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    Join Date: Nov 2014
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    Running a cabinet without a head?

    So, I've wanted to upgrade to a stack for sometime now from my HT-5. Sadly, me being in college right now, funding is hard to come by. However, at the moment, I have about enough funds to get myself a cabinet, but that's about it. My question is, can I power the cabinet using my RP1000 as a temporary setup till I get enough funds for the full setup? I read somewhere that you can run a cabinet using a power amp, so does the RP1000 work as an effective enough preamp to power the cabinet?

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    I don't think the RP1000 can run the cab alone. However, I think Electro Harmonix make power amps in pedal form that should do the trick. There's one called 44 Magnum. (Run the pedal into that, then run that into the cab)

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    No, the RP1000 is a preamp only, you definitely need a poweramp. The mentioned EHX Magnum 44 is good, but goes for 150,- or so - i don't know if this is in your budget. FWIW: For the same price you can already buy an Orange Micro Terror - these pop up used around here very often for under 100,-.

    There is a smaller EHX poweramp too, the Caliber 22, that will do the trick. It's an obsolete product but maybe you can find one used.

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    You can try to find a used Crate powerblock or cheap solid state power amp to go along with the cab, but yeah as others have said the RP is a preamp and doesn't have any sorta power amp functionality.

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    Yeah you will need power.. either the 44 Magnum or a AMT Tube Cake poweramp pedal then to a cab.
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    The HT-5 will nicely power a big cabinet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leon View Post
    The HT-5 will nicely power a big cabinet
    Hmm, didn't consider that. That should be a nice setup till I manage to buy myself a good amp head.

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    You could also look at picking up a used PA type power amp. The sort of thing a wedding DJ would use - as long as the ohms are correct for the cab and it doesn't colour the tone much it should provide plenty of power for the rp1000 in the meantime.

    Although Leon's suggestion is probably the easiest and will sound far better to using digital and solid state gear.

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