#1
I always hear people talking about wanting or needing a amp with a 10 or 12 inch speaker. Is there anything wrong with having a 8inch speaker? I mean not for gigging purposes just in a combo amp used for bedroom practicing
#2
Here's the rule (in three subparts): If you like how something sounds, it suits your purposes, and it's in your budget, go for it. That's all.
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#3
No it will work, but a 10" speaker will sound fuller than an 8" and a 12" more than the 10"

If you just need sound an 8" will work. I suggest you try the amps your thinking about and then make your judgment.
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They have no bass and sound awful with distortion.
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^ that happens with guitar amps, which are mounted with awful 8" speakers.
Good ones are good, actually, though you'll most likely not find a good 8" speaker in a guitar amp.
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Weber and Eminence make a decent 8" replacement, but by the time you add the cost of that in getting a amp with a 10" or 12" stock would have been as cheap
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^ that happens with guitar amps, which are mounted with awful 8" speakers.
Good ones are good, actually, though you'll most likely not find a good 8" speaker in a guitar amp.


I agree, but isn't that exactly what we're talking about? Guitar amps?
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#8
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, unless it's in the studio, where anything can be interesting; even an 8 inch speaker that sounds like shit.
#9
It's just physics. You can't move enough air with an 8'' to get nice bottom end, no matter how good your speaker is. It physically can't. However some might like this sound...
#11
^ I was all excited about trying one, but they didn't really sound good if ya ask me.

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I agree, but isn't that exactly what we're talking about? Guitar amps?
I was talking about stock speakers.
As stated, people make stand-alone good 8" guitar amp aimed speakers.
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^ I was all excited about trying one, but they didn't really sound good if ya ask me.

I was talking about stock speakers.
As stated, people make stand-alone good 8" guitar amp aimed speakers.


eh. I can't think of any better alternative than just going straight pod and headphones for the bedroom.

A blackstar HT1 was even too loud for an apartment I was in. My bedroom amp has an 8" speaker. I sit it on top of my orange. If you just care about getting songs right and making music. Yes it is fine.
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My 1964 Fender Champ has an 8" speaker and has a very full sounding low end too. Sounds much better with single coils than with humbuckers though, in my opinion. Just depends on the amp
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#14
Most amps with 8inch speakers are practice amps with cheap components, including the speaker.

I'd rather go for a 12", even for home use as it is more standard, easier to find replacements and easier to sell.

There are some amps that are tuned fairly well with 8" speakers.

Just play your amp first and make sure you can live with the thing tone wise.
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Most amps with 8inch speakers are practice amps with cheap components, including the speaker.

I'd rather go for a 12", even for home use as it is more standard, easier to find replacements and easier to sell.

There are some amps that are tuned fairly well with 8" speakers.

Just play your amp first and make sure you can live with the thing tone wise.



I don't see how asking if an 8" speaker is fine goes to talking about resale values and components

A BEDROOM amp is a practice amp yes?
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My 1964 Fender Champ has an 8" speaker and has a very full sounding low end too. Sounds much better with single coils than with humbuckers though, in my opinion. Just depends on the amp

This. 8" speakers can sound great when combined with a good amp. If we're talking about cheap, practice amps, then it probably won't sound great. But if talking about Fender Champs and Swarts, then an 8" speaker sounds really good. It's definitely not a speaker for everything though.

When it comes to the THR mentioned above, those aren't speakers designed for guitars. Those are full-range speakers. The THR does the amp and cabinet modelling and the speakers just reproduce it. Guitar speakers don't reproduce things faithfully and they're meant to color the signal. An 8" guitar speaker is very different from a 8" full-range speaker.
#17
WGS makes 1 american voiced, 20 watt 8" speaker.

in general, 10s and 12s are ideal. 15 are ok but not in all applications. less than 10 or 12 begin to lack in some frequencies. 10s can be more punchy, generally to get the same "fullness" there are more to a setup than a 12" setup.

12"s are the "perfect" and most versatile speaker size. good for everything. for the modern bedroom player, 8 is probably better though...
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My 1964 Fender Champ has an 8" speaker and has a very full sounding low end too. Sounds much better with single coils than with humbuckers though, in my opinion. Just depends on the amp
But everybody knows that a Champ sounds best through a 12" cab.
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I always hear people talking about wanting or needing a amp with a 10 or 12 inch speaker. Is there anything wrong with having a 8inch speaker? I mean not for gigging purposes just in a combo amp used for bedroom practicing


most guitar speakers are made 12", it is harder to find nicer speakers in the 8", 10" and 15" ranges.

if you draw conclusion off of cone size alone (holding all other variables constant) then the larger the speaker the less low end you'll get. larger speakers are more efficient at producing notes with longer wavelength. that is the theory anyway, the practice once all the other variables are no longer held constant is a far different story.

small speakers can also be incredibly 'tight' sounding, having a cleaner tone at higher distortion settings. the has been the case in the very few direct comparisons i've been able to make (i compared my weber 12" speakers against weber 10" speaker of the same type, and my old 8" and 12" jenson alnico V's seem to do the same thing)

so mainly i'd stay away from smaller speakers mainly because there aren't many good ones out there to choose from. if you like higher gain, you may also want the larger 12" speaker.
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I don't see how asking if an 8" speaker is fine goes to talking about resale values and components

A BEDROOM amp is a practice amp yes?


What are you confused on? Ever try to sell an 8inch speaker? 8inch speaker cab? Combo with 8inch speaker?

Not much demand. Not much resale.

Just trying to throw more information out there.
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