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I have been on another forum for a while but I'm not getting much input, so I thought I'd hang out here, and if it warrants it, offer my project to be added to the database for anyone else looking at this driver and design.

I chose an AV15-X from Acoustic Elegance and I already have an EP2500 and a BFD1124 ready. This is for a home theater so I went big and plan to tune at 19-22hz. The ports will be two 6"id PVC pipes and I'll add a wood face to the box to flush mount the driver and flare the ports a bit. Here's my work so far:

I ordered a router jig but actually found my saber sawing to be plenty good enough for the internals (impatience is a killer).


I read that a rule of thumb for bracing is to eliminate any area of more than 144"^2, so I added some small pieces to split the large sections of MDF.

I have internal dimensions of 19.5"W, 28.5"H, and 38.25"L which is the "golden" rule. I calculated my effective volume (considering a driver and ports) at 22041"^3 and my two ports are currently at 20.5" each which should give me a 21.67Hz tune. My plan is to tack it together and run a rough test before sealing everything with silicone since I have room to swap out for ~28" ports (~19Hz). I also need to decide on dampening material if it's necessary...

I also got some 6lb. carpet padding for the inside since I'm at a loss as to what else to use... will that be plenty absorbant for any errant high freqs I have to deal with?
 

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Well its the multi-colored, multi-density stuff which is definitely permeable if that's the issue (as in you could feel the wind through it). My plan was to cover all of the inside walls with at least one layer, though maybe I need more? I can always add poly-fill later.

From what I've read the most important is thickness on the back wall (for me) since that's the lowest resonant dimension... please correct me if you can.

Also, should I tune below 21.67Hz even if it means a curve below the -7db line? I can tune it to 16-19Hz and achieve more sub-sonic response, but the curve will have to be heavily eq'd. Is this fine?
 

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Oh I'm sorry, simon5 at Acoustic Elegance forums modeled this for me:

It looks different in WinISD Beta for me though; it shows me a line at -3 (not -7) and below 45Hz the FR of this design drops below it. I don't know if this is as important as reaching 15Hz or not, but I sure would like to throw in some longer ports (47.5" each) and hit the sub-sonics if the EQ is enough to fix this drop...
 

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15Hz looks better to me... I might even tune it a little bit lower.

Sounds like an interesting build.

Can you post the driver file for WinISD?
 

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Here is the WinISD file for the AV15-X sub. View attachment AE Speakers AV15-X.wdr


22041"^3 is 12.75 cu.ft. Tuning to 17 hz would give you the best combination of low end out put and overall SPL.
AV15-X SPL.JPG

The sub will handle 700 watts and you'll need a high pass filter at 15 hz to keep the sub within its Xmax.
AV15-X Excursion.JPG

Two 6 inch ports need to be 36.78 inches long to tune the box to 17 hz. Port air speed is maximum 18 m/s.
AV15-X Air Speed.JPG
 

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33" ports is my maximum with 17.85Hz (since my box is only 38.25" inches long), but that looks decent enough, and allows 750W without excursion. Port velocity is a bit higher but not too scary...

The issue I see with going extra long (48") is not necessarily the Vb which has plenty of leeway in this case, but how much it would cut into my maximum power without boosting enough LF to justify it.
 

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I don't know how to do that yet actually. I have the EP2500 amp and a BFD1124. Can the BFD do that?
 

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Well my remodeled design (33" ports) runs up to 750W without excursion so as long as I keep it down I won't need one.
 

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Oh! I get it. I'm just new to this. It makes sense considering the way movies always bring out the worst in my current subs! I'll have to look into that.
 

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Vertiggo. You mentioned tuning lower to pick up the "sub sonic frequencies", which is true, it does that. But most importantly, it adds a bit of safety because it will take a lower frequency to unload the driver. Depending on how loud you listen to movies and how low you tune the box, you may be able to get by without a subsonic filter.
 

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Well I can't seem to model a design that eliminates that need unless I'm listening at 50% (which I may well do once I hear how powerful the thing is!). But in any case, is the easiest way to be safe to run something like this?

Reckhorn S-1
http://leclubhifi.com/?q=node/516

I think I could look into a DIY subsonic filter, but the big question is, how low do movie LFE's go, and just as importantly, are they loud enough to be a huge problem?
 

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I think I have it narrowed down to a tune of 15.7Hz (48.5" elbowed ports) or 17.5Hz (34" straight ports). That's all I can fit in the box. Either option has +/- results.

15.7Hz can handle 665W and needs HPF at 15Hz
17.5Hz can handle 725W and needs HPF at 17Hz
 
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