I'm trying to get started on my first build.
I currently have a RW-12D. I'm getting a TON of port chuffing(I think?) from it. Something is just sounding off. It's sounding a lot worse than when I first bought it. I thought it was woofer damage but I can't see any, and the port is intact and not wobbly on the interior. Something sounds off though but I can't seem to figure out what. Maybe I've been pushing my speakers too hard as I only listen at as loud as I possibly can handle usually.
This has lead me towards building a sub as it seems like a cheaper alternative. A lot of bang for buck which I like a lot. And my new amplifier (XLS-1500), seems to handle the Polk Monitor 70s way too easily. May plug them back into the amp for a little and use my amp to power 1 or 2 subs now that I have a better receiver.
I was looking at Parts Express since it seems that's where everyone picks up their subwoofer from on here. Or a least a lot of people do. I'm not really sure where to start and I've read through a LOT of the builds, and through the help but the links expect you to know quite a bit of knowledge that I just don't seem to have I guess haha.
I had two different plans for this build.
15 inch subwoofer - nicest one they have on parts express that I can afford
Build a very simple box. - I can throw away 50 dollars for a learning experience.
Use my amplifier to power it.
Upgrade to a new better box if necessary, because I'll definitely want to try to piano gloss black paint a new box.
12 inch subwoofer - whatever will outdo my current subwoofer
Still a simple box
Most likely use a built in amp
Sell it to someone in my fraternity if it works and outperforms my subwoofer and move on to getting the output I want from a 15 inch subwoofer.
I want it to get loud.
The RW-12D I didn't touch the gain, left it at 0 db for almost everything or even pushed it higher. Looking at Audessy setup, it wanted the Sub to be at -15 db on it's little control panel, but not positive this is correct since I didn't have a stand and I didn't finish Audessy setup because my tweeters are blown. Audessy can't complete setup til I get those in haha gotta wait a week.
Every build on here has very hard complicated braces. When looking at Parts Express, they're charging 200 dollars for a box of MDF with a crossbeam in it. How much bracing is really necessary? This will be my first woodworking experience so I don't wanna get caught up for hours doing something I'm probably going to mess up and am not skilled at enough. I was going to do simple braces that are easy for me to do. Is that ok knowing how loud I'm going to want this sub to get?
Keeping with the simple theme, I think it'll be easiest for me to make it sealed obviously as it'll be less work.
This is the 15 inch subwoofer I was looking at are there any other ones that are better for the price?
Not sure what other information I need here sorry that it's all so random.