You may not be aware of the available options for subwoofer box enclosures even after buying a new subwoofer. The much maybe you know is the sealed, ported and bandpass subwoofers. Keep reading to know the effectiveness and effects of each one of them.
The sealed enclosure is quite small in the three enclosures. Sports cars or small cars can be suited with this type of enclosure. However, there are some advantages and disadvantages to it. Its small size is ideal as you are still left with a lot of trunk space. The boom effect on sealed enclosures is not good however the bass is accurate. Since the sealed enclosure is airtight, that is the reason there is no boom effect as no air escapes the box interior. This restriction requires a subwoofer and a powerful amplifier combination. In case you are handling high wattage, it is not advisable to use this sealed enclosure.
Ported or vented enclosure needs ample room meaning it larger than the sealed box. If you are not concerned for space then ported enclosures can be your solution. The ported design is determined by the vent to enable air to move freely. Sound moves from the interior to the rear and finally exterior. Ported enclosures have a boom effect, but the bass is not accurate. Vented enclosures do not require much power from the system because the airtight box enables the subwoofer to move freely, so you hear every sound produced.
Bandpass enclosure is the largest. Its design is based on the number of ports as well as the main chambers. In the first chamber, the subwoofer is placed, and the other one is supposed to resonate. It has a high boom effect, but the bass is not accurate. If you care for space then you should know that a bandpass enclosure will use most space in the trunk. They consume very little power, unlike the sealed enclosure. Confirm that your bandpass enclosure is installed correctly because in case of any loose fits they will rattle in the bandpass setup.
When choosing a subwoofer box you should ensure you buy the right MDF and not simple wood. If you do this the enclosure boxes will not rattle and will forebear high temperatures. For the aesthetic appeal make sure you get the viny or carpet finish. Vinyl finish is easier to clean while carpet exterior finish will protect the enclosure from scratches. Now you may not know how many sub woofers you want in each box. Money and space determine this.
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