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I would think that as long as it's tuned for the driver that's installed, the biggest difference might be efficiency. Small boxes tend to be less efficient in the lower frequencies. That said I've got a couple of EV ZX1A Subs that sound great and come very close to the output levels of the Yamaha single 18" boxes. Takes more power but they are much easier to haul around. (Less than 50 pounds and a 700 watt amp built in.) The A-7 Altec Lansings were a single 15" speaker in a very large box. Wasn't deeper sounding, but with 50 watts RMS they would get uncomfortably loud. One band I knew in the early 70s used 4 of them for PA for the entire band. (And a 200 watt amp.) They were enough for an outdoor gig of 1000+ University students. (If you don't believe me, I don't care. I was there, the sound was great and I knew they were using a McIntosh 2100 amp for their PA system. They also used a Shure vocal master as their side fill monitors.) Back then there weren't subs. (Or so rarely used that no one expected them. Now days everyone thinks that Subs are the only thing that make sound worthwhile. I still don't buy it. If your drummer needs subs to sound good, why doesn't he purchase them?)
Now days everyone thinks that Subs are the only thing that make sound worthwhile. I still don't buy it.
Personally, I prefer the pre-sub "bi-amp" sound, and the corrisponding music. But... I'm of the impression that mainstream music has generally changed (MOL happened during the '70's)... from "lead bass" to "lead kick drum" driving the bottom-end. I don't know if it was the change of technology that enabled the change in music style, or changes in music style that drove the change in technology?
There were bass bins in the 70's. I remember those heavy, hefty folded horn jobs back in the 70's. They were so clunky and cumbersome, it took 4 us us to get them up a spiral staircase along with a Hammond B3 and Leslie. That was one of the hardest gigs, ever. But the system sounded real good. I forgot what we used for tops but the output was tremendous. We used this system for auditorium sized gigs. I think eventually the sound company moved to Community speakers and they sounded pretty good, too.
It depends . Many older cabs were on the small side for the drivers in them so as to be portable. Nowadays the drivers are designed for the target volume of the cab (at least in the decent cabs) so putting them in a bigger cab will just make them peaky .
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That's kind of a generalization. It depends greatly on the driver parameters. But generally, a larger internal volume tends to be able to give more and lower response whewn tuned properly with a correct driver. That's my take anyway.
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Thx to you gentlemen for your imput. I noticed some speakers have more depth in size...and they do produce more bass than the more shallow enclosures...so that is why I asked this question...just to be sure.