- Sep 10, 2001
Here are a few tid bits from diysubwoofers.org.
The choice of which type of subwoofer system is best for you depends on your personal listening tastes and what you hope to achieve. I've listed a few examples below that may assist you in choosing the best system for your needs. Note that these are general examples, e.g. a high-end system does not necessarily have to use a sealed system design for the subwoofer.
Design Goal: High-end audio applications; size no object; excellent transient response.
Sub system: Sealed system, subwoofer driven by a dedicated amplifier.
Design Goal: High SPL sound reinforcement, size no object.
Sub system: Ported or 6th order bandpass system using 12" or 15" drivers.
Design Goal: Add-on subwoofer for small system, low cost, good transient response, small box.
Sub system: Passive 4th order bandpass system using 8" DVC driver.
Design Goal: Add-on "bass unit" for secondary audio system (dormitory, multimedia).
Sub system: Passive 6th order bandpass system using 5.25" or 6" drivers.Ryan