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Would a 10 x 10 bass cab be efficient?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Thomas Kievit, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    So a while back it was Jazz day here in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.

    I've noticed a lot of bass players using either 2 4 x 10 cabs or a 8 x 10 cab. For some reason I was thinking if a 10 x 10 bass cab would be efficient or not? (oh btw, all those people were playing outside incase anybody is wondering :p )
  2. remainthesame


    Sep 24, 2008
    ampeg made a 36x10 so i dont see why not
  3. remainthesame


    Sep 24, 2008

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  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    It's about impedance. You'd end up with a weird number, sort of like how 6x10's are 5.3 ohms, except it wouldn't work out as well.
  5. why is a weird impedance a problem? If it's within the range the amp can drive, all that a mismatch going higher does is a tiny drop in output. My personal view of mega cabinets is it's one-upmanship, and sound wise, it would probably sound better just wiring a couple of the drivers up and pretending the rest do something!
  6. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    Why stop at 10?
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Cabs aren't efficient; speakers are.
    You could load it with crap speakers, and have a crap cab.

    Better to build a smaller cab, with better drivers, IMO.
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    I don't see any reason why it couldn't be done other than the fact that it would be difficult to move. Personally, I prefer two 4x10 cabs.
  9. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    I use a 410 cab and a 115 cab, Both are about the same size. lol But it sounds great with a Fender Bassman 100 head. Simple, efficient, and sounds great.
  10. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Hahahaha! Owned :hyper:

  11. AdamR


    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    I wouldnt want to move it.
  12. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    If I'd need that kind of amplification I'd rather put the money and the weight into the PA system.
  13. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    It would be efficient if you designed it that way although I would have a hard time calling a cabinet taller than I am and weighing more than I do efficient when it comes to gig time.
  14. The most logical way wiring ten speakers is five series pairs all in parallel gets you to 3.2Ω. That's lower than most amps can handle.
  15. Bob C

    Bob C

    Mar 26, 2000
    Duluth, MN
    Lots of today's amps can handle a 2 ohm load.
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    There you go...a lot of amps only do 4 ohms as their lowest, and tube amps prefer to work at specific impedances than non-specific. But if you wish to try it and you have an amp that can handle it, nothing stopping you.
  17. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    depends on the drive units and the overal design. Doesn't it?
  18. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    SVT will do 2 ohms.
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Of course it does. That's why I added that last sentence.
  20. Yes they can but they are still the exception rather than the rule.

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