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    Sealed vs Ported

    Earlier today, I was told by a man working for a car audio store (Big Apple Audio) that porting an enclosure only adds a few dB. Now, I was under the impression that a sealed enclosure was for higher volumes (SQ?) and ported ones brought forth more bass (SPL?). Anyone clarify?



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    Re: Sealed vs Ported

    porting can add volume for SPL but the quality does go down b/c the bass is being artificially amplified. however the SQ is so nominal compared to the amount of sound you can gain i wouldnt worry.

    i go sealed myself b/c id eff up my tuning if i tried porting. sealed is much cheaper and easier too




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    Re: Sealed vs Ported

    with sealed u can use it for spl but it will have to be a big *** box. and with ported u really do not have to go that big to get the same amount of spl out of it.



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    Re: Sealed vs Ported

    It all comes down to what you want. What is more important to you? Sound quality or SPL. If you port a box that was sealed you WILL lose some sound quality. Like I said, your subs = your choice. Just remember sealed is always tighter and a little more accurate.

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    Re: Sealed vs Ported

    Quote Originally Posted by LBX2G
    with sealed u can use it for spl but it will have to be a big *** box. and with ported u really do not have to go that big to get the same amount of spl out of it.
    Not to disagree, but most subs call for a smaller box on "sealed" applications. And call for a bigger box in "ported" applications. Sealed boxes require more power to achieve desired levels. Ported boxes are more amplifier efficient, in other words, you don't need as much power for them to pound. Atleast thats always been the rule of thumb that I've lived by. :p



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    Re: Sealed vs Ported

    just try it it works i know from experince



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    Re: Sealed vs Ported

    Quote Originally Posted by l0ckjaw
    Earlier today, I was told by a man working for a car audio store (Big Apple Audio) that porting an enclosure only adds a few dB. Now, I was under the impression that a sealed enclosure was for higher volumes (SQ?) and ported ones brought forth more bass (SPL?). Anyone clarify?
    A properly tuned ported enclosure can theoretically add 3dB of output over it's sealed counterpart. 3dB may not sound like a lot, but I think for every 9dB of output the sound is twice as loud to the ear.




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    Re: Sealed vs Ported

    what i have heard from other ppl is that for every 3 db added it gets twice as loud. this was from a very relible source.



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    Re: Sealed vs Ported

    Quote Originally Posted by LuNaTiC
    what i have heard from other ppl is that for every 3 db added it gets twice as loud. this was from a very relible source.

    that's what i read too. but 3db to be twice as loud seems a little bite exaggerated.

    ported encosures can still sound good sq wise if tuned low. but ported will give u the loudest. but it also takes more space so both of them have their pros n cons. if spacei s not problem, port should be th way tto go. (if you want loudness)




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    Re: Sealed vs Ported

    Yes, ported boxes, in general, need to be larger than their sealed counterparts. A low-tuned, ported box can sound VERY musical and will have a little more output than the sealed box in most cases. A high-tuned, ported box is idea for SPL applications where you will only be playing test tones for competitions. At high frequencies which match or are close to your cars resonant frequency you can get spikes in output as high as 12 decibals. You won't usually see this in the real world as there are many other factors in a car, but plotting out higher tuned boxes will yield large spikes just above tuning.




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    Re: Sealed vs Ported

    A 3 dB increase in pressure is equal to double the pressure....but it is not detected by your ear as doubling volume until you reach somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 dB




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