Mesa Boogie Rectifier 2x12 Horizontal user reviews
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- Overall Opinion
- There really isn't anything bad to say about the Rectifier 2x12 cabs. They are as good, if not better, than any 2x12 out there. The sound, the quality, it's all there.
I purchased mine used for around $300, so I got a great deal. I believe they go for around $700 new. I don't think any cab is worth the new price since you can usually get them at half price used.
Soundwise, they are excellent. They do almost sound like a 4x12 cab. Killer low end, and great punch. They won't project as well as a 4x12 and they are very close to he ground, but that's how I like my cabs anyway. For rock and metal, they are perfect. If are looking for a more 'open' sound, then I'm not sure this would be the cab for you. They are very very tight and punchy. Mine is loaded with Celestion Vintage 30's.
As far as quality, Mesa is second to none. They may even be a it overbuilt. You could drop this thing out of a car on the highway, and it would be fine. Just awesome! I love the leather corners on their cabs. Sort of like the caddie of guitar cabs.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. I will never sell mine.
- Overall Opinion
- The Mesa Boogie Rectifier 2x12 cabinet comes in at about $650 new, which is high priced for a new 2x12 cabinet, but you are paying for a high quality and just GREAT sounding cabinet by all means. Compared to the Marshall 1936, it's a heavier cabinet weight wise and tone wise. It is loaded with casters for wheeling it around (a handy feature for saving arm muscle) as well as two side handles for carrying it. It weighs a fair bit for a 2x12 (I believe it's about 55 or 60 pounds) which to me feels a good 10 pounds heavier than the Marshall 2x12s).
Tone wise, I'm really impressed with this cabinet. Around here we don't have a whole lot of options for different cabinets to try. Makes like Port City and Whitebox aren't easily available here, so players are primarily dealing with Marshall and Mesa. This cabinet is loaded with two Celestion Vintage 30 speakers putting out 120w of power. The Vintage 30s are fast becoming some of my favourite speakers for their smooth midrange, their reasonable low end and their very biting and rich high end and when they're placed in this high quality Mesa cabinet it just sounds stellar. Even when I've tried them as new, barely broken in cabinets they've always sounded warm and very pleasing to my ears. It's a very BIG sounding 2x12 and fills up rooms no problem... which is a primary issue I've found with lighter weight cabinets that I've tried over the years. As much as a pain as it might be sometimes to lug a heavier 2x12 around, it's worth it for the thickness that you gain in tone as well as the sound it disperses around the room.
All in all I definitely think that of the options we have around here for new speaker cabinets, the Mesa Rectifier 2x12 cabinet is probably the best thing you'll find. For about $650 new I'd probably consider spending a little more and getting a Port City Wave 2x12, but barring that, the Mesa Recto is probably my favourite cabinet available today.
- Overall Opinion
- The Mesa Boogie Horizontal Rectifier 212 cab is an extremely portable and well built 212 cabinet. There isn't much for features here, as it doesn't have stereo output capability, or a removable rear panel.(back can be removed to service/change speakers, but is not meant to be played this way) It is meant for one sound; punchy and cutting rock tones.
That sound is created by two English-made celestion Vintage 30 speakers and Mesa's tough as nails marine grade baltic birch cab construction. It should be noted that Mesa Boogie uses special Vintage 30s that are voiced a bit differently than what you find in most other companies' cabs. Mesa's are a bit smoother and more pleasing to the ear, yet they still retain the signature "mid-spike" that V30s are famous for.
These speakers can sound a little harsh and almost fuzzy, depending on the amp being used and can especially sound this way when being played without a band, such as at home for practice. In a band setting however, they cut through the mix wonderfully and sit in the mix just as they should.
The cab is built incredibly well, as all of Mesa's products are. Solid as a rock and they look great too. Their low profile and black, stealthy design are quite appealing. The Black piping on black grill is a nice touch as well.
Now for the negatives:
First of all, the cab is equipped with only a small rubber handle on the top to carry it by. It's the same small handle that you'd find on the top of an amp; not exactly practical for carrying a guitar cabinet around, or for loading it into a vehicle! I would be much happier if it had recessed metal handles on the both sides of the cab, but maybe this would interfere with the tone, not sure though.
The dimensions of this cab make it sound VERY directional. (it measures 17 1/2" high, 30 1/8" wide, and 14 1/4" deep) While standing directly above the cab and slightly to either side, it sounds heavenly, especially with my Dual Rectifier! It's full, punchy, crunchy and has just the right amount of presence and a nice woody bottom end. Take a few steps back though, and the low end starts to fall short, yet the high mids and highs become more present. Stand across the room/stage and it's all piercing highs with no low end. The V30s and the rear-loaded design of the cab are to blame for this directional sound projection.
I compared this cab side by side to the Mesa Traditional (Stiletto) 412, which also has V30s and the 412 was MUCH better in every way. It was just as punchy, but sounded tighter, more responsive, clearer, and it didn't get boomy, thin or harsh no matter where I was standing. Best cab I've ever played! The Rectifier 412 was also nice, but was a little too boomy in the low end and scooped in the mids.
Overall, I'd say that the Mesa 212 is extremely well built, and sounds pretty darn good for the right application. For recording it is great, and it sounds great if you're not standing really far away from it, but I wouldn't recommend it as your only cabinet. It does however compliment a 412 very well. I stack a Carvin 412 on top of mine, and the Mesa 212 on the bottom adds a nice punchy low end and some nice cut because of the V30s.
If you are looking for a 212 to use as your only cab, I prefer the Bogner OS212 or the Orange PCB212. They both sounded fuller and not as directional. But the Mesa is no slouch and has top notch build quality. Go for it if your main gig is recording, but look elsewhere for a well rounded gigging cab.
- Overall Opinion
- Absolutely love this cab! Mesa builds things to withstand abuse and road readiness. This cabinet is no exception. Built with high quality birth wood and solid tolex it can rip but most Recto cab in my experience held its own.
This was typically used in conjunction with a Recto 4x12 with the same speakers. This 2x12 comes with Mesa's Celestion V30's which is a bit different than the V30's you buy elsewhere. They seem to be still made in the UK where the new V30's are Chinese made. I'm not sure if Mesa still uses these or not, my experience is with older 2x12 cabs. I believe that the Mesa version V30's has more warmth and a smooth character to them to which the China made ones come off a little more sterile. They aren't bad speakers but just compared to the Mesa style I feel they don't handle business.
The layout of the specs as follows...
* 120 Watt
* V30 Speakers
* Closed Back
* 8 Ohm
We coupled this with a Dual Recto and another 4x12 and there isn't much else to say other than it just rips. I have played many 2x12 cabs and there are some great one out there. I think Mesa's pricing on it may be on the higher end. They usually run around $600+ which you can find some cheaper on the used market of course.
I used a Les Paul with the Recto and 2x12/4x12 set up and it was a combo made for rock. I think there is a sweetness by adding a 2x12 to a 4x12 and a convenience as well instead of hauling around two 4x12's. I feel I was able to get a huge sound with out breaking my back hauling multiple 4x12s around to gigs.
This cabinet is a closed design in that the back side is not open. So this makes the speakers very directional. So if you are using only the 2x12 then you may not be able to hear it as well while on stage. But if you're using it as an iso cab in another room then it is perfect for the space. I like this cab also in a wet dry set up as well. Where I could run my dry signal out to the 4x12 and running my effected signal to the 2x12. This was probably my favorite setup. I simply use a QSC power amp with a TC Electronics G major out from my load box. It was simple but I always had to talk to sound guy into giving the guitar player two mics. So be prepared to haggle with the washed up musician running sound who is pissed that he isn't playing anymore.
I do have some gripes about this cab. The stupid handle on top is sort of ridiculous! This cab isn't light and its not a back breaker either. But putting an amp head handle on top of a 2x12 that weighs over 60 lbs is just dumb. It can easily slip out of your hand since you only have one hand to hold it with. I think this is just poor research and design on Mesa's part.
One thing that I forgot to mention is the sturdiness of Mesa's removable casters on the bottom. Mesa makes the best casters in my opinion. They are sturdy and reliable and make transporting the heavy duty cabs much more forgiving. Plus the option of being able to remove them so you can throw it on top of a 4x12 is fantastic!
I would recommend this cab to any one who is need of a solid 2x12 that will not give you much problems. Even switch out the speakers if V30's aren't your thing. The cab is solid and road worthy. It is a bit of a plunge at $620 but it will last you a lifetime of gigging.
- Overall Opinion
- The Mesa/Boogie 2x12 cabinet is a fairly standard 2x12 cab. It contains two V30 speakers, is completely closed back and is wired in 8 ohms. The Mesa V30s are a bit different from the regular V30s in that they’re a bit warmer and don’t sound as harsh as regular V30s. I believe that Mesa has since switched to regular wattage V30s, but I recall my cabinet having the higher wattage V30s in it. I can’t say for sure as I don’t own the cabinet anymore.
The overall construction of the cabinet is of very high quality. It’s made out of Baltic Birch and comes with a high quality tolex. Some tolex on certain cabinets can break and tear fairly easily, but the tolex that Mesa uses always seems to be able to withstand a good amount of abuse. This’ll help keep them looking more mint during touring. The cabinet is closed back, so it’s a bit directional, and it can be a touch hard to hear when it’s on the floor. However, the closed back helps keep the cabinet nice and tight. The rear loaded speaker design allows the sound to spread a bit more and sound just a touch fatter than normal. I tend to find front loaded cabs to be too directional and a touch harsh.
If you’re looking for a 2x12 V30 cabinet, this is something to consider. While it won’t fill the room like a typical 4x12 will, it will still deliver more than enough volume for gigging and home usage. It works quite nicely in conjunction with a 4x12 in delivering some nice spread. John Petrucci used the 2x12 in conjunction with the 4x12 for awhile. The 2x12 was mainly used for clean tones, and the 4x12 handled all the dirty tones. It was a cool setup that actually sounds pretty nice. If you happen to have both the 4x12 and the 2x12, I recommend at least trying it.
User reviews in other languages
- Overall Opinion
- I just bought it, it is lamentable to post an opinion on a product that can barely knows, but then if we make this assumption, what good are the tests??? huh? ben so good!
Tried so 1 hour volume dancer ...
Used in extension of a mesa in f30 combo 1 X12 V30 telecaster us mounted vanzandt true vintage Squier Classic Vibe handle, and that the saturated outline, no pedals, while the volume of the hip.
It is a model in 140w 8ohms, supposedly loaded with v30 supposedly built differently from those found in the unit celestion, not 100% sure of the veracity of this statement ...
I had one equivalent Framus in v30, a v30 in Laboga ...
The Framus is far behind in accuracy and musicality, Laboga is pretty much in the same category, but could not do A / B testing, and not used the same amp (laney TT50h), therefore difficult to say whether a diffuse more relative to each other, the hair was a Laboga above, narrower, hp's diagonal.
I love everything about this cabinet, and those who complain about the weight have to play the flute recorder, it will make room on guitar forums ...
I advise you to turn with a 1960TV some time, you will see that everything is more convenient ... ^ ^
the handle on top for me much better than taken by side, at least you can spend doors, bad amp on one side and the other in the cabinet, well it is not bad!
No shit, if you want it growls, it takes heavy, so it was not the case, we would manufacture cabinets wood crates, and it would sound like ... Not?
Its perfect finish and report precision / high level of musicality, if you want dirty sound, well we took her small hands, and turning the knobs of the amp, just take time.
All that to say that this speaker does not sound particularly "cold", which I was a little scared, it just allows the amp out ALL the sounds it is capable of producing.
I hesitated a lot in the PPC212 of Orange closed back, but the fact that it is 16 ohms most of the time, the price is secondhand in the same order, a pro has entrusted me when clients try both, even with 200 euros to pay well he leave with the mesa, in the samples of Thotho (I know it's worth what it's worth but it's better than nothing) I have more tickled the ears for the correct, well it all put together, it gives the mesa winner.
The value for money is EXCELLENT, ................... in secondhand.
I roros 400 chopper, and I missed a bit less expensive, but 120w, much more recent, and not necessarily in better condition.
I really can not afford to spend 800 euros in 5 boards and 2 hps, and if I had to take one, it would not be new. With round I say not.
Nine, the quality / price ratio takes a donut, but apart from Chinese stuff or sub-brands or Framus HB, if you want tough, you will not be far ...
the ratio Q / P is the best ppc 212, no doubt.
I note 10 because everything is perfect in my case.
What is sure, if I was to steal it, is that I démerderais to find the same ... 8ohms, 140w, and secondhand. (Or fly again because I'm nasty)
It must be very hard to replay it without ...
I'm no worries about the next concert.
I will publish later history make CR a little more serious.
- Overall Opinion
very good manufacturing
nice size for a 2x12 "(assé deep)
trunk and very good sound reproduction (I love)
I looked absolutely a mesa V30 to go with my config!
it is heavy (over 20kg)
it is mono
the celestion V30 16 ohms (I would have preferred the 8 ohms)
no wheel on mine!
a single handle on top to carry!
the price new and occaz!
very good 2x12 cabinet, "one of the best that I could test (IRT Laney Ironheart 212, harley benton G212 V30, palmer PCAB 212 E212VH engl, mesa Roadking)
- Overall Opinion
- - Its been 8 months I use this cabinet, and I am still as pleased.
- I bought it along with my head Mesa (TA-15), I had a Budda 1x12 test, the result is a good acoustic pressure, we feel that the speaker sends the sound but a bit too screaming, not enough bass and lower midrange to treble over. I also try a Marshall 4x12 (the 1960), and there, you know, I hesitate between a neutral medium and short, his lack of energy, and at the frequencies I felt it was all in same level.
- My dealer advised me to take the Mesa 2x12, which I did because over time, he knows the kind of sound I'm looking and I can trust him, suddenly I really was not disappointed! Compared to the 1x12 and 4x12 is a little the best of both worlds, there is color in the sound, it is well oriented in the bass and midrange and treble are not aggressive, and we always feel to take a slap in the Geul with.
- I am a bit novice in the field of speakers, I have not test masses, but I do not think I made a mistake in this choice.
- Unless you invest in Diezel or other brand of genre, I'm not sure which is better.
- The negatives are the price a bit expensive, weight about 25-30 kg, a single strap over the top. The Good, sound, dynamic, acoustic pressure, wood quality, design simple but neat (it's done), four removable casters.
- A remake that choice I would do without hesitation, Mesa is reliable, robust and sounds great, only problem is that for this kind of quality is a price.
- Overall Opinion
- Used for 3 months, with only a rehearsal.
Is relatively large, hard. Bad point: a single handle. Good point: 4 wheels (well almost good point of locking casters would have been perfect)
I bought it along with a Rectifier Rkiya because I knew the record on Correct: I played so easy and non-risk taking.
Sounds: The record is as expected: according to the setting of the amp, one goes from light to heavy, with a spectrum very well respected. The box has a tendency to sound very "low" in our room, but it corrects itself to the amp without a problem.
The defect was also provided: it is fairly straightforward. So attention to the placement for balance.
This is my first personal box, and he responds in every way that I expected. It's pretty expensive, but I love music and I not tune my car, so sometimes I put my money in the stuff, I rarely regret.
In view of the opinions AF and HC, as many editors say that had they known they would have started with Mesa, so I saved time by buying it directly. And as I change gear not often, we'll see if it's more me not to make money (or at least if it will make me not waste too much buying crappy)
Another thing to do for a more complete view: hook up my old DC5 this 2x12 combo. To see if it changes much sound rendering (I know that of DC5 by heart with his 1x12)&%&%& % &% I wanted a safe bet ...
- Overall Opinion
- Hello all.
j uses this cabinet for about 6 months and care stations, adpote serious! I get out of a marshall 1960 and many ana see anything! I prfere 1000 times the baffle.
there is no good photo, rendering the bass, midrange and treble are very good, is not Criar c ... the quality is there. j have also redcouvert my prampli (a TriAxis! ... the height !...)
engl V30 in the Mount sy closer but still strong, finishing and largely in favor of the mesa.
report quality price ... the key is probably the only default in mesa, c trs is expensive! but hey, I'll tell you, if I'd buy a dessuite, I'll never NWPD n as much money in the various "investments" that have m not satisfied to finally reach a product that r lay all my requests.
I would do directly to this choice and this 10 years earlier! ... I put 9 because the price is c is the lev, but all good! (I'll make you moan, I got it in for 2 700 euros !...)N / AN / AN / A
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