Re: 8" vented subs vs. 12" sealed subs
If you do it correctly (or have it done correctly) there is no down side to porting a box. Originally posted by azngurlbaybee Hi there...I was looking at some different subwoofer lines (notably the Kicker L7 series and the ED A series) and noticed that the recommended enclosures for vented 8" subs usually take up the same amount of space as the recommended enclosures for sealed 8" subs...
So let's say someone was forced to choose between the two...
I know that in general, vented boxes allow for more efficiency and lower bass...but will the added benefits outweigh the decrease in cone surface area?
Which would sound "better?" Are there any other pros/cons to look at?
On the other hand, two 12's in a sealed box is going to be louder on most occasions than a pair of 8's ported (i'm sure there's a few people out there that could do it, but not the average joe). The cone surface is going to be GREATLY increased with the 12's......If I remember correctly, the cone area of a pair of 12's would equal out to about four 8's.
If enclosure size is an issue, let me know how much space you have to work with and whether your goal is SPL or SQ. I'm sure I can dig up at least a few suggestions.
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