Audio Tech installed speaker grill and then subwoofer beside the grill (not directly over it)


joshbordes

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Hey there,

Curious to hear ya'lls thoughts, please! I paid an audio shop to install a 10 inch sub with a speaker grill over it in my cargo space (side panel) in my range rover. Long story short, they cut the circle out and placed a grill over the hole. However when they went to do the woofer install, the subwoofer wouldn't fit behind the grill, so they placed the woofer beside the grill behind the panel. Therefore I have a speaker grill with just an amp behind it (it looks pretty empty essentially).

The tech said the sound loss is minimal with the subwoofer beside the hole and the hole will help with cooling the amp. My question is, is that true? Or would it have just been better not to cut the hole and leave the subwoofer behind the panel? I'm curious if I just have a useless speaker grill or not. I've attached a photo below:

Thank you,

Josh
 
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joshbordes

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Bump. Would love ya'lls opinion on if I need to move the subwoofer actually behind the grill/hole.
 

JRsmoothee

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so....the sub is right next to that grill underneath the panel? (better pics would help) if so...take that shit back and have it redone...or just grab your ankles and bite down on something
 
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joshbordes

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Yes that is correct JR. they installed the sub beside the hole/grill. Is this a total mess up or are there any benefits from this configuration?
 

JRsmoothee

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having the sub behind the panel like that would significantly reduce output and sound shitty....take that sh*t back or better yet get your money back and have someone else do it, any decent installer knows better than to do that crap
 
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joshbordes

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I called another audio shop and they said it’s not ideal but since a sub is a multi directional speaker, it’s not that big of a deal. Thoughts?
 

BCotrell

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the panel and grill isn’t a big deal. Put a thin piece of black polyester fabric on the backside of the grill and it will look more solid. Then Nobody will be able to see the mistake. The challenge is that you still have a woofer behind a panel. Can they cut a hole where the sub currently is and place a grill? If so they owe you a new panel to try it again. Cut should have been last
 

shredder2

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OMG... benefits?.. configuration?
what type of sub is in there?.. hard to tell but by chance is it a powered prefab?
 
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joshbordes

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It’s a JL Audio 10TW3D4 and a JL Audio XD300 Amp. I’ve been told the hole even though it’s not lined up with the subwoofer helps with airflow and cooling the amp. That said, I feel like it’s not ideal but nothing to freak out about. I hope I’m right in that assumption.
 

BCotrell

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It’s a JL Audio 10TW3D4 and a JL Audio XD300 Amp. I’ve been told the hole even though it’s not lined up with the subwoofer helps with airflow and cooling the amp. That said, I feel like it’s not ideal but nothing to freak out about. I hope I’m right in that assumption.
Is the sub hitting the panel when it’s on? Also I would think it rattles the hell out of that panel. No?
 
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joshbordes

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Only if you crank the bass up high which isn’t too much of an issue for me as I don’t usually put the base up at that level. Im just a little bothered by the hole in my panel unless it’s serving some purpose like cooking the amp.
 

Boomin_tahoe

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Pretty sure JL audio makes specific grilles for that particular sub: i.e. their ho enclosures. The shop should have known better. They cut corners and ripped you off a bit.
 
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joshbordes

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Pretty sure JL audio makes specific grilles for that particular sub: i.e. their ho enclosures. The shop should have known better. They cut corners and ripped you off a bit.
Yea, the JL grill is on there but the amp is behind it, not the subwoofer.. :(
 

Boomin_tahoe

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So the amp is inside the enclosure? I'm trying to make sense of your yibber yabber but don't see any pics of the sub, just the grille part.
 

Oldmang

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So the amp is inside the enclosure? I'm trying to make sense of your yibber yabber but don't see any pics of the sub, just the grille part.
I think its like a beauty panel in front of the enclosure/amp with the enclosure oriented sideways.
Best I can tell by those pics anyways... :unsure:
 

Boomin_tahoe

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So the sub/amp mounted inside behind that so called beauty panel with a sub grille near the edge?? I'm thinking I get it but it's confusing a bit. I would not have done that install like that. That amp will heat up fast in that area, regardless of that hole there. I would have mounted that amp on top of that panel, all wires hiding behind it, amp exposed to natural air, less chance of shutting down because of overheating.

OP...remove that stupid panel and expose the amp/sub & post up a pic if you can.
 

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