What basshead81 posted.
Originally Posted by jpcamaro70
Right but I'm talking the difference between two specific subs, not just in general. Will a sw-115 blow the doors off a klipsch sub 8 at low to mid volume.
Yes and no. In close proximity, at low volumes, you will expectedly not notice the difference because of the way humans perceive low frequencies. If just playing recorded music, chances are, the eight inch will reproduce all that's on the recording. Depending on your source (music vs movie sound track) will decide what your benefit is going be. Between the two subwoofers mentioned above, absolutely, the SW115 will outperform the Sub 8; not sure which sub you're referring to when you post "Sub 8."
Why? Because you're comparing an eight inch driver with a small amplifier to a fifteen inch driver who's amplifier has twice (actually four times but it's how you look at the math as it's two doublings of power output) the amplification capability of the eight inch subwoofer: 100w vs 400w. In the case of the two mentioned subwoofers (Klipsch 8" driver vs a Klipsch 15" driver) the fifteen inch driver will definitely have more output and dig deeper.
100w > 200w > 400w
You're posting about reproducing the sound in a garage. Depending on the garage, open structure vs fully sheetrocked, if an open structure and the sound waves are allowed to wander up into the attic of the home, the sound waves are going get lost. If the garage is fully sheetrocked, the room would be sealed and you're going have better sound wave containment.
Is the garage a single, double or triple garage? The larger the space, the more subwoofage will be needed to give you want you want.
Are you wanting club like sound levels or are you accepting of just a bit of back beat to fill your head while wrenching down a new head? The more you want out of the deal, the more subwoofage you're going need to get you where you want to go.
There is no work around when one looks at price/performance and subwoofers.
In the simple, one either hits the hip or expects to do without. The original expectations was to get a subwoofer so one could hangout in the garage and do some repairs. In my opinion, the SW-115 will do what you want. If you have ulterior expectations, you're going need more. If you sincerely don't care, split the middle, buy a twelve inch subwoofer, dial it in and be happy while drinking beer and wrenching on the car.
In the end, it's all about the Benjamins and how many of them one has to throw at an ideal such as the one you're asking about.
-Edited by BeeMan458 - 10/7/13 at 10:31am