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LOUDEST lightweight standalone 1x12?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ortus, Apr 21, 2010.


  1. Ortus

    Ortus

    Apr 12, 2010
    New York, NY
    Regardless of tonal characteristics, what do people think is the LOUDEST lightweight (under 40lbs) 1x12 cabinet available (for use as a standalone). I own several heads, but would most likely be using a GK MB-500 for this particular rig. For the purposes of this question, I'm purely interested in volume, not tone. Thoughts? Thanks!
     
  2. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Probably a schroeder of some sort.
     
  3. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    IMO, most likely a cab with an Eminence 3012HO in it.

    or possibly
    Schroeder mini 12+ (regular=25lbs/500w, or the light =20lbs 400W). both are 100dB@ 1w/1m
    Accugroove Tri112L (38lbs) 400w 100db@1w/1m
     
  4. tallboybass

    tallboybass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    I'm gonna say the Schroeder 12L+. It's mostly mids, but that can be dialed down with your 'contour' to sound pretty good.
     
  5. A fEarful-design 12/6 or 12/6/1.
     
  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    those are great sounding cabs, but IME, need alot of power to get loud.
     
  7. seamonkey

    seamonkey

    Aug 6, 2004
  8. That hasn't been my experience so far with my fEarful 15/6. They will handle a lot of power and get VERY LOUD, to be sure; but I don't think they require an unusual amount of power. As I recall, high efficiency was a design goal.
     
  9. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    the 15/6 is pretty efficient, but the 12/6 really isn't.
    the 3015LF is 3db more sensitve than the 3012LF.

    and i don't think that high efficiency was really the design goal. it think it it was more about having an even frequency response with better dispersion.
     
  10. No scientific results here, but I can offer that I was literally floored at the output of my new Bergantino HT112ER. On the second day of ownership I had a gig that ended up being in a larger room than expected...which was bothersome since I knew I was already pushing my luck bringing just one cab to a 10-piece R&B gig. (Carpool, weather, tight confines...) Anyway, the single cab didn't break a proverbial sweat. Certainly not a cheap cab, but I couldn't be happier with it.
     
  11. basmartin

    basmartin

    Aug 6, 2007
    Sweden
    One of the loudest I´ve tried, is a Tecamp XS112. Think it´s around 103dB@ 1w/1m, but the total lack of low frequencies made it not that suitable for the type of sound I´m after. But it´s loud.
     
  12. SpamBot

    SpamBot

    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    This is why you want efficiency as a curve, not the figure at 1khz :p
     
  13. Ortus

    Ortus

    Apr 12, 2010
    New York, NY
    This is all great--thanks so much! Keep 'em coming! Anyone have any opinions about the TC Electronic RS112 on this front? I I played through one of their 2x10s on several gigs and found it to be louder than expected considering the weight/power rating, and so wondered about the 1X12....
     
  14. 1n3

    1n3

    Sep 13, 2007
    USA
  15. rpsands

    rpsands

    Jul 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    My custom lightweight 1x12 with 3012HO weighs 21lbs and is pretty insanely loud :)
     
  16. 1n3

    1n3

    Sep 13, 2007
    USA
    Louder than your Jack 112? OP is "purely interested in volume, not tone".
     
  17. rpsands

    rpsands

    Jul 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Not louder but under half the weight.
     
  18. I find My Bergantino AE112 purty darn loud for it's weight size etc... probly not THE loudest- but darn nice alla same
     
  19. If i had the GK mb 500 head i would pair it with the GK 212MBE its only 15 kg and the 4 ohm version is rated for 600 watts ,,its all you would really need.

    Specs
    Gallien Krueger 212MBE 4 Ohm, Bass Cabinet, 600 Watt @ 4 Ohm, 2x12" Neodymium Speaker, 1x Speakon and 1x 1/4" Speaker Input, Dimension 679x 495x 375mm, Weight 15,4 kg

    link (price in euros) http://www.thomann.de/ie/gallien_krueger_212mbe.htm
     
  20. Bass Junkie

    Bass Junkie

    Nov 3, 2009
    Florida
    +1! The Berg HT112ER has got to be the best 112 there is. Much better than the AE112 and the TC RS112. I've owned all 3.
     

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