Originally Posted by nopaydave
My thoughts as I get closer to pulling the trigger on a sub...
I do not know much about car Audio but I do know a bit about Sub Speakers having been a Bass player for 20+ years and built a few of my own cabinets and been through countless speakers. In my world Size does not have that much to do with anything but appearances and filling room volume. The cabin of a truck is a very small space and a good amp should push even an 8" past what you want, unless you are trying to impress the neighborhood (or you have a crappy speaker/AMP and enclosure like the Alpine setup).
I played through a 300 watt amp and 1 15" JBL and I could rattle stuff off the walls and play along side of Marshall stacks.
Size, can have an effect on clarity and bottom end (generally speaking)smaller being clearer and larger being deeper but the higher quality of speakers these days have made that difference much less noticeable. I remember when the 18" first came out everyone was buying them. I thought they were too muddy for my taste and stayed with 15's then Peavey released the Black Widow...unthinkable...Bass players playing through a stack of 8" speakers?? Well they sounded pretty good.
My point here is it's all about acoustics and I think quality over size and/or multiple speakers will give me more bang for my buck in a very small enclosure like a truck cab unless I just want to rattle the doors off (and if the bass gets low enough and/or loud enough things will rattle). I think a good quality 10" in the right enclosure with the right amp would make more speakers pointless in a small volume truck cabin. Tell me how far this old musician is off as it pertains to Car audio?
Car audio subwoofers are a completely different speaker than a Pro audio (loud speaker)
Pro audio has much higher sensitivities 92-100
Much less excursion/ xmax
Different cabin designs
And runs off 120 volts versus a measly 12 volt car voltage. Thats why car audio runs such higher watts than pro audio ..... Im sure your 300 watt bass rig was very loud!!
Also, sub bass in a vehicle typically operate in lower frequencies than pro audio bass rigs.
18hz - 80 hz is common in car audio
50-400hz is commen in bass guitar rigs. A low "E" aint very low on a bass guitar
Hell, even a low "B" isnt too low. Higher frequencies seem to listen louder to our ears. Where 22hz you can barely "hear", but rather "feel"
I agree. A good 10, with a great box, powered by good clean, strong powerful amp would be plenty for our trucks!
But more bass is more fun lol
You can always turn your bass levels down