SP410 Isobaric Bass Cab
having an effective doubling of mass that
lowers its resonant frequency compared to
the driver alone.
If you barely followed any of that tech talk,
trust me—these guys know what they are talking about. The SP410 leaves you wondering
“Is all of that really coming from this little cabinet?” Indeed it does, my rhythmic friend. In
fact, it sounds every bit as big as a traditional
bass cabinet. And then some. Every time I had
the SP410 onstage, a bass player came up
during the set break to ask if it’s really a 2x10
cabinet—because that’s what it looks like.
I took the SP410 for a ride using a five-string
Fender Jazz bass and a five-string Ibanez
SR485 into an Ampeg SVT-4PRO, and let me
tell you that playing through this tasty biscuit is
a joy! Rich, full, mega-thick tones just pour out
of it, and it moves substantial air. I mentioned
earlier that the SP410 has no tweeter, just the
10" speakers for that vintage wallop. That
might bother bassists who play styles I don’t,
but it’s not a big deal to me. I prefer bass
sounds from late ’60s and early ’70s, and the
Orange SP410 definitely delivers a blast of that
low tone from the past. Even at low volumes,
it is as thick as an Iowa Pork Chop! (Yes. When
asked nicely, sometimes bass players play at
low volumes.) At moderate to high volumes, I
felt like I was in front of a huge cabinet. Every
George Porter bass line that I dropped on the
SP410 sounded like the bass rigs of old. Again,
small package—huge sound.
The Final Mojo
Isobaric technology may be a bit involved as
a discipline, but it sure makes for some thick
bass tone! The power-per-square-inch ratio in
the Orange SP410 is through the roof—and
yet you can transport it in the front seat of
your car. So you get vintage sound and killer
portability that’s suitable for stages of any
size—and at a street price of $1249! This
creamy, round sound is intoxicating and I
highly recommend plugging into it.
you need a huge bass sound in
a small package.
you have a small gear budget or
need a tweeter.
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