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2x12 + 2x12 vs. 2x12 + 1x15

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Destructobot, Apr 25, 2009.


  1. Destructobot

    Destructobot

    Jul 22, 2008
    I'm looking to add a second cab to my setup to get some more volume. I currently have an Avatar 2x12 neo.

    There's a second Avatar 2x12 on CL here in town for $250. My other option is a Sonic 1x15 cab with an EV for $140.

    Would I be better off adding the 1x15 for a little variety, or just stack up one more of the same cab?


    There's also a 70's Ampeg 2x15 unloaded for $95. That's tempting but it might not fit in my car.
     
  2. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    Stack more of the same cab.
     
  3. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!!

    Feb 10, 2008
    NYC
    +1
     
  4. Destructobot

    Destructobot

    Jul 22, 2008
    That was my first instinct, especially considering with the Avatar I know I won't be tempted to get different speakers.

    I suppose two 2x12's would probably out pound a 2x15 any day of the week too.
     
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    An Avatar 212 will definitely outpound a Sonic 215. But I wouldn't bet the farm that it could outpound a class 215 like Mesa or Aguilar.

    Anyway, listen to Bill. Good audio reproduction is his thing. Mroe of the same, most definitely.
     
  6. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    One more nod for a second 212. A sweet 4x12 set up will kill.
     
  7. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Matching cabs rule.

    As well, they offer the option of placing one on either side of the stage to achieve a more uniform coverage in odd-shaped venues where it is advantageous to do so.

    I played in three different bar bands (two of them were three piece) where the guitarist(s) and I placed one of our cabs on each side of the stage to create a low-budget 'wall-of-sound' when using a vocal-only PA.

    Augmenting this approach with two amp heads per instrument enabled the use of stereo effects as well as enjoying the peace-of-mind afforded by system redundancy.
     
  8. mcm

    mcm

    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    bump for more responses.
     
  9. UncleBalsamic

    UncleBalsamic

    Jul 8, 2007
    UK
    +1
     
  10. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    +3.1415926535897932384626433832795...

    MM
     
  11. lazyone2

    lazyone2

    Jul 27, 2006
    new jersey shore
    2x12 on top 2x12 AWSOME
     
  12. Edword

    Edword Supporting Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    Detroitish


    They do, but after you get your second cab don't be surprised when BFM suggests that you turn the bottom cab toward your drummer..

    212x2_X.
     
  13. I'd be running a 2nd 212 neo if I wasn't running it with an SWR Big ben 1x18
     
  14. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    Dual 2x12's = awesome.
    I've got two GK 212 Neos. Nice and loud, easy to rattle the windows. :bassist:
     
  15. srxplayer

    srxplayer

    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA

    Yeah, what he said...
     
  16. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Um...are you plagiarizing me? Look at my sig...

    Anyway, I also agree that listening to Bill is a wise choice...
     
  17. D-Man VanKrill

    D-Man VanKrill

    Dec 4, 2007
    Alaska
    I am thinking about the same thing. I have an Avatar B212 and love it. However, I will be getting a neck-thru Carvin Icon Bass soon and I was either thinking of adding another 2x12 or a 4x10 to compensate for the fact that the bass is neck tru. I want a punchy, articulate attack with decent mids for cutting through the mix. Punchy = 10's Mids = 12's. However, the Avatar B212 is quite punchy to my ears so, until I try a 4x10 or 2x10 with my 2x12, I would vote going with the 2nd Avatar 2x12. Can't lose and it will be loud as the devil. +1 on the 2x12
     

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