Remove Advertisements Sponsored Links. We’re all in this together! On completion, the Loudspeaker Wizard screen should look like the image below. So let’s try changing the size of the vent to bring the resonance frequency back down again. A ported enclosure improves the low frequency response of the loudspeaker by using reflex ports to transmit the energy from the rear of the driver to the listener.

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The driver can easily soak up all the power that the small plate amplifier can deliver. It’s a Dayton SAB. Typically the best alignment to aim for is one that provides a smooth response in the passband, a lower cutoff frequency and good power handling. A ported enclosure system consists of a driver mounted on one side of a box that has ma open tunnel or port which allows the passage of air in and out of the box.


There’s a bit of a ripple to it, suggesting that the box is a little too big for the driver. Also shown in the photograph are the brass speaker spikes which will couple the subwoofer firmly with the ground. The MAW subwoofer is 10″ in diameter and very well built. Photograph 02 below shows the start of enclosure construction.


Photograph 06 shows the rear of the subwoofer enclosure after the plate amplifier has been installed. Well, the ripple is mostly gone, but now subwoofdr resonance frequency has shifted up to 49 Hz.

The change in the response curve is caused by reflections within the box.

There’s one more thing to adjust though – the depth of the box. Page 1 of 2. Front Baffle Photograph 04 below shows the assembled subwoofer enclosure prior to finishing. The following image is the Hornresp input screen maaw a ported subwoofer system, based on the Dayton Audio PA Photograph 04 below shows the assembled subwoofer enclosure prior to finishing.


That looks pretty usable. This subwoofer project uses an inexpensive driver which was available locally. To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. Now, let’s use the Loudpeaker Wizard, and adjust the length of the vent, Lpt, until Hornresp tells me that the resonance frequency is 39 Hz, the same as the driver’s Fs.

Active power is supplied from a 70W Parts Express plate amplifier part However, what I want to obtain is a slightly smaller box with a resonance frequency of 42 Hz, not 48 Hz, as the resonance frequency of a ported subwoofer defines its lower cutoff point and for this particular design I want that to be 42 Hz.


From the subwoocer you can see that the actual box tuning with the stuffing and lined walls is about 27Hz. Finished Subwoofer Enclosure and Plate Amplifier. This type of enclosure is very common as it lends itself to small size and reasonable bass.

Jim’s MAW-10 DIY Subwoofer

Ported enclosure systems are much more sensitive to misaligned parameters than sealed enclosure systems, which makes their construction more difficult for the beginning DIYer. The impedance sweep was generated using the Dayton Audio Subwofoer Tester 3.

So you think this will work? Well, if we subwoorer the size of the box without changing the size of the vent, the resonance frequency will go up. No shipping, purchased locally.

The Subwoofer DIY Page – Ported Systems

Binding Posts and Switch for External Amplifier. Interior View of Subwoofer Enclosure. In the simulation, it’s currently set to 1cm, which is not very practical or achievable.

Remove Advertisements Sponsored Links. Rounding over all the corners of the port will help reduce any port turbulence. Used, includes shipping cost.