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Are there any issues with placing a subwoofer inside of a cabinet? My TV console looks like this and I'm thinking of putting a subwoofer inside one of the two cabinet (with the cabinet door closed). Subwoofers are about low frequency and that travels through, but is it still better to have it out in the open?

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Are there any issues with placing a subwoofer inside of a cabinet?
1. Vibration.
2. That may not be the best placement for the sub. Subs should be placed where they sound the best, which seldom coincides with where they look the best.

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Placing the subwoofer inside a cabinet like that is a horrible idea. Try listing to music in the next room with the door shut. It's the same principle. Not good. Or talking to someone with your hand held over your mouth. Bass is nondirectional in the frequencies below about 80hz but having a a closed door in front of a subwoofer presents frequencies from traveling in a direct path to your listing position.
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Bass is nondirectional in the frequencies below about 80hz but having a a closed door in front of a subwoofer presents frequencies from traveling in a direct path to your listing position.
That may not matter, assuming the back of the cabinet is open, giving the sound a path into the room, which need not be direct. Of course, if the back of the cabinet isn't open it's deal breaker #3.

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Makes sense. I'll place it outside in a corner that is near by and behind a side chair, should hide it nicely.
Thinking of pulling the trigger on this subwoofer before the sale ends: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780078&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=4032869&SID=skim3263X604722X54dc11821e54f7d00e254760bfdfc02b
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I've never placed a sub inside a cabinet, but I have one placed in a corner with a tall cabinet next to it and it sounds terrible. I have to put my ear on the floor next to it to make sure it's on. In this case, it's the only place I can put it so I put my worst sub there. It's down firing. Not sure if it matters.
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All of the points above about putting a sub inside a cabinet are valid.

But.. here is one that may work for you if you really need the in-cabinet placement.

http://www.bostonacoustics.com/US/Product/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?Pid=BT1100(BostonAcoustics)&CatId=HomeAudio(BostonAcoustics_US)&SubCatId=BT(BostonAcoustics_US)

If you can cut out the bottom of the cabinet and let the sub sit on the floor with the front firing port exposed it should work well and still look ok.

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