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I’m looking at buying a prefab enclosure from Fox acoustics for my Jeep Gladiator. It’s a 1.3cf ported enclosure for a single 10. Almost all of the subs I’m looking at recommend a 1cf enclosure. What are the consequences of the extra .3cf? Could I just make a .3cf block of wood and secure it inside the enclosure to bring the size down to 1cf? Or would that mess with the tuning?


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Assuming for a moment that the enclosure is sealed, most subwoofers play a bit lower with more air space. Manufacturers typically provide minimum recommended volume and those "in the know" often increase volume to get the subwoofer to play more efficiently in the lowest octave.

Now if the enclosure is vented, everything changes. Port tuning is tied directly to box volume and a change of .3cuft could change the frequency response significantly.
 

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Assuming for a moment that the enclosure is sealed, most subwoofers play a bit lower with more air space. Manufacturers typically provide minimum recommended volume and those "in the know" often increase volume to get the subwoofer to play more efficiently in the lowest octave.

Now if the enclosure is vented, everything changes. Port tuning is tied directly to box volume and a change of .3cuft could change the frequency response significantly.
It is a ported enclosure. I know if it was sealed I could easily just take up a little space inside and be fine. I don’t know anything about ported enclosures so I didn’t know if it would mess up the tuning


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MY JL responded very well to a slightly larger ported enclosure (1.75 tuned for 30 vs rec 1.3 tuned for 33).
If i knew how to use the modeling programs i would model the rec ported enclosure vs the spec of the ported enclosure my sub is in now.
 

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Wow @King Nothing nice to see another "old" member on here. Hope you're well!
 

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It is a ported enclosure. I know if it was sealed I could easily just take up a little space inside and be fine. I don’t know anything about ported enclosures so I didn’t know if it would mess up the tuning
I think your best bet then is to model the enclosure in WinISD or similar program. Assume the volume provided by manufacturer is correct (or measure it yourself by filling with packing peanuts then removing and measuring their displacement, measure the port length and cross-section, then input the subwoofer you plan to use. From there, model the box again with a smaller volume but port length and cross-section the same. That should give you an idea of what the difference will be if you were to add some blocks inside.
 

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Meh, just slap it in the box and play it. That will tell you what you need to know.
honestly you would be better off calling fox acoustics and see what they recommend and use. They have modeled that box for a certain sub.
also, more important than a bit big or small is the port tune. A lot of boxes come tuned from mid 30s to 45hz.

The subs they recommend are listed in the listing for the box. And it’s tuned at 35. Get one of the recommended subs and you will be golden.

Maldonado of the subs listen I would recommend the jl audio 10w1. If I’m going with a cheap/less expensive sub I’ll use jl every time. The filter down all the best stuff they come up with down to their lower lines after the new pixie dust goes away. I’m not a huge jl fan but for lower end subs they’re are very hard to beat. That’s just my opinion. I put a pair in both my kids vehicles and they beat them todeath and they never flinched. I used the 10/12 w0 subs.
 

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Wow @King Nothing nice to see another "old" member on here. Hope you're well!
Been a while since I’ve been on here. Doing as well as can be expected in this world lol. Saw your name and my first thought was I sold to and/or bought from you 10 or 12 years ago. Damned if I can remember what. Had so much equipment pass through my hands back then


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Meh, just slap it in the box and play it. That will tell you what you need to know.
honestly you would be better off calling fox acoustics and see what they recommend and use. They have modeled that box for a certain sub.
also, more important than a bit big or small is the port tune. A lot of boxes come tuned from mid 30s to 45hz.

The subs they recommend are listed in the listing for the box. And it’s tuned at 35. Get one of the recommended subs and you will be golden.

Maldonado of the subs listen I would recommend the jl audio 10w1. If I’m going with a cheap/less expensive sub I’ll use jl every time. The filter down all the best stuff they come up with down to their lower lines after the new pixie dust goes away. I’m not a huge jl fan but for lower end subs they’re are very hard to beat. That’s just my opinion. I put a pair in both my kids vehicles and they beat them todeath and they never flinched. I used the 10/12 w0 subs.
At $280 I’ll stay away from the 10w1. I was looking at a Sundown SLD10


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The subwoofer and reflex enclosure really should be aligned. Some things that can happen are port noise, over excursion, peaky response, and other issues.

You should have an idea of how much power input and spl output you desire. If the port is too small and your trying to get too much spl the air escaping the port will chuff.

If the tuning is too high the port will no longer provide control over the subwoofer drivers excursion for frequencies below the tuning. Damage can happen quickly under only moderate power if not taken into consideration.

You may end up with a hella bunch of 50hz and a hella little 40hz and below, depending on how the actual tuning works out with your specific driver.

Will it be bass? Sure and maybe a lot of midbass and little actual low bass. If you’re not prepared to factor everything involved in a reflex enclosure then it might make more sense to go sealed. If you can give the box specs as stated in an earlier post I’ll try to remember to look at this thread and play around on winsld. I model drivers for fun as odd as that may sound lol.
 

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At $280 I’ll stay away from the 10w1. I was looking at a Sundown SLD10


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that’s fine but the subs they suggest are on the site and they suggest them for a reason. I know you know this but the sun you mentioned is not one of them. Did you look at the specs and the list for the box?


Air space: 1.3 cubic feet
Port tune frequency: 35hz

RECOMMENDED SUBS:
SUNDOWN Ev3 10 (requires a 0.25 spacer ring)
JL AUDIO 10W1
MEMPHIS BR10
KICKER COMPR
SKAR VD-10
PUNCH P3S 10
 

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At $280 I’ll stay away from the 10w1. I was looking at a Sundown SLD10


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What are you looking for from the sub? Depending on the answer, there may be better options out there.
 

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try it and see how it sounds/measures, but indeed as others mentioned the port is a tuning/loading device that intereacts with the music and displacement in and out of the box. The only reason I say try it is because I think its reasonably easy to close up/plug up a port. Just saying in case you already commited to it.
 

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.... Could I just make a .3cf block of wood and secure it inside the enclosure to bring the size down to 1cf? Or would that mess with the tuning?
Yes, you can simply do that, and as long as the block of wood isn't within a few inches of the inner port opening, it won't affect the tuning. Try it without the block first, and then try it with the block...
 

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Been a while since I’ve been on here. Doing as well as can be expected in this world lol. Saw your name and my first thought was I sold to and/or bought from you 10 or 12 years ago. Damned if I can remember what. Had so much equipment pass through my hands back then


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As I recall it was an MTX amp and Memphis amp swap. Wish I'd held on to those MTX's.
 

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As I recall it was an MTX amp and Memphis amp swap. Wish I'd held on to those MTX's.
Was it one of my Belles? I really wish I still had one of those lol. I’ve got a couple of old Blue Thunder 1502s I’m thinking about using. Been looking for another 1502 or a 752


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Was it one of my Belles? I really wish I still had one of those lol. I’ve got a couple of old Blue Thunder 1502s I’m thinking about using. Been looking for another 1502 or a 752


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Yup. Had that hooked to my Boston Rallys up front and an OZ ME15.2 in the back of an 07 Xterra. That setup rocked!!!
 
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