Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Valley Springs, CA
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Another newbie needing help
Ok, I'm trying to plan out my subs for my living room theater. First things first, being that it's a living room, I'm limited to the front wall for sub placement. I had initially wanted to do an IB sub install, but I don't like any of the locations available to me. If I was to put them on either side of my center channel speaker, it would require moving the washer and dryer. I don't know how much I'd have to spend on hiring an electrician and a plumber, but I doubt my wife would be to keen on the idea. Plus I've never heard and IB system and I have no idea if it would meet my needs better than another type of sub system.
So I managed to talk my wife into letting me purchase 3 JBL 3252n speakers. They are currently on the front wall. She hates them lol, but has agreed to let me fill up the rest of the space with subs. So long as my theater project doesn't encroach on the room. Which means inwall surrounds, but back to the point at hand. I would ideally like a sub system that could keep up with my mains, plus be able to run 8 to 12db hot. That's not going to happen on my budget. I won't be buying any of this for a few months at least regardless, but when it comes time to purchase I don't want to spend more than maybe 2 grand. That will probably be pushing it, but again I'm just trying to get ideas together and plan. I was initially going to spend more money on the sub system, but FOH (Kevin) has shown me the light in regards to room treatments. So I'm going to figure out some corner bass traps around the same time I'm doing the sub project.
I think I've ruled out sealed for now. I'm under the impression that to get a lot of output will require putting more money than I want to spend into this project. So with IB and sealed out of the equation it comes down to ported vs horn. I have never built anything out of wood before. I own almost no tools. I tried sketchup the other day and I suck at it. I will continue to try and practice as I get time though. I'm also having trouble modeling what I want to do in winisd. When I compare my models to chalugadp's graphs for the martysub variants they don't look anything at all alike. So I'm asking for help from the community here. I'm really leaning towards ported right now, because I don't believe I'll have the skill necessary to pull off a horn build.
The space I have available at max is 48"H x 40"W x 24"D. I want to build two identical subs. Ideally if the subs were no taller than the jbl's, about 43", and no deeper, about 18", that would be perfect. But I can go to my max dimensions if needed. I'm well aware of the bang for buck drivers like the dayton, si, and ixl. If it is worth it in terms of output I wouldn't mind going with say the uxl, or even the ftw since it is only about 100 dollars more. Although I've noticed sub availability changes throughout the year. I'm on a concrete slab foundation and ULF is probably not a worthwhile goal of this project. My mains have really good output in room to around 40hz or so. I don't think I need too much output from the subs much above 60hz or so. What I think I would like is solid output from the mid teens or so and up. Ideally being able to run the bass 12db hot and have 6db or so of headroom would be nice. Of course that means 133db with the volume set at reference. I don't know if that is realistic or not. I think that covers everything, thanks to anyone who wants to take the time and help me plan this out.