Will a 2x10 combo always be louder than a 1x15 combo?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by terribilino, Dec 15, 2013.


  1. terribilino

    terribilino

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    All other things being equal, of course.

    I'm thinking specifically of the TC BG 250-115:

    http://www.musik-produktiv.ch/tc-electronic-bg-250-115.html

    versus the TC BG 250-210:

    http://www.musik-produktiv.ch/tc-electronic-bg-250-210.html

    The 2x10 costs about 25% more than the 1x15. Is it the loudness of the amp which makes for the price difference? I know there's the preference factor - some people prefer the more 'modern' sound of 2x10s (I'm just going by posts I've read - I have no experience with amps), but if it were just a matter of preference, why would the one be so much more expensive than the other? Lots of people prefer the 1x15 sound. Is there a larger market for the 1x15, and therefore a lower price?

    I'm confused. Both of these amps are in my price range, but I might be using it for school orchestra gigs, in which case volume might be an issue.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  2. RickenBoogie

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    Honestly, no. There's no way to judge them simply by the spkr count/size. Usually, a 210 vs 115 is a fairly even fight, but too many other factors to weigh for an accurate measure. One thing is for sure- in a loud rock band context, neither would be sufficient alone, and those combo's do not allow for an ext cab, which would make a big difference.
  3. Joe Louvar

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    My guess is - the two 10" drivers probably cost TC Electronics more money to buy than the single 15" drivers.
  4. terribilino

    terribilino

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    I should have said: it will probably just be a practice amp. But if I do gig with it, it would be with a school orchestra, ie. no heavy drumming or loud electric guitars.

    Still, though: why the big price difference?
  5. JimmyM

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    Because they've figured out that people will pay more for one than the other ;)

    As for loudness differences, there are a myriad of factors that make that an impossible question to answer, but given a 210 and 115 of relatively equal build styles, there usually isn't a loudness difference big enough to matter.
  6. decentbassbreh

    decentbassbreh

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    Is my bg250 (1x15) and it works great moves alot of air, the main difference would be in the high end. more slap clarity in a 2x10, the 1x15 still works great tho!
  7. terribilino

    terribilino

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    Sounds like the 1x15 is the one for me, then. Can't slap, so that's not an issue, and I'm more into an old-school passive p-bass sound anyway.

    Thanks for the tip!
  8. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    You're still in school so I took the liberty of altering your post. :D

    Which ever cabinet you go with, each will have it's own pros and cons. May I suggest that you audition them with a very critical ear. You are the one who has to live with the purchase. Volume wise, it's generally accepted that a 2x10 and a 1x15 will produce about the same level. Obviously there are exceptions but it's a reasonable rule of thumb.

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