Magnets! Neodymium vs AlNiCo vs Ceramic-Ferrite

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Linnin, Mar 28, 2016.

What is your favorite tone magnet?

Poll closed Mar 14, 2017.
  1. AlNiCo

    40 vote(s)
  2. Ceramic-Ferrite

    18 vote(s)
  3. Neodymium

    53 vote(s)
  4. Beets

    43 vote(s)
  1. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    What do you know? Have you owned and played them all? Which one is you favorite?
  2. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

    I have never found a way to play a magnet by itself. No wires to hook up to.
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  3. madjazzbass

    madjazzbass Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    I was just about to ask "sorta" the same question, then I saw this, I'm curious and skeptical of the Neo cabs and whether or not they can get as Deep as the Ceramics.
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  4. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    I won't buy but neo anymore for gig cabs because the gain in weight is way worth the extra price.
  5. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

    They have no trouble "getting as deep" as ceramic magnet designs or deeper. It is all designer's choice. Neo removed some limitations in design, but early designs over emphasized the available increase in high frequency response (designer's choice not a limitation of material).
  6. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Poll added. Please vote for your favorite tone magnet. Get on your soap box and make your point!
  7. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    That's an interesting take on tone magnets. Why would you think that?
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  8. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Please explain further.
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  9. Perhaps he meant, the gain in weight reduction? But maybe he adds lead weights so his cabs don't walk around on a hard floor... or something equally redonkulous.
  10. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    Yes, please do!
  11. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    He meant that it was worth hauling heavy cabs. The gain in weight was offset by the money that stays in his pocket by not buying neos
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  12. Wait! What? Heavier cabs sound better? That 'splains EVERYTHING!
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  13. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Nope. They're cheaper
  14. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

    Where is the electro-magnet option on the poll? Any old HiFi guy knows PM speakers are for portable radios.
  15. The pager system in my building has ceramic speakers and they have no bass and are very tinny compared to the neodymium in my bass cab.
    Alnico in my pickups make my bass sound really good though, so I am going to say, all the above.
    Now give me a carrot.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2016
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  16. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    The earth's core is a big electromagnet. It's the best.
  17. FingerDub

    FingerDub Inactive

    Jan 8, 2016
    I think most of the cabinet weight is in the construction and cab itself. An 80 OZ magnet is 5 pounds...How much do the neo's weigh? Just 2 or 3 pounds less? That's not a deal breaker for me.
  18. Beets, 'cause I haven't a clue what differing magnet technology does to the sound of a speaker.
    How would you even test that other than subjectively?
    Maybe today is the day we find out what exactly IS the best metal for metal.
  19. Just haven't found the input jack to make the world rumble yet. Let me know if you stumble upon it, actually no need to let me know something tells me I'll be alerted to this discovery.
    physics and seamonkey like this.
  20. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    beets. no carrots
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