Originally Posted by funkucan'ttouch
I've been debating buying two of these! I worry about the over all volume compared to 2 stl2-210 cabs !!? Do you have any enlightening words ?
I can't offer a direct a/b comparison between the quad and the 2x210, because I've never used a 210 (or 2 of them) in a "live fire" situation.
However, I did run this cab with just one side of my ShuttleMax 12.0 for a while until I got the GB 115 I put under the Quad. This single Quad cab did great in multiple situations, including one with 3 loud guitars, keys, and drummer.
I would also think the Quad cab is more "apparently loud" because
A) the important mid frequencies are handled by 2 8" drivers in a separate sealed inner cab
B) the very well-tuned porting
C) the extreme rigidity of the actual cabinet
D) If you were running two of these, you'd have more raw cone inches moving than with 4-10's
I think the most important opinion I can share, besides the above, is the difference in character that these GB Quad cabs have - they are not at all like 2-10 or 4-10 cabs. They are much more transparent, yet still very musical. Don't get me wrong - I love the somewhat scooped (to my ears) sound of a good 4-10 and the inherent frequencies emphasis that most good 4-10s bring to the party. You won't get that from these cabs unless your, bass, amp, or eq puts it in. They are quite balanced - perhaps the most balanced cabs I've ever personally used.
My preferred MO is to run amps pretty flat and uncolored, and hopefully acquire a minimum of color from my cabs as well. When I plug a different bass or switch pickups, I want to hear that change, without excessive coloration from anything else in the signal chain. That is what you get with these GB Quad cabs.
I'd better stop now before I talk myself into keeping this one (or buying another).
I hope this blather is helpful!