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    What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    I recently had my friend build me a custom sub box, and he put an aero port in it. I've heard aero ports make it easier for you to bottom out a sub, but that poses the real question: what does bottoming out a sub exactly mean? and how can I prevent it? Any info would be great!







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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    when a subs voice coil hits the back plate, caused by the wrong size box or playing below tuning.



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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by alec14 View Post
    I recently had my friend build me a custom sub box, and he put an aero port in it. I've heard aero ports make it easier for you to bottom out a sub, but that poses the real question: what does bottoming out a sub exactly mean? and how can I prevent it? Any info would be great!
    this is the sole purpose of a subsonic filter that so many amps are equipped with.




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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by goingdef View Post
    when a subs voice coil hits the back plate, caused by the wrong size box or playing below tuning.
    can that happen on too much power? and would the box have to be really big?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quackhead View Post
    this is the sole purpose of a subsonic filter that so many amps are equipped with.
    really? how does the subsonic filter work?




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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    Some badly designed subs can do this too. Not enough spiders (less voice coil control) can lead to it as well. But i've only seen a few subs do that and they were limited runs of that model.




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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    really? how does the subsonic filter work?[/QUOTE]

    Keeps from playing too low of frequencies.



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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    power is an issue as well but that leads back to the box issue smaller box more power handling box is to big gets my vote any pics? box specs and sub?



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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by 215sinastang View Post
    power is an issue as well but that leads back to the box issue smaller box more power handling box is to big gets my vote any pics? box specs and sub?
    well it's a skar vvx 12, and i had my friend make it to the sub specs. the only thing i was worried about was if the aero port might cause it to get too much air back there or something, and cause a problem. like bottoming out

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    Quote Originally Posted by garretttt4 View Post
    really? how does the subsonic filter work?
    Keeps from playing too low of frequencies.[/QUOTE]

    ahh, okay. that's understood now for me, lol




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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    some woofers never bottom out lol.... such as the apxx 18. I had it in a box that didnt build compression until about 37 ( I was experimenting with a higher tuning) and I was playing 27hz down to 12hz full tilt.... it sure did move but never bottomed out lol. but like others have said just set your ssf accordingly and you should be fine.




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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    it was common back in the 90s when amps didnt have ssf and the motors were greatly limited. you cant bottom the coil out on a skar but you can bottom the spider out.

    there is 2 limiting factors on subs thermal or mechy failure.




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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by RangerDanger View Post
    some woofers never bottom out lol.... such as the apxx 18. I had it in a box that didnt build compression until about 37 ( I was experimenting with a higher tuning) and I was playing 27hz down to 12hz full tilt.... it sure did move but never bottomed out lol. but like others have said just set your ssf accordingly and you should be fine.
    okay, thanks. I believe it's set right, i just wasn't sure if i ran it on a lot of power, if that would cause it to bottom out with the aero port in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPLaudio View Post
    it was common back in the 90s when amps didnt have ssf and the motors were greatly limited. you cant bottom the coil out on a skar but you can bottom the spider out.

    there is 2 limiting factors on subs thermal or mechy failure.
    is it pretty hard to bottom the spider out? It's not receiving crazy power, so I'd hope it would be fine




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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    dont worry just play it...




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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPLaudio View Post
    dont worry just play it...
    okay, thanks man. I'm a bit of a worrier, I always wanna be informed and safe then sorry. lol




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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    Not to thread jack. But how could you tell if a sub is bottoming out, would it make a bit of a slap sound? When my sub hits really low it seems to make a weird noise, which I have been told is normal, but I'm thinking the stereo shop might want me to blow it and buy a new sub from them. Its also in a sealed box.




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    Re: What exactly does bottoming out a sub mean?

    A coil bottoming against the back plate is typically very loud.

    As Corey mentioned there is also a spider glue joint vs. top plate bottom as well.




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