#1
I'm looking for a good 2 x 12 cabinet that isn't directional.  
I don't want to have to sit in front of it to hear it clearly.  
I know this may sound weird but with some cabs I've tried out at Guitar Center I noticed that the sound drops off a lot as soon as you step to the side of the cab.  
I was considering the EVH 5150 2 x12 cabinet which comes with Celestion speakers and because it'll match my 5150 III LBXII 15 watt head but I haven't tried it out yet.  
I don't want to spend anymore than $600 either.  
I will want to switch amp heads in the future as well so this will probably be the last cabinet I get for a while 
#2
Guitar cabinets are, by nature, pretty directional. There are some more eccentric options available, but I difer to Dspellman to list the.
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#3
The few "nondirectional" systems I can think of are rare & pricey.
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#4
Open back cabs are less directional, but this is a bit of a tough sell since guitar cabs are somewhat intentionally designed to be directional, and to some extent this issue is shared by all mono audio systems. The best solution to this problem is the same solution devised by every audio system out there, stereo/surround sound, or at least running the mono signal into speakers placed in different places.

So maybe you should look at getting 2 1x12 cabs, or 2 2x12 cabs.
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#5
Genz Benz G-Flex 2x12 is affordable usually around $350 used and a very good cab , the drivers are positioned at a slight outward angle to spread the sweet spot. I used to own one and would get another if the need arose.
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#7
Vertical cabinets are less directional side to side. Conversely, horizontal cabinets are more directional side to side. 
A single 12" speaker begins to be noticeably directional at frequencies above about 1300Hz. Cabinets that include (for example) a 6.5" speaker for mids and a 1" tweeter for highs will generally be far less directional. 

There are some cabinets that have the speakers facing IN, toward each other at about a 30 degree angle. Those are actually far less directional than a standard side-by-side 2x12 with both speakers facing forward. There are also some cabinets that have have one speaker facing forward, the other back, and that's an interesting configuration for a number of reasons. 

And finally, there are the Forte 3D cabinets. These have a "vent" on each side (not tuned, like a port) that gives you part of what an open back cabinet offers:








There's also this:





And since it's mostly the HIGHS that are directional, there's this:


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#8
Angled vertical 2x12 cab... lay it on its side.  Or if you have balls of iron, do the same with a 4x12 - you'll hear things plenty well, then.  
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#9
... Or since the nature of guitar music is directional, maybe just put a mic in front and run it through the sound system. 

On rare occasions I have placed a second cab on the other side of the stage and this improves the "room filling" effect.  I sorta prefer to have the speaker facing my guitar directly due to the positive effect of speakers > strings > tonewood.
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#10
The Marshall ones are a pretty standard design, they're not too avant-garde in that respect.

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I sorta prefer to have the speaker facing my guitar directly due to the positive effect of speakers > strings > tonewood.


Or in my case, speakers > strings > bonehead. 
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Angled vertical 2x12 cab... lay it on its side.  Or if you have balls of iron, do the same with a 4x12 - you'll hear things plenty well, then.  


What, lay it on its side? 
#13
Yeah, lay it on its side.  It basically does the same exact thing as the third image down on post #7.  
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#14
I remember a guy who made his own sub-40w amp/side table for home practice.

As I recall, it was @2'-2.5' tall and round. Kind of retro 60's styling with wooden sides and a glass top supported by dowel-sized metal cylinders. The speaker was directed straight up at the underside of the glass tabletop which had a conical deflector, so its output went in all directions.
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