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Are 18" speakers still something with having

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Green Lantern, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Green Lantern

    Green Lantern

    Nov 3, 2011
    Do you find 18" speakers still offer something special that the 15"s lack even if your going through the house system? I don't see too many company's offering 18" speakers anymore.
  2. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Diameter isn't as important as implementation.
  3. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    I want to be Tesla (tinkerer at Dayton Amp Co)
    There are A LOT of threads on talkbass about speaker size you can feel free to read. Short answer: No. There are a myriad of more important factors than speaker size including the driver & it's T/S parameters, box construction, tuning, etc.
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    for PA? sure.

    for bass? nah.
  5. oinkbanana


    Oct 20, 2011
    svt-18 with a 4" voice coil.... WOW
    tuned great, moves air!
  6. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    That's what she said. :p
  7. craig.p


    Sep 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I can think of one application where the answer would be yes: A medium-sized room (200-300) where the PA is marginal (or nonexistent) down in the bass region. You need to cover the room well from the stage, but at the same time you don't want to blast out the stage with bass. Perfect solution would be a Cerwin-Vega 18" folded horn because they couple well to the room, are very efficient, and they're not loud in the immediate vicinity.
  8. BogeyBass


    Sep 14, 2010
    Yah they do offer something special.

    Most bass players seem to be scared of them

    So if you do use them you can be unique and can punish the world..muah hah hah.

    yah anyhoo more to it than that...but its a secret sshhhhh
  9. One good thing, you can pick 'em up for peanuts. Another, you can pick 'em up for peanuts.
  10. I'd say "no".

    My experience is restricted to JBL E155 and Definimax 18LF.
    The JBL is typical of the E-series... very efficient, loud, and no bottom.
    The chrome dome produces a response well up into the 4KHz region, but it is very directional.

    The 18LF is a project I built for Chelsea Baker some years back.
    I built her an Eden look-alike intended to match her existing D410-XLT.
    After two seasons on tour, she managed to blow up both cabs.
    She sold the D410-XLT and the 18LF came back to me.

    I bought a brand new 18LF from Leland (speakerhardware.com) so I can replace the blown driver, and sell off the cab.

    Measurement-wise, there is nothing special about the 18LF that 15's cannot accomplish.
    It is a very nice driver, heavy and expensive.
    It performs very well, but is nothing unique.
  11. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    How about a 21" driver for some serious sub sub
  12. Mom says, "Just say No to 21.0"
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Of course, you could always go for SIXTY INCHES! Bring it to shows on a forklift. And just wink at the guy across the stage with a Marshall half stack pointed at your head.

    Wait..... what was this thread about again?

    Oh yeah. You can get an 18 if you want, but a well-tuned 4-10 will knock into next week.

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  14. As soon as that hits the market, someone's gonna stack a 4x40 on top of it for punch, and someone else is gonna ream him for it.