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8x10 + 2x15???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ME16510, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. ME16510


    Mar 23, 2012
    I currently run a Peavey Tour 700 into a Peavey VB-810. If you haven't tried either of these products they're incredible. Personally I prefer the cabinet over an Ampeg SVT-810e. It's ridiculously deep sounding... Anyway I was thinking about getting another cabinet (Peavey VB-215) and another matching Peavey Tour 700 head. I'd be putting them upright next to each other and I was wondering if you guys think it would sound better to get a 2x15 to add some roundness or get another 8x10 to match the other one.
  2. 2x15 cabs have less lows than 8x10s FYI.

    It's about TOTAL speaker area, not individual sizes. Hence why 2x10s go lower and handle more power then a 1x15.

    Honestly if you need more than 1 8x10 you are

    Too loud

    Not EQd right

    Not utilizing the PA
  3. redhed


    Oct 25, 2009
    The VB215 is an awesome cab! Never tried the Peavey 810 but if it is as well made and sounds as good as my VB215 it would be an awesome combo. Here's mine with my Orange AD200 MK3...

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  4. ME16510


    Mar 23, 2012
    In all honesty I really don't trust the sound guy the majority of the time. I play with a loud drummer, and a guitarist with 2 half stacks. I play in a relatively underground genre and we play loud.
  5. ME16510


    Mar 23, 2012
    The Peavey "VB" series is all great. I haven't tried the 2x15, but I could guarantee you that the 8x10 is probably just as good. I haven't heard a cabinet as good as it. The peavey naysayers could talk all they want, but I could almost guarantee that these cabinets sound better and are more durable than any other brand's 8x10s.
  6. Just be careful considering the Tour 700 can only handle 4 ohms and no lower EX: usually only one large cab. Was the reason I sold mine, though after using two big cabs a few times it's total overkll and I'd never lug a rig like that to a venue I play at, so now I only use one cab anyway.

    I really liked the Peavey VB215 over the VB810 that I got to side by side compare years ago. The VB215 just spoke to me and I really wanted to pick it up but it was a little more then I wanted to spend at the time. I don't think you can go wrong with either honestly.
  7. ME16510


    Mar 23, 2012
    Yeah I was talking about two separate heads and two separate cabinets. Essentially i'd "Y" the signal into two heads which are only powering one cabinet each. I believe both cabinets are 4ohms so it would work fine.
  8. Mehve


    Jun 2, 2012
    Kitchener, ON
    Aside from the issue WHY you need so much volume, you're basically opening the door for all kinds of potential problems. Side-by-side is a recipe for all kinds of phasing issues, as well as severe beaming of higher frequencies. Plus, that much raw volume is almost guaranteed to play hell with the room's sound. Extremely easy to get into a situation where you're the only person in the entire room hearing your rig properly, and with that much stage volume, it'll be impossible for even the best sound person to fix things.

    Also, using boxes with different sized speakers to "round things out" is the wrong way to go. Figure out the box that does what you want (even if EQ is needed), than duplicate that if you need more volume.
  9. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    Frequency response is about the enclosure size and tuning.
  10. Not a bad idea, but I don't think you'll wanna do it for long after having to move those two big cabs around.
  11. try it, and if you like it, turn it up!

    really though, you will have to experiment with placement, because the wave forms can cancel each other out and cause muddy boominess if they are too close. try one on each side of the stage to see how that works.
  12. This seems to be how 3/4 of the touring bands that are running 2 large bass cabs have their gear set up but many people on TB say the best way is to stack your cabs one on top of the other (obviously not gonna be very easy in this case) or side by side.
  13. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    And if you bring the cabs and heads you're contemplating, the sound guy will not trust you either - a marriage made in heaven. :)

    Seriously though, unless you play arenas that kind of muscle is just a recipe for problems with "too much". There really is such a thing as "too loud", I agree with JellinWellen's ABC.
  14. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    You'll have to excuse the obligatory TB grandpas who lurk in these parts; they occasionally escape their cages just long enough to furrow their brows in disdain at things they do not understand, and hence fear. Their sole intent is to stop you from having fun, and they can safely be ignored.

    Back to the shadows with ye, grandpa! This rig will be glorious to behold!

    Re: phasing issues - split your signal and apply a severe highpass to the signal going to the 215 rig and severe lowpass to the signal going to the 810. You'll have virtually nullified any phasing issues regardless of cab placement. You may even be able to get away with it just using the two amps' EQs alone (i.e. bass dimed and treble at 0 for one and reverse on the other, with mids dialed to taste).

    Or stack them vertically so you can pierce the eye of God with your javelin from the top!
  15. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    An alternative explanation is that some of the grandpas have "been there, done that" (granted, it was fun) and just want to help you avoid making the same mistakes. :)
  16. The_Janitor


    Jun 30, 2012
    Madison, Wi
    Do it. Ignore the naysayers, adjust eq on the different heads. If you play in the type of places my band plays in you're not going to have PA support anyway. Just do it!
  17. hsech

    hsech I'm not old, I'm just seasoned. Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    I can see it now. You show up to a gig with that huge rig will cause the gui**** to run home and get the second bottom for his half stack. Then the drummer will be beat into submission and just throw up his hands and go home. Sounds like a fun idea though if your back can handle moving all that stuff.
  18. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    It's not necessarily about turning up the volume, it's about the amount of air you move with that many drivers. PA support or not… there's nothing like it. Don't forget that the svt amplifier was made to power 2 8x10 cabinets.
  19. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    He said guitar is already using two half stacks.

    I assume either they're either playing big enough venues to guarantee PA support (or small enough that they bring their own) or their drummer is the ****ing Hulk playing an all titanium kit.
  20. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    ^^^ This just about says it all... :eyebrow:

    But hey, at the risk of sounding like a "grandpa", don't let an insignificant little thing such as physics, or the proven principles of proper live sound engineering, or even common sense stand in your way! Who cares whether or not anyone else can hear you accurately? Crank it up to "11"! Blow the doors off! Rock 'n' roll! :rolleyes: