Acoustic Image makes three basic and one special combo - and three different speakers - each for different needs. Complete specifications are shown on each combo's page (links below), so we won't focus on the features they all share. We also have a complete overview of the Acoustic Image line
on their manufacturer page.
has one channel, no effects, and is the evolution of their original combo. It's a full range amp suitable for virtually any instrument, although it was originally designed for acoustic bass. The current Series 4plus model has roughly half the power of the other Acoustic Image Combos (300w vs 600w), and does not feature the removable head option of the other combos.
is essentially similar to the Contra, but adds the option of a second channel (1 and 2 channel models are available), and features a built-in digital effects (reverb, chorus, etc.) module. It is, like the Contra (and Ten2, below) a full range amp suitable for any instrument including bass. It offers a higher power rating, a headphone jack, and a removable head, enabling you to use it with other speakers instead of the combo. It also features XLR microphone inputs with phantom power, which the Contra doesn't have. If you don't need the effects, the ability to remove the head and/or the higher power, the Contra is a steal!
is functionally identical to the Coda, but it uses a different ten-inch woofer and reduces the attenuation of the midrange/high speaker, as the woofer is more efficient (louder per watt). Due to this difference, the sound is more focused and forward. The Corus is suited for guitar, most keyboards, and other non-bass instruments; the woofer in the Corus does not "reach as low" and isn't as suitable for bass instruments, but can be used for bass in a pinch. For regular use with bass instruments, the Coda is a better choice.
The new TEN2
uses the same higher power amplifier and preamp as the Coda and Corus but utilizes Acoustic Image's unique compact dual ten-inch woofer cabinet with a single tweeter. One woofer faces down, the other faces forward. It also has the removable head feature. This produces more of the "in your face" sound of a conventional speaker cabinet combined the downward firing subwoofer design. The TEN2 is the smallest 2x10 combo on the market.
Bass or Cello Player? Get the Contra, Coda; or if you prefer a more forward sound or need the most volume possible in a compact rig, choose the new TEN2. If your needs are for non-bass instruments, or those that do not go far below 100 hz., the Corus or TEN2 are probably the best choice; its "more forward" sound works very well for guitar, cello, mandolin, fiddle/violin, and many other acoustic instruments. The Corus has also proven to be the favorite of keyboard players who have tried both speaker versions. If you plan to play bass and
guitar (or other higher-pitched instruments), I'd recommend the Contra, Coda, or TEN2; you'll need the low end for the bass instruments, but the higher pitched instruments still sound great through the "regular" models!
The Coda EX
is identical to the speaker section of the Contra and Coda combo amps.
The Corus EX
is identical to the speaker section of the Corus combo amp. Any of the two models are ideal for use as an extension speaker to any of the combos, or as a standalone speaker used with another amplifier head. The TEN2 EX is a more forward sounding full range cabinet.
The new TEN2 EX
has two ten inch drivers, one facing down, one facing forward, along with a tweeter for high frequencies. The tweeter and crossover used in the TEN2 EX differs from the other EX cabinets, so the tweeter covers more of the middle frequencies. The forward facing driver produces more of the "in your face" sound of a conventional speaker cabinet and combines it with Acoustic Image's downward firing subwoofer design. The TEN2 is the smallest 2x10 cabinet on the market.
Details of each amp and speaker are on the individual product pages (click here to go to a listing of all Acoustic Image products as well as a matrix view of their differences)
, but if you have any questions or need to explore their features further, please feel free to contact us.