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8 or 4 ohm cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jonasp, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. I've searched and searched, but while I think this has been done, I couldnt find anything.
    I have 2 8 ohm cabs, an Avatar 210 and 115. Im thinking of replacing the 115 with a 212. Should I get the 212 in 8 or 4 ohms? would there be a difference in volume (i could just adjust the levels on the power amp to level it out)? or should i stick with 8 ohm? I have a power amp and couls use either one, but i think 4 ohm might be better for me, just in case i want to buy a new 210 and get that in 4 ohm also, just to get more power.

    Any opinions/suggestions appreciated.
    Thanks, Pete
  2. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think you answered your own question. What are you thinking of doing? If you're seriously thinking of getting another 4-ohm 2x10 later on, then getting a 4-ohm 2x12 wouldn't be a bad idea. I think it all depends on what your situation is. If you have bad GAS like the rest of us on this forum, that won't be the last amp set-up that you go through either. In a few months you may end up with an integrated head again that may not be 2-ohm stable, and then you're screwed because your cabs are both 4-ohms. I mean, I think you have ask yourself, what are you volume requirements? If you play in a jazz combo then one of those speakers will be fine, if you play in a death metal band then you'll want as much speaker as you can get with as much clean power running through them (*within reason*) as possible
  3. I guess I did answer my own question. Thanks for the input. :bassist:
  4. hetsscaryguy


    May 22, 2004
    what amp head do you have?
  5. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Depends on what you're using as your amp. I use two 4 ohm cabs, but I drive them with a QSC PLX3002, and run one channel per cab, so it works as 4 ohms per channel. If you are using a one-channel amp and want to use two cabs, you'll need 8 ohm cabs, unless your amp is stable down to 2 ohms.
  6. My amp is stable down to 2 ohms, but I run a cab per channel. So, I'm thinking that 4ohm cabs would be the way to go. :)
  7. If your amp is stable down to 2 ohms then by all means go 4 ohm per cab. You will get more clean headroom, not that you need it with all that power.