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    more watts, louder subs?

    ok i have 2 12s each getting half there rms power. they get loud but here is my question. when i had a sealed box i used to be able to hear a woofer distort. what i mean is it would get loud enough to hear it start to sound ******. not the woofers i have now, just in gereral. now i have a ported box, the woofers seem to get to a point where they dont have that distorted ****** sound, but at high voulme just dont get any louder. even after a few cranks on the voulme knob. they just kinda stay at that same voulme. my question is if i gave them there full rms wattage, would this help out? or am i just pushing them to the max now? if anyone can understand wtf i am trying to say please let me know . thanks







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    Re: more watts, louder subs?

    Well what is the RMS of the woofers? What amp(s) are you using? What is the freq youre tuning to? It could be that you have your gains set off where the woofers are already reaching full power, but somehow not clipping. It could be a few other things too.




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    Re: more watts, louder subs?

    match up the rms for the amp (i.e. 200 rms subs 200 rms amp)




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    Re: more watts, louder subs?

    Quote Originally Posted by luvinthebass
    match up the rms for the amp (i.e. 200 rms subs 200 rms amp)

    if you have a large enough box you wont need that much power to reach its limits. check out the gain matching tutorial.




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    Re: more watts, louder subs?

    More power will usually only get you so much before power compression kicks in...there's a point of diminishing returns for it.




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    Re: more watts, louder subs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Frost
    More power will usually only get you so much before power compression kicks in...there's a point of diminishing returns for it.
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    Sounds like you are simply reaching a point at which the added power isn't giving you any audible increases......which will happen. Either that or you are maxing out your amp, and the extra clicks on the knob isn't resulting in any additional power output.

    And, as was mentioned, your subs don't need their RMS power to reach full potential




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    Re: more watts, louder subs?

    Power is probably the least efficient way of increasing SPL.




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    Re: more watts, louder subs?

    the amp is a hifoncszx7500 runnig 500x2 @2ohms the rms of the woofer is 1000. i think i am maxing out the amp. but how can i tell if i am doing that or maxing out the subs.




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    Re: more watts, louder subs?

    anyone know how to tell the difference?




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