Big difference SOUNDWISE between 4x10 and 2x2x10

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by semborg, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. Are there a big difference between a 4x10 cab and two 2x10 cabs?
  2. Well, depending on your manufacturer, there can be. In many cases 2X10's will have either a higher or lower frequency response than a 4X10, so you'll get either more or less low end.

    Other factors can include the physical sound that two seperate cabs have as opposed to one unified box. Also, if you play with two cabs, be sure to have equal quality speaker cables as slight differences in length, gauge etc can create strange problems.

    One good thing about playing with two cabs is possibility of bi-amping either through the head or on the cabs themselves (see: Eden). Also, two 2X10's = less trouble moving gear.

    Hope I was helpful.
  3. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    I've read a number of Bill Fitzmaurice' posts discussing this and it seems as though having two 2x10s stacked vertically is the best way to go. Less phase cancellation, etc.

    In addition, the closer the vertical array gets to a wavelength (or half a wavelength), the better the bass response.

    Besides, two 2x10s would be easier to move and also give you the option of taking one for rehearsal and/or small gigs...
  4. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    Minneapolis by way of Chicago
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    +2/2 x 10s
  5. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    like the others said, generally a 210 from a given company will have a bit of a different frequency response than their 410. so sometimes the two 210 cabs will give you more bass than a 410, sometimes less.

    for portability the double 210 thing is cool, although it will take up more room in your car, but the individual cabs will fit in tighter spots.

    impedance wise you may find that you'd be better off with one or the other option. If you're using a stereo amp that will only bridge into 8 ohms an 8 ohm 410 cab be cool. With a mono head that is stable down to 4 ohms tow 8 ohm 210 cabs will let you sqeeze a bit more wattage out than a single 8 ohm 410.

    probably the biggest advantage to the double 210 is like billy said, placing both on their sides and stacked will give you a vertical array which tends to sound a lot better than a typical 410 cab.