View Full Version : Mixing speakers in a 2x12
09-27-2009, 05:05 PM
Thinking of pairing a Celestion K100 with a Celestion G12H in a big ported 2x12 - would be driven by my Dr. Z 6545. Thoughts? Or do you think this would be an oil/water type of thing.
Also, I have an old small 2x12 made by "Woodson"... thinking of replacing the stock CTS speakers with something more interesting... and something different sound-wise than my larger cab. Any thoughts on what works in a small cab for more "sophisticated" gigs? (Something that would bring to life a clean/3D tone.)
09-27-2009, 07:25 PM
don't know the stats of your speakers but a couple things to consider;
-wattage. the total wattage of the cab will be the lowest rated speaker x2.
-sensitivity. the spl ratings may differ. a 100db speaker will be louder than a 97db speaker. depending on the freq response, it may or may not be audible.
09-28-2009, 07:24 AM
Great, thanks for the info.
I'm intrigued by a K100/G12H combo in my oversized 2x12 - even if there's a slight sensitivity disparity.
09-28-2009, 08:19 AM
A lot of guitarist are mixing speakers and it is a great way to get different tones on stage by mic'ing each speaker or in recordings. No two speakers are a mismatch so long as the tone sounds good to you and you can focus on your playing. As QRSS said, look at the SPL rating for each speaker and try to get them the same or only 1 db off from each other. A 3 db difference will make one speaker overwhelm the other!! Also when thinking of power rating only use the lower wattage speaker x 2 to be safe.
We mix a lot of Vintage 30's w/G12H30's as well as a Blue w/G12h30. Seems to be a popular choice.
09-28-2009, 03:49 PM
I don't have experience with the K100.. but I have paired the G12H with many different speakers with good results.. It is slightly louder, and has more bass than many other British 12's.. But it's not dramatic and the blend is usually pleasing.
I have a cheap Carvin 2x12 that was going to be my throw-down rehearsal cab... It's very small - exactly fits 2 12's, open back.. But with a nice speaker combo in there I found this cab sounding "more lively", or "Sophisticated" as you say, for lower-volume venues.
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