Originally Posted by tuxedocivic
Mfusik, you're keeping the number of drivers out of the equation. I don't have to eq at all to get to 10hz with my sealed 12" subs, so I'm not sure what you're basing your post on. The ghorn is a great device, but it has different goals than a sealed system.
Hey you are right! I wasn't factoring in multiple drivers (which obviously help things).
I am basing it on the general assumption everyone seems to go "flat" where they want the 10hz response equal to 20hz, 30hz, 40hz etc... Gotta get that chart and post your lie on the internet right ? Bragging rights! Make sure it's at a reduced volume though so the distortion doesn't show!
To do this you need to boost the lower frequencies. Otherwise 10hz is lower in SPL than say 40hz (this is natural with most drivers in sealed set ups).
So the problem isn't so much a problem for the moderate folks that listen at lower levels and volumes; you can do this reasonably and as long as you don't go too loud the drive and system should handle it. But for a bass head like BassthatHz if you want to go loud applying EQ down low really isn't ideal for output, distortion, sound quality... you name it. You are far more likely to push the driver or hit limits or increase distortion sooner or at lower volumes.
Chasing flat single digit bass often means capping the volume of your system before damage or it sounds bad. I know a lot of folks like BassthatHz use really nice stuff (expensive drivers, powerful amps etc) so you can do this to some degree but realistically it's an expensive proposition chasing single digit bass above reference volumes; it's not for most people.
If you want volume or SPL then ported or horns are better. Below 10hz doesn't really provide any benefit anyways. Just buy some transducers and move on.