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hey boys, whats the difference between 10 inch subs and 12 inch subs....im planning to make my sound system the envy
so yeah...whats the major differences other then price/output.....and whats the difference between a sealed and a vented box?
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10's will sound more clean and accurate.
12's will sound deeper and more powerful
same with 15's even deeper than 12's
but the bigger you go, the more bass quality you sacrifice.
in my opinion..

sealed will produce more tight accurate bass.
vented will give you a louder sound but not as accurate and clean.

bandpass is good if you want that IMPACT sound but the boxes are huge.

its really up to you.
all have their pros and cons
 

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What kind of music do you listen to and how do you like it? For example, I listen to primarily rock and metal, and I like a heavy low to midrange and soft, loud highs.
 

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it does depend on the music and the kinda system you want. i wanted my s*** to be heard from blocks away so i bought 2 8' Rockford fosgate hx2 powers ina sealed and two 12" rockford HX2 powers in a 3.5 sq. ft ported box. it also depends on the kind of box/enclosure you buy, sealed will be a tighter bass, and u will hear it more inside the car, and out side the car u will hearly but not form like a block away. with a ported u get Boom bass. get low bass in the car, not good Sound quality compared to a sealed, but u can hear the b**** hit for blocks if u got the right setup.
 

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the only difference between a 10" subwoofer and a 12" subwoofer is 2 inches. there really is no "10 is more accurate, 12 is louder". that all depends on the speakers. i can show you 8"s that are louder than 12"s, and 15"s that sound better than 8"s.

this all depends on the speaker and the parameters of the speaker. saying that the bigger the speaker the louder it gets while SQ goes down is pretty much a bad stereo type.

as for the difference between a ported and sealed enclosure, a sealed enclosure is going to give you the best SQ, while a vented box is going to extend teh low end a bit, make it louder, but will also hurt your SQ.
 

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Hoss hit the nail on the head. The fact that a 15" would sound more sloppy than a 12" means that the 15" has a heavy, floppy, and poorly designed cone and voice coil former. I have seen, however, that within a particular series of speaker (ex. Cerwin Vega Vega series [the kind I have]), the larger the speaker, the lower the Fs. My guess would be that this is because of the additional moving mass added to a seemingly identical motor structure.

In my opinion, for a speaker to sound good, it's 25% speaker, 75% box design. That may just be me though.
 

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In my opinion, for a speaker to sound good, it's 25% speaker, 75% box design. That may just be me though.[/b]
not just you, install is the key to everything. it can make or break a stereo.
 

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a 10 inch sub will, in general, move less volumes of air than a 12" sub will... and also generally speaking, a 10" sub will more accurately reproduce sounds w/ a higher frequency, than a 12" sub....but it also depends a lot on the sub too..some 12" subs are d*** good...
 
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