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Putting new speakers in Hartke 2.5XL cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Kanekila, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. I just bought a used Hartke 2.5XL cab in excellent condition for a great price, and in fact, it's rated for 700 watts now (from the normal 200), because the previous owner put in a pair of Eminence Delta 10's. The thing is, I think while the speakers do sound good, they're a bit too much in the mids and not enough lows for me. EQ'ing to compensate just makes for mudd-ville. I also tend to roll off the highs a bit, so the little 5" speaker in there probably isn't doing a whole lot. I'm not a fan of hi-fi modern bass tone too much, but prefer a bigger, rounder old-school tone, yet with more definition than my trusty old 15" speaker will give me.

    Also, the guy I bought it from said 10's he put in are 16 ohms each, but I can't find anywhere on them that indicates 8 or 16 ohm. They are wired in parallel though, and he said the cab is rated at 8 ohm, so I'm guessing they are. I do notice that my amp (Hartke 3500) seems to need more gain to drive the cab.

    If I replace these Deltas with two 8 ohm speakers (I'm thinking of using the Eminence Basslite S2010's), and the little 5" speaker is 8 ohms (I checked), would my cab still be running at 4 ohms? I noticed there is what appears to be a resistor stuck in the middle of the hot wire from the little 5" to one of the others. Is this used to make the ohms correct?


    Truth be told, I can get by with it the way it is, but if I can put is something with just a bit less in the mids, and a bit more in the lows, it would be just about right for what I'm doing.

    Thanks for any/all help!

  2. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    just get an used 8ohm 1X12 or 1X15 cab to put under the 2x10 and yer done.

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