I posted this in the Harke Club thread, but I'm hoping to have more exposure here. I need your help with any ideas, opinions or comments with my issue. What is your opinion of the new Hydrive cabinets? For the players that do own them, do you feel the tone or volume is a bit "choked"? (for lack of a better adjective) I just recently purchased the Hydrive stack consisting of the 410 and 115. I'm powering it with a Carvin R1000. It's running bridged mono into the two 8 ohm cabs so the full 1,000 watts can be delivered into the 4 ohm load. They are daisy chained (amp>speakon cable into 4X10>speakon into 1X15) With these two cabs and the 1,000 watt head, I was expecting a completely enormous, brutal, overpowering sound. And I'd hate to say, I'm a tad disappointed. The tone is great, but it just doesn't get as loud as I was expecting. I've run the Carvin head through an Ampeg 8X10 and it was a HUGE sound. Almost drowning out two Mesa Triple Rectifier half stacks and a loud drummer. But with this Hartke Hydrive stack, I have to push the amp all the way to it's limits to barely be heard over the same band. The Hydrive cabinets seem to be taking the power just fine from the amp, no farting out, but the amp just starts clipping like there's no tomorrow. I'm assuming that because the 4X10 is sealed, that it's eating up most of the wattage. I find that it doesn't project sound as well as other ported cabs. Of course, it's a really tight punchy sound, but the bottom isn't as prominent. Even my cheap Behringer 4 ohm ported 4X10 seems to get equal lows but more volume than the entire stack, which I am quite ashamed to say, considering the amount of money I've spent on this new stack. When playing at a show, the volume and tone is fantastic within a few feet of the stack, but walk about 15 feet away and my playing seems to disappear. Lost in the mix. With the Ampeg 8X10 I previously mentioned, the sound projected all the way to the back of the room. Please help me understand. I've never owned equipment like this before, so I am in dire need of some knowledge. Any opinions or ideas would very much be GREATLY appreciated.