Car Ported Subwoofer: Can the port be Outside the box?

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It says that I can put the port Outside the box and into the cabin of my car? Is that true? Can the port be on the outside rather than on the inside? My sub requires two 4"x15.5" and my box's depth will definitely not be 15", that's just too long for my trunk, I still want my trunk to be useable heh. I don't want the port to be on the side, mostly because of looks and it will be too close to the sides of my trunk.

So is there any negative things about having a curved port rather than a straight one? And can I really put the ports on the outside and drill a hole beside my 6x9's and into the cabin???

mark :confused:
The box I am going to build will just be vented (bass reflex), not bandpass.
My sub requires two 4" x 15.5" and that will run from the top of my box to the cars cabin. The sub will be facing the rear of my car and the ports will be on top of my box leading to the cabin.

l PP
l PP
l l--------l
l O l
l l--------l

O = Subwoofer
P = Ports

It's a wierd picture, but I hope you understand.
This is inside my cars trunk.

Bill F.

2001-11-15 5:25 pm
The reason I asked is because it sounded to me like you were planning to place a vented sub box in your trunk (driver firing into the trunk space) with only the reflex ports actually firing into your cabin. Is this correct?

If so, this sounds like a recipe for one-note bass. With this arrangement, the only clear bass you'll have is the resonance of the port. Everything else just goes into your trunk.

If you only wish to bring ports into your cabin, you should go with a bandpass alignment where all the bass comes through the ports, not just one note.

Look here for a side-by-side comparo of alignment types

Aren't all in auto subs basically one note because of the size of the car? Most of it is felt and not heard since there isn't enough space. Maybe if all the windows are open. 2 15" drivers that are made to get down to 20 Hz or so? The whole inside of the car might not be large enough unless it acts as an acoustic suspension. A ported box for one of my Altec 421s for 30Hz is 10 cu ft plus the volume of the driver and ports to get it back out to 10 cu ft. I'm sorry, I just can't see what difference it makes where the air gets compressed the most. Once it goes below what the volume of the inside of the car can handle does it really matter? Real question. This has been bugging me. I have a little extended cab truck and my down to 80Hz speakers seem to sound better in the bass if a window is open. I like bass. I can't adjust it on my main amp in the house but there is plenty of it there. Dry wax will make my ears buzz and the specs on my speaks say 28Hz which means they won't go down to 30 except in a lab. I'd bet on the back loaded 15" folded going down to 30 but that is the center channel for movies.
Thatch, according to Vance Dickason, speakers generally can get 20 dB GAIN at 20Hz in a closed field environment (car). The one note bass phenomenon however, is true, whether you have the port firing into the cabin or not. Bass notes travel just fine through car seats. Band pass alignments in cars are Strongly discouraged. The response gets all fudged in the closed field. Same with vented boxes. Response is anything but flat. The flattest you can get in a car would be a well damped sub in a smaller than normal sealed box crossed over at Fc.
I made a science project out of this.
Second that (e)motion

For a car, overdamped sealed boxes seems to work the best for me. I ended up with a reasonable 120dB flat with two 10" drivers and 200 watts x2. The hardest part was finding a parameteric eq and an adjustable crossover. Between the two, I have enough "twiddle room" to make it sound decent.

Priority number one is damping all of the car somehow. I guess I probably ended up adding 100lbs of dynamat and the like by the time I ended up chasing down all the buzzes. Major time eater, running a freq. generator into the car and hunting down the part deep in the dash that is making all that noise. (OK, I might have gone a little overboard with fiberglass in the doors). But if you are not willing to spend the time to do the basics, you might as well go buy some generic boxes from BestBuy.
Thanks, I have noticed how bass acts in small rooms and decided it wasn't worth while to try and get deep bass in a car. I hear guys driving by and it all sounds one note to me. I also have wondered if there is a health problem from being concussed for long periods of time. I was always carefull about my hearing and used earplugs at rock concerts when I was a kid. They were so loud and a lot of the venues had such lousy acoustics you could actually hear the music better with your ears plugged so you couldn't hear the standing waves. I will admit that using some of the insulation in the cab of my truck would be helpful even if I don't go for more bass. The road noise level is pretty high on the freeway and I have to crank the player up enough that it often clips.