I have 2004 camry automatic
Jl 500/1 AMP with about 50% gain (followed instruction manual)
ground wiring for amp i put under the back seat (scraped off metal with screw driver first)
proper wiring/wire size. power wire on left side of car, RCA on right side
one boston acoustics 10.5LF in sealed box (built box myself to specs of manual)
alpine deck +SUB is +3 to +6 out of +15 possible.
here is the link to the manual of these subwoofers http://bostonacoustics.com/Manuals/CarSubMan.pdf
i built the internal specs to what they gav eme. the material is 3/4" MDF. so naturally i added the proper amount to each side to make sure the internal measurements remain...and also put a lot of sealant on the inside and etc.
MY PROBLEM: so far this setup *****!! i'm extremely frustrated. i kept hearing rave reviews about this sub (or its brother 12.5LF) being able to play very loud and hard...so far this sub is not performing satisfactory at all. i HOPE it is only a fault setup somewhere and not the best this sub has to offer. its at the point where if i turn the sub ON/OFF i can BARELY (sometimes not even) tell a difference between sub ON or just stock speakers...yes...STOCK!
the sub appears to make this popping noise..(clipping? bottoming out? fault box? ground wire? ) at around volume 17-20...the max my HU goes up to is 35!!! so i don't believe im driving it hard at all. in fact i can barely hear the bass outside of the car, the only time i really hear any bass outside o fthe car is when i open the trunk.
is the sub blown? when i push the sub in and out it appears to function correctly. i put my hands around all sides/corners/areas of the box when the sub plays to test for air leaks adn don't see anything.
i emailed boston about my problem..their best answer? that i have overexpectations for this sub and its just not performing to my expectation...but please i can barely tell if the sub is on and it doesn't play much louder then friggin STOCK speakers!
i have looked up such keywords as blown speakers, clipping, popping noises and such.
i believe the speaker is popping/clipping? but im confused on why its doing this when its barely being pushed? is the speaker already blown to begin with?