Ampeg 610 or 810

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pmkelly, Jun 17, 2003.

  1. Ampeg SVT 810E

    45 vote(s)
  2. Ampeg SVT 610HLF

    34 vote(s)
  1. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I have the opportunity to pick up one of these two cabs... I need your help! If money is not an option, which of these cabs would you buy and why! I have gone over ever factual bit of info on the cabs for about 2 months now, and can't decide... well, now I have the cash and I need help from the studio audience! So which one, and why? Thanks...

  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I've played both at GC & IMO the 610 just sounds better. Fatter lows, crisper highs. If the 610 was out when I biught my SVT-410HLN, I would of bought that instaed.

    Personally, I like the sound of the 410HLN better then the 810, also.
  3. jawzzz


    May 23, 2003
    I would recommend the 610. It has a horn, and it sounds better on the low end.
  4. The newer 810s have a horn as well! But a friend of mine, rev_J, has the 610, and I love it. I would get one, but idk if I could transport it around...and I have to go live in a dorm room next year.
  5. BassBoyLeroy

    BassBoyLeroy Guest

    Dec 12, 2001
    Sammamish, Washington
    I'd have to agree with the votes for the 610. The fact that it's ported really enhances the lows, and for whatever reason, it justs sounds a heck of a lot better than the 810. Unless you're talking about one of those pro series monsters :eek:

  6. In smaller venues, an 8x10 would far too much air at a lower volume to get the Ampeg tone, plus a 610 probably weighs less, and will hold it's own against an 8x10 any day
  7. jawzzz


    May 23, 2003

    Cool. I have not seen one that has a horn yet. I would still go with the 610. :D
  8. adamaarts


    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Beta tester Source Audio, demos/reviews of many others
    i have the 8x10, no horn, its mid 70s era. it gets really bright without a horn, and it has a great tone that i wouldnt trade for anything. i havent tried the 6x10, but im happy with what ive got
  9. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Get the 610 unless you have a roadie. It will cover just about as well, and you will be able to use it for smaller venues.

    I really think an 810 is overkill 90% of the time, and even when you might need eight 10's, two 4x10 cabs will do just as well and will permit you to play smaller venues without freaking out club owners or other band members. Don't even get me started on stairways . . .
  10. thetaurus


    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    i'd get the 8x10 (that's what i did), but i also haven't played through a 6x10, so i can't really say which would sound better. i know that i love the sound of mine. one thing though...i don't get why people flip out about moving an 8x10 around. it's easier to move than a 4x10, because all you do is tip it back and wheel it around. as far as're not going to gigs alone right? i don't need an 8x10 if you're not playing with a band, so just have someone in your band help you. i personally think they're easy to move, but that's just me.
  11. monkfill


    Jan 1, 2003
    Kansas City
    I used to sing this song. Then I lived with an 810 for a while.

    You can tip it back and wheel it around, but it can still be hard to fit through doorways, and navigate around obstacles that tend to be in your load-in path. And unless you drive a truck or van, you have to rely on other bandmembers whenever you want to move the cabinet.

    Compare to my 410 with casters. It stays flat, so you can leave your rack on top of it and roll it all out at once. It will fit in most cars with more than 2 doors. I don't find having to lift my 410 into a van by myself any more difficult than tipping and sliding the 810 into a van by myself, unless you have one of those Ampeg 410's that weigh like 130 pounds. Yeah, if you're going that route, you might as well get an 810.

    That said, the tone of the 810 IMO is superior, I won't deny that. I just got sick of moving it, and I didn't even move it that much. It just sucked when I did have to move it.

    Of course, I'm sure I'll forget all the hassles of moving the 810 if I run across a deal on another one . . . :meh:
  12. thetaurus


    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    i guess i can see how your 4x10 w/ casters would be easier to move around. i do have a station wagon too, so i guess i'm not worried about transport either.
  13. monkfill


    Jan 1, 2003
    Kansas City

    410 vs. 810 each has its own advantages and disadvantages to moving. I'd just say that with the 810 you need to make the extra effort to be prepared for whatever obstacle might arise, while you're a little safer in that regard with a 410.

    Back on topic, the 610 would probably best easiest of the three in terms of mobility. Tilt-back design of the 810 without the weight, and the 8 inch difference in height can be the difference between fitting in the back seat of a 4-door car and not fitting. (I could actually slide the 810 into the backseat of a 92 Honda Civic 4-door, but it required a well-executed strategy)
  14. icks


    Jul 12, 2001
    I voted for the 6x10 because it has a horn and its front ported. According to me it's more important than a 2x10.

    Smaller and easier to haul around.

  15. My 810 fits in my 1997 Volkswagen Golf CL, that being said it does take two people to put it in and take it out (kind of like a coffin). Its the best cab to use with a vintage svt head.
  16. Lazlo Panaflex

    Lazlo Panaflex Guest

    Sep 30, 2003
    I have a similar question but, what would you guys choose between a 6x10 and one of those 4x10 HLN's?

    Glad a read this thread as i was planning on getting an 8x10 :)
  17. jwb

    jwb Guest

    Nov 4, 2003
    What speaker is in the Ampeg 6x10. Eminence Delta 10s?
  18. AndyMan

    AndyMan Commercial User

    Jun 17, 2000
    Columbus, Ohio

    Just got an SVT-AV Classic head. Looking to get one of these.

  19. I would not use the advice from the masses to decide, no offense to anyone's opinions. Go give them a listen.

    I couldn't decide either so I got one of each. They really are different sounding cabs and reading about them won't help much. I'd suggest getting to a GC which usually has both available for demo.

    I prefer the tone of the 8x10 sealed cabinet (with my tube heads). I use the 8x10 for gigs and the 6x10 for rehearsal. I do more rehearsals then gigs so it's easier to haul the 6x10. For gigs I want the 8x10 for the tone not the volume.

    I don't use the tweeter on the 610, I'm not a tweeter kinda guy.

    The 610 has more bottom but that's not necessarily good depending on the room. It can be harder to control then the 810. Sometimes I'll plug the ports on the 610. It gets pretty close to the 810 tone with them plugged.
  20. joegeezer

    joegeezer Guest

    Mar 9, 2005
    Northern Wisconsin
    Avatar Club#12 Eden Club Lucky# 13--USA Peavey Club#37 Carvin Club#5
    If your less than 40, and own a van, buy the 8-10!