Which is more versatile....a tube sub or box?

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  1. Todd smith

    Todd smith Supporting Actor

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    Just wondering some opinions on this? Is one considered more versatile than the other, or are they pretty similar as far as how picky they are with room placement for good sound?
     
  2. Chris Tsutsui

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    Here's my take:

    Cylinders: only 3 panels that can resonate
    sonotube is flimsier than 3/4" mdf but cylinder shape is strong
    Drivers can't be front firing
    resembles a waterheater

    Box: 6 panels that can resonate
    yet it can be internally braced
    more surface area for drivers and passive radiators
    heavier in weight
    Drivers and ports can face any direction
    easier to mount a plate amp and side terminal
    can be finished in a number of ways/ painted or veneered or disguised.
    flexible dimensions of LWH not limited by available sonotube sizes.

    Conclusion: Box wins. [​IMG] Or in my case I should say frustum pyramid wins.
     
  3. Chu Gai

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    those tubes can rank rather low on the WAF. nice looking sub BTW Chris.
     
  4. Martice

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    Hi Chris. Big fan of your Acoustic panels and bass traps. I would like to know is it a particular type of polyester that you used and if you've seen it in different colors and particularly black.


    Thanks
     
  5. Todd smith

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    I think I will try a box then, because I think my room will be a little picky! Thanks.
     
  6. Brian Fellmeth

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    Sonically there is no difference. If by versatile, you are asking which will be easier to set up properly in a tough room, the answer is a tie.
     
  7. Chris Tsutsui

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    Thanks,

    Martice, I didn't use polyester. My bass traps and acoustic panels use white colored Burlap purchased at wallmart. They are supposedly more acoustically transparent than single knit polyester, but I think polyester, muslin, and other non-thick fabrics should work fine.

    The rear bass traps have a layer of trash bag plastic over them. (not seen in pics)

    I had green burlap panels at first, but it looked hideous. What's nice is I can swap fabrics with ease cause they are attached with thumb tacks and the panels are easily mobile due to the hook screws.
     
  8. Martice

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    Thanks Chris. I appreciate the feedback. I think I will go with the panels first. I would like to have acoustic panels that I can take with me regardless.

    See ya around.
     

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