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Speaker Comparison

4/29/2000 3:30 PM
Ray Ivers
Speaker Comparison
Here I go applying the "kiss of death" to another favorite speaker...  
Have you ever heard the EVM-12S? About 8 years ago I got a wild hare up my ass and decided to do a 'mega-speaker shootout', so I got four Marshall 4-12 cabs and put in the following speakers (2 each), with separate jacks to each pair, and I footswitched back and forth for all combinations below over the course of a few months (below each are my super-nutshell comments, pure opinion, from memory):  
Celestion Rola G12M-25 (original 70's - 003 cones)  
crunchy, slightly raspy, not very loud, a little bland compared to newer speakers  
Celestion pre-Rola G12H-25 (014 cones)  
tired, cardboardy, lifeless compared to the others; I think maybe these older speakers should be only compared among themselves  
Celestion G12H-100 CE (cambric-edge)  
loud, NO PE rasp, great bass, no accentuation of 'fuzz' frequencies, my favorite Celestion (discontinued, of course)  
Celestion Sidewinder  
loud, a little PE (paper-edge) rasp, great for a clean sound and dirty sound at high volumes, good bass, real aggressive sounding  
Celestion Vintage 30  
fair bass and low mids, a litte raspy, not real loud, didn't seem to have much 'character' to me  
JBL E-120  
real loud, nice smooth mids, a little bass-shy, great speaker-induced string sustain from all angles, not super bright (surprisingly), better for dirty than clean IMO!  
great bass, very balanced, no mid peak, very nice non-raspy highs (cone is shaped like a trumpet) - the best EV I've heard by far  
seems like a PA speaker to me, good bass, quite loud, great for clean but seemed edgy dirty  
How's that for way more than you asked for? I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that I'm not sure what an EV SRO speaker is - is that the same as an OEM EV with no magnet sticker, which I always thought was identical to an EVM, or a different speaker altogether?  

Tim Swartz The SR0s are from the late '60s ear... -- 4/29/2000 5:27 PM