a tube guitar amp adds "a little something extra". So try one of those, too - see if it makes a difference to your ears with your gear.

Do you mean a tube simulator Power amp? Or Runing the pod through a tube head. i dont know much about these, but am keen about getting a pod pro with a power amp and runing it like a half stack.
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Do you mean a tube simulator Power amp? Or Runing the pod through a tube head. i dont know much about these, but am keen about getting a pod pro with a power amp and runing it like a half stack.
I meant a real tube power amp. That is, one with power tubes - these will be EL6s or similar - bigger than the little 12ax7 preamp tubes you see a lot of.

My thinking is, there are 2 options (which you've already caught on to):
1) rely on the POD for the total sound and use a clean power amp to only amplify, not color, the sound. In this case, you should actually be able to use a full range speaker like a PA speaker, since hypothetically your sound is just as you want it from the line out of your POD. But usually people use normal guitar speakers so other guitarists don't giggle. If you go this route, you could also use a full range combo amp for convenience, like an amp made for keyboards or acoustic guitars. If you go the stack route, just get some good, clean, cheap power. Go talk to some PA guys & see what they like. I use Crown & QSC, but there are lots of good amps out there.

2) Use the POD for most of the sound, but also color it some more with a tube amp. As mentioned at the beginning, look for REAL power tubes if you do this - avoid the ADA single rack space amps that use a preamp tube with a solid state amp. IMO, of course.
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i've noticed that all the PA power amps have Neutrik speakon
outs. I's there some adaptor to chance the speakon to normal
plug? 'cos almost every guitar cab has a plug inputs.
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i've noticed that all the PA power amps have Neutrik speakon
outs. I's there some adaptor to chance the speakon to normal
plug? 'cos almost every guitar cab has a plug inputs.
Not all do. You can find some with 1/4" outs. But yeah, adaptors are available for any combo of 1/4", speakon, and bananas.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-03-2003, 05:15 AM
 
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Just some thoughts from my own experience. I find that my gt 6 sounds a lot better going through PA or keyboard amp than guitar amps.
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