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Whats a good cab comparable to the SWR Triad?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Get_da_funk_Out, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Get_da_funk_Out


    Oct 1, 2009
    Just played an SWR Triad and really liked the tone. Was wondering what other cabs were out there similar to the Triad.

    Any thoughts?
  2. will33


    May 22, 2006
    By todays standards, the Triad is thought of as a fairly poorly executed 3-way design. If you like it, you like it, nothing wrong with that. I'm going to assume at least some of what you liked was the clarity of it, especially if standing further off to the side or far above the cabinet. That's a function of using a dedicated woofer for the lower frequencies and a dedicated smaller driver to carry the midrange. In the case of the Triad, a 10", in more modern offerings, usually a 6", sometimes 8". The smaller cone spreads the middle and upper frequencies much wider than a typical "one speaker plays it all" type cab. That makes it sound clearer in a wider arc in front of the cab.

    Tonalities vary but for a more refined take on the Triad, check out most any 2 or 3 way cab. Woofer + midrange. The 3 in 3-way would be the tweeter carrying the highest frequencies.
  3. Get_da_funk_Out


    Oct 1, 2009
    Thanks for the info! Any particular cab suggestions to look at?
  4. Check out Avatar's 3-way cab
  5. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Carvin LS-1503 PA cab

    Avatar TB-153

    AudioKinesis Thunderchild

    Baer ML-112

    Any fEARful design

    Barefaced Bass cabs (UK)

    LDS (Lowdown Sound) custom built cabs

    BFM Omni and Jack cabs

    There's a few more out there. It is more refined, and thus more expensive than your typical "woofers in a box" way of doing it but you hear what you pay for.

    Various PA cabs use this concept but a lot of them don't have a large enough box or sturdy enough woofer for loud bass guitar.

    Peavey's 1516 and 1810, 1820 and Carvins Cyclops combo's were earlier attempts at this. Musicman has a 212/6 cab out there somewhere too.

    Prices and quality vary. Much of the "majic" is in crossover design, a meticulous and time-consuming thing to get right.

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