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.
Here is a video demoing both speakers