SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:Every speaker cab has a box resonance. All other things equal,a bigger box will generally have a bigger sound, more low mids, a fatter, fuller body to the sound. Sometimes a cab will accentuate deep bass, or depending on the geometry and size, it can bring out a warm low mid, say in the 150 to 250Hz range. Sometimes a cab will just sound small and thin. Sometimes a cab can be huge and not sound big in a good way. There's acoustical physics at work here. That's why I like the topic here. Does a pair of small 1x12" cab's stacked together create the same big resonance as one single 2-12" of the same volume as the pair of small ones? Does that separation make things bigger or smaller? I feel like much of the fullness and body in Jerry's sound was from his cabinet, the 3-12" or his vertical 4-12", all wide open back cab's. I've heard 2-12"s do it well too. Also having a cabinet on the floor will sound bigger than if elevated off the ground. If I had the cab's to do this comparison, I would. It'll be interesting to hear the reports.
I've always been surprised that everyone says the HT cabs sound so full and big, when dimensionally, they are actually on the small side for length and width. They are a little deeper than average. I don't own one, so I can't compare, but of cabs I have owned or built it's always been the oversize 1x12's that sound the biggest. The HT 1x12 is 15x15. The last cab I built was based on the Two Rock 1x12 (approx 20x20), but made of poplar with a fixed baltic birch baffle and front loaded. I have a Port City oversized that sounds consistently great with every amp, although being ported it's not a fair comparison. I've had a few Bruno 1x12 cabs that would probably be considered oversized dimensionally, and sounded very full and clear.
There's a ton of variables in cab design and bigger isn't necessarily better, but in my experience oversized 1x12's always sound fuller and "bigger" while still being clear and articulate. I'd be curious to build an oversized HT cab and compare it to a regular HT cab.