Is a Bigger Subwoofer Box Better

Is a Bigger Subwoofer Box Better

Whether a bigger subwoofer box is better will depend upon the design, your requirements, and situations. A bigger box doesn’t always mean better especially if you go too big. A large subwoofer would be able to go deeper into the bass extension but may have less overall output than expected. There is a rule to follow which is to add around 3″ to the subwoofer size. Meaning if you are using a 12″ subwoofer driver, the front panel should at least be about 15″ square.

If you are aiming for a louder volume, you should choose to go for a ported subwoofer, and it is suitable to use a bigger box. For more accuracy and a tighter bass delivery, a sealed subwoofer box will be the ideal option. The sealed subwoofer is usually smaller than a ported sub and also requires more amplifier power to produce higher bass volume.

Till now, we are looking at the aspects of DIY or custom subwoofer making. How about getting the subwoofers off the shelves? Do bigger subwoofer boxes still matter? We will address this in the next section.

Should I Buy Subwoofer with Big Box

If you are planning to get subwoofers off a shelf, you don’t really need to only aim for bigger boxes. The size of the subwoofer should be ‘proportional’ to your listening room size. Getting too big of a sub for a small listening room may result in boomy bass performance. Do check out this blog post about Subwoofer for Small Room for more information.

A large subwoofer with a big box does not always mean quality, it will also depend on how well the sub is been designed. A poorly designed subwoofer will always deliver subpar bass performances. This is why you should always get them from reputable subwoofer manufacturers such as Rythmik Audio, JL Audio, SVS, etc. Please take some time to have a read on Subwoofer for Large Room.

Should I Buy Subwoofer with Big Box

Your current available floor space will influence how big of a subwoofer you can get. The sub should fit in and not stand out too much in your room. There are times when a subwoofer might not sound the best when positioned in the corner of your room. This is where you will need to start doing a subwoofer crawl to find the optimal spot but if you very limited space then this method won’t work.

If you have a large listening room but for some reason, you are unable to accommodate a big subwoofer. You might want to go for a dual subwoofer setup instead. This allows you to use two subwoofers with smaller box cabinets and still be able to cover most of the room area. Based on this situation, a subwoofer with a bigger box does not means is better.

To Conclude

To answer the question, is a bigger subwoofer box better? It depends and may not be a good idea at times. It also depends on what you want in the end. We know some listeners who prefer loud and boomy bass, and only a subwoofer with a big box can deliver. Listeners who want more controlled bass handling should aim for small subs especially the ones with sealed enclosures.

The size of the subwoofers does matter, an 8″ sub usually can’t compete with a 12″ sub. But if the subwoofer box is too large, you might lose all the advantages and get poorer overall bass performances. This is why we emphasize choosing reputable subwoofer makers with a proven track record and you should shortlist some of their models for an audition. Listeners who have never used or heard a home theater subwoofer performing before should certainly listen to a few of them so as to have a better idea.

DIYers should seek opinions from other DIYers who have made a subwoofer before and their experienced responses should give you a better idea of how big of a subwoofer box you should go. This could help you to avoid mistakes that some of the DIYers had made and save you some time as well as avoid unnecessary costs.

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