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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bill_emo, Jan 4, 2004.
Im building a new cab with a 1x15 and 2x10s. What are the best speakers to buy?
It depends on the dimensions and porting specifics of your cab - you don't just plop any "quality" speakers in there, they have to match the tuning of the cab.
im planning on building a model like the peavey 1516, proboly out of birch ply.
A 1516 has a 15 and two 8s (that's why the second number is 16 (2x8). The 1820 has an 18 and two 10s.
Why not just buy a used 1516 cabinet? It's already designed, you know what you're getting, it has a predictable resale value and they're not at all expensive on the used market.
If you still insist on building your own, the speakers you choose depends on what you're trying to accomplish with the cabinet. If you want a very usable setup similar to a 1x15 and 2x10, you could go with speakers from Eminence using Delta 10s and a Kappa Pro 15LF. Great prices on these are available from Dave at Avatar speakers (www.avatarspeakers.com).
If you want flat response down to 30 Hz out of the 15, you'll have to look elsewhere...perhaps an autosound subwoofer (beware of low efficiency). Check out www.partsexpress.com or www.madisound.com for woofers.
I'd recommend getting a book on the subject of speaker enclosures, learning what Theile - Small parameters are, and buy JBL drivers.
You may be able to replicate a driver / enclosure design that they have used in the past.
New JBL drivers are quite spendy, but you can buy used. Or even blown ones for cheap, then have them reconed.
The venerable JBL 4625B 15" cabinet, pdf
You definitely need to download Bruce Gavin's musician's reference spreadsheet. Lots and lots of information there. Go to http://www.ofgb.org/