Best wood for building sub.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ken Lopata, Feb 12, 2001.

  1. Ken Lopata

    Ken Lopata Agent

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    I see most people are using MDF to build most speakers. Would no void or zero void if thats what it is called be a better alternative. What are the pros and cons of each. Thanks.
     
  2. Dean Cooper

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    You are correct, the no void ply is a better material to use.
    Pros: a lot nicer to work with
    stronger resistance to flexing
    looks better, IMO
    cons: its usually a special order in and is no where near the price of MDF
    Dean
     
  3. AjayM

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    You forgot one all to important fact, weight!! 3/4" zero void plywood is a lot lighter than 3/4" MDF. For a decent sized sub that is properly braced this could mean the difference between moving around a 70lb box and a 50lb box.
    Some people also swear that void free plywood is a much better material to build a sub with.
    Some more downsides would be that MDF is easier to finish (unless the plywood is the material you want to finish it with), makes a nice edge. MDF though needs better tools to work with (carbide bits for routers, carbide blades for your saw, etc).
    Andrew
     

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