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Old 2nd July 2013, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default stiff suspension or loose suspension for the home subwoofers?

I would like to select the subwoofer suspension where I see the subwoofers with loose suspension will sound more layered and also goes deep enough but not tighter and with the tighter suspension it feels that the bass is hanging sometimes or over damping...

which one is generally good for subwoofers? provided for very good sound quality...
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Old 2nd July 2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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The suspension, magnetic properties, cabinet design and alignment all affect sound quality, there are too many variables to make generalities based on only one aspect.

"Loose" and "tight" suspensions can end up sounding similar, to determine which is applicable requires looking at the system as a whole.
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Old 2nd July 2013, 09:33 PM   #3
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I agree....to look at one aspect only is ridiculous. The system works as a whole.
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Old 23rd August 2013, 03:55 PM   #4
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Loose suspension is better as it allows signal reproduction more faithfully than a stiff one which tries to modify the signal by applying its own back force when cone returns(too much damping). But if too loose the voice coil will not stay in its correct place.

Looking and correcting one aspect at a time makes the system work well as a whole.
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Old 23rd August 2013, 07:59 PM   #5
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I believe the very stiff suspension is for contest subs where you need it to handle insane power

for home use I would prefer a softer surround and a lighter cone
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Old 23rd August 2013, 08:15 PM   #6
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Hi, what does "more layered" mean ?

Usually,

Harder = Higher fs

Softer = Lower fs
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Old 23rd August 2013, 09:20 PM   #7
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Usually,

Harder = Higher fs

Softer = Lower fs
or

Harder = very heavy cone

Softer = less heavy cone

always look at mms
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Old 23rd August 2013, 09:36 PM   #8
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@ tinitus

The OP was asking about "subwoofer suspension" which is what my reply addressed

Sure cones are an important part of the overall response etc
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Old 23rd August 2013, 10:07 PM   #9
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since you rarely have any compliance specs your only option is to compare Fs with mms, and size
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Old 23rd August 2013, 10:20 PM   #10
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hard suspension in a large cab can sound identical to soft suspension in a small cab.

hmm..
nother way to look at it, for a home woofer i usualy look for something least 90 dBL in sensitivity, Fs under 25 Hz, diameter least 10", and i prefer paper cone.
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