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2 4x10 the same as 8x10

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Macbeth56, Dec 20, 2003.

  1. hey, instead of selling my 4x10 i was thinking of buying another 4x10 cab.
    Do you still get that same sound of the classic 8x10 stack? because, if i had the 2 4x10s.. i would take one to practice, and the other with me for gigs, so i would have 8x10s but it still wouldnt be the classic 8x10. would it be the same sound? (oh yeah, these are ampeg 'classic' cabs. (not old ones, just the classic style))
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    A lot of the answer depends on which which 4x10's you're comparing to which 8x10.....(fr'instance - two 4x10 Edens to an 8x10 Carvin or two 4x10 Edens to an Ampeg 8x10 ???)

    Personally, I'll take the two 4x10's anyday if they're high quality cabs - if one or more of the speakers gets messed up, you're still in business, to some degree, using one 4x10.
    If you have just the 8x10 cab, you're stuck with that cab's blown speaker/s.

    Plus, there's many rooms, IME, where just a fine 4x10 is plenty loud.
  3. jawzzz


    May 23, 2003
    Denver Colorado
    I would say yes. The specs on both cabs are very close to each other so that will keep the sound the same. As for loudness, they will definetly sound alike. This will make it much easier on your back too.:)
  4. to the first person- they are all ampeg classic cabs the 4x10s and the cab i would be getting other than another classic 4x10 would be 8x10.

    yeah, a lot easier on the back, at my practice spot, its like 30 stairs to get down, or up. so that would suck.
  5. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    get them ampeg 6x10 and you have a happy medium. thats what i did.
  6. Ampeg 810s are constructed like four 210s meaning each pair of 10s is sealed in its own compartment. I feel this design accounts for the tight, lively sound of the 810 but I'm just some guy who plays bass in Nashville and not a speaker scientist.

    I do not know how the newer Ampeg 410s (like yours) are constructed but my vintage Ampeg 410 is not constructed like two 210s. And if the newer ones aren't either, then I doubt two of them will sound like the 810. Does that make sense?
    You won't be practicing there very long with the 810. :p
  7. ha yeah.
    the 4x10s are just 4x10s, no 2 2x10s. but yeah the 8x10s is 2 4x10s in one.. so i dont know.
    i might just go with sliding a 15 under the 4x10s but i like the8x10 sound
  8. Nope. The 8x10s are 4 2x10s in one. That's what makes the difference (plus the tuning).

    If ya want the 810 sound ya gotta get the 810.
  9. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    The Peavey 810TX is one of the best 8x10's i've ever heard. Real affordable too, there's a new one here for $475, which is less than 1 410 HE.

    Good Luck,
    Scott D.
  10. jawzzz


    May 23, 2003
    Denver Colorado

    I have a catalog dated 1996 that shows how all the cabs are constructed. The 410 HE is like (2) 2x10's in one enclosure. The 410 HLF is like one 4x10.I am not sure if the design has changed since then, but if not, it will sound a lot like the 8x10 using two 410 HE's.:)
  11. I'd say the design has remained the same. Perhaps AmpegInsider will chime in?

    Thanks for digging that info up and posting it.
  12. Are those 410 cabs sealed(infinite baffle)like the 810 ampeg cabs? If so, than they will sound similar. If they are vented then they will not.
  13. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    The classic 410HE's are sealed boxes with 2 210 sections inside.
  14. xcental34x


    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    Does anyone else think adding a tweeter and porting to the Ampeg 810 would be a major improvement?
  15. This makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time.

    Nontheless, I've seen evidence of that being attempted. It always turns out bad. The attempts to reverse it usually bear this out.