Buying Guide: Marshall MG Series Amps

No models or digital forgeries—just 100% pure, unadulterated Marshall!

Keyboard Amplifier Buying Guide

The things to consider when shopping for an amp for your digital piano or synthesizer.

Hands-On Review: QSC K Series Powered Speakers

Significantly raising the standard for powered portable PA speakers

Hands-On Review: Fender Bronco 40 Bass Combo Amp

Aside from cool modeling and tone tweaking tools, the little Bronco is an ideal bass box for studio or practice.

Hands-On Review: Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp

It may be 40 years old, but this versatile combo’s clean yet warm sound continues to win friends and help crank out signature tones for some of music’s biggest names.

Stage Monitors Buying Guide

How to choose the right stage monitor speakers or in-ear monitors to match your budget, music and shows

Hands-On Review: BOSE L1 Model II System

The Model II System builds on an already category-defining portable LI PA platform from BOSE with extended output, control and configuration options.

Tech Tip: Using a Powered Subwoofer to Augment Your Existing PA

Expand the power of your current setup without breaking the bank

Hands-on Review: Yamaha DBR Powered Speakers

We give these newest budget-friendly and super-portable active PA speakers from Yamaha a thorough workout

iOS Gear for DJs Buying Guide

How to choose the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to keep the beats coming seamlessly

The Best Recording Gear for Beginners

How to choose the right audio equipment to match your ambitions, budget and music

iOS Gear for Vocalists Buying Guide

From iOS mics and preamps to mixers and speakers, check out the gear you need to transform your iOS device into a vocal studio and powerful performance tool.

Hands-On Review: Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeaker Series

The DJ Buying Guide to Live Sound Gear

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How to choose the right PA equipment to match your music, gigs and budget

Studio Monitors Buying Guide

How to choose the right monitor speakers to match your music and budget

How to Choose the Right Guitar or Bass Amp Replacement Speakers

A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

The ins and outs of replacing and upgrading speakers in guitar and bass combo amps and speaker cabinets

Tweak your amp tone

By Chris Loeffler

Utility and availability made the 12" speaker the industry default for guitar amplifiers shortly after guitar amps became a serious business. 10" and even 15" speakers have always been available and have even been stock in many acclaimed vintage amps, but at the end of the day the typical tube guitar amp you find in a music shop is going to be rocking a 12" speaker (or two… or four). While 12" speakers benefit from a rich mid-range and deep bass (not to mention most amplifiers and pickups being tuned to them), there's a certain higher frequency bandwidth, focus, and speed of response that a 10" speaker brings to the table that makes for easy, toneful guitar recording while avoiding stepping over the bass player's frequencies.

How to Choose the Right PA System

From live sound mixers to PA speakers and monitors to mics, get the info you need to take your show to the people.

Hands-On Review: Yamaha MSR400 Powered PA Speaker

Performance, portability, and power

Tech Tip: Wattage, Speaker Efficiency, and Amplifier "Loudness"

When it comes to volume, wattage is only part of the equation

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