Combo Speaker Cable Question

majorminor

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I have several different 1x12 8 ohm combo amps. If I want to experiment with running 1 amp into the speaker of the other amp what do I need cable wise? I'm not finding 1/4" male to female premade speaker cables, so just a double female adapter of some kind?
 

GCDEF

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A female female couples would work. An A B box would damage your amp
 

Heady Jam Fan

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I've done this just putting the amps back to back and swapping the 1/4" speaker cable from one amps speaker out to the other... Obviously the sound varies from one cab to the next too though, so you might be better off just swapping the speaker. PS- if you do the 'back-to-back' thing, just make sure the speaker cable is plugged in if the amp is on.
 

drbob1

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There is a chance for error here, so do be careful, double check which amp is on and which is plugged in.

That said, you're best off building your own cable for this. They make female-female adapters but the amount of copper in there doesn't reassure me that they'll take good care of my expensive amps. But with a little 16 gauge lamp cord, a 1/4" jack and a 1/4" female jack you can make an adapter that'll work just fine and it doesn't even take amazing soldering skills!
 

MrGibson

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A female female couples would work. An A B box would damage your amp
Really? I've used a split box many times for this purpose. Never had any problems. Maybe it depends on the design of the box, but as long as the impedance is right, I can't see the problem?

Obviously only one speaker/cab is connected at a time.

Please explain.
 




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