Replacement Speakers for Peavey 215D?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fhm555, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    Hey folks...Got a situation where I need more volume than I'm getting out of my 2 12" cabs and was thinking about taking my old 215D wifey is currently using as a coffee table and putting some new speakers in it. It won't have to be moved a lot so it's size/bulk/weight will not be a big consideration. My first thought was to just snag up a pair of 1505 BW's but I'm always up for opinions from those who know more about this kind of thing than I do, so please, let me hear what you think about a good set of speakers for this cab.

    I've searched here and all the info is kinda old and considering how speaker tech changes, I thought I'd get some fresh info before I made any move on this.

    I've got plenty of amp(s) and also have a hartke 420XL, but I'd rather use the 215 for this so any and all opinions, experiences, etc, on this would be greatly appreciated.
  2. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    What drivers do you have installed currently??
  3. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    Whatever came in it when I got it. I haven't looked yet so I'm not sure. All I know ATM is it's been laying face down on the floor for more than 10 years so I figure the speakers are most likely no good any more. When I used it I had 2 of them and 2 Mark IV heads and ran them real hard for a couple of years with no problems. I wound up selling one of the cabs and a head as a set, then later selling the other head. If I recall, it was working good the last time I used it, and my dad used it for his home theater system for a few years before he got a powered sub to replace it and it got turned into a coffee table.

    I'm hoping to have time to get in to it next week so I can be better prepared to answer questions like this.
  4. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I replaced my Peavey 1516 drivers with MCM stamped frame drivers. I really like them. They sound as good if not better than the BW's that were in it.
  5. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    Don't you think that it would be worthwhile to see how the drivers are before you just replace them? They could well be Black Widows with replaceable baskets which would be a lot cheaper than new drivers.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015
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  6. If it was still working last the you used it as far as you know, then why not test it out with a head first. Why fix it if it isn't even broken?
  7. 5StringPocket

    5StringPocket Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    +1 to just testing it out with a head to see if it still works. If it does, you're good to go. After looking at the cut sheet on the 215D if the low frequency drivers are bad, I wouldn't recommend doing anything other than just getting them fixed. This is an integrated system, not just a box with a couple woofers in it.® 215D

    I think the 1505-DT BW's are more robust than the drivers in there (I have a 1505-DT and two of them with 800 watts would be very loud and full) but they would not be drop in replacements. If this 215D doesn't work out and you're not really into the DIY thing I'd look for a good deal on used cab. Lots of good ones show up in the classifieds, you just need to know what type of sound you're after and how much you're willing to spend.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2015
  8. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    I believe the OP is Talking about the older 215D Bass Cab. I believe it had Black Widow's in it.
  9. Mine has two Scorpion 15"s. They really shake, but I don't drive them with more than my PF350 as they seem to be pretty efficient (and plenty loud). For $70 it's nice to keep in the back pocket if I ever need it.
  10. FerruleCat


    Mar 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    The Peavey Black Widow 1505 DT gets good love around here. Don't confuse it with the 1505 KADT, however. Chances are you can use your existing magnets and swap in the DT basket, but verify that with Peavey Customer Service first. My 1502, for example, could be converted - and probably will be someday.
  11. 5StringPocket

    5StringPocket Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I did a basket swap to convert my 1502 to a 1505 DT and it gave it a bit more solid low end. Pleased with the upgrade.