Cabinet Tester

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  1. hardrockerdave94

    hardrockerdave94 New Member

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    Hi, hust wondering if there is any other way of checking a cab and speaker cable are working without having to plug an amp in? Like something to test the load?

    Just because I’m in the situation where I’m often using house cabs/ sharing with other bands and I’ve just had an amp blow after using one, and I’m pretty sure it was the cab.

    Wondering if there’s any way of testing this short of just bringing a lunchbox amp along with me

    Cheers!
     
  2. donepearce

    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    A 9 volt battery will do nicely. You should hear a good solid thump from a working speaker. Put an ear close to the cab to check each of multiple speakers.
     
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    Lunacy the Faded Active Member

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    9v to each speaker individually listen for clicking or thump or hum etc. Any reaction means its working! Match the terminals of the battery to the speaker hook ups to check, good luck.
     
  4. Chubbles

    Chubbles Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't a multimeter work too. I'm no expert.
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    A multimeter will tell you if the voice coil is still connected, but it won't let you know that the cone is moving freely.
     
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    Bill Moore New Member

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    I see folks recommending a 9V battery to check speakers, but I never use more than 1.5 volts. It is possible to extend the cone too far with 9V!
     
  7. ungarn

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    I use a Zinky Smokey amp to quick check cabs and speakers...battery powered and fun to play too!
     
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