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Loudest and deepest cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bigtexashonk, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Running Amplitube 3 in front of my GK Neo 2x12's powered by a GB Streamliner 900 or Aguilar DV750. The lows are so intense I'm considering an Avatar TB153.

    Any other reasonably sized/weight cabs I should consider?
  2. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan

    fEARful 1515/66/1

    Might also check out the 15/6/1 or the fEARless 215 and 115.
  3. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
    The ACME cabinets (for instance the B4) go a lot deeper than the fEarful and its siblings. It will not be very loud unless you have lots of power available.
    You can get it in a 4 Ohm version which will make your amp put out a bit more extra power than the 8 Ohm 15/6 etc.
  4. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    My only negative to the ACME's is the sensitivity. An 8 Ohm 15/6 is going to be as loud or louder than a 4 Ohm B4 with the same amp.
  5. Liggins


    Sep 27, 2012
    London, England
    Barefaced cabs go lower on the spec sheet, I'm not sure it makes much difference below 30 odd Hz, but it's on the sheet.

    I have a Big Twin T running with a crown XTi1000 amp. The spec says 127db, wouldn't like to test it tbh.

    It makes my SR5's B strings sound absolutely thunderous, its small and very light.

    Same kind of deal as the fEARful's mentioned, just another option.

  6. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    In my limited experience, loud and deep can't coexist in a "resonably sized" cabinet.
    The fEARful 12/6 is the best compromise I've found.
  7. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Loudest and deepest....

    Here's a contender, loaded with 3015LF or dual 12's.


    DIY either from scratch or Lelands flatpacks or through authorized builders.
  8. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    My Dually 2-15 can push some serious air! 60 lbs and easy to move.


  9. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Put a 4x10 on top of one of these!!!!

  10. Tuned


    Dec 6, 2007
    I agree if you're looking for something to do a subwoofer's job, a subwoofer is going to do it best. However folded horns like the ones above are a little excessive in size. The Yorkville LS608 is a nice compromise, 103dB sensitivity and 700W RMS in a 26"x23"x24" 86lb package. The cabinet also suits an RCF LF18N451 driver, which is 1500W RMS though slightly less sensitive by about 1.5dB. Folded horns will be more efficient, but for the size and price you can just get more LS608's, and surely you won't always need more horsepower than one can dish out, especially with a 1500W driver.
  11. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    ACME's sound close to the OLD CV 18's but without the horn effect.

    In my spandex & long hair decades, I had this on each side(except one side had the 1/2 size fiberglassed CV 18:

    A close sound to the above(without the horn projection):

    This works well too except I'm not lugging 100 lb cabinets:

    PS: The bass ain't mine, I don't own any Fender basses(only clones).

    NICE Acoustic Jazzbo58 and you're where I spent 30+ years in bands!!!
  12. Liggins


    Sep 27, 2012
    London, England
    Up to this summer I'd have agreed with you, and was contemplating recreating a back-line like I used to have in the 80's and 90's bi-amped, 6x10 or 8x10 and maybe a 2x10+hy for the top... heavy, big and rock n roll...

    Then I stumbled across Alex at barefaced...

    The Big Twin IS a legitimate replacement for massive back-line, as is (I suspect) the Super 15 or the 69 or even the modular multi-boxes he does.

    I'm also certain that similar light, very rigid multi-speaker boxes from BFM or fEARful will do the job. Cab, driver and amp design has come on some way in 20 years it seems.

    I have no hesitation in recommending these cabs, go check them out.
  13. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    The big twin is definitely an amazing cab. This side of the pond its cousin is the fEARful 1212/6. I would love to have either provided for me at a gig. That said, the 1515/66 is the next step up in terms of capability.
  14. cableguy


    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    Couldn't agree more. Barefaced and fEARful cabs (as well as a few other makers) Using the 3012LF or 3015LF, x-over and smaller mid drivers simply crush some "industry standard" cabs. But alas, people would rather bash them than try them. Their loss, I'll stick with my fEARful.:bassist:
  15. Sliderbass

    Sliderbass Dr. Bass, The best cabinet you'll NEVER own! Supporting Member

    This conversation has been going on for a very long time. Everyone will have their favorites and nobody is either wrong or right. Every cab mentioned so far works well and sounds great.

    For me, it's a 1515/66/1 that does it.
  16. I'm getting all I can stand from a fEarful 15/6. LOVE it. I think about that 15/15/6/6/1 often, but then I remember how lazy I am. Seriously, I've been too loud with my Carvin BX1500 @ 5. I would just be intolerable with the big boy. If you haven't tried one of the new cabs with the "super 15" drivers, you just can't know what you're missing.
  17. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
  18. Sliderbass

    Sliderbass Dr. Bass, The best cabinet you'll NEVER own! Supporting Member

    But in a good way! :hyper:
  19. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    Another vote for the 15/6/1 with a 15 sub or the 1515/66/1 . With two 15" woofers fEarfuls are very deep and can go too loud . Fairly easy to haul too .