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What Do You Guys Think Is Better: 1x15 and 2x10 OR 4x10?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by supernaut_1, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. 1x15 with a 2x10

    20 vote(s)
  2. just a 4x10

    25 vote(s)
  1. supernaut_1

    supernaut_1 Guest

    Dec 16, 2002
    i was wondering what you guys think sounds better, works better for a band, and has a more versatile tone. a 1x15 with a 2x10, or just a 4x10?
  2. JJd2sc


    Jul 31, 2003
    Marietta, Georgia
    I like 4x10s nice range of tones, plus its only one thing to carry! My ampeg svt 410hlf can get to 28hz, which is just as lower and lower than lots of 15s.
  3. Id say go with a 4x10 and a 2x10...that would kick ass
  4. All of 'em.


    Pick and choose as needed.
  5. I like 4x10, 1x15/2x10, and 2x12.

    I don't currently own a 4x10 because my bad back simply makes them to much of a hassle.

    I used to own an Ampeg SVT-410HLF. Fabulous cabinet, but at 135#s (I weighed it), it was killing my back getting it in and out of my van and my house, and sometimes up onto an elevated stage. I sold it. Hated to see it go, but my back is a lot happier.

    I'm looking for a 4x10 and/or 2x12 with neodymium speakers that comes in under 70#s, and doesn't cost an arm and leg. Something like that I just might buy.

    As for the 2x10/1x15 combo, it's something that I, and a ton of bassists have been using and liking for a long, long time. It's a great combination for sound and portability.
  6. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I am a fan of modular rigs, so I would go with a 2x10 and a 1x15. That way if you only need to bring one cab, you can leave the extra cab at home. Most 4x10 cabs are a little heavy for me. But if alot of "punch" is what you want, then a 4x10 will do. The 2x10/1x15 is a classic setup that lots of bass players use. The 2x10 will provide some punch that the 15 will lack.
    But if you plan on using both the 2x10 and 1x15 constantly, there really won't be much savings in terms of weight than the 4x10. You'll probably be adding an trip for load-in/load out.

    Keep in mind, the speaker cabinets differ in terms of performance from one manufacturer to another. You can find a punchy 15" like the Bag End S15-D that has more mids than the typical 15, or a bassy 2x10 like the Acme B2 which will handle more bass than the typical 2x10. Take a listen and see which works best.
  7. Although from reading tech specs it seems to vary from cabinet to cabinet, IME I would use a 4x10 if you're playing a 4-string, and 2x10 with 1x15 if you're using a 5er or down tunings. My 1x15 is heavier than my 4x10 so portability even varies from cab to cab.
  8. I've play thru both combos and honestly i've stuck w/ the 1X15 w/ a 2X10 combo. I find I get more range and more versitility from that mix. Don't get me wrong 4X10 sounds good, especially if you like punchy, but for my ears, i find the tone of a 1 X15 lets me get deep lows, and the 2 x10 accents the mids and highs nicely.
    As an aside w/ the 1X15/2 X 10 combo you can use the 2X10 seperately if you play a small club or have a small jam room.
    Guess you should test drive both and see what your ears think

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