Here is recent review from RS28V owner Jay Storey:
- I am a "traditional player", I don't play a five string, don't do pedals, while I find some of the other 2 x 8" designs technically interesting the idea of a simple, no frills cab that sounds great had a lot of appeal for me. The RS-28V is just two quality drivers, two front ports and classy looking hardware. No crossover/tweeter, no technical tricks, just a basic design that works incredibly well.
2. CUSTOM TOLEX! While tweed and some other options are more money, you can pick from a plethora of color options at no additional cost which is way cool to me. I went for the Bronco blue, it's kinda flashy but with all the rest of my cabinets in basic black I wanted something other than well....basic black.
- Price - it's not a cheap cabinet but I have pointed this out in other threads, it is essentially the same price out the door with shipping you would pay for a Trace-Elliot 2 x 8".
If you want a single cab 2 x 8" solution, the RevSound is four ohms which gets you the max out of your head. The Trace is rated at 400 watts, the RevSound at 300 watts (what my head puts out) but I put 350 watts into the RS-28V with a ton of lows and it didn't seem to mind that at all.
For a custom built cabinet, with optional choices (for example I went with the 'Dog Bone" type handle because I like the look a lot better) for handles, corners, etc. with high quality drivers and custom Tolex the price is beyond reasonable.
So enough about that, how does the little bugger sound?
Well kind of amazing really, I can see why a lot of TBr's are using these things in gig situations with actual drummers and such and they work fine.
Trying to keep things simple when comparing I just used one bass, my Classic Vibe P-Bass but that bass has really hot output with a lotta lows. I put a Duncan Quarter pounder in it and it also has a Hipshot replacement bridge. Every amp I own I have to use the -10dB input or hit the pad button because it will overdrive the front end of the amp.
Also the P-Bass has limited tonal options, just turn it up and go. I will try the cabinet later on with my active Ibanez and with my Ric 4003 (which has flats) but for now I wanted to just test the cab against other cabinets.
It's got a surprising amount of low end, the top end is rather zingy. My style is I dig in hard with the right hand, and use a lot of low and high end boost, I like an aggressive sound and this thing delivers that.
OTOH the sound is VERY balanced, nothing jumps out unless you want it and dial that in on your head.
So my GC Acoustic B300HD puts out 300 watts into four ohms, last week I ran that thing up to 3/4 volume, with the low and high boost buttons engaged, AND a lot of 50 Hz EQ dialed in (about 2 to 3 o'clock). The cab just took it like nothing, I could not make it fart out no matter how hard I tried. It was also freaking loud.
Last week I also carried it across the room (at 21 pounds not much of a carry LOL) and compared it to my reference rig (my favorite) which is an Ampeg B2-R head through an Ampeg SVT-806HE cabinet (eight 6.5 inch drivers in two sealed chambers with a horn you can use or not use).
No surprise a cab with four times as many drivers, and much more cabinet volume was louder and deeper. The Ampeg also weighs FOUR TIMES AS MUCH (85 pounds compared to 21 pounds)
But the RevSound was really close in terms of bottom end and overall output. Note for this comparo I used the Ampeg head into both, just plugged it from one cab into another cab. Hell I didn't even change the EQ settings on Ampeg and it sounded great straight away with the RevSound; frankly I didn't diddle with the EQ at all when I switched cabinets because it just sounded great with the same settings as the Ampeg cabinet.
So TODAY, I did another comparo (as seen in the picture); the suspects were:
1. Ampeg PBC-228 combo (two hundred watts of Class D Power into two 8" Neo drivers....(Eminence custom OEM drivers which I have been told are excellent speakers)
2. My homemade 2 x 10" with Eminence BP-102's, no tweeter, rear ported. Powered by my old ACC Acoustic 220 head (125 watts into that cabinet)
3. Carvin 2 x 10" "Redline" cabinet with the PS10 Ferrite speakers and a horn. This I powered with the GC Acoustic, would just switch speaker lines from the RevSound to the Carvin cab.
Again no surprise, the 2 x 10" cabs go deeper and louder but the RevSound had an overall better sound, much more balanced, just not quite as deep and certainly not as loud (the Celestions used in the RS-28V are not super efficient).
Like I said this was not a surprise, it was my expectation but it is amazing how loud and deep that tiny cabinet is.
In comparison the Ampeg PBC-228 combo sounded like speakers mounted in a cereal box; not nearly as much low end and boxy sounding, with a more muffled top end. Sure the Ampeg was dealing with 100 fewer watts (the drivers are 8 ohms, but present a 4 ohm load to the Class D power section) but it just sounds like crap compared to the RS-28V.
The thing is like I said I already own three 2 x 10" cabs but if you think maybe the RS-28V is not going to be loud enough or deep enough for you; well David will be happy to build you a very nice 2 x 10" that will sound great and still be very light.
Or if you just want to immolate a room, buy his vertical 4 x 10", stick an 800 watt Class D amp of your choice up top and just bury the band with low end fury LOL.
I will say even though I set my expectations accordingly for the format (2 x 8") this little bugger surprised the hell out of me!
I gave it a few weeks before I posted this review because people also get all giddy when they first get a piece of gear but I have to say after playing through this thing for a few weeks it has vastly exceeded my expectations.
The price and the cool Tolex are just extra side benefits, this little thing delivers the goods. Highly recommended if you want a small, more traditional type of cabinet in the 2 x 8" format.
So that's it David, another very satisfied customer!
All the best for a great 2022 for you and your business and your family!
https://youtu.be/Q-wftPyAdc8 The RS28V is the vertically aligned version of the original RS28. Response curve is very linear with no anomalies in voicing. It is 11" wide X 10" deep X 23" tall including the feet when aligned vertically. It has a large defined voice that belies it's size and always seems to surprise everyone including myself. It's a great grab and go and with 300 watts power handling full bandwidth it has some serious get up and go. The vertical alignment makes off axis response exceptional and on a shallow stage it shines with drummers and other players on the stage being able to hear you accurately. The footprint at 11" X 10" leaves plenty of foundation for any of the micro heads / D class amplifiers on the market and also takes up very little real estate on stage. Tonality is thick and smooth and translates input accurately from top to bottom chromatically. Nothing jumps out or drops. The handle is ergonomically placed and balances the cabinet perfectly. There are sound isolating feet on the bottom and side opposite the handle and a Neutrik Speakon input jack.
The cabinet has been coming in at 20lbs and is available in the standard black Duratex and an array of tolex options +35.00, as well as natural or stained with a clear coat. There is an upcharge for natural and stained finishes of 50.00. Grill cloth is available for and additional 35.00 and cane for 50.00 due to the material costs and increased labor.