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How can I tell if my subwoofer is blown out?? (1 Viewer)

Nick V

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Hi all,

I have been noticing recently that on many movies and musuic tracks, my subwoofer/bass module (Polk Audio 8") is bottoming out, clipping, and pretty much sounding like a pile of crap.

I was wondering how I can tell if either the amp, or the driver are damaged??

Nick
 

Ned

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If it's damaged you'll hear funny noises from it even at lower levels. If the bottoming/compression only happen at loud peaks then it's just playing above it's capability.
 

John F. Palacio

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Nick says: "and pretty much sounding like a pile of crap."
Your amp could have a problem as well as your sub. Also check the speaker connections on the amp as well as at the sub end. If possible see if you can substitute another amp (or another sub). Make sure there are no loose connections or wire strands touching ground or each other.
Hope this helps.
 

Mark Fitzsimmons

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Very good point John. I has a sub that I was almost certain was blown, it souded like a torn spider to me. A few days later the sub stopped functioning entirely. As it turns out, it wasn't the driver at all, it was perfect. The amp was damaged.
 

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