Would a V30 be an upgrade to a Tech21 Power Engine 60?

Clifford-D

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I posted this here because you all know speakers.

I have a Kemper profiler and need a powered cab, for now I'm happy to use the Tech 21 Power Engine 60. It has a Celestion Seventy80 stock.

I've had great success with the Vintage 30 in my Fender amps, produces a tone that just moves me,, would it be an upgrade for the PE60?

And, what are your thoughts on the Seventy80 speaker in general?

thanks
 

Promit

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You want an even handed speaker with a modeler or profiler. V30 is extremely the wrong choice. The Seventy80 makes a shoddy guitar speaker IMO, but it might be decent in that application. If you really want an upgrade, I would think about an EVM or Delta Pro.
 

UncleLarry

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A V30 has a strong mid to low-mid voice with somewhat rolled off highs and a tight but strong low end response that rolls off sharply below 150hz. Sounds great in a loud band mix with a normal amp.

The Seventy 80 is a little more neutral with a peak at around 1200hz which can make it sound brighter. It's also not as loud as a V30.

I don't think the V30 is a wrong choice, but it will certainly color the sound of the Kemper more than the Seventy 80.
 

Phletch

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You want an even handed speaker with a modeler or profiler. V30 is extremely the wrong choice. The Seventy80 makes a shoddy guitar speaker IMO, but it might be decent in that application. If you really want an upgrade, I would think about an EVM or Delta Pro.
+1 on the EVM.

I love the V30 with my Mesa, but the amp is voiced for that speaker; it's part of what gives the amp its character, a "signature sound." The V30 is a "colored" or voiced speaker that focuses on mids.

For an uncolored sound that will work with different profiles and cover a wide spectrum response, go for the EVM.
 

mikewashmo

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Isn't a neutral speaker pretty much the main idea behind the Tech21 PE? You don't want to color the sound of the modeler any and the 70-80 is great for that. I use a PE with an HD500 and the purpose of the neutral speaker is to just amplify what you model in your headphones so everyone can hear it. I think the stock PE does a great job of that at a good price, IMHO.
 

drbob1

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Yup, want neutral. The EVM12 idea is great because you'd get more volume. The Power Engine always felt to me like a small 30w amp in terms of real volume, but part of that was the buzzing and farting of the stock speaker. Drop in an EV or a Neo speaker to keep the weight down and I'm guessing it'd wake it up a LOT!
 

LJOHNS

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I put a Wizard in mine - I wanted a little more vintage sounding tone and it works very well.
 

Clifford-D

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Well, it's good news the seventy/80 was a good choice and not just going with a more inexpensive speaker.

Still, I'd like to check out a variety of speakers someday.
Now,,, where can I do that???
 




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