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 6th July 2004, 09:33 PM #1 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Jul 2004 Location: Grass Valley, CA Question about port volume I noticed the Wilson MAXX speakers have a port that is 5X12.2 inches. I cannot find any 5" ID pipe anywhere. Using these calculations the port volume comes to about 240 cubic inches. If I use two 4" ID ports about 9 1/2 inches long this will give me the same volume (each port having a volume of about 120 cubic inches). So my question is will the results be the same if I use two ports who's volume totals the same as a single port? I guess I'm asking if in port calculations only the port volume matters. Thanks Dveo
 6th July 2004, 10:50 PM #2 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Feb 2004 Location: Stockholm We were through this just some weeks ago: Converting port dimensions. Roughly, the ratio between area and length should be kept constant, but have a look in the thread above for details! __________________ Simulate loudspeakers: Basta! Simulate the baffle step: The Edge
 7th July 2004, 05:41 PM #3 Banned   Join Date: May 2004 Location: New Hampshire Yes, only the port volume matters if the cross section is identical, but in this case it isn't. A five inch port is about 20 square inches, two fours about 25 square inches, so the two fours would have to be longer to maintain the same tuning. You can model your box in WinISD and put in any vent area and number of vents and shape you wish and the program will tell you the required length(s).
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 Originally posted by dveous So my question is will the results be the same if I use two ports who's volume totals the same as a single port? I guess I'm asking if in port calculations only the port volume matters. Thanks Dveo
Nope,

Also the port cross sectional area matters. That is part of the tuning frequency setting together with box volume and air mass in the port (port volume). Only if you keep total port area the same you can do so. Otherwise you need to recalculate or use a LS simulation program for the new port size(s).

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