1x12 or 2x10 sounds bigger?

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1x12 or 2x10 sounds bigger?

Postby robmcgregor » Thu 12/13/18 7:44 pm

I noticed the Weber 18 watt combo kit can be ordered either as 1x12 or 2x10 for basically the same price and with the same size combo cabinet. It appears the 2x10 version really squeezes the two speakers in, while the 1x12 seems to have room to spare, since it's the same size cabinet. Would a 2x10 sound "bigger" than the 1x12? How would you guys describe the difference in sound between these two configurations? Thank you, and such a cool group!
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Re: 1x12 or 2x10 sounds bigger?

Postby JMPGuitars » Thu 12/13/18 11:04 pm

Welcome to the site!

It's not just a matter of "bigger." 2x10 vs 1x12 is a different sound, but the speakers you put in the amp make the biggest difference. Voicing is everything.

For bass guitar it's a little more straight forward where you could say 2x10 is 20 inches pushing air, and that's bigger than 12 inches pushing air. In that case those speakers are voiced for bass.

For guitar speakers, you need to really listen to different samples of speakers for yourself to make your own best informed decision. Will a 2x10 have enough bass response? Will your 1x12 have too much bass response? Look at tone curves, speaker efficiency, weight (especially if you'll be gigging).

...and then maybe research other kits before you decide to buy from Weber. There's much better kits available with less headaches. GDSamps.com has great kits with much better transformers, and I like the cabinets from mojotone or other suppliers better.

I'm sure other people have opinions to share too. ;)

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Re: 1x12 or 2x10 sounds bigger?

Postby Daviedawg » Sun 12/16/18 3:17 am

I found it so hard to decide I opted out and have 2x10 and 1x12 cabs side by side for my 18 watt and Fender Deluxe clone heads. Over time it has resolved to the 2x10 more with the 18 watt and the 1x12 more with the Deluxe.

But it is not that simple of course. The 1x12 is a recycled Fender speaker made by Eminence so was manufactured to a Fender spec. The 2x10s are Celestion V10s which seem not to be everyone's cup of tea. They are in an oversize cab which I built after not liking the neatly sized one I build first. Now there is plenty bass from the Celestions for the 18 watt.

From my experience, the safe choice for your cab is 1x12. As suggested by Josh, careful selection may be more effective than size v number. Also I am sure that there are plenty more opinions out there.

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