4x10 cab shootout

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by klejst, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    In the need of a quality yet cheap 4x10 cabinet to pair with my Peavey Tour 450 (450w at 4ohms) head. I have searched online and have narrowed it down to the below mentioned from Guitar Center. I am asking for opinions of what which would be the best choice, pros and cons and sort. And no I am not able to try out one of each because they are not in my area. They are used, but are in pretty good condition.

    SWR WORKINGMAN'S 410 - $199
    PEAVEY 410TVX - $199
    PEAVEY 410TX - $140
    Trace Elliot 410 1048 - $199

    I would like to go the 4x10 route, however there is also a SWR Workingman's Tower 8x10 I have been thinking about for about $300.
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    It's really just a matter of which sounds best to you, but if it were me, I'd be looking close at the 2 Peavey cabs. The rest are "bottom line" entry level cabs. ('cept the Trace)
  3. jjk2007

    jjk2007 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Austin, TX
  4. Weren't you running a MESA 6X10 at one point? If you liked that cab, grab a MESA 4X10.
  5. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    Yes I was. I sold it a little while ago because I needed money for other things. Now I looking for something good but cheap. Mesa are great cabs, but I don't have the amount to spend on one right now. The cheapest ones I have seen used are still in the $4-500 range.
  6. Where are you located? What is your top budget? We could search craigslist, kijiji, the classifieds, etc,
  7. Agost


    Dec 25, 2011
    I thought GK SBX were good cabs and not so entry level
  8. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    Omaha, NE is where I am located. On my local Craigslist there is not a lot and it's usually way overpriced. My local Guitar Center is too new to really have a good used section built up so I that is why I was searching their used stuff online from other stores. It usually ships for less than $30 most times from one GC to my local one where I would pick it up. The TX is now sold, however there are the two TVX's still for $199, one has casters installed, the other I cannot tell.

    For $299 there is also that SWR 8x10, I'm still debating although. Having an 8x10 could set me up for the future and allow me to be more ready for gig's where there is no PA support and this SWR appears to be only 20 or so pounds more than what I have ready these Peavey 4x10's weigh. But on the other side of things I wonder if I really need something as big as an 8x10 or if I could just save some money and get one of these Peavey 4x10's. I know these Peavey's are also 8 ohms where my head mentioned 450w into 4ohms so although it will work, I will not really be pushing the 4x10 with all 450w.

    I would like to stay below $300 or less if I could, however if that SWR turns out to be a good choice then I would go a little for it. But like I said I could get one of those Peavey's shipped for like $220 or so.
  9. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Running the amp into an 8 ohm 410 will not cost much volume at all, compared to a 4 ohm, BUT, it does allow you to add another one later for full power and vastly more volume. The SWR 810 would also be a good choice, and would cover almost any situation. And to Agost, yeah, I read it as BLX.
  10. LarryO


    Apr 4, 2004
    I've only tried 3 of those cabs (Peavey 410TVX, Peavey 410TX and swr workingmans 410). Of the 3 I'd pick the Peavey 410 tvx........all 3 sounded good but the workingmans didn't handle be driven too well and the peavey tx is rear ported. I'd prefer a front port/vent
  11. Agost


    Dec 25, 2011
    174$ for a SBX410. Something like 130-140 Euros. I'd buy 4 if only there were prices like that in Italy...
  12. BigOkie

    BigOkie Guest

    Nov 28, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    I picked up an Avatar 410 Neo (4 ohm) for $300 off eBay. I like it a lot. Rated at 1000 watts. Has a high-frequency horn. I think these cabinets are a bargain, even at the new price.
  13. azerillo

    azerillo Guest

    Mar 12, 2012
    New Jersey
    +1 go for the ampeg. you won't be disappointed. i wish someone near me was selling one of these for that cheap. or i can stop being so cheap and just pick up the ampeg 810 i saw for $300.
  14. Tuned

    Tuned Guest

    Dec 6, 2007
    -1 for the Ampeg unless you're going for a vague and poorly defined sound
    -1 for the Avatar suggestion, their power ratings are bogus, based on the thermal limits of the voice coils of the unloaded drivers and not the excursion limit of the drivers in the vented cab. Usually the real-world power handling of a vented cab is half the thermal limit. Take their high power ratings out of the picture and you have a lackluster cabinet loaded with typical Eminence drivers.

    +1 for the Peavey TVX, great price
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    -1. My sound is in your face and quite well defined, thank you. The B410HE ain't a bad cab for the money. The SVT 410HE is a little better, but I've used the B cabs before and did just fine with them.

    -1 again. It's hard to find a manufacturer that DOESN'T use thermal for their power handling quotes. Avatar is far from the only offender, but as long numbers sell, they'll keep doing it, so I've given up.

    OK, I'll give you a +1 on Peavey, but my sound with Ampeg cabs does rule.
  16. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar Guest

    Jun 6, 2011
    Santa Rosa, CA USA
    lol, 15's Rule!!! ;)
  17. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    I have nothing but good things to say about my Peavey 410TX. (Paid about $160 several years ago.) The things a tank; I play it in a metal band with a double-bass drummer and Marshall half-stack guitarist. I'm not familiar with the 410TVX but I would assume it has the same Peavey qualities: loud, heavy, reliable.
  18. Agost


    Dec 25, 2011
    @murphy : not the GK SBX
  19. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Don't know the SBX
    But, Trace tried to make the best cabs possible