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What is the difference between an amp and a head?

A head is simply the name for an amplifier without a speaker. Your friends won't have heads on top of amps, they'll have heads on top of speakers (with the head driving the speaker). The "basic guitar ...
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Why are speakers howling when a microphone comes in front of the speaker boxes?

This is called feedback. Put simply, the microphone hears some sound. It sends it to the amp. The amp sends it to the speaker. Some time has passed. The microphone hears the sound from the speaker (...
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What's this weird sound coming from my speakers?

The noises are caused by electronics picking up wireless signals from your mobile phone and translating the interference into sound. Well-shielded circuits won't have this problem, but it's common in ...
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PA System: What type of speaker for that "punchy" bass?

Well first, the amount of power inherent in the average festival rig or even an installed club system will dwarf what you can get out of any four speakers on the planet. That chest-thumping kick drum ...
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Why do some guitar amps have control labels that are upside down when you are in front of the speaker?

I think (for what it's worth) that in the late 50s/early60s, amps were placed at the front of the stage. At least that's what we did! With open back cabs like the pictured one, it wasn't a problem, as ...
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Will Playing a Guitar Through a Bass Set-Up Damage the Amplifier and/or Speaker?

No, it will not damage the speaker. The high tones of a guitar are simply not capable of damaging your bass amp. Even if the amp isn't really suitable for these high tones (and in many cases, they can ...
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Can turning on an amplifier without a connected load (cab) cause damage?

It is true that a tube amp should not be operated without a load, i.e. without speakers (or a dummy load) connected. Solid state amps don't have that problem. The reason is that (almost) all tube amps ...
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Studio monitors: Should we break them in and why?

The only measurements of speaker parameters made before and after alleged break-in periods I could find online support the notion that break-in is almost entirely a myth. The essence is that any ...
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What is the difference between an amp and a head?

Another couple of reasons why someone would choose head/speaker over combo : a comparable combo usually weighs more than one or the other, so is harder to hump around (poor old roady).Heads go wrong ...
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Are studio monitors necessary for producing tracks?

You could produce tracks with some ordinary earbuds. It's just harder to know what exactly is going on in your mixes and whether it will translate well to other listening environments. It's general ...
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Bass effects through guitar amp

I haven't found any comments on this question online from someone who actually knows a lot about amplifier design. I also have not been able to find any horror stories such as "I did this once ...
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Why do guitar amps only use one type of speaker cone?

Hi fidelity reproduction of high frequencies is undesirable in electric guitar amplification. If you look at what actually comes out of a guitar amp, things get really messy around 5 - 6 kHz and then ...
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stage monitors as stereo speakers?

Stage monitors are designed to do something quite different from what normal stereo speakers are designed to do. That means if you get great stage monitors, they won't sound so great as stereo ...
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What if i use Home theater instead of studio monitors for mixing at home?

As a beginner, you can use whatever you can lay your hands on. As you get more competent, you will start to see the failings in your structure & be more interested & knowledgeable in more ...
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PA System: What type of speaker for that "punchy" bass?

Key factors (hometheatershack.com) are your woofers' combined surface area; their displacement, achievable low Hz factors and an amplifier capable of delivering the power needs of the speaker ...
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Do cabinets and speaker enclosures add the additional harmonic contents?

Simplistically-speaking, a speaker cabinet that is anywhere close to being well-designed shouldn't be adding significant amounts of new harmonic content (as in, frequencies that weren't there before). ...
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How to monitor a song with a low budget

Having faced this issue some times, the best reccomendation i can give you is first of all, listen to your recordings in various systems, the more, the best, because if you want the world to listen to ...
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What is the difference between an amp and a head?

To elaborate and visualize the previous answers a bit further, here's a legend: Amp/head: the device that amplifies the electrical signal. This is an electrical processor that does not produce ...
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What is the difference between the speaker in a bass amp and sub?

Yes, there can be a difference. The difference will depend on manufacture and quality however, and in some cases there may be no discernible difference. A speaker designed for a sub-woofer is made ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

You may absolutely use a spare guitar amplifier as your personal vocal monitor. Set the amp up clean (no Gain higher than 2, and the Bass, Middle, and Treble at 12 o'clock at first) and run the mono ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

Yes but... My covers band did exactly this for a year or so, until I could afford a couple of reasonable monitors. It certainly works, but there are issues. The most obvious problem is that a guitar ...
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Using an 8 Ohm amplifier output with a 16 Ohm cabinet

A tube power amplifier (like the final stage in your Mark V) has to have an output transformer to lower the output impedance (the "Ohms") to a level appropriate to drive a speaker. What does that mean?...
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Can an amplifier with only one output be wired in parallel?

It depends on the load requirements of the amplifier and the impedances of the speakers, neither of which you have specified. If the amplifier has a 4 ohm output transformer tap, or it is solid state ...
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What is the difference between the speaker in a bass amp and sub?

When you ask if there's a difference in the "actual speakers" I assume you are talking about what, in speaker design parlance, are called the drivers, as opposed to the enclosure or cabinet. Drivers ...
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What are my options to incorporate a sub-woofer into a PA system for live music performance?

I agree that looking at the future configuration you want is a good idea becuase that way you're not spending money on something now and then spending more to replace it later. From that point of view,...
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Why do guitar amps only use one type of speaker cone?

It's really quite simple. Your Hi-Fi stereo speakers are designed to produce the full range audio spectrum that might be found in recordings that you would play through your system. This will ...
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.Wav only sounds good with headphones not regular speakers

High end engineers do not use headphones for the final mixdown; you need decent quality speakers to do this. In addition, the speakers need to be chosen for the accuracy of the sound reproduction and ...
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Are studio monitors necessary for producing tracks?

You should definitely not rely exclusively on headphones for mixing. There are some sound aspects that headphones just can't properly convey, in particular any phase cancellation between the channels. ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

If at all possible, using in-ear monitoring has many benefits over using a speaker of any kind. (You can hear it better and you avoid feedback.) Custom in-ears can be expensive, but there are very ...
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What technical spec should I look for in noise isolating headphones?

ATTENUATION. This is the technical term for a reduction in signal strength (i.e. a reduction in the volume). Isolation or cancellation? The other responders seem to miss that many solutions for noise ...
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