Whats your preference 50 Watt or 100 Watt?

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  1. 1956tvmodel

    1956tvmodel Active Member

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    Just wondering what your preference is between a 50 watt and 100 watt Marshall and why?
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    It depends on the situation. 100W generally means headroom, which means that if I need to play clean I can still be loud and clear above the mix without breaking up. If I'm in a situation where I will never need to do that, then 50W is plenty - plus I can get breakup sooner without destroying everyone's hearing.
     
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    100w all the way. Every amp I ever played in both 50w & 100w the 100w always sounded better. You also get more head room with bigger amps. However, if you need to crank the amp in order to get a good sound out of it you should be looking at even less power than 50w. 20w - 35w is about as high as you can really go, 50w is not that much quitter than a 100w amp.
     
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    I have both a 50 watt and a 100 watt JCM 800 and I like having that extra headroom as well. Its noticeable to me.
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    100w all the way. Just sound better.
     
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    Since I am just playing at home, 50W is my preference given those two choices. I have a 50W Mesa and a 20W Marshall and there is no way I can get away with cranking either one in my basement, but luckily they both also have an excellent 5W mode which is great for at home.

    Now if I lived on a farm or my house was surrounded by forest with no close neighbors, then during the warmer weather on the deck out back it would be 100 W all the way. :headbanger:
     
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    100 watts are more full.
     
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    One of each! 50 is awesome for easy sweet, saturation but the 100s feel girthy in the headroom from the start. Good enough excuse to have both!
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I have never owned a 100 watt tube amp.
    But the 50’s now and 40’s seem to do a great job, and a bit cheaper to retube when your big bottles start going south, don’t get me wrong I have played through some 100 watters, I have just never owned one, because my lead 100 mosfets are tubeless.
    Cheers
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    100w. You can make a 50 out of 100, but not the reverse!

    Headroom and bass response doesn’t hurt either.
     
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    I have a sudden urge to mutilate a 50 watt.
     
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    My 18 watt budda twinmaster is Laf. Same with my vox ac30. i prefer a 100 in jcm800 but my 1987x is plenty if power
     
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    50 and 60 watts. I have a 100 watt 2203X. It's too loud for indoors.
     
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    Prefer 50 or less.
     
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    coolidge56 Well-Known Member Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Which do you prefer to lift and carry, 50 watt or 100 watt?
     
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    I've always loved 100 watt heads and half stacks or stacks. Find their sweet spot and let it rip.

    All my comments below reflect studio usage.

    I use lots of different powered rigs from 15 watts on up. It all depends on what I'm working on, of course. Everything has it's forte'.

    When the situation calls for a big, tight and aggressive sound (as is the case in most forms of heavy rock and metal) there is no substitute for a 100 watt head and a half stack or stack. They sound bigger, wider and deeper - more "Stately" than their 50 watt counterparts. They also feel somewhat tighter, firmer.

    I also prefer solid state rectifiers for that sort of thing.
     
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    I love lower wattage amps, 20 - 30w. I’ve never really run out of power even with them. I just find the same amp in 100w sounds better than a 50w one. (To me anyway) Even a 20w amp can be very loud.
     
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    Both are fantastic. The 100's are nice and fat but the 50's get that nice power tube saturation easier. Something about a cranked 50 watt Marshall just gets me fired up.
     
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    100. I need exercise big time.
     
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