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    Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    When my sub is hitting hard and low, 26hz. It makes a bit of a funny sound, almost as if there is a little engine running in there, bit of a rattling sound. The sub is only a few months old and still in very good condition. I dont think its getting a clipped signal(i have a smd dd1). It is in a sealed box, recommended is about 1.5 cu/ft, its a lil bigger than that, about 1.75 cu/ft. I am 99.9% sure nothing is rattling in the box.

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    sub- JL 12 W7 in a custom fiberglass box
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    Is it maybe because my amp sux? I have found out that it has a damping factor of 6, which I think is quite low, could that maybe be the problem?

    Any help would be much appreciated, Thanks guys!







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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    You could check this by turning your subsonic filter up and then playing the same song or frequency again at the same volume and if you no longer hear the sound you were probably bottoming it out.



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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    Thanks, my amp doesn't have a subsonic filter though.

    Maybe its time to invest in a better amp?




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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    ok, get some test tones. 20hz to ~30hz. play them one at a time and then turn the volume up SLOWLY. start with the 30hz tone. in reaity the 12W7 should have no issues with that in a sealed box unless you are severley overpowering it.

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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    If its a rattling sound, then I would say you are more than likely hitting XMax/Bottoming out.




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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    Ok thanks, so if it doesn't make the sound at 30hz, but does make the sound at 25hz. Does that mean I'm bottoming out, and I need a amp with subsonic filter?

    Or would you say its a normal W7 sound? Without being able to hear it lol.




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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    Quote Originally Posted by VWGolfMKVI View Post
    If its a rattling sound, then I would say you are more than likely hitting XMax/Bottoming out.
    So basically im pushing it too hard? If I made the box a little bit smaller do you think that would help? Damping factor on the amp has nothing to do with it?

    And how bad for the sub is it to hit the Xmax




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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    shouldnt need subsonic filter on a sealed box. would be looking into to over excursion maybe?



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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    Quote Originally Posted by heebs 09gts View Post
    So basically im pushing it too hard? If I made the box a little bit smaller do you think that would help? Damping factor on the amp has nothing to do with it?

    And how bad for the sub is it to hit the Xmax
    How did you adjust your gains? Any bass boost turned up? And continuously bottoming the sub will do damage.




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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    try adjusting your bass boost on your amp, not sure if it is the same as sub sonic filter




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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstroker View Post
    try adjusting your bass boost on your amp, not sure if it is the same as sub sonic filter
    subsonic controls how low a frequency your amp will let yoru sub hit . boost is well more boost



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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    Bottoming out means that subwoofer runs out of physical excursion. At this point the voice coil is likely hitting the back plate and this is consistent with the sound you hear. As others pointed out, it seems it is unusual for a sealed box subwoofer to bottom out. At the same time, I guess this depends on the material that you play. Most music doesn't have much content below 30-40Hz region.




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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    Quote Originally Posted by zako View Post
    Bottoming out means that subwoofer runs out of physical excursion. At this point the voice coil is likely hitting the back plate and this is consistent with the sound you hear. As others pointed out, it seems it is unusual for a sealed box subwoofer to bottom out. At the same time, I guess this depends on the material that you play. Most music doesn't have much content below 30-40Hz region.
    The song I was playing was USDA white girl, but they had remixed it and slowed it, and they said it hit 26hz. The sub rattles on other songs that hit really low.

    For the gain setting, im quite sure I have it a little bit too high. I set it with a DMM and then went a lil past what JL recommends. Basically the amp is turned up the most that I can without any distortion, also set with SMD DD1.

    Bass boost is turned up about 5-10% because I found that I could turn up bass boost without adding any distortion.

    If im only bottoming out when it hits really low, could my box be a little bit too big? Would it be worth the effort to secure a piece of wood on the bottom of the box, to take up maybe .2 cu/ft ? Or did I answer my own question by telling you guys the amp is turned up a lil over what JL recommends?




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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    Same thing happened to me before, i was overexcurting the sub on lower frequencies because my subsonic was set to low. Setting it higher fixed it.





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    Re: Is my sub bottoming out? or?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fi-brations View Post
    Same thing happened to me before, i was overexcurting the sub on lower frequencies because my subsonic was set to low. Setting it higher fixed it.
    Thanks. Im am looking into getting a better amp with a subsonic filter. Mind me asking what you set it to to fix your problem?

    Even though I have a sealed box, and its said that subsonic filter is for ported boxes. If I had a amp with a subsonic filter could this help my problem?




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