Does a 2x12 sound significantly "bigger" than a 1x12?

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  1. Random Hero

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    Thinking of getting a 2x12 cab for my Tweaker. I just want some more "size" to my tone. The 1x12 is a cool sounding cab but would a 2x12 sound significantly bigger? I'm thinking with a 2x12 it's still perfectly giggable, can still get it in the boot of my car etc.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. coreybox

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    Yes. Bigger, smoother, slightly darker. IMO with same speaker types.
     
  3. C-4

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    How much bigger, darker, brighter, more or less open sounding will all depending one the 1x12 and speaker in it compared with the 2x12 and speakers in it, and how each is constructed.

    Based on each speaker cab being identical but for the size, and if the speakers in each cab are identical, a noticable difference should be heard.
     
  4. StompBoxBlues

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    Agree with the above...but just to remind, if you mic up the speaker, usually it's only one of the two.
     
  5. Random Hero

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    Also the other thing; sometimes I feel like I don't quite have enough low end thump when I gig the Tweaker/1x12. I tried rectifying this a bit by putting 6L6s in there but I just prefer the tone of EL34s. You reckon a bigger cab/more speakers will add some thump and low end thickness?
     
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    Yes. And I wonder if it's because the speakers are not delivering air to your ears at EXACTLY the time. It's MUCH larger IMO.
     
  7. itstooloudMike

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    I bought an Egnater Rebel-20 head, and opted for the Tourmaster 2x12 rather than the Egnater 1x12. I thought the 1x12 sounded good, but the 2x12 just sounded bigger, with more low end and wider dispersion. If you're just using it in your house, the 1x12 is good. But if you actually want to use the amp to jam with a band, you can't beat the 2x12. Also, the removeable casters on the 2x12 make it pretty easy to get around. I have a pretty small car, but the 2x12 fit nicely in the trunk. And at home, I put the 2x12 on it's side (vertical) to reduce floor space. It actually sounded really good in the vertical orientation. Another advantage of the 2x12 is the removeable back panel, which you don't get with the 1x12. Sometimes, the open back can sound really good. It's nice having that option.
     
  8. prsnstrat

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    I think there are more factors involved than just one vs two speakers. Although it's pretty tough to deny the increased speaker push with a 2x12, I think it would be wise to explore closed back and ported /vented options (and diff speakers) with the 1x12 as well.
     
  9. cestjoel

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    Try a Bogner Cube. It's a ported 1x12 cab that sounds and feels like a 4x12!

    Joel
     
  10. TubeStack

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    Yes.

    And a 4x12 sounds even bigger. :)
     
  11. freaksho

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    um, no.


    but a i agree with all the others above: yes, it will be bigger, deeper, fuller and generally warmer / less bright. do it and your problem will be solved.
     
  12. soundchaser59

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    Yes, of course....... depending on the cab and speakers you choose. In general, yes it will. Especially if the 2x12 cab is ported and/or slant front.


    Have you considered trying a 1x15?
     
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    Look at the Port City OS 1x12. Biggest sounding 1x12 I have ever tried. I havent tried a ported widebody Mesa cab bit i would guess they are pretty full sounding.
     
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    I love the Cube and have owned a couple. But even Reinhold will tell you that it does not sound and feel exactly like a 4x12 live. It's designed to get a 4x12 sound for a microphone.
     
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    Yes, significantly bigger... your pushing alot more air.
     
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    My vented THD 212 sounds huge even at low volumes. I hated my Mesa Mark IV as a combo as it sounded tiny and boxy, but running it as a head into the THD it sounds amazing and full.
     
  17. Random Hero

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    Definitely gonna go for a 2x12. Open or closed back is the question now I guess. Thoughts? I always run it clean with pedals FWIW.
     
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    the tourmaster 2x12 is convertable. get something like that and see which pleases you more.
     
  19. lang.murphy

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    Well, I don't have a preference. I've had both open and closed back cabs. The closed cabs are more directional than open cabs. You could get an Egnater cab that can "do" both closed and open. I can't recall ever reading a bad thing being said about the Egnaer 2x12 Tourmaster cabs.

    That said, I agree with all those who said 2x12's sound bigger than 1x12's. I'm an at- home player and have settled on the 2x12 configuration. Even at very low volumes, the 2x12 just sounds better.
     
  20. gillman royce

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    :agree
     

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