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Euphonic Audio CXL-112 Review

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by LM Bass, Jul 6, 2003.


  1. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Hi,

    Well, if you're tired of my EA raves, you can give this thread a pass!:)

    I recieved my new CXL-112 last week and used it on 3 gigs last Sunday. I played a gospel/African Jazz piece with a band and choir on electric, then a jazz trio gig on upright in the afternoon, followed by a wedding/casual/GB gig, again back on electric.

    The 112 is a great cab. I'm very happy. I like that it only weighs a little more than my 110
    (the 112 is somewhere around 45 lbs), but puts out more low end. The EA cabs are so smooth throughout their range -just really easy on the ear. After playing through 2 SWR systems provided in-house at recent festival gigs, it became very clear why I use EA now -no clacking horn honk, or muddy low mids (sorry SWR users!)
    I got some positive comments from band members as well. Tonally, the 112 seems rounder and fuller sounding than the more focused and pointed sound of the 110.

    After owning 2 VL-110s, 2 CXL-110's and now this one, I guess you could say I am going to be using this gear for a long long time.

    Best,
    Laurence
     
  2. gfab333

    gfab333

    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I took mine (CXL 1-12L) to do an outdoor "trio" gig yesterday. It was a backyard party at a beachfront home. Granted we weren't playing very loud, but that cab sure put out plenty of full bottom with nice mids and highs. I was surprised at how full the bottom sounded ouotdoors. I've been really enjoying taking that cab to a lot of gigs instead of my 70 lb Edens. In short, it's a relatively light-weight compact cab with a full punchy bottom and great mids and high end.
     
  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Yeah, I really like mine.

    I'm interested in adding the new NL-210 when that comes out, a 2*10 that's even lighter than the CXL-112L

    link here
     
  4. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    NL-210

    Yes, I suppose I'll need one of those too!
    :bassist:
    LM
     
  5. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    How does the tone of your CXL series cabs compare to your VL-110's?

    Tom.
     
  6. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Anyone else noticed that according to EA's specs, the CxL112 is 3dB more efficient than the NL210 and goes lower? OK, the NL210 handles a bit more power but that won't make up for the efficiency deficiency (sic). Maybe they're just not cooking the specs quite so much for the NL210...

    Alex
     
  7. DaveB

    DaveB

    Mar 29, 2000
    Toronto Ontario
    Another vote for the CXL112. To my mind (and ears) it is the best upright cabinet out there...period. It is also the best doubling cabinet out there....period.

    When it comes to electric alone it is one of the best out there.While I like it's clarity I find that for my electric gigs I still prefer my Bag End S15D.The Motown/ Classic R&B gig I have seems to favour some of that mid range bump that Bag End provides..
     
  8. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Hi Tom,

    I had the VL-110 and CXL-110 at the same time, and then sold the VL's. The CXL is much more efficient, which works better for me. I would say that the CXL series is more aggressive sounding in the mids than the VL series. The VL series had a bit smoother sound. The CXl-112 is tonally in between the two, to my ears. It has some of the smoothness and some of the aggression!;)
    Best,
    LM
     
  9. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Sounds like it would sound pretty darn good. I may have to fight off another GAS attack once the iAMP 800 Combo is available. That, paired up with a CxL-112 would be a mighty mini rig!

    Tom.
     
  10. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    There's nothing inherently suspicious in those differences. In fact, since the 12 is in a larger box (per driver), it makes some sense that it goes lower. Also, it makes sense that they'd be able to get a slightly better combination of lows and sensitivity from the 12, since the ND drivers are new and there won't be as many options yet.
     
  11. gfab333

    gfab333

    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Since I'm no techie, so I don't know if this would make a tremendous difference in the low end or efficiency of each cab... but the CXLs have a transmission line design (internal baffling)while the VL seem to be ported.
     
  12. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    VL series cabs do incorporate the transmission line design.
     
  13. EAGary

    EAGary Registered User

    May 27, 2002
    If you like the punch of the CXL but want a little smoother sound, the new NL210 is the way to go. The new neo magnet drivers that John Dong designed are very impressive. If you are familiar with the older studio quality VL sound, you can now have it in the NL210 with greater SPL efficiency. I thought I would never get rid of my VL208's, but it sure looks like the new technology is replacing the old.

    Gary Gibilisco, Euphonic Audio, Inc.
     
  14. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY


    How about an NL 208? In my opinion, 8's spank most other speaker sizes for DB. Of course, given the limited number of DB players out there, I guess the 208 might not be financially viable.
     
  15. gfab333

    gfab333

    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Thanks for chiming in Gary G! If I may, I'd like to append my comments on using the CXL 12L on my 7/4 outdoor gig - as mentioned in a previous post in this thread. Keep in mind that I was playing my 5 string F Bass BN5, I must say that my CXL 12L cab puts out as much bottom as many 1 X 15 cabs.

    I haven't tried the new 2-10 cabs, but I'm sure that they sound great too. A player's ultimate selection is probably a matter of personal taste.
     
  16. Mcrelly

    Mcrelly

    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    Why get the combo??? why not piece together the separate components for more flexiblility??
     
  17. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I already have a rack rig and a mini head (Walkabout), plus a bunch of cabs, so I am well taken care of in the flexibility department. I guess for some perverse and gear-obsessive reason, I like the concept of having an 800w (w/ extension speaker, I know) combo amp! :cool: :D :bassist:

    Of course, if I didn't already have a flexible setup, I would indeed go the separates route as you suggest.

    Tom.
     
  18. Mcrelly

    Mcrelly

    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    Sorry Tom I didn't notice it was you! Yes, go for it and while your at it you should also find the lowest wattage/smallest speaker bass amp too for your collection...:p http://zinky.com/Smokey.html

    "...The Smokey Amp will also power a 4x12 or any speaker cabinet and can even be used on the input of another amp as a fuzz box."

    <<pokes tom in gut>>

    :D

    p.s. I know its not a bass amp
     
  19. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I wonder what 50 of them would sound like...

    :D ;) :p

    Tom.
     
  20. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    Oooo, interesting! would love to hear them with my Azola. but i'm dying to try out an Accugroove Tri-208. heard they're the shiznit.

    but the NL does sound very cool. great to see Gary give the low down on 'em. thx bro! but hey, how bout an NL 3x10!? that'd be very cool.

    and Tom, another cab/combo for the WALL OF DOOM!!! Doom doom doom??