Which driver for a 1x10 cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by strappa, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. strappa

    strappa Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    I had this cab built out of solid birch, front ported without a tweeter
    I want a loud driver, like 400 watts that is as full range as possible
    I have a kappalite 3010HO in it now
    I was thinking of trying the 3010MB

    What would you recommend?

  2. Who built the cab for you, and what does the builder recommend?

    You also need to keep the limitations of a single 10" driver in mind. "handling 400 watts" doesnt tell you how loud it will go.
  3. strappa

    strappa Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    A friend built the cab. He's not a builder and doesn't have a recommendation.
    I understand that the cab will be limited.
    I want something loud enough that will be usable with the trio I play in
    I used this cab last night and it was loud enough, but I want more range out of it
  4. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    The 3010HO is a tremendous 10. What in the world don't you like about it? The low freq response on the HO is much better than the MB. For my money, the HO is the best driver available today. If the cab is well-designed (& it looks pretty nice on the outside, at least), I'd think it should produce the volume of most commercial 210s.
  5. strappa

    strappa Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    The 3010ho is a great driver and very loud
    On its own, it is all mids
    I was looking to get some more his and lows
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    A cab with 2 10's and a tweeter would work better, and a 2x12 cab would be better yet. I think you're asking for something that's beyond the design limitations of a single 10 cab...especially when it was built without specific speaker-building information and design.
  7. Then your cab is the issue.
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  8. strappa

    strappa Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    I don't know that it's just the cab, although I don't expect the cab to be very deep
    I bought the driver based on the frequency response and the watts
    I didn't notice that it was listed as a mid driver
  9. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    It's a full-range speaker. No 2 ways about it.
  10. Rick James

    Rick James Inactive

    Feb 24, 2007
    New Jersey
    The only 3010 that works really well for bass is the 3010LF. It's weak in the upper mids, but its maximum output crushes the HO and MB in the lows, by about 6dB. It's not that the HO and MB are bad speakers, but they don't work any better than the Deltalite 2510 that's a lot less expensive.
    The only way to buy a speaker is to use speaker modeling software to see how it will work in a particular cabinet. Otherwise you might as well use a speaker catalog page as a dartboard.
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  11. I might have to look at the 3010ho if it's a good candidate for a 110
  12. Like CL said, your cab is the problem. Simply picking a driver and building a cab without modeling at all won't yield very good results 9/10 times.
    Your 3010HO will get the job done, but you'll likely need to build a new box. If you need help with anything, well, that's what TB is for!
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  13. This. Unfortunately you did it backwards, a common error(been there). You design the BOX for the SPEAKER, never the other way around. I can tell just from your crummy picture that the box is too small. Cut your losses. Start over.
  14. This only works when the speaker is placed in exactly the right box. This is your problem.
  15. Arjank


    Oct 9, 2007
    Above Amsterdam
    IMO there are better drivers. Btw. both the HO and MB have "issues" in the 400hz range. Both also have a very low Qes and rather high Fs, this means that the low-end will sound subdued compared to the mids.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2014
  16. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    I love mids :hyper:. They're what people really hear.

    And which drivers do you prefer?