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Same power, you will choice 2x10 or 1x15?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Pak, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. Pak


    Nov 14, 2004
    Same power, you will choice 2x10 or 1x15?

    i want to know this before, plz help me to gather statistic~
    thank you~ :)
  2. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    1X15: why? They just sound bigger. :bassist:
  3. mwlaurenson

    mwlaurenson Guest

    Feb 5, 2001
    I've been wondering this too. A guy told me recently that he had sold his 4x10 cab and got a second 1x15 cab. This was because the 15 actually produced more high freqencies than the 10s in a side by side comparison.

    This upset me cos i'd always had my heart set on a nice little 2x10 combo!

    So, is it just a myth that smaller speakers are better for higher sounds?
  4. 210 = more radiating cone space, focused tone and better mids and mid bass. 115 = longer throw, warmer sound with less control and focus. These are the stereotypes. But I'd rather have a well designed 115 then a mediocre 210.
  5. bennettsteve

    bennettsteve Guest

    Dec 14, 2002
    Actually two 10s have less total cone surface area than a single 15.
  6. Really? This I didn't know. Could you explain?
  7. bennettsteve

    bennettsteve Guest

    Dec 14, 2002
    As an example, an Eminence Kappa Pro 10 has a surface cone area of 344.9 square cm, a Kappa Pro 15 has 856.3.

    The surface area of a 15" circle is more than double the total surface area of two 10" circles.
  8. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    To me, this question is greatly dependant upon which specific 2x10's and 1x15's you are comparing. However, with all things being equal, and using drivers from the same line and cabs made by the same maker, I generally prefer the sound of 2x10's. But, this is purely a matter of personal preference. I can see why others would a 1x15. They are both tried and true designs. It's just a matter of which you prefer. In general, I have found 1x15's to be a bit punchier, and 2x10's a bit more balanced. But again, this can vary (and even reverse) depending upon the manufacturer.

    Good luck, Tom.
  9. It all depends on the amp, my Yorkville XS400 has is115 but it comes with a 70 watt Piezo Tweeter which enhances the tone greatly. I get better tone then some small 70 watt practice amp with 110
  10. Pak


    Nov 14, 2004
    thank you for discuss this topic.
    my friend tell me, if you are 5-strings bass player,
    the 5th strings (B) will make the frequency (HZ) very low, using 1x15 better than 2x10 or 4x10,
    it was not a power problem,........he said than~
    he's correct????? :bassist:
  11. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    the design of the cabinet also helps low frequencies
    some 1x15 have less lows than 2x10 because of the cabinet design. If you can, try as many as you can. Also, if you ask about specific cabinets we might be able to help you better.
  12. hammer2748


    Feb 22, 2002
    Hartford, CT

    I use the Peavey TVX series 4x10 and 2x10. Prior to the 2x10 (I just received as a B-day gift), I used the 4x10 with a 1x15. Previous A/B trials of my 1x15 vs. a 2x10, the latter definitely produced more low-end tone and feel. The 1x15 I have is rear-ported and doesn't work well in some environments compared to the front-ported cabs I've used. Now I have the 4x10, 2x10, and 1x15. Good to go in most circumstances. Just my .02

  13. dave_clark69

    dave_clark69 Guest

    Jan 17, 2003
    You might think that it is 20" for the surface area, but it would just be 10" with all the specs for 1, just doubled up, i think.
    If that makes sense...