So I put an ad on Craigslist about a week ago wanting to trade my PPC212 + cash for a PPC412. I noted that I wanted a straight cab because, well, I've always used them and think they look better. Someone wrote offering to trade me for an angled PPC412. Is there a huge difference in sound? Do you like one better than the other?
I've seriously never owned an angled cab in my life.
I like the looks of straight cabs best. As far as sound goes, I think the straight cabs are a little more directional than the slants. the slant points 2 speakers more at your head, while the straight keeps the sound lower. So, in a loud band mix, you may be able to hear yourself a little better with the slant. With the slant cab, the sound is projecting in different directions and not straight ahead like the straight, so it will have a more omnidirectional sound. How much of a difference will it be?....In my opinion not enough to make me want the slant over the straight. the general consensus is that the straight have a little better low end response, that is a bit tighter sounding too. I honestly didn't hear too much of a difference between a marshall 1960A and B cab, but I didn't have the amp cranked at gig volumes either.
A couple of things to consider, which I did, is mic placement for recording. With the straight cab it is easier to do and you get consistent sound throughout the face of the cab. With the slant, I can imagine mic placement may be a little harder to get right with the speakers being angled apart from each other.
Also for gigging, the straight cab has a better platform for your heads to sit on or for stacking other cabs if you need.....this is a very small point, but one to consider anyway, since we musicians are picky people.
I don't really have live gig experience with them for an A to B comparison....but hopefully my points will get the ball rolling to help you look into other areas to help you decide. I'm sure more people will post on here soon too.
Good luck choosing. But, as you know patience is a virtue. If you prefer the straight cabs, wait for one.