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What makes an 8x10 do what it does?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by hardtwister, Jan 11, 2013.


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  1. hardtwister

    hardtwister

    Jan 1, 2013
    What is special about an 8x10? How can they kill like they do with tens? What makes them special? 8x10 vs 1x15 & 4x10 combined? Please explain the magic of the 8x10..
    Is Ampeg the only way? How do diff 8x10 cabs compare?
    Thank you!
     
  2. iualum

    iualum

    Apr 9, 2004
    60453
    810s are passe. :D
     
  3. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California
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    Firemelon
    How does one explain magic? It just is. Gig one with an SVT on top and you'll see. :bassist:
     
  4. Nothing special unless it's the sound you are looking for.

    There are other options that are smaller and lighter, yet louder.
     
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  6. It has 8 x 10's :eek: is a sealed cab, has no internal x-over / tweeter, is big & (mostly) black :D
     
  7. Got2SadowskyNYC

    Got2SadowskyNYC

    Dec 5, 2012
    Nashville, TN
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    Artist: Sadowsky, Bag End, Visual Sound, Pedaltrain, George L
    8 10 inch speakers gives you 80 inches of surface area moving air.

    4 10s and a 15 gives you 55 inches of surface area.

    10's react faster than a 15 so they sound punchier at close range. 15s being slower to respond sound woffier at close range.

    Move your ear out about 20 - 30 feet and the waves have had time to fully develope and they will sound almost the same.
     
  8. meatwad

    meatwad

    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    8x10s? I thought it was all about the 2x12s these days. Last time I saw an Ampeg 8x10, I spilled a Bartles & James into my Atari 5200..
     
  9. 8- 10" speakers.....
     
  10. iualum

    iualum

    Apr 9, 2004
    60453
    Yep. OP, try taking a look around the threads in this forum.
     
  11. The sound is what's special. Smaller, lighter, and louder without the tone just isn't the same with any other cabinet.

    ...and yeah. SVT & 810 rule the School of Rock.

    ...and to the OPs other question: Most other 810 cabs are ported. The Ampeg is sealed and that makes it different/special.
     
  12. In that scenario, the 8X10 wins.

    A 1X15 and a 4X10 is a terrible combination.
     
  13. iualum

    iualum

    Apr 9, 2004
    60453
    Surface area only begins to tell the story, & your surface area calculations are incorrect as well. Also, 10s don't necessarily move quicker, nor are they inherently "punchier." Old wives tales.
     
  14. hardtwister

    hardtwister

    Jan 1, 2013
    Totally Hilarious!! Yeah, 12"s are the new 10's huh ;)
     
  15. Got2SadowskyNYC

    Got2SadowskyNYC

    Dec 5, 2012
    Nashville, TN
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    Artist: Sadowsky, Bag End, Visual Sound, Pedaltrain, George L
    Porting changes the sound, speaker contruction, the thinkness of the cabnet wood (how stiff it is), etc. There's more to it than the number of speakers. Look at Phil Jones Bass cabs.

    And to really confuse it more. Compare an Ampeg 8x10 with 2 Ampeg 4x10s. The 2 4x10 will sound slightly bigger than the 8x10 because the boxes have more internal space.
     
  16. Got2SadowskyNYC

    Got2SadowskyNYC

    Dec 5, 2012
    Nashville, TN
    Disclosures:
    Artist: Sadowsky, Bag End, Visual Sound, Pedaltrain, George L
    Bass Pounder that is your opinion. Try a Bag End 4x10 and a 1x15 sub with thier crossover and get back to me.
     
  17. iualum

    iualum

    Apr 9, 2004
    60453
    12s may have been the new 10s. 15s are now (sometimes in combination w/6.5" mids). And I don't see that changing for quite some time, actually.
     
  18. BigEarl

    BigEarl

    Sep 29, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Of all the cabs I own, have owned or played through, by far the most memorable was the Ampeg SVT 810 that was on the backline at the ROT rally last year in Austin ....being driven by Eden WT800. Wow, what a sound and feeling!
     
  19. Don't have to.............

    If you are bi-amping, then you are carrying around a 4X10 to do the work of a single 6" mid driver - but hey, if like carrying around excess weight and speakers for the fun of it, have at it.
     
  20. Just about everything here is wrong
     
  21. meatwad

    meatwad

    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    LOL!! I love these cans of worms. Anyway, 10s are the new 10s, and the old 10s are still 10s. I love 10s. Eight at a time.
     



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