View Full Version : box material

04-23-2009, 09:41 PM
as far as sound quality goes would a sub box made out of Plexiglas, acrylic,or lexan affect it? i was thinking about fiberglass also but i don't know ? is sound quality effected with these different materials versus your typical mdf or wood box

04-23-2009, 09:44 PM
are you looking at a 100% enclosure made of a different material other than MDF?

04-24-2009, 10:29 AM
It would be really hard to build an entire box out of those materials. However, building a box out of MDF and then leaving a window open and covering it with lexan for a see-thru beauty panel to the subs would work and has been done. Then you can put some L.E.D.s or some lights in there and what not if you're going for a show-car like look.

04-24-2009, 06:17 PM
this the link to a box builder in cali they are acrylic and just bad as* please check them out www.gatelyaudio.com there boxes will win you a trophy

04-24-2009, 06:28 PM
gately makes some serious boxes but they are expensive as all get-out.

04-24-2009, 06:33 PM
after you cut it don't forget to flame the edge a little to make it clear again. just go light with the torch and it will go from the rough white right back to clear. I have used close cell acrylic before and it worked well glued together nice but used that just because my friend had lots for fish filter making. they sent him an order of to thick of material and I used it for a box. you better have a good straight cutting saw.

04-24-2009, 09:38 PM
the glue used, doesnt it actually melt the edges together?

you may also need to acquire a plexiglas bender, not cheap either.

fiberglass is good, and for the most part, they all sound the same. the only time youll notice a difference in sound is if you have large panels flexing....

04-25-2009, 04:50 AM
yes it is a chemical bond the plastic does "melt" very strong bond like when you use model glue

04-26-2009, 05:17 AM
well i guess i need to rethink the box then it is way expensive i guess ill have to come up with something else for a wow factor