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Cab with 12 inch

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Champion, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. Champion


    Jan 18, 2011
    I see most bass cabs have either 10in or 15in drivers. Why is 12 inch cabs not common? Is there any thing intrinsically wrong with 12 inch? Thanks.
  2. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    There's something intrinsically wrong with considering speaker diameter as a factor in the function of a speaker cabinet. Its barely relevant once there is more than one speaker in a box, so not worth considering as a factor.
  3. JxBass

    JxBass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    I think they're very common. Most major suppliers have one or more 12" models, plus fEARful, FEARless, etc.
  4. Often, the 12s are 'tweeners.
    The Eminence 3012LF displaces 496ml vs 3015LF displacing 846ml.
    Both have a Pe of 450 watts.
    The price for the 3015LF is actually $10 cheaper than the twelve. Go figure.

    For this pair, the performance is quite a bit different.
    The new production 3015LF requires a much larger box than the older version.
    This is the one area where the twelve has a significant advantage.
    The 3015LF has a much lower F3.

    The twelve has a slightly higher beaming frequency, but this is negligible.
    Both should be used with a crossover and mid-range driver.
  5. Mehve


    Jun 2, 2012
    Kitchener, ON
    Only guessing, but it might have something to do with working within the standard cab width. You can get two 10's side by side, and a 15 fills most of the width, but 12's are kind of awkward. You wind up with a much larger form factor than the increase in speaker size over the 10's would suggest.

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