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Sealed or Ported Box??

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Usually speaker manufacturers recommend enclosure types for their speakers.


IMHO, Sealed is the way to go.  If powered correctly, you can get all of the SPL you would want out of a sealed enclosure.


Having said that, ported enclosures are usually smaller.

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Ported enclosures are normally bigger than sealed.  


You can get a lot of port noise from a ported box.  That's not a big deal when it's in the trunk of a car where you can't hear it.  But it could be audible when it's in the cab with you, giving it a bad sound, IMO.


If done properly, a ported enclose can sound just as clean and deep as a sealed, but it takes some work, but for the majority, sealed is a bit deeper.


Sealed boxes are a lot easier to build and make sound good, plus they require less space.  My vote goes to sealed for these reasons.

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