pair of 410s...stacked or side by side?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by WCHIII, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Just wondering if there would be any noticeable difference with a pair of Ampeg 410 he cabs placing them both on the floor rather than stacking. I've always heard cabs like to be on the floor. I like the idea of stacking so I can hear what Im doing a little better..
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  2. Mykk


    Aug 22, 2010
    Prescott, AZ

    Stacking makes more sense to me for the audible reasons and to have the head/knobs at eye level. Do whatever your comfortable with and what your ears tell you sounds better. From my experience, it's better to take up less realestate on stage and to have a smaller footprint thus stacking upwards instead of outwards
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  3. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    Vertical stacking is always better than horizontal.
  4. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
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  5. It's not just aesthetics, it's audio science.

    Vertical always, never side by side.
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  6. Big Brother

    Big Brother

    Feb 13, 2011
    San Diego
    Roving sub-demon
    You get better horizontal dispersion through vertical stacking as I understand, due to interference and wave cancellation. Which means that stacked vertically, you are broadcasting to the room instead of bouncing your sound off the ceiling or projecting into space.

    Has to do with the line array principle:
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  7. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Mount Prospect, IL
    Exactly. The sound is closer to your ears which results in you turning your gear down because you can hear yourself better than having the speakers on the ground

    Plus, you take up the same amount of space on stage as one 410.
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  8. bertbass666


    Mar 6, 2009
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  9. Great comments! Thanks yall.. Feel like Christmas has come early. I really do appreciate the help as this all is a learning process for me. You guys rock!...
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  10. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    And some times we Country,
    And some other times we Blues! :D
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  11. Raymeous


    Jul 2, 2010
    San Diego
    Stacking them on a tight stage makes sense but placing them on either side of the stage would help with coverage and monitoring.

    You could run across the stage and still hear yourself and guitar dude on the other side would be able to hear you enough to keep in time. Just sayin' =)
  12. :rollno:
    This is erroneous. Stacking increases your dispersion aka coverage.
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  13. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    In that case you loose most of your hard earned midrange intelligibility
    and effectively half your amplifier power.:bassist:
  14. Even worse then side by side :rollno:
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  15. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    Why have I seen many guys on TV shows laying their Ampeg 810 on it's side?
  16. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Because they don't know, or don't care.
  17. astack


    Nov 12, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    Because they aren't connected to a head? :D

    If your a 99%er player, yeah vertical and all that. But if you're a big touring guy with all FOH sound and just paid to show off the amp maker's badge, doesn't matter. Oh wait, it's easier to see the brand stacked vertically, too. :confused: :p

    For the record, John Stirratt sounds great live dispite his side by side 4x10's. (see above)
  18. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Mount Prospect, IL
    Also because it "looks cool". They could also be fake cabs and/or the bass player is already getting everything through in-ear monitoring. Maybe the bass player likes to hear less midrange on stage. In some bands (midrange heavy guitars) this can be really helpful.
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  19. I've seen Richard Bona live a few times and he seems to like 410s side by side or even spaced apart a bit. Same with Paul Turner with Jamiroquai. But I've seen way more upright 810s.
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  20. Best 410 is two 210 stacked vertically and everyone else halve their output so the front 25m of audience don't go home with an increment of permanent hearing loss, nevermind the band. The other 410 is listed for sale.
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