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Audiokinesis Thunderchild TC112 and TC115-Which One is Better for Electric Bass?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bottomzone, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. bottomzone

    bottomzone Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    I've read many glowing reviews about both the TC112 and TC115. Is one better than the other for use with electric bass?

    Thank you in advance!
  2. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    Tone wise they're about the same. So it would depend on your volume needs and size/space preferences.

    I'm not sure if the 15 is currently available in 4 ohms so that might factor in as well.
  3. They both are great for electric bass! Depends on your preference and volume needs.
  4. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Pretty much what those two above said. Either will work very well for electric bass. I have a TC118 right now, and have used it for everything from bass (electric + upright) clear up through violin (and everything in between) with great success. You cannot go wrong with the ThunderChild line at all!
  5. DukeLeJeune

    DukeLeJeune rational romantic mystic cynical idealist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Princeton, Texas
    Owner & designer, AudioKinesis; Auth. mfg, Big E (Home Audio only)
    The latest generation (version 3) of these cabs is imo slightly better for electric bass than its predecessors, and of the two cabs, the Thunderchild 115 has a bit more "growly" going on when the mid switch is in the up position. That's because the TC115 uses a custom Kappalite-based woofer that has a bit of intentional upper-mid bumpage going on. When the mid switch is in the down position, that bumpage is smoothed away. The TC112 also has a mid switch, but its "growly" mode has less going on in that upper midrange region.

    Actually version 3 of both cabs comes with a "4/8 ohm" switch... I put that in quotes because the actual difference is less than those numbers imply. Basically it's a 4 ohm, cab and you flip a switch and the cab can be treated as an 8-ohm cab so you can safely parallel it with another 8-ohm cab for loud gigs. I can explain the inner workings if needed, as I realize this is something that could be controversial at first glance.
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  6. bottomzone

    bottomzone Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    Thanks Duke! You've already explained the 4/8 ohm switch with great clarity. It appears that the TC115V3 is the way to go!
  7. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Well, no real need for me to chime here other than to say all of Duke's cabs are phenomenal for electric bass, but there are different flavors of awesome. Thunderchild vs Hathor series. I prefer, not having had the chance to really play through a Hathor, the TC series. That's primarily because I want a more refined, smooth, sound vs the more traditional rock tone I think Duke has created with the Hathor series.

    My understanding is that the TC115 will blown down a barn. I know from personal experience that the TC212 definitely will blow down a barn.
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