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Avatar 2x12 Cabinet - Multi-Jack?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Unadan, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Unadan

    Unadan Member

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    I'm looking to purchase a new Traditional Avatar 2x12 (semi open oval back) with Celestion Golds. In general is it preferable to purchase two 8 ohm speakers vs. two 16 ohm speakers? I was thinking of using 8 ohm speakers because 8 ohms seems much more common and flexible for mixing/matching with other cabs and amps. Then the question is: series or parallel?

    Do you recommend getting the Avatar multi-jack with two 8 ohm speakers? Then I can get 4 ohm mono (parallel I assume), 16 ohm mono (series?) or stereo (which I will never use). What do you guys think of the PCB multi-jack vs. just the standard Avatar mono jacks?

    Also is there much risk in running a series configuration? I understand if one of the speakers blow then the amp will not see a load at all in series config.
     
  2. jbright44

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    The multi jack is a good option I think because then I would say you'd have all your bases covered. I see lots of amps with either 4 or 16 Ohm but rarely with both. Typically you see 8 and 16 or 4 and 8 together.

    As far as series v. parallel I think the idea that if the speaker blows is not a huge deal. It depends on how the speaker blows what kind of load change it would see (and it would never go to zero) and it's not like you'd play a blown speaker for any extended period of time to do enough damage.
     
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    Both of my 212 cabs are 16 ohm drivers in parallel
     
  4. Unadan

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    I've read (somewhere) that the Celestion Gold 8 ohm speakers sound better than their 16 ohm counterparts - any truth to that? Also I guess you lose the cab daisy chaining function if you get the multi-jack vs. the standard mono?

    The basic question I have is should I get two 8 ohm Golds or two 16 ohm Golds? Which configuration will sound better or be more flexible (or is it a wash?).
     
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  5. GCDEF

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    If you're getting a 2 x 12, 16 ohm speakers wired in parallel for to make an 8 ohm cabinet is probably your best bet. If you get 8 ohm speakers, your cabinet would have to be wired for 4 or 16 ohms.
     
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    I've never seen a tube amp that didn't have an 8ohm output.
     
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    I just bought a used Avatar traditional Multi jack 2 x12 cab and put 2 16 ohm speakers in it . The multi jack reads 16 ohm mono , but the cab would actually be 8 ohms . Will the multi jack circuit board work with this setup ??
     
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    bump for guild guys question:


    I just bought a used Avatar traditional Multi jack 2 x12 cab and put 2 16 ohm speakers in it . The multi jack reads 16 ohm mono , but the cab would actually be 8 ohms . Will the multi jack circuit board work with this setup ??
     
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    Most jacks are wired in parallel, so it should cut the load into half of what it's wired at.
     

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