Originally Posted by yutzybrian
No no I meant originally my plan was a square 10 in the deck like yours but now I've scratched the deck idea entirely and decided for two 10s in the trunk lol. I want to put them facing the rear seats and pretty close to the back of them also. I'll have to research boxes before I do it because a friend told me that a non-ported box will give more bass while a ported one is louder? I'm lost when it comes to audio so expect a thread before I do it lol. I just want the bass, not ear-splitting hits.
Huh??? A non ported box will give more bass but a ported box will be louder???
Subs are generally designed for a purpose. Some ar SQ (sound quality), SPL (sound pressure level, loudness), or SQ & SPL.
Ported boxes are tuned to a specific frequency (hz) at which they will be the loudest. Any deviation from the port frequency will be loud, just not as loud. The port allows these subs to be louder than sealed box subs. Due to the nature of their design, they are larger than sealed box subs. Subs will also be more loose due to there being no air resistance as a result of the port. Ported boxes are designed more for SPL.
Sealed box subs will be smaller for the same kind of sub, and they will sound more accurate. They will not hit low notes as loud as a ported box sub. Because there is no port, the subs will sound more accurate and more "tight" than the same sub in a ported box.
Subs almost always come with instructions and specifications as to the cubic capacity of the boxes in which they should be installed. My 15" Hifonics Olympus sub, 1600W RMS, is an SPL only sub. It is designed for ported boxes and will not work well in a sealed box. Its not a tight sub, its not an accurate sub (by comparison), but it hits hard enough to make it a little more difficult for you to breathe in the car.
By comparison, I also have a 300W RMS Kenwood sub in a sealed box, that sounds more accurate and more proper than this hifonics sub. I switch them out depending on my mood, plus I got the Kenwood sub for $30 shipped brand new. Should have bought two.
The size of the box you put a sub in is important. If you put a sealed box sub in a very large box, it will not sound as tight or accurate as it would in a properly sized box. It will sound more...loose. If you put it in too small of a box, it will not be as loud.
I personally stay away from Kicker products. I believe their square subs are inefficient, overpriced, and very loose. There are many subs that give much better bang for the buck in terms of SQ and SPL than a kicker sub that aren't necessarily name brand subs. The same can be said of their components and 6x9'* (ask Anthony - Addicted to Eaton). I once had a Kicker L5 and was very disappointed in what it offered and sounded like compared to the Alpine R12 that replaced it.