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Best Cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bordinco90, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. 2x12

    8 vote(s)
  2. 4x10

    11 vote(s)
  1. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    So I just pulled the trigger on a Markbass Little Mark Tube 800. I want to buy a Markbass cab to go along with it. I want a 4ohm cab. I have narrowed it down to 2 choices. Here they are:

    Markbass New York 122 2x12:


    Markbass 410 hf:
    Both are 800watts RMS. I think the 4x10 would have more low end becasue the box is bigger. What do you guys think?
  2. Mad Mardigan

    Mad Mardigan

    Aug 22, 2015
    The 4x10 is awesome, it will move more air. Depends on your gigs and what you'd be willing to carry around.
  3. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Well this will be my only setup, so it will have to work. I'm not really concerned about weight or portability. I don't live in a city, so I don't have to walk far with my equipment.
  4. If that's your requirements then, yes, the 410 would be my choice. It'll move more air. ...Be able to sound good at low volumes also....Not too heavy. . Front porting means you can place it against the rear wall of a stage without affecting the port tuning. ...... This 410 cab's always sounded good when I've been in the audience listening to one. It's actually impressed me on numerous occasions when I've been a listener.
  5. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    I initially voted for the 2x12, but changed it to the 410 after I re-read your statement that you intended to go for a 4 ohm model.

    If I were to start from scratch today and go the Markbass route, I would absolutely go New York 122 in 8 ohms. Then, I'd wait patiently for a second one to come up on the used market and stack them vertically for a nice narrow, tall stack that I can hear easily on stage.
  6. WRM


    Aug 2, 2015
    410, for the same reasons stated above. It may not matter, but I also like the idea of reducing the load that each of the drivers sees (e.g. 200 vs. 400 watts each).

  7. Go play both?
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  8. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I've never been a fan of the 410 box, but a pair of vertically stacked 12's is an awesome idea.
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  9. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    I initially wanted the 2x12, but idk if the head will overpower the speakers. Thats why I am thinking about the 4x10 cab. Also the 4x10 cab looks amazing with the front porting. You can tell its a nice quality cabinet. I know Markbass has just released the NY122 in 8 ohms, but I have not been able to find one. Plus, I really just want a one cab configuration.
  10. Stacking the 2x12 on it's end will improve it's dispersion way above the 4x10.
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  11. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Dispersion? Can you please explain? Do you mean that it will be louder or sound better? I want the 2x12 more than the 4x10 because I feel that it will sound more bassy. But on the other hand, I do not want to chance blowing the speakers it is 800watts RMS though. I'm confused. :banghead:
  12. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    It means that the 212, when stacked tallways, will sound better throughout the room.

    Why do you think the 212 would be bassist?
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  13. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Because the 12's are bigger speakers. Idk I just want to make the right decision.
  14. Why do you correlate that to tone or response?
  15. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Idk i've always played 10's or 15's and the 15's have always had more bass and the 10's have cut through. I just thought the 12's would be a nice medium. For $200 would the 4x10s be better or worth it?
  16. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Speaker diameter is just one of about twenty parameters that determine the tonality of the driver and not a very important one at that.

    There are 15" cabs that have midrange grind and grit for days (GK Neo II 115, Bag End S15, Mesa Roadready 115) and there are 410 cabs that are low end monsters (Ampeg SVT410HLF, Acme B4, GK Neo 410).
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  17. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Get a 4 ohm 410, an 8 ohm 210 with the same drivers, and a head that can handle 2 ohm loads. You can then have a 210, 410, or 610, depending on your needs, and yes, I know you just bought a Markbass hybrid head that doesn't do 2 ohms.

    You could use the Markbass head as a preamp IF you get a lightweight power amp to drive the ~2.7 ohm load of my proposed 610 config.
  18. Youse guys haven't left me anything to add!! :)
  19. That call is up to you. Personally you couldnt give me a markbass product, but if you like the sound of the gear then buy what sounds good to you. Go play it, find out.
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  20. abruzzoj


    Feb 15, 2012
    I have been playing bass for over 50 years and have had just about every kind of amp at one time or another. After using four tens for the 90's and early 2000's I discovered 12's and now use them exclusively. It's still a matter of taste but for me as a fingerstyle player the 12's work better. I have a 121p and a Schroeder 1212L. Both are the best I've used and comparable.
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