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Will an addition of 2x10 change the sound?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by semborg, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. Okay, my current rig is Yamaha bbt 500h with 2x10 cab.
    My question is:
    Will an addition of another 2x10 cab change the sound?
    (2x10 + 2x10, instead of just one 2x10 cab)
    Thank you :smug:
  2. Sutton


    Mar 3, 2005
    Plainwell, MI
    it'll definately make it sound louder (Pushing more air) but as for the sound, it shouldnt change it if you have all the same speakers
  3. But I thought it may handle low B better at higher volumes.
    The speakers don't need to work as much if they are doubled.
    Am I wrong in that point?
  4. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    You might want to look into adding a 2x12 or 1x15 instead of another 2x10. In any case, give it a swing with your gear and see how ya like it. Try before ya buy.

  5. RBASS930

    RBASS930 Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    New York
    That was my main rig until I retired it to just practices. Adding the 2nd 2X10 just made it louder for the most part. It does help with the low B, but it is not nearly as effective as adding a 12 or 15 to the existing 2X10. Great sound though.
  6. Aenema


    Apr 18, 2001
    if you want more low end then i would suggest 2x12's or a 15. if you want your current sound to sound "bigger" then add 2 more 10s.
  7. BaSs_FrEak


    Aug 4, 2004
    definatly the 15. like everyone else said the 2X10's will just make it louder no bassier sound. the bigger the speaker the bigger the bass sound.
  8. But someone told me that a single 10 cannot do much itself. Both Soundwise and volumewise. They told me that 2x10 will handle the bottom better.

    So if theres a soundwise difference between 1x10 and 2x10, then there should be a difference between 2x10 and 2x10 + 2x10.

    Am I wrong?
  9. Aenema


    Apr 18, 2001
    well if you were to add a 1x10 to your to your 2x10s then it would sound 50% bigger. if you were to add 2x10's to 2x10's then it would sound 100% bigger. your low end would increase but not much since youre only adding 10 inch speakers and 10 inch speakers generally dont have much bottom end. you would be "doubling" the sound of your 10s per say. make sense yet? the "bigger" sound term is confusing at first...
  10. Prahainspring


    Oct 22, 2002
    New Jersey
    I'll chime in to say that you should try out a 1x15 under your 2x10. I'm moving in the opposite direction, I have a 1x15 but i'm adding a 2x10 for more high end goodness. In your case, if you add a 1x15 of the same brand as your 2x10, it will not change the tone but it will change the sound a little (the amount of low end will be more present and the volume will increase to boot).
  11. Aenema


    Apr 18, 2001
    i will second the idea for a 15 inch speaker or even 2x12's. especially if you want a better low B. 10's do not handle a low B nearly as well as 2x12's or a 15 do.
  12. But can I mix 2x10 + 2x12?

    I mean, will not the 2x12 need more power than the 2x10?
  13. A 2x12 will not need more power than a 2x10. It will fill out the bottom end nicely and add more volume to your rig.
  14. So you think 2x12 + 2x10 will be a nice mix?
    I can imagine its sound, but that is nothing I can trust...

    Well do you have any suggestions for a 2x12 4omhs?
  15. There isn't a wide variety of 2x12 cabs and since you live in Sweden I'm not sure what is available to you. I really like my Avatar 2x12.
  16. Prahainspring


    Oct 22, 2002
    New Jersey
    2x12s are excellent cabs. I always thought they would be better paired with 4x10s because of the higher power rating. Simply because you already have a 2x10, you would find that both the 2x10 and the 1x15 to be in the similiar power rating area.
  17. But you can mix 2x12 with 2x10, but because 2x12 is pushing more air it will be louder? or will the 2x10 work more so the will be equally loud?
  18. Prahainspring


    Oct 22, 2002
    New Jersey
    I'm not too sure myself. Hopefully someone with more expirience with 2x12s can chime in.
  19. silky smoove

    silky smoove

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    A 4 ohm 2x12? Since you're using this as your second cab I have to ask, what is the impedance of your existing 2x10?

    If its 4 ohms, that will equate to a 2 ohm load with the 2x12.

    If its an 8 ohm, that will equate to a 2.67 ohm load with the 2x12.

    Most amp heads are only safely run as low as a 4 ohm load. I would suggest looking for an 8 ohm 2x12, to go with your hopefully 8 ohm 2x10. However, if your amp can run with such a low impedance, my point is completely moot.
  20. My amp goes 250 watt at 4 ohms.
    My amp goes 500 watt at 2 ohms.

    Btw, maybe a 1x12 will suit my rig better?
    Else maybe the 2x12 will drown the 2x10?