No-holds-barred quest for small and LOUD

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by earthtonesaudio, Feb 18, 2009.


  1. earthtonesaudio

    earthtonesaudio Member

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    I want the smallest speaker cabinet possible that is still adequate (in loudness and sound quality) as a guitar monitor. I'm talking small. A 1x10" cabinet is probably TOO BIG!

    Literally anything goes: arrays of tiny speakers, single compact drivers in weird-shaped cabinets, etc. Just so long as it's small and loud.


    Some other notes: wattage will be determined after the speaker cab is chosen. Also I want to carry this on a bicycle or in a backpack.
     
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    this is the crate V5
    http://www.crateamps.com/products/pindex.php?prodID=1

    never played one of these but it has very similar specs to a Crate amp I have that i bought 9 years ago. 8" celestion speaker, tube power. Got it as a practice amp, but it cranks LOUD (used to play it with my band in highschool), but the tone is amazing. I use this to record (out the headphone jack into my mac) and I love it. If i played you a sound clip, then showed you the amp, you wouldnt think they were related.


    Or are you looking for just a speaker unit?
     
  3. earthtonesaudio

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    Yes, I'm just looking for a speaker unit. Thanks for the link though. The next time I'm in the market for a small tube amp I'll try to remember that one.
     
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    I suppose you'd want small speakers with really high SPL ratings... and a very cleverly arranged cabinet.
    Darn-- I can't really think of anything.
     
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    I'd look into stuff they put in early Boogies (cabinet materials, design, and speakers). Is it not legend that as a joke, they initially wanted a Princeton that could really put the bigger amps to shame? :munch
     
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    There was a 2x8 in the emporium that seemed pretty neat.

    -Jon
     
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    Raezers Edge NY8 -- Problem Solved
     
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    kludge The droid you're looking for Silver Supporting Member

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    Raezer's Edge, or old Boogie. Either one would do you well.
     
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    That little thing is BADASS.

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    Can you explain exactly how you are going to use it as a monitor? e.g. If you're miking-up an amp and running the signal to your mini monitor cab you could use a powered speaker like a Mackie SRM 150 or TC Helicon Voice Solo which can be mounted on a mic stand. Very small and loud - volume totally independent of the amp itself.
     
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  15. earthtonesaudio

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    I have many reasons for wanting to do this, thanks for asking!

    Primarily: I want to be able to take all my gear on my bike (that's bicycle, not motorcycle!) to local gigs, without having to take a shower before I go on stage. :) Thus small and lightweight are absolutely necessary, and taking a separate amp and monitor are out of the question.

    Sonically: I want the guitar sound to come from a single point source, rather than mic'd cab/various monitor mixes, because I hate the unintelligible mush that results from the combination of many different sound sources, poor venue acoustics, and semi-competent soundguys.

    So the requirements are pretty extreme. Compact and lightweight are most important, followed by good dispersion characteristics and adequate frequency response for guitar (thankfully I'm not a bassist asking for the same thing).
     

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