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Sub in a cabinet??

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by saibot, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. saibot

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    Not sure if this is the right forum, but will give it a try..

    Need to tidy up the HC kit at home, currently I have Rel Sub near amps/dvd player etc. Was thinking of getting a cabinet made to have kit in one side and the sub in the other side. However have the sub sitting through the unit onto the floor, basically not having the sub touching the inside of the unit. Any suggestions on this been good or bad, any-one done this before ?

    Would sub vibrate cabinet ??

    any advice would be helpful,

    thanks,
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    The sub is very likely to set up vibrations in all but the most solid of cabinets,but also you're likely to get any number of resonances etc in addition.
     
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    Though I dont understand "resonances" etc etc, and effect it might have on cabinet and anything else in it, it doesnt sound good :)
     
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    it could even improve the sub...hehe...it might act as a bass box like a car does.....

    but more likely you will suffer hideous rattle unless as suggested its very very well made and sturdy....
     
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    As the REL is a downward firing sub and as long as it can fire normally towards the floor, you should be fine. You might want to use some padding between the sub and the cabinet in order to avoid possible touching/vibrations.
     
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    the idea was for the sub to stand normally on the floor, and basically that part of the cabinet would be around it, so basically no contact between sub and cabinet, a door in the front would be opened during use (its a Rel Q100, which I think is front firing). Was also wondering if decoupling the sub by placing slabs under and above might steady it more as well.
     
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    Should work as well, but I could imagine that with a forward firing sub you might loose some sound quality as there will be doors on the cabinet directing/blocking sound distribution.
     
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    Even if the doors are open wide,you will be liable to diffraction and reflections,and it's very unlikely to sound as good as before.

    Quite honestly,I wouldn't do something like this myself,as the reams of advice on giving subs a bit of space around them to work properly(corner placement included) generally tend to bear out,and I can't think of any sub manufacturer who will say that placing the sub in a cabinet will give results anywhere near as good.
     
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    thanks guys for all the info :), lots of more considerations to be made...
     

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