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    Sub Tuning Tips

    Hey guys ... I just got my sub in and haven't really tuned it yet to get the best sound. I listen to primarily rock so I want a lot of punch and not much rumble.

    It's an older 12" Polk Audio sub i'm borrowing from my brother in a single sealed box. Powered by an Alpine 2ch amp in bridged mode (MRV-420 i think). I plan on moving to a Infinity Perfect 10.1 soon tho.

    I just got it in so I haven't taken much time to try tuning it to get the best sound ... But I thought this would be a good starter thread for this new forum that many people could get tips from.

    So any of you guys who have a lot of car audio experience ... post your tips for tuning subs to get the sound you want.
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    Does your amp have a crossover built in? Sealed box is good for tight bass but you will still need a crossover to tune in the frequency responce of the sub/box combo you have.
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    I have a clarion EQ that has a sub output with a setable corssover freq of 60Hz or 90Hz ... i currently have it set at 60.

    And then there's also a crossover at the amp ... i have low pass enabled and the cutoff set around 50Hz i think ... haven't played with it much like i said.
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    There's really no way to truly help someone tune their sound unless you're right there with them. It's not the same if both parties can't hear what it sounds like currently. One thing you can do is tell us what it sounds like now and what you want to change about that sound. I know you say you want punch with less rumble, is this your current problem. Also if you can be more specific about what those two terms mean. I say this because the way the bass comes out is based on how it was recorded and what the producer intended for the output. Meaning if they wanted it to be a rumble type of bass there really isn't much you can do to that rumble. I could be off base with what I think a rumble is compared to what you think one is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    I have a clarion EQ that has a sub output with a setable corssover freq of 60Hz or 90Hz ... i currently have it set at 60.

    And then there's also a crossover at the amp ... i have low pass enabled and the cutoff set around 50Hz i think ... haven't played with it much like i said.
    Well, the 60 Hz on the EQ and the 50 Hz on the amp are both too low in my opinion. I would suggest to try to set it up to around 90 Hz and listen to it. Of course, it also depends on where is the crossover point for your front/rear speakers.

    Bottom line is, you have to experience with different settings and decide it for yourself. For me when I finally finished my system it took about two months to set everything up correctly. I listened every configuration for a few days at least or a week and changed it afterwards.

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    Agreed that 60hz is too low for "punchy" bass. Also, if you still have too much "rumble", fill the box with Polyfill or another polyester cotton type product. I've almost always used that to "stiffen" the bass in my boxes.
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    I will try setting the EQ to 90Hz instead of 60. The guys at clarion were nice enough to put the switch for that right on the top ... so when you have it mounted to the dash you can't get to the switch.

    I have adjustable crossovers in my amps ... so I can just change the HP and LP cutt off point on my component and sub amps to compensate.

    I thought setting it to 90 would give me more bass guitar and other low end stuff that i don't want to hear as much. But I will try and see how it sounds ... i can always set it back.

    I got it sounding pretty good tonight by tweaking the EQ and sub volume on the eq ... it was with some harder music which always has punchy bass anyway ... so just gotta get it to sound the same for my more mellow rock.

    TaylorMade ... do you fill the box completely with polyfill? or just a little bit? If you fill it completely wouldn't that mess with the air volume of the box and be the same as putting the sub in a real small box?
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    The most important thing to good sounding bass is having it in the right box. 3/4 " mdf wood is the proper size and make shure that the subs are in are the right cubic ft box.
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    yeah pout the EQ at 90 and set the amp to around 80. Thats what I have and I get amazing punch out of my sub. Took me close to a month of fiddling before I got my sound the way I wanted it. BTW I have the same Clarion EQ in my car also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inniss777
    The most important thing to good sounding bass is having it in the right box. 3/4 " mdf wood is the proper size and make shure that the subs are in are the right cubic ft box.
    this brings up something else ... i've noticed a lot of dual boxes don't have partitions in the middle ... so both subs share the same open air.

    Do you think it'd be better to have two separate single boxes rather than a dual box with no partition?

    another random question ... if you have a dual voice coil sub ... does it hurt the sub to hook up just one vc?
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