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This is a discussion on Differences in Sub Enclosures within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I want to get a sub box, and was wondering what the difference is between an open box and an ...

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    Differences in Sub Enclosures

    I want to get a sub box, and was wondering what the difference is between an open box and an enclosed box (the one with the plexi-glass thingie on it). I'm looking to get a deep base sound...so which one would you good folks recommend?
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    sealed box will give u a cleaner sound but not as loud. Ported will give u louder sound but not as clean.

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    Bandpass box (with plexi glass thingie) will give you the best of both worlds...at a much more expensive rate
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    Thanks for the replies guys
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    Eh....that's not quite right....

    Ported and bandpass boxes are designed to resonate at certain frequencies. A ported box will hit really hard at that one frequency, but have rather lackluster performance at any other frequency. A bandpass box will give you good performance at two frequencies, but still won't have the even frequency response of a sealed box. The real question is, how much do you care about sound quality vs. straight "boom." If all you want is to hear the intricacies of a Jay-Z bassline, bandpass is the way to go. If a Flea bassline is more your style, you should get a sealed box and spend the difference on a better sub and amp. Here's a quick illustrated guide (vertical axis=volume, horizontal=frequency):
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    If you are pressed for space add some foam in the box. This will make your speakers respond as if they were in a larger box.
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    Wow...that's a lot of great info. Thanks a bunch I listen mostly to hip hop/rap and trance/house/dance music. I sometimes thrrw in some Nine Inch Nails for old times sake. I like the idea of having a sealed box so that I'll be able to hear every bit of base as I do sometimes listen to other music genres. I had a sealed box in my 3000 GT with a 10" J L Audio woofer. I loved the sound.

    This brings me to my next question: which brand of sub do you guys recommend. Again, the music I most frequently listen to are the ones listed above.
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    I recommend JL audio. I have experience with Rockford, Kicker and JL. To me the fosgate created a tight mid-bass but couldn't go that low (unless you get 18"s but I had 4-12" in a iso-bandpass enclosure). The kickers made some nice low bass but not allot of tight mid-bass. (I had 4-15" in sealed enclosure). I switched to JL and never tried another sub since. First of all they hardly need any air space (less than 1 cubic foot average). Second they create a tight mid and can easily drop the low notes. (I had 8-15" in a sealed enclosure). I have done some single JL 12's in a couple of civics and the owners have been very happy. You should however demo some different speakers and pick what sounds good to you because we all hear things differently.

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    Originally posted by XtmX
    I recommend JL audio. I have experience with Rockford, Kicker and JL. To me the fosgate created a tight mid-bass but couldn't go that low (unless you get 18"s but I had 4-12" in a iso-bandpass enclosure). The kickers made some nice low bass but not allot of tight mid-bass. (I had 4-15" in sealed enclosure). I switched to JL and never tried another sub since. First of all they hardly need any air space (less than 1 cubic foot average). Second they create a tight mid and can easily drop the low notes. (I had 8-15" in a sealed enclosure). I have done some single JL 12's in a couple of civics and the owners have been very happy. You should however demo some different speakers and pick what sounds good to you because we all hear things differently.

    Thanks for all the info Man, you've had a cluster of subs at a time. I was thinking of only getting one 10". I think that'll be plenty for my maturing ears
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    I only have the stock sub in my wrx. I have been going through withdrawal but I refuse to weigh down this car.
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    Originally posted by XtmX
    I only have the stock sub in my wrx. I have been going through withdrawal but I refuse to weigh down this car.
    How do you like the stock sub? I was thinking about getting something like that. You know, like and 8" sub and place it underneath the passenger seat.
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    I have it set from +1 to +3 and to me it helps. It doesn't drawl any attention to itself but it fills in the mids ok for an 8'. If you turn up the bass to much it sounds like crap. I think a 10' in the trunk would have more punch.
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    Originally posted by XtmX
    I have it set from +1 to +3 and to me it helps. It doesn't drawl any attention to itself but it fills in the mids ok for an 8'. If you turn up the bass to much it sounds like crap. I think a 10' in the trunk would have more punch.
    Great...thanks for all your help
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    Let us know what you go with Fahd. Car audio rawks.
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    WRXin', you really need to listen to subs to know what you like. I'm gonna have to agree with XtmX about JL subs... I just swapped out 2 jl 12w0's for 1 jl 10w6v2. I have heard kickers, polk/momo's and a whole bunch of others and I really think that JL's have the best dynamic range of any sub around. I would definitely suggest that you take a listen to those, as I'm sure someone in your area has some jl's in their car.

    I'm running the w6 off a jl 500/1 amp and am currently in the process of building a custom fiberglass enclosure for the corner of the trunk. Speakers of any size, as with just about every other part of your car, are a very personal thing and what some like, others will not. Good luck...

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