cube shaped sub box

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Hi Hunter,

You will run the risk of standing waves in the box. The fundamental standing wave shouldn't be to much of a problem at about 700Hz (~18" inside dimension). The typical foam wall lining should damp this rather well, plus it is of a high enough frequency to be out of the operating range of the subwoofer.

The problem will come from the 1/2 order standing wave of about 350Hz which is much closer to the sub's operating range. This frequency may be a little more difficult to damp. It wouldn't be as much a problem in a closed box, but the port in a bass reflex enclosure will allow the sound out of the box. What's worse is the port length is very close to the inside box dimension and will support the same standing wave (not to mention that you will have to bend the port away from the opposite wall).

I would suggest a diagonal partition in the box. It wouldn't have to separate the box completely. Only just enough to disrupt the standing waves in the box. This can be in the form of cross braces with 6" or 8" wide boards. A steep low-pass filter for the sub will also help. Also, your port is a bit on the long side. You might want to double check the length calculation. Where did you get this the 4" X 17" dimension from?

Hope this helps.
Rodd Yamas***a
brace as much as you can.

I use MDF sheets with hole cut outs to make simple braces.

yo can make braces out os 1x1" wood just make sure it is at irregular intervals. dont brace the box isn half.


brace at 5 and 6.5" in each direction. the box will then be 3 parts 5", 6.5", 8.5"

i was using the program winisd and added the amount of cross bracing to the box volume should i have done this? I used all the specs that parts express gave me for the titan II 12" I plan on crossing over at about 60Hz with 200W on the sub, as my mains go down to 44Hz. I was wanting to use it as a end table if you wonder why I went with this shape of box.
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