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What is the proper box for 12 inch alumi subs

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  • rydegreen Feb 26, 2009

    i have audiobahn aluminum subs 12'' dvc they are older and i cant find box specs any where can you help i need sub box dimensions for these subs i have a ported one now in my k5 blaze and want more sound out of these subs and i have the matching set for amp and cap so power is no issue.

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It all depends on the manufacturer's specs. For instance memphis makes a bunch of different 12" subs and each needs a different box. Also It depends on what kind of sound you want. If you want precise bass I would go with a sealed box. If you want loud then I would go with a ported box. Then the port depends on what the manufacturer recommends. what I would do is find their website or just a tech support phone number and get specs from them. If there is one place that can tell you a good box, it is the maker of the subwoofer. If you need help from there just let me know and I would be happy to help.
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