Mono, Stereo Or Bridged? Get The 411 On Amplifier Modes
Are you new to the music biz and feel like you are the only one who doesn't know what the difference between amplifier modes is? It's ok. We're sure there are even some experienced musicians who could use a little clarification - but they will never admit it. That's ok, you can get the 411 on amplifier modes right here at Seismic Audio Speakers, anonymously.
Ok, so there are 3 amplifier modes, Mono, Stereo and Bridged. We can't really tell you which mode you should use, because it truly depends on the situation. So we'll give you a couple scenarios to help you decide.
If you are only using one input of your amplifier, you should probably use the mono mode. Using mono mode in this instance will allow you to use one input, while allowing output on both amp channels. If you don't have a mono switch on your amplifier, you can use a splitter cable and use both inputs from a single output.
Typically, if you are using both left and right inputs of your amplifier, you should use stereo mode. This mode is usually utilized by DJs more so than live bands. Stereo mode will help you to provide true stereo separation between the amp inputs and outputs.
Finally, Bridged mode is when you use one input channel of the amplifier to combine the power from both channels output into one single output. This mode is most commonly used when powering subwoofers. For example: If your amp is rated at 400watts x 2 at 4ohm, it would be 800w x 1 at 4ohm when used in bridged mode. Using the bridge mode on your amplifier will boost your power, but ensure that you are not exceeding the min. ohm load.*
*ALWAYS check with the amplifier manufacturer to find out the minimum and maximum ohm load ratings. Exceeding these limits may result in permanent damage to the amplifier and/or speakers. Different manufacturers use different methods to achieve mono, stereo, or bridged settings. Check the owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer of your amplifier if you are unsure of how to hook it up.