Inexpensive Cabs (Part 2)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ely, Nov 28, 2001.

  1. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    Rather than bring back my old thread I decided to post a new one. This time the question is: What are some inexpensive cabs that have good low B handling, while still having a good amount of efficiency?

    My cab price maximum is $700, and I'm looking for a good cutting or punchy sound with plenty of lows. I don't really like 15" and 18" speakers. I prefer 12", 10", and 8". I don't really like a HiFi sound, more of a classic rock type sound, but less muddy. Durability and reliability are a very important factor. I don't really want anything fancy (Eden, Aguilar, EA) because I wouldn't want to mess it up (I expect my gear will take a few dings and hits at times). I also like a good amount of efficiency, but it doesn't have to be something extreme like an Eden with 106 dB/w, just as long as it's more efficient than an Acme... (otherwise I'd get one of those) I plan to be using a Carvin R1000 amp, so I'll have plenty of watts to drive the thing if it does have low efficiency.

    Here's some of the many cabs I've considered:

    Peavey 4x10TVX (Looks good, heard good reviews, but I hear it's not tuned low enough for a 5 string)
    Peavey 4x12TVX (see above)
    SWR Goliath III (Hear they're clanky, not very much frequency response according to SWR Website)

    Please give more suggestions, thanks.
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I didn't think Eden and Aguilar were any fancier than SWR.

    In your price range, two Aguilar GS-112's will come in at ~$600. I thought the pair worked very well, even with a 5.

    I'd also look at the Aguilar 410... loud and efficient.
  3. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    I've looked at the Aguilar GS410, I know they it would be my favorite cab (my dream rig consists of a couple GS410's and an Aguilar DB750 hybrid head), but what I mean by "fancy" is that they look too damn good and it would make me really angry if someone put a mark on it, where with a Peavey I really could care less unless the damage made it not work as good as before or something. Hmm... maybe scratch the Goliath and put down either an Aguilar GS410 ($730) or 2 Aguilar GS112's($700)...
  4. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    Another interesting choice would be a Henry the 8x8, they have good frequency response according to SWR, and that looks like it'd sound awesome for punchy punk sounds, not sure about the low end though, but if SWR's website is accurate, it should do good with a fiver.
  5. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    henry's have ridiculous low end, and if you get an older used one they have that black steel mesh that i don't think you'd mind if it gets kicked.

  6. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    Short of going to a folded horn type of enclosure, it is generally the case that larger drivers are more *efficient* than smaller ones when it comes to delivering the goods at low frequencies. This is an important physical principle. I agree with the comments here to look for used cabinets if price is an issue. Otherwise, you could try one of Carvin's big PA cabinets (either the big 2x15 or 2x18) - which probably have decent low end, but not as good as more expensive brands. And they're not super-efficient, either.

    Remember the rule oft repeated in this forum:
    * small cabinet
    * deep low bass
    * high efficiency
    Pick any two, because you can't have all three. It's a challenge. If you find something, let us know.

    - Mike
  7. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    Well, when I said I don't like 15" and 18" i mean it is because I don't like their tone, too muddy for me. Also a small cab isn't what I want, which is one reason I'm looking at a 4x12, 8x8, and whatever other things you can throw at me (any good 6 or 8x10s anyone?)
  8. For $700 you could probably find a used SWR Goliath Sr (same size as the 8x8). If that's too "clanky" for ya, a used SVT 8x10 would do the trick... and that's a piece of gear that often looks better with a few dings on it! (inmo of course)