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DIY Subwoofer: Would like some feedback!

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Hey guys. I've been around here before, but I've never really been an active member. I recently built myself a sub and I wanted to get some feedback from you folks. This project is done, but I could apply suggestions and advice to the next DIY I am planning to build for my brother-in-law.

Anyway...I love the way this thing turned out...it has a tremendous amount of bass and it makes me grin ear to ear every time I crank it up.

The stats:
TC 12db-500
115 Liter enclosure
Two 3" x 17" ports
Tuned 21.8 Hz
Walls lined with fiberglass batting
Butt Kicker Amp with 25Hz HP

One of my concerns was whether or not I should have used more internal bracing. Questions/Comments? Thanks for checking it out!!

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Great use of the unused space behind the TV. Very nice adjustable stand for the TV too.

You were not really limited to 3.5 cubic feet unless you wanted the sub to be below the level of the equipment rack. You probably could have fit a much larger enclosure back there if you had made it taller.

If made taller, you could then have painted it the same color as the walls in the room instead of black, and it would have been nearly invisible to anyone looking at it through the equipment rack.

Of course, if you made a bigger/taller enclosure, you would need more bracing. :bigsmile:

Joe L.
Thanks for the clairification.
I understood it is Kermie who wants to build similar shaped enclosures for subs in the front corners of his Home Theater. He gave 17 inches for the left and right sides, 24 inches across the baffle, but did not specify the height. If the enclosures don't have a screen have above them, he may not be limited to 3.5 cubic feet volume, since the enclosure height may be adjusted accordingly.

I built a 260 Liter sonosub using an 18" diameter Sonotube and a 6" port out the top tuned to just under 17 Hz. It is not very much different in its footprint on the floor than his proposed enclosures with 17" sides. It is a lot more than 3.5 cubic feet internal volume since it is 6 1/2 feet tall.

I can tell him about one thing for sure. Corner placement will result in a LOT of bass coupling to the adjacent walls. If there are doors, pictures, or anything hanging on the walls nearby, they will rattle.

I had to weatherstrip my closet doors when I put my sonosub in the corner adjacent to a wall. They easily rattled in their frames until I put the weatherstripping in place. I even had to wrap the same foam around the doorknobs shafts, so they would not rattle as the door vibrated. (I was using a 15" Adire Tempest driver that displaced 2.5 liters of air.)

Moving my sub a foot or so away from the corner made it bearable in my room.

Joe L.
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