Bass Series

Which do you recommend?

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Acoustic-B200mkII-200W-Bass-Combo-Amp-107901498-i2497477.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Orange-Amplifiers-Crush-PiX-Bass-Series-CR100BXT-100W-1x15-Bass-Combo-Amp-107765844-i1568763.gc

I'm going to use it for band practice. I realize that the Acoustic has more watts, however, keep in mind that not all amps 'watt' the same (for lack of a better term). 100 watts marshal is not the same as 100 watts behringer for example. So with that said, the Orange might be just as loud if not louder than the Acoustic since it is an Orange amp. Its a hard decision and I'm just trying to get some second opinions, thanks!

First, let me get something out of the way...


Watts are watts....period. The formula (P=E*I) does not include a variable for the brand name. Nor does it include a provision to plug in "tube" or "transistor". Yes, they sound different...and tube amps sound louder (due to how a tube goes into overload), but I swear I will make it my mission in life to dispel the urban myth that there's a difference in watts between amps.

OK, if a watt is a watt, why do some amps sound louder with fewer watts than others? Speaker efficiency! In other words, how well does the speaker convert electrical energy (from the amp) into acoustic energy (that you can here).

Some speakers do it much better than others. I've got a 22 watt Fender combo that has a very good JBL speaker in it. I can pretty much blow any 100 watt stack off the stage and send the player home crying with it.

Don't get hung up too much on numbers. And here's why. If everything else is the same, the difference in sound pressure level between 100 watts and 200 watts is about 3 decibels. And 3 decibels (dB) is BARELY PERCEPTIBLE to the average person.

OK, that said...I've been very disappointed in the Chinese made Acoustic stuff. I had their amps in the 70's (still have a couple somewhere) and they ruled the roost for a while. Nowadays...not so much.

In general, the build quality on Orange is better...even on their stuff from China.

So forget the numbers...plug in, play, and pick the one with the tone you like. The Orange will probably have a better speaker in it (more efficient)...so that would wipe out the difference in the wattage anyway.

Good luck.

Greetings from Austin, TX
Ken

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