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Should I buy a 4x10 or a 1x15?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rks, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. rks


    Jul 15, 2015
    I guys, I have a 2x10 and I'm thinking about buying another cab to stack. What are the pros and cons of a 4x10 and a 1x15. I can't really find a match cab, is it ok to buy a cab from another brand?
  2. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    If your 2x10 is 8 ohms, get another matching cab and stack them to create a vertical 4x10.
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  3. This.
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  4. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    In general, a lot of TB'ers don't agree with mixing cabs. A pair of 2x10's is not the same as a single 4x10. It has to do with the volume of the cabs...also why mixing them isn't the best. I just recently made the switch to a single 4x10.. Best thing I ever did. Huge tone. Extremely efficient speakers in a highly wonderful design. I love my DNA DNS-410
  5. If all internal dimensions are held equal, and the drivers are the same, and the porting is the same, then two 210's sound the same as a 410.
  6. First things first, you need to know where your amp is stable (usually 4 ohms, but sometimes 2 ohms). What's your current cab ohms? If your amp is 4 ohms and your 2x10 is 4 ohms, you can't add another cab with this configuration. If you have any questions on this, write back here.
    You say you may not be able to buy a matching cabinet. If you can buy another cabinet based on answering the first paragraph, you'll probably want to take your cabinet and amp to try out new purchases in case they are not in phase, etc. You'll know right away if they are not in phase if the rig sounds bad even though you know your amp & cab work. The rule on this site is buy a matching cab (2x10) for best results but this generally implies buying the same model by the same maker. After that it becomes a bit of a crap shoot. A 15" cab is probably a safer bet as both cabinets will struggle if you are playing too loud. With a 2x10 and 4x10 configuration, you may damage the 2x10 if playing too loud while the 4x10 will be fine.
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  7. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    I've played on many 410's that went deeper than the 115's sitting next to them in stores, so I don't think you can make a general statement about the sonic qualities.

    Are you looking to buy new from the same manufacturer, or are you looking to pick up a used deal that comes up? Many manufacturers state that their different size cabs can be mixed and matched within the same series.

    It's all about what you're looking to achieve. If you like the sound of what you have but need more volume, get a second one. If you want to add a different tonal quality, you'll need to audition the prospects to see which one meets what you're looking for.

    Many cabs from different brands can be mixed, but some combinations don't turn out well. I couldn't find a second used 410 from the same brand when I wanted to make a stack, so I rolled the dice and added a 212 from another company and hit the jackpot. The two work well together.
  8. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    What 210 cab do you have?

    For a few years I played through a 210 on top of a 410. All sounded very good, and no there wasn't any danger of blowing the 210 as I was using a nowhere near flat out 450 watt amp.

    I've also played through a 210 on top of a 115 with a 500 watt amp. That was my main rig for nearly 10 years. Very heavy Mesa Boogie gear but sounded fantastic.

    These days, unless you're buying cheap, I don't believe that you need a 115 for "low end". That might have been true years ago, but not any more. Most multiple 10's can go as low as any 15, while retaining their clarity and punch.

    All this depends on your budget, but if you have a quality 210, keep it and buy another. If it's just an OK cab, sell it and get something better.

    After all my 10's and 15's I've settled on 12's. If you can afford it, get a quality 212 cab.

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