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Old 6th March 2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default Subwoofer cabinet advice

I have a subwoofer cabinet that I've had for years which I never used due to a change in plans. The cabinet is very sturdily constructed (1.5-inch walls and 2-inch baffle) and has an internal volume of 4.27 cubic feet (121 liters), and doesn't have any opening cut in it but I'm willing to port it if necessary. I've decided to use this cabinet to build the best subwoofer possible for primarily listening to music (90%) and watching some movies (10%), with the only stipulation being that I'm limited to using 12-inch driver(s) due to the placement of the bracing. I would appreciate suggestions that anyone here can provide on driver(s) choice and port configuration for ported subwoofer designs.
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Old 7th March 2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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jazzcyclist,
constraints:
4.27 cubic feet (121 liters) internal volume
12-inch driver(s)
8 Ohm

Sealed (F3/freefield<40Hz):
TANGBAND WQ-1858
ROCKFORD FOSGATE P1S812
ROCKFORD FOSGATE P2D412
SOUNDSTREAM R1-12
ROCKFORD FOSGATE R2SD4-12
WAVECOR SW310WA01
SB ACOUSTICS SB34NRX75-6
DAYTON RSS315HFA-8
PEERLESS XXLS12 830845 or XXLS308 SWR 51
JBL GT5-12
CERWIN-VEGA VEGA 124
JBL 2213H, JBL 123-A
MONACOR SPP-300
PEERLESS 830669 - SLS-315 (also Peerless 831857, look on ebay/discontinued)
MONACOR SPH-300KE
SB ACOUSTICS SB34SWNRX-S75-6
JL AUDIO 12W6V2-D4
DAVIS 31ST12M
JBL 125A or JBL 127A
MONACOR SONIC 12
EMINENCE LAB 12
EMINENCE ACOUSTINATOR N2012-8
VISATON W300
CIARE HW 320
PEERLESS SLS12 830669
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Old 7th March 2013, 11:26 PM   #3
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Inductor, thanks for the feedback. Do you have any preferences among the items you've listed?
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Old 8th March 2013, 12:12 AM   #4
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Two more questions:

1) What are the advantages and disadvantages of passivle radiators vs sealed and vented?
2) Would two woofers (10" or 12") be feasible in an enclosure this size, and if so, would it be better to mount them on the same side, or would opposed firing be better?
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Old 8th March 2013, 03:15 AM   #5
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If you are looking for hifi, what's generally said is that sealed units respond very well (in the home environment).
In this case no need for a passive that is a form of the vented system.

""Would two woofers (10" or 12")...""
What do you mean?
I recommend the TANGBAND WQ-1858
I can look at it if you want...
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Old 8th March 2013, 04:15 AM   #6
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As you requested I compare 3 of the drivers for a starter.
Explain for the forum what type of setup you have or planning, amps and the like, main speakers...
1. and 3. are aluminum cone, 2 is a paper cone.
Number 2 has a better sensitivity. All in all they are very similar.
TANGBAND WQ-1858, VB = 120.0 L, QTC = 0.648
SB ACOUSTICS SB34NRX75-6, VB = 120.0 L, QTC = 0.738
DAYTON RSS315HFA-8, VB = 120.0 L, QTC = 0.687

Another very nice driver CSS TRIO12
Creative Sound Solutions TRIO12 Subwoofer
CSS TRIO12, VB = 120.0 L, QTC = 0.597

Last edited by Inductor; 8th March 2013 at 04:36 AM. Reason: CSS TRIO12
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Old 8th March 2013, 01:03 PM   #7
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Default (cont.)

Ported (F3/freefield<40Hz, >90 dB/2.83V/m):
MONACOR SPH 300 TC
FOSTEX FW 305
AUDAX PR330M0
FOSTEX W-300 II A
AUDIOTECHNOLOGY FLEXUNIT 12B772510
ETON 12-680-62 HEX
BEYMA 12BR70
EMINENCE DELTALITE-II 2512
MC CAULEY 6232
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Old 9th March 2013, 05:41 PM   #8
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Default Well, I'd probably go for the McCauley 6232...

5. Mc CAULEY 6232, VB = 120.0 L, FB = 26.0 Hz (int. volume/tuning), F3=36Hz/26Hz in room, max. SPL 1.00m/118.1dB
McCauley.com : Products: Components > 6232: Overview
6. EMINENCE DELTALITE-II 2512, VB = 120.8 L, FB = 28.9 Hz (int. volume/tuning), F3=42Hz/31Hz in room, max. SPL 1.00m/114.5dB (price)
Eminence Deltalite II 2512 Neo 12" Driver 290-593
7. ETON 12-680-62 HEX, VB = 120.0 L, FB = 23.0 Hz (int. volume/tuning), F3=31Hz/23Hz in room, max. SPL 1.00m/111.2dB. Very low extension, can work in smaller box to 84.6L.
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I've decided to use this cabinet to build the best subwoofer possible for primarily listening to music (90%)
The McCauley 6232 looks very good in a BR box 97-120L and has very nice SPL.
Well, I'd probably go for the McCauley 6232...
What are you thinking?!
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Old 10th March 2013, 03:48 PM   #9
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Thanks for your input Inductor! It's really appreciated.
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Old 10th March 2013, 05:16 PM   #10
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