4x10 or 2x10 + 1x15

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Hybridsteve, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. What do you guys think is the best set up.I currently use a 2x10 cab with a 1x15 cab.Is it better or worse than a 4x10.Do you get enough bottem end out of the 4x10?

    Or perhaps two 15's?

    What should I use?Any recommendations?
  2. lostcausebass


    Oct 29, 2002
    I have a Good Digitech Preamp, a 400 watt Carvin Power amp running into a 2x15 cab, and I love it. Sometimes I wonder what it would sound like with a 210 or a 410, but I just love the 215 sound. I don't use a whole lot of trebles. The 15's give me all the bottom end I'd ever need...I play a fretless jazz and I like to play low sub-dub stuff. With my BBE Sonic Maximizer, It really moves air.

    As for you, I'd say depending on what you do, you should have, at least for diversity's sake...at least a pair of tens and a fifteen in the mix. 210 and 115 together sound pretty decent.

    I happen to think that the 210 and the 115 together make the golden ratio for bass amplification in general. A lot of people swear by two tens for every fifteen.

    SWR has a package for it, I think. Everybody does, I guess. What kind of music do you play?
  3. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    SW, OK
    There's a lot of 4x10s that sound better than a lot of 1x15 + 2x10s. Then there's a lot of 1x15 + 2x10s that sound better than a lot of 4x10s.

    Mostly depends on the brand and model.

    The main question is what kind of sound are you after?

    If you're talking about good cabs, the main difference is an all 10" system will be punchier and tighter (in general), whereas the 1x15 + 2x10 will have more heft and warmth (in general) in the low end.

    The other benefit of the 1x15 + 2x10 is that usually they are more easily portable.

    I wanted to get a 1x15 cab + 2x10 cab combination, but didn't have the cash at the time to get the models I wanted (ended up getting 1x12+2x10+HF all in one cabinet).
  4. Mandobass


    Nov 12, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    i'm a midrange kinda guy.

    i've got an avatar 2x10 and a bag end SD-15

    they don't exactly fit well on top of eachother, but the combined sound these cabs pump is... well... heavenly.
  5. what bout 2x10+2x12
  6. I play everything from jazz to metal and all inbetween.I want a real punchy sound but at the same time something thats got good bottem end to it something that can really get the low notes and push the air.

    At the minute I was thinking of getting a 15" peavey black widow cab and a 2x10" hartke for the extra punch or maybe a 4x10 along with the 15".

    Any suggestions for a better set up perhaps different makes??
    Would the peavey and hartke work together they do in my head but thats only in my head!

    What 15" would you recommend.

    I think maybe two 12"s would be a bit to middle of the road and wouldn't give enough punch but I don't know.

    I'm open to suggestion!

  7. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I've always been a tens guy, but after the past two weekends I've learned that fifteens are great to have at outdoor gigs (along with tens, of course).

    Indoors, I've never been unhappy with all tens.
  8. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    it really depends on the brands. if you had an acme 4x10, i'm sure it would be alot more low end than another brand of 2x10+1x15. if your looking for amazing low end, and not a very high price, check out acme.


    give it a look.
  9. Thanx!