Disappointed with a Henry 8x8

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Alex Xander, Sep 29, 2022.

  1. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS Inactive Suspended Supporting Member

    I have owned about 4 or 5 Henry's over the years and blew two speakers on nearly every one of them. I was able to use soft silicone from the hardware store to seal the edge of the speaker, but it was a temporary fix.

    They are VERY finicky and have a maximum capacity of 400w, or you WILL blow a speaker(s).

    I found that an SWR bass 350 burgundy face is a perfect match, or something like that. A Markbass 200w head or something. You get the idea.

    When a Henry is firing on all 8 cylinders, literally in this case, you should have the sound of a audiophile's dream on stage, or studio, you know. They are so articulate and wonderful. Be a good player, though ! You'll hear everything. Makes you good fast. :)
  2. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Muddy sound (the definition depends a bit on the observer) is usually caused by too much energy in the 200 to 300 Hz range. That can happen from a couple of causes:

    1) If woofers are driven too hard at low frequencies, the harmonics that show up when the woofers are driven into their non linear range are often in the "mud range". If this is the cause, a high pass filter will help.

    2) The cabinet just puts out too much in the 200 to 300 Hz range. In that case, you need to feed it less energy in that range - an EQ with a judicious dip or two there can do wonders.
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  3. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    Something is wrong if a Henry 8x8 is sounding "too muddy."
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  4. dbsfgyd1


    Jun 11, 2012
    Mascoutah, IL
    How do you have amp’s EQ set? The same for tone controls on your bass, or pedals? I can speak for the Eden WT-800 having significant experience with them, I find it hard to believe that if you EQ’d it to flat, that you would get mud out of Henry unless there is an issue with a speaker(s).

    As far as I know, those are full range cabs that are designed to handle more the 300 watts. Depending on the room, I suppose it could be an acoustical phenomenon at cause, but I kind of doubt it. But, if you are in a smaller room, 300 watts into that cab could be causing hearing issues.
  5. Hi Folks,

    I passed all this onto my friend. He says Aged Horse's suggestion of a HPF did the trick.

    Thanks for all the suggestions.
  6. chriscarcinogen

    chriscarcinogen Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    San Francisco
    I believe the speakers were 32 ohms.

    If someone replaced a speaker or two with 8 ohm drivers that could cause issues.
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  7. CryingBass

    CryingBass Just a Fool Whose Intentions are Good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    That’s why we keep him around!

    And an hpf is not only often the fix, it is a simple and often inexpensive fix. And speaker saver :)
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  8. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    That's good to hear.
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  9. I made my bones, and my living with that cab back in the early/mid 90's.
    I got one of the very first from Steve Rabe, probably '93??
    Had a mid punch that really did the trick. I liked it and always got compliments.
  10. bigdaddybass12


    Feb 26, 2021
    My question is have you tried playing thru this with a bass guitar? Preferably not a p bass. Is it muddy?
    I may lean a little that the bass sound from the keys could be the issue. Not that it does not sound correct, it may be the format of signal being sent. Bass guitar is a analog signal where a synth sound, in theory, is not
  11. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS Inactive Suspended Supporting Member

    Sometimes, usually a LOT of the time for me, the obvious answer is the last one I think of. I even have a passive "Small Fi" right in front of my face. @agedhorse usually has the best answers from years of experience at Mesa.