Can the AMP1 be operated without a load (loudspeaker, reactive load, etc.) connected?
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You do not necessarily have to connect a load to the AMP1, because it can also be operated without a connected load.
However, the amplifier sounds different if a real loudspeaker or a reactive load is connected to the SPEAKER OUT. So it makes perfect sense to take advantage of this effect in order to achieve the most authentic results possible.
The current feedback design of the AMP1 also plays a role in combination with the BluGuitar BluBOX VSC. Depending on whether the THRU socket of a BluBOX connected to the AMP1 is occupied or not, both the sound of the amp and that of the BluBOX change. There is more on this topic in the article Volume change by assigning the THRU socket.