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SPL vs. sens vs. freq response

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by PhatBoi5, Feb 12, 2001.

  1. Can anybody tell me the most important factor of these in getting my 5 string to thump thru a 4x10 cab. I use an Aguilar 359 head with a 215 sub as well. what kind of SPL or freq range is best?
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    The sensitivity and max SPL ratings of a cabinet only tell you how loud it will get relatiuve toi other cabinets. Most cabs are rated only at 1 KHz which doesn't tell you much about low end performance.

    As far as frequecny response, most bass cabs extend below 100 Hz and abopve 3 KHz easily, so the frequencies where your "thump" happens will be present in ANY of them.

    Specs won't tell you what's important: how the cabinet actually sounds. It's a combination of the flatness of respoinse and the articulation (ability to hear the note clearly) that gives a cabinet it's unique character.

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