#1
Hey, I know this is a kinda dumb question but is there any sound quality difference between stacks and combos or is it just loudness? Thanks.
#2
A stack is just the amplifier and the Speaker cabinet separate. A combo has both pieces built together. A stack isn't always louder than a combo. That has to do with how much energy the amp can output. A stack and a combo both rated at 50 watts will be equally loud.
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#3
I think a stack will give you more versatility, if you have a 1x12 cab and a 4x12 cab you can use one for gigs and one for home use.

Also, a 2x12 stack and 2x12 combo, the stack will be easier to move as the 2 pieces are seperate.

About it really
#4
the difference is usually the sound of a closed back or ported cab vs a open back combo shell.
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#5
yeah thanks, but is their any actual sound quality difference as in would a stack sound better and have better tone than its combo counterpart?
#7
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yeah thanks, but is their any actual sound quality difference as in would a stack sound better and have better tone than its combo counterpart?

preference yo.
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#10
There are too many variables to say that a stack sounds better.
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#11
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One fits in a car and doesn't take half of the band to move it.

A head and a 4x12 cab would take half of the band? I could nearly carry my own, but surely I could move them if the cab had wheels, which they mostly do.
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#12
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the difference is usually the sound of a closed back or ported cab vs a open back combo shell.


+1

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A stack and a combo both rated at 50 watts will be equally loud.


not necessarily. depends on the sensitivity of the speakers fitted to each.
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#13
I choose E.) Not enough information to answer. So many variable, a 20 Watt peavey classic can be soooo much louder than a mg stack. For metal, bass response tends to be pretty important, so a 4x12 cab might be what you need, but if you want led Zeppelin one, then you might want a small combo cranked up with a dirt box out front. P for preference.
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#14
I think the two greatest advantages of a stack compared to a combo is in some circumstances they are easier to transport and the ability to mix and match heads and cabinets. There are a lot of combos that suffer from crappy speakers and there are a lot of heads with crappy matching cabinets. There may even be cabinets with crappy matching heads, but I'm not sure. Plus if you're somewhat frugal you can buy yourself a really nice cabinet to use with multiple heads, though some heads to sound better through different speakers.
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#15
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One fits in a car and doesn't take half of the band to move it.

Yeah, a 2x12 stack.


If all other factors are equal, I would argue that a head + 1x12 or 2x12 cab will sound better than the equivalent 1x12 or 2x12 combo.
But that only really applies to rock amps, where a totally sealed, closed back cab is often desirable.


For me, the biggest draw is only having to take a relatively lightweight head with me when I go to recording/rehearsal studios and certain gigs.
#16
I choose E.) Not enough information to answer. So many variable, a 20 Watt peavey classic can be soooo much louder than a mg stack. For metal, bass response tends to be pretty important, so a 4x12 cab might be what you need, but if you want led Zeppelin one, then you might want a small combo cranked up with a dirt box out front. P for preference.
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