Well, I've always loved the sound of my ampeg 8x10 using 4 stock drivers or eminence B810 drivers and 2 to 4 jensen mod10-50 drivers more than anything but never wanted to haul it around. I decided to buy a pair of these hartke cabs since they were one of the only cabs on the market similar to the sealed ampeg.
Stock- Right out of the box these cabs look nice, are easy to move and come with casters. Pretty cool. At low volumes and with the tweeter off it sounds ok, alittle blaw, kind of like a stock ampeg. Turn it up to a giggable volume and really boost the highs and high mids it sounds better. Turn on the tweet and just boost around 800hz and the cabs sounds really good. Punchy, alittle grindy and lively. This being said, I don't care for titanium horns very much and would probably replace the drivers with an eminence. That would be mod #1. The cab stock sounds very much like an ampeg except for the tweet. Much lighter though.
Mod #2- I pretty much already knew that I would be trading out two of the stock woofers for mod10-50's. I did and there was my tone. It sounded just like my modded ampeg only smaller and lighter. No need for a tweet with these guys. I could trade out the other two for the B810 drivers which I feel have a slightly beefier low end and maybe more upper mids but, I will most likely play a few gigs with them before deciding. Then, I'd put the eight hartke drivers in my old ampeg cab for home use.
This may all seem like a bit of a waiste of money to some but, when you hear the tone of these cabs now........there is no comparison. The cabs started out ok, but now they rock with the amps eq flat. I can say that if I had to go with either this cab or a hydrive totally stock, I'd go with a hydrive. It has more lows and is clearer stock but, overdrive doesn't sound the greatest through them. So, get an ak410 that costs $100 less, spend $80 on the mod drivers, be $20 ahead and have a better tone. One thing to point out though is that the mods take up alittle more room around the speaker hole so I had to use some styrofoam pipe insulation around the edge for a proper seal. Real cheap, easy to install and works well.
When using a pair of these cabs I will either stack them or put both on the floor either splayed in or out at 30 degrees. I've had pretty good luck with the splaying method in reflective rooms. For anyone wondering, Im still loving my LDS 8x8, this is just a way for me to get back into using sealed cabs which have always been my favorite.