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This is a short-excursion woofer spec'd at +/- 0.15 inches... so 0.3 inch total excursion. This sort of driver will never produce what you think of as subwoofer bass. It wasn't designed for that job. It was designed as a woofer in a large horn-loaded cabinet that probably didn't produce much bass below 60 Hz and possibly not even THAT low. Just because a driver is big doesn't mean it is suitable as a subwoofer driver. You will want a driver with MUCH LARGER excursion capabilities to actually create low bass in your room. The craziest subwoofer driver I've heard of so far is a 22-inch driver with a 2.5 inch excursion in both directions for a total excursion of 5 inches. THAT will move a LOT of air. Most 15-inch drivers that work well in subwoofers will likely have 2-3 inches of travel, that's 6 to 10 times more travel than the 416. Those little pleats along the edge of the 416's cone are what limits the travel of the woofer cone so much. More typical subwoofers have 1 large half-round rubber surround or possibly 2 or 3 smaller ones that add-up to 2-3 inches of actual travel. The lower the bass you want to reproduce, the larger the cabinet, woofer, and excursion need to be (among other factors, of course).
 
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