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Old 24th November 2018, 05:30 PM   #1
Gwho is offline Gwho  United States
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I purchased four Yamaha YST-SW315 subwoofers from a home builder that was using them as models in home theater setups in their houses. They did not cost me much and were essentially never used. They do look nice and they have a 1 cubic foot box size with a 3" diameter by 5" length flared port. The SW315 has a 10" downfiring woofer.

I bought them to try multiple small subwoofers to reduce room modes (which worked well). These subwoofers obviously do not go low. I like the fact that they have forward facing controls. I used them with an antimode device but there emphasis is above 40hz.

My question is could anyone suggest a replacement driver that would work in this small of a cabinet that would go lower? Otherwise I would likely not use these long term or will sell them. I see the limitation of the sw315 box size being an issue as commercial subs with 10" drivers appear to have output around 20hz but about double the size. I just wanted to ask before looking at something else. I want to thank you for any input you may provide.

The specs are as follows:
YAMAHA 10" SUBWOOFER 270 WATT AMP. Frequency Response : 20 - 160 Hz (-10 dB)
Yamaha YST-SW315 Subwoofer System - Black Ash
10-inch driver with high-efficiency, 250-watt PWM digital amplifier
Advanced YST ensures that the speaker and amplifier work together to create perfectly linear speaker motion
BASS (Bass Action Selector Switch) tailors the sub's output for video or music at the touch of a switch
Yamaha's QD-Bass technology radiates bass in all directions for greater impact. Frequency Response : 20 - 160 Hz (-10 dB)
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Old 4th December 2018, 05:04 PM   #2
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If the mounting opening matches, I'd look at a GRS 10SW-4 driver. Anything more than that, you can be spending more on a replacement driver than the subwoofer is worth.
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Old 4th December 2018, 06:32 PM   #3
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My question is could anyone suggest a replacement driver that would work in this small of a cabinet that would go lower?
The box is tuned (Fb) to around 52 Hz, regardless of the speaker used.
In general, response drops at 24 dB per octave below Fb for "standard" box tunings, which have adequate box size and Fb around Fs.

Probably better to sell the cabinets "as is" and design for what you want, rather than swapping speakers in to a too-small box that will require a longer port which will reduce box size even more.
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Old 4th December 2018, 07:09 PM   #4
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ParadiseComm / Weltersys,

I agree with both of you. ParadiseComm thank your for the suggestion but I likely won't get much improvement per Weltersys simulation with a new driver. I will use them as they are or sell them. Weltersys thank you for the simulation it really points out to me the limitation of the box size. I guess there is no free lunch.

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Old 4th December 2018, 10:45 PM   #5
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The box is tuned (Fb) to around 52 Hz, regardless of the speaker used.
52 Hz sounds pretty high for a 10" subwoofer.

Yamaha's info on the subwoofer suggests that it's 10dB down at 20 Hz. If Fb is 52 Hz, I think that the response at 20 Hz will be much more than 10dB down.

Of course, it's always possible that the specifications aren't all that believable, but I'd be tempted to run an impedance/phase test of the driver in the enclosure to see where Fb really is.
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Old 4th December 2018, 11:27 PM   #6
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Brian,

The specs do say that it is 10db down at 20hz. I was just wondering if there was a way to improve it with a better driver. As stated above, I will either use them as they are or sell them. Thank you for your thoughts.

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Old 5th December 2018, 08:58 AM   #7
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Block the ports, make them sealed.
You'll lose (quite a lot of) output >40Hz, but will likely gain output at 20Hz.

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Old 6th December 2018, 06:35 PM   #8
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Hi All,

FYI,

Finding a replacement Driver for this simple Sub and tweaking the eventual differences of the TS-Parameters should be a No-Brainer for a true DIYer.

https://tw.yamaha.com/files/download...5_SW215_RT.pdf

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Old 7th December 2018, 03:49 PM   #10
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Thank you for all the thoughts on the subwoofer. I will definitely try plugging the ports and see how they sound. Perhaps I will get more low frequency output using for of them.

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