AC4tv10 Sounds Fantastic Stock,   but………..

I am a HUGE fan of the Vox AC4tv 10″ combo. I totally love this amp and when plugged in to my 2×12 cab it really SCREAMS! Even through the 10″ speaker it sounds beautiful and VOXY to the core. I have to say for a low wattage tube amp the Vox style break up at manageable volumes is just phenomenal! But the best part is how it takes pedals, overdrives

, delays, whatever, it plays nice with everything I have ran into it.

Stock Celestion VX10 sounds real good

Once the stock speaker breaks in it is a very good sounding speaker in my opinion. Some say the AC4TV10 is a little thin sounding, I disagree but am always up for trying to juice a little more greatness out of any piece of gear I own. I had a Eminence Ramrod 10″ on hand and I decided to see how it would sound in the AC4. The Ramrod is a 8 ohm speaker, the stock 10″ VX10 Celestion is a 16 ohm, but the AC4’s transform is large enough to handle an 8 ohm speaker, but the attenuator is not recommended to use with an 8 ohm load. Also you get a little more volume and headroom pushing 8 ohms.

Eminence Red Coat Ramrod 10″

The Ramrod has a great low end  presence, as well as clear, singing highs. it is voiced as a British style amp so I figured this could be an excellent pair! My experiences with this speaker is that it is very full sounding, and never thin. Maybe kind of a 12″ sounding 10″ speaker.

I did two recordings, one of the stock speaker and one with the Ramrod. I kept the settings on the same for a fair comparison. I was using a telecaster on the neck pickup. Towards the end of the Ramrod track I begin to move the tone knob around to get a decent demo of how the Ramrod sounds in this amp. At this point I am not completely sure which one of the speakers is going to remain in this amp, I would love to hear your thoughts so drop a comment and tell us what you think. Also feel free to download the 2 tracks and use some studio headphones to compare.

Amp Settings for both speakers

 

Stock speaker audio track, 16 bit wav

Eminence Ramrod audio track, 16 bit wav

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a video demoing both speakers

 


4 Comments

@sitespring · October 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

I like the AC4 stock better with the tele. Who knows with a Gib, but i choose door #1.

Jeff · October 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I like the Emanence better. It has more clarity. The stock sounds just a tad muffled.

nikola · November 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

It’s hard to say objectively at the end it’s matter of taste.
Stock seems clearer to me on my headphones (grado sr60, not really studio cans… ).
Eminence has more bass but in a less defined way, less tight.
I guess i prefer stock speaker.

HendryWong · May 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Love the stock one… more tight feeling and clearer sound… breaks drive feeling better

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