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    Smell?

    I have a Alpine M500 amp and a Alpine 1222D 12" set at 4 ohms gain about 3/4's torwards max the speaker is mounted with the magnet out (inverted) wires are all in the right spot and I'm smelling a speaker smell dont know how to explain it but It's from the speaker or amp. No smoke and the amp isn't even hot also It's only on certen songs where the bass is hitting hard that I smell this odor. Is this normal or is something wrong? I talked to a local audio dealer and he said if I dont see smoke that it is fine, is this true? Thanks for any info

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    If you reverse mounted your subs, did you reverse the polarity of the speaker lines?
    Do you have a dual voice coil sub? If so how many ohms per coil?
    A little smell is ok, but just because there is no smoke, doesnt mean its not doing any damage.
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    Thanks for responding guy's. It is a dual voice coil sub and is also 2ohms, running 4ohms. I know why didnt I get the 4ohm sub, well I'm retarded and didnt know any better. As for the reverse polarity of the speaker lines I have no clue. How do I do this. Again sorry but I'm all new to this. I just built the box and bought the stuff and put it in. If you can explain to me what is wrong with what I've done that would be great. Here is what the finished produced looks like. Thanks again for the info




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    Does it smell a little like band-aids? If so, it's fairly normal. However, how big is that box? It looks very small (if it's just that triangle). Are you sure the box is the correct volume for that sub?

    The reason you smell it so much is because it is inverted, and the vented pole piece will move quite a bit of air, and that includes the heated smell of ferrofluid that is in the gap of the magnet/voice coil section. When you get that sub moving back and forth, it is going to heat up, and is going to vent that scent into the cabin, and with it being right by your seat, it will be pretty noticable.

    Mine smell just SITTING. Also, some wire coatings stink, especially in warm weather, so it could just be something like that stinking up the place...

    I wouldn't worry too much about it, unless you notice smoke, or you hear noises that you shouldn't hear (metal grinding/crunching).

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    Yah it's like a band aid smell. The box is bigger then just the triangle. I didnt know it would smell like that just got me worried. Thanks again for the info and I appreciate your knowledge.

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    Sounds like a typical new electronic component smell...

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    O/T that box is no where big enough for that sub neither is that speaker wire

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    How can you tell? You can't even see the full box.
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    That is exactly why I asked previously. I wasn't sure if the triangle itself was the box, or if there was a larger part of the enclosure below that triangle (assume that is the case). Wire does look a little small, but that depends on the amp running the sub too... The sub has nothing to do with the size of the wiring, it's the CURRENT that determines the wire size.

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