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2x10 + 1x15 vs. 4x10

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Nuttboy311, Mar 9, 2003.

  1. 2x10 + 1x15

    56 vote(s)
  2. 4x10

    34 vote(s)
  1. Nuttboy311


    May 30, 2002
    Which would be more effective??? 2x10 + 1x15 or just a 4x10? The thing is, if I were to get a 4x10 I would definately add a 1x15 one day, or if I get this deal from this guy I know at GC, I may just get the SWR Workingman's full stack.
  2. Nuttboy311


    May 30, 2002
    Can those of you who are voting also leave a quick response to why you voted that way?
  3. frosty


    Feb 18, 2003
    Southern USA
    Had em both like em both but unless portability etc
    is an issue, I 'd prefer a big sub like a 15 or 18 to
    get that low end rumble. The 4x10 probably sounds
    a little more "hi fi"(?) but with a 210 you'll still get
    some of that. IMHO.
  4. Scott Lynch

    Scott Lynch Supporting Member

    it depends. depending on what's available, a 2X10 and a 1X15 will pull more power from an amp than a 4 by 10, assuming it's all 8 ohm. the combo also covers the frequency spectrum better; 10's can't cover the lows and deliver the amount of punch a 15 can. The best thing to do is try it out and see what you like better.
  5. I can't live without a 15. I've heard all kinds of explanations about 4x10, 8x10 etc about the surface area being the same, or whatever, but I'm sorry, a 10 or a bunch of 10's just can't reproduce those lows like a 15 (or two!). My ears don't agree with their explanation.
  6. JWBass


    Jul 20, 2001
    Levittown, PA
    2x10 + 1x15 gets my vote. I like the 15 for the low end and the 2x10 for the mid's and highs. I use the entire fretboard when I play, so I like the versatility using both cabs. For small venues, I go with the 1x15 only, because after all is said and done, the bottom has to hold everythng else up.
  7. I voted 2 x 10 + 1 x 15. It's the best of both worlds: great lows, good punch, enough mids (but not too much), clear high (with horn)... and it's also portable. I use this configuration too (Ampeg)and I'm quite happy with it...
  8. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    actually if you look at the specs and listen 4x10's and 15s usually are around the same lower limits. 10s are generally gonna be tighter than 15's. in one band i use the drummers 2x10 1x15 rig and its nice but i lose something by way of punch. 4x10's....millions of bassists cant be wrong.
  9. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    OK, I've been debating the merits of the 210+115 vs 410 setup for a while now as well....

    While I agree that a 115 can provide those lows, the 115s that I have played sound just "boomy". The 210s give that mid range punch and together you get punchy and boomy.

    I'm wondering if the best feature of a 410 is not only the punch from 4 10" speakers (which has a surface area less than 2 15" speakers) but also due to the characteristics of having these 10" drivers loaded into a box with the same volume as a 115 cab?

    I was leaning towards the 210+115 setup for a long time, just in terms of portability and flexibility, but the models I'm looking at have a 410 that has the same dimensions as a 115 (SWR Goliath III and SoB, to be specific), so I figure I may be better off with a 410.

    I'm back in the 410 camp.

  10. I play through an ampeg svt 410 hlf and i couldn't be happier. If you are planning on adding a 115 eventually anyway then i would 100% recomend you get the 410 now. I love mine and wouldn't have it anyother way...just wish it was 8 ohms so i could add another one!
  11. no4mk1


    Feb 21, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I use a 112 and a 115. I can't live with out that 15" speaker.

    I have been seduced by the Ashdown mini 4x8 though. If I had the scratch, I would add it to my arsenal. And I'd use it with my 1x15 of course! :D

  12. tornadobass

    tornadobass Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Endorsing Artist: Black Diamond & SuperSensitive strings
    I have both. The 410 can be used alone in many more settings than the pair of 210 +15.

    I can use the 410 in small clubs, but the stack seems like too much.

    OTOH, the stack has been great for larger gigs and outdoor gigs, even with house sound, simply because the 210 gets up to ear level and makes it easier to hear over the other players.
  13. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Why not a 410 and a 115, that's what I do. For small gig, just take one of either.
  14. vanselus


    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    That's really not a fair comparison. 115 vs 410 is fair, 210 + 410 or 210 + 115 is fair. You're getting more speaker area with the 115 + 210 at the expense of schlepping 2 cabs - and really, to be "fair", it all depends on what brands you're looking at, and what kind of music you play.

    and what head you have...

    and what part of the lunar cycle we're in...

    and if your sound man has a brain...

    and ...
  15. I've had both and prefer a 2x10 + 1x15.

    But these days I'm using a pair of 1x12s :D
  16. jcadmus


    Apr 2, 2000
    2X10 and a 1X15

    I dunno, I just like the way it sounds.

    The 10s provide punch, and the 15 provides the that seismic booty.

    A little boomy? Heck yeah!
  17. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    a 210 is pretty close to the same speaker area as a 115. So a 210 + 115 is about the same speaker area as a 410 or a 215.

    But you are definately right that there are many other things to consider.
  18. On schlepping two cabs - I'd rather carry two 60 lb things than one 100 lb thing :)
  19. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    You got that right! :D (Or two 40lb things. ;) )
  20. Exactly ;)