svs - difference between amps...

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  1. SusanP

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    I have an Svs 20-39 which I absolutely love. I was thinking about getting the sampson amp to drive it. Right now I am using my 10 yr Yamaha 100W amp. Currently the volume on the sub amp (Yammie) is maybe 35-40% of full up. The lfe output level on my digital receiver is set to -18 of 20 which is 75db at reference according to my spl meter.
    What will be the benefits of moving to the sampson amp with more power. I am not using all of the power I have as it is... Will there be a difference in sound quality?
    I have a 600w GK bass amp is it ok to try this amp for the sub?
    Thanks
     
  2. BryanZ

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    Is there enough bass for you now? If yes, then I would imagine you wouldn't need to get the Samson. If no, up the volume level of the Yammie. I wouldn't try using the bass amp to power the sub. It is specifically designed for musical instruments versus powering speakers.
     
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    There's plenty of bass. if I turn up the Yamaha too much then it will make the sub bottom out. I'm not sure that I agree with you on the bass amp reply though. This is a pro amp akin to the sampson, only it has much more power. It is used to power a large speaker or two.
    I'm not sure but I believe the Gallien Krueger amp is probably better than the sampson amp. Sort of like the difference in Samsung and Hi-end Yamaha products.
     
  4. SusanP

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    I don't see too much of a difference other than my amp is capable of more and has an EQ built in.
    Specs on my amp:
    POWER 90dB, Clip LED
    and 10dB Pad, Volume, Tuning Mute
    VOICING FILTER: Adjustable Bottom, Contour, and Presence
    EQUALIZER: Series Four Band Active.
    OUTPUT: Boost 1 and 2/LED/Level, Aux Level, Left and Right Master, Tuneable X-Over
    DIRECT OUT: XLR, Ground Lift, Pre/Post and Level Control
    PWR CONNECTORS: Four 1/4", four Speakon™
    Samson s1000 amp:
    Rugged stereo and mono-bridgeable power amplifier
    Produces 500 watts per channel into 4 ohms (stereo mode) and 1000 watts into 8 ohms (bridged mono mode)
    Linear frequency response for exceptional audio performance
    Dual temperature-sensitive, speed-controlled fans
    Stable bipolar design
    Front panel input level controls with 42 detents
    3-segment output LED metering
    Dual protection LEDs and relay-controlled outputs linked to protection LEDs
    Banana jack outputs with Speakon(tm) connectors
    XLR inputs and locking TRS inputs
    Parallel outputs to "daisy-chain" a number of amps together
     
  5. JerryW

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    I would say the GK amp would be fine. Just make sure to disable any "boost" feature.
    Give it a listen and see what you think, shouldn't hurt anything.
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  6. John Gleichman

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    You certainly can use the GK amp. Many folks use "Pro" gear to drive subs. I use a Crown K2. Provides plenty of power. You'd get much 'cleaner' power from the GK, I think, less chance of clipping the amp.
    The GK might 'change' the sound you get - if it's also a pre-amp. Looks like it from your spec list. You're not just amplifying, you've got bass, treble, mid-range tone controls, etc. I don't know if you can bypass the pre-amp portion. That could be a + or - if you want to 'equalize' the sub somewhat.
    I have an SWR bass amp/combo - and wouldn't use it for/as a sub. I don't want the pre-amp, just the amp. If i needed to equalize, there are specific devices for this (with many more ranges/controls available.)
    fwiw.
    John
     

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