What's a good all round speaker

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What's a good all round speaker

Postby Duppy on Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:24 pm

What quad of speakers will work well in a 4x12 to use with both my Marshall Superbass and as an extension for my Silver Face Fender Pro Reverb?

Maybe a Vintage 30, or are they pretty bright?
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Re: What's a good all round speaker

Postby OldSchoolDave on Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:59 pm

What types of music do you play?

Tons of manufacturers use V30's, for whatever that's worth. Some of the OEM models have the bass (444) cones, though, so their sound may not be representative.

Whatever you pick, they've got to be well broken in before coming into full song. Fresh speakers will be bright, regardless.

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Re: What's a good all round speaker

Postby johnnysavant on Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:32 pm

Aren't most speakers all round? :)
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Re: What's a good all round speaker

Postby 52Boomer on Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:18 pm

Fender amps seem to sound best with the speakers they came with, often called 'Special Design'. First there were Jensens, then CTS, now they seem to be using RIs, and V30s. :|

I might be going out on a limb here, Warehouse 65 watters (value) might work, or there might be some new type of Eminence speaker that might do the job. :idea:
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Re: What's a good all round speaker

Postby Unit_1 on Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:02 pm

johnnysavant wrote:Aren't most speakers all round? :)

i have one that's an oval

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Re: What's a good all round speaker

Postby gtone on Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:09 pm

WGS Reaper 30 is a nice sounding, affordable, US-made option that comes to mind as a solid "all-rounder". It's Warehouse's version of Celestion's venerable G12H30 and sounds good clean and driven, open and closed-back, and through a wide variety of amp circuits.
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Re: What's a good all round speaker

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Re: What's a good all round speaker

Postby mtm105 on Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:01 pm

I consider WGS ET-65 as an all round speaker. It's advertised as doing Country, Rock and Blues.

It's very crafty and reliable. No suprises. No woofies, fuzzies or middies. Just good overall in yer face GREAT tone.
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Re: What's a good all round speaker

Postby sitka_spruce on Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:40 pm

I agree it depends largely on your point of reference and the amp it is used with. The reason I'm into Fanes is that they could be likened as the perfect blend of Jensens, Celestions and EV/ JBL (depending on model) in that they're defined and clear enough for cleans yet take distortion very well. If there's any off-trade I can see what would be that some grit comes off a bit clinically for my sensitive ears.

But then which of them would be more versatile and chameleon like than the rest...? Probably the Medusa 150C.
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