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SirSyko
01-10-2006, 12:18 AM
Today I hooked my 12" AA Atlas up to my Rythmik Audio plate amp. The amp is rated at 150 watts RMS @4ohms. The sub is in a 1.35 sealed enclosure with a double baffle and a couple braces inside.

It does not sound good at all. What is the problem? It sounds so boomy, and doesnt get low at all. Playing with the tones, you can only begin to hear it at 25-30hz. The crossover on the plate amp is turned all the way down to 40hz but the sub still plays much much higher than that. Also, on Ascendant's website, looks like Ill need a good 4 cubes sealed to get anything close to what I want. Will it make that huge of a difference?

I then hooked the amp up back to my sub which I originally bought it for (RE8) and it didnt even sound close to the Atlas, quite opposite actually.

What should I do? New HT sub?

kotec123
01-10-2006, 12:20 AM
if its brand new you just need to

1. get more power running to it and break it in
2.get a proper enclosure

Mr. Opportunist
01-10-2006, 12:23 AM
yes it will make a huge difference in the proper enclosure

stones
01-10-2006, 12:24 AM
Brand new high excursion subs can sound boomy in small sealed enclosures when new, especially with only 150 watts RMS to power it
Switching to a much larger sealed enclosure or a ported enclosure will make a huge difference in the sound.

Untouchable11
01-10-2006, 12:25 AM
I preferred my Atlas 15" ported in HT. I'd email, or call Chad, and ask him for box plans..

But... Mine was 6.5 cubes, tuned ~19-20 Hz

tommyk90
01-10-2006, 12:27 AM
1.35 cubes sealed is a tiny box for a driver such as the Atlas. You really have to step it up in size and possibly port it, especially for the power level you have.

req
01-10-2006, 12:28 AM
yes, yes it will make an unbelieveable difference.

SirSyko
01-10-2006, 12:34 AM
I bought the sub used, but it looked brand spankin new when I got it.

The 150 watt plate amp I have is for my room. For the Atlas I plan to get a 380 watt amp with a 24db octave roll off http://rythmikaudio.com/nonservo_product.htm

Or the dayton http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=300-806

Which one should I choose?

And about the box size, I might give Chad a call then.

vladd
01-10-2006, 12:36 AM
when i hooked my atlas 15s up in my car with 3cubes sealed, they ******. Ported them, and made a world of difference. Have even been debating going back to an atlas instead of my avalanche.

adio
01-10-2006, 03:02 PM
I bought the sub used, but it looked brand spankin new when I got it.

The 150 watt plate amp I have is for my room. For the Atlas I plan to get a 380 watt amp with a 24db octave roll off http://rythmikaudio.com/nonservo_product.htm

Or the dayton http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=300-806

Which one should I choose?

And about the box size, I might give Chad a call then.
get the RA amp. you won't notice a difference if you have 500 watts instead of having 350 watts. plus the RA one is cheaper.