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Old 02-07-2006, 10:16 AM   #1
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Speakers came today

So my speakers came today. It only took one day which is really cool. But I still don't know if I want to keep both or sell one to my buddy like I was going to do. What do you guys think I should do. I want to keep my truck as a daily driver but I like the bass also. So what should I do?
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Old 02-07-2006, 11:15 AM   #2
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Re: Speakers came today

Also, how do I go about breaking them in? Or do I even need to break them in?
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Old 02-07-2006, 12:37 PM   #3
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Re: Speakers came today

what kind of speakers? How much room do you have? what kind of music do you listen to? How much $$ did you spend on them?

Give us some info, dude, if you want us to respond.
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Re: Speakers came today

They are 2 12" Kicker L5's. They are brand new, still in the box. I paid about $215 for 2 off E-bay. I have extended cab S-10 so I have about 48" wide, 24" tall, and about 15" deep. Another thing I'm not sure about is if I want to go ported or sealed. In the owners manual it lists both. But I might just have someone on here design me a box. Sorry for not putting any details, I just figured everyone read my other post. But do you guys think 2 will be over kill?
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Old 02-07-2006, 01:31 PM   #5
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Re: Speakers came today

what's overkill???

Those're the square one, eh?

Make a box to those specs, 48x24x15, slot port it down the middle tuned to 15hz, should give you about 3.5-4ft^3 per speaker, should sound badass.
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Re: Speakers came today

Tune to 15hz.... Holy crap, whats wrong with 32 or 34hz?
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Old 02-07-2006, 10:49 PM   #7
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Re: Speakers came today

That's where I'm gonna need some help. I don't know how to tune it, or what is better or anything about that, or even what tuning a box does. I could just build a huge sealed box and I'm sure those 2 subs would pound, but most people are saying ported is 10 times better than sealed. Who are some of the better guys on here that know what they're doing and design boxes for people? I mean I'm very good with woodworking and all that and as long as there is a diagram I can follow I can build one hell of a box, but I just don't know anything about that part of car audio. Does anyone know of any decent link that explains tuning and all that good stuff, or any guys that design boxes? Thanks.
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Re: Speakers came today

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Tune to 15hz.... Holy crap, whats wrong with 32 or 34hz?
If you tune a box to 34hz, then it plays crappy below that. Tune the box down to just below the fs of the driver, and it plays clean down to that point.
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Re: Speakers came today

The frequency for that one is 32.2 and the range is 20-100. So I dont know if that helps any.
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Re: Speakers came today

http://www.soundsplinter.com/rls_ser...formation.html
this page has a couple of pretty good graphs that show the difference between ported and sealed. notice how the ported enclosures peak at certain freqs but quickly drop the further from that peak you get and how the sealed enclosure plays much more flat acorss the freq range but doesn't peak the same way the ported does.
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Re: Speakers came today

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If you tune a box to 34hz, then it plays crappy below that. Tune the box down to just below the fs of the driver, and it plays clean down to that point.
No sir it doesn't.

Also, Fs is just the point at which Re is highest in a free-air environment. Also known as free-air resonance.

Also, a ported enclosure will generally maintain SQ to about half an octave below tuning.

Also, a subwoofer will generally be fine (I.E. not bottom out) to about half an octave below tuning in a ported enclosure.

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Old 02-08-2006, 01:35 PM   #12
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Re: Speakers came today

So nsgm do you recommend a ported or sealed box? You design boxes too don't you?
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Old 02-08-2006, 03:48 PM   #13
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Re: Speakers came today

DEFINATELY ported. sealed with L5s is ok... but the sq doesnt improve all that much IMO to sacrifice all that output.

try to get the box at least 2.25 cuber net per driver.. but dont go above 3.5.. matter of fact shoot for between 4.5 and 6 cubes net..

tune the box in the high 30s depending on the music you listen to. my friend and i built a few different boxes for his L5s.. he seemed to stick with the 5 sq. ft @ 36hz box... it sounded pretty decent.. you can tune a little higher if you listen to mostly rock, but try to stay under 40 hz prolly

overkill is gonna be different for everybody.. how much power do you have available? theyre definately loud subs when you get over 1kwrms on them.. i think youll be pleasently surprised by output. if its too much bass then turn it down.

id talk to ng about box plans if you dont really knwo how to do that yourself itll make the building process a lot easier i would assume.
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Re: Speakers came today

go ported, then you can blow dry your hair in the truck every morning.

give us pics once you have them installed. sounds bad ass!
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:22 PM   #15
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Re: Speakers came today

I will recommend NG's box plans, I have had him design one of mine, and almost had him design atleast 2 others, untill my plans changed...
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