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I have seen metal musicians use amp heads or separate preamp and power amp. Which is better and why?

Thank you.

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There is not really a pro or con you could define here, at least not for sound. Amp Heads and box are more common it seems, but it really depends on your requirements and what you like.

A head+cab combination is a bit more comfortable compared to a combo, a combo is propably easier to transport, compared to a 4x12 box+head. With seperate preamp and power amp you may be a bit more flexible, because you can choose from different brands and combine them to match your desired style, unfortunately there aren't that much preamps and poweramps, compared to heads.

So, in general I would say there are arguments to use one method or the other. It really depends on what you like and what you want to do with it.

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