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Car Audio Subs?

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  • Car Audio Subs?

    Im in a fairly large band and we play mostly bar gigs and weadings. I have a nice 12 inch Eclipse car sub that handles 200 watts continous power. I was thinking of putting it under my riser and having two satalite speakers on top of the riser with maybe an 8" mid and a horn in each. How do you think this would work for my application? thanks

  • #2
    I wonder if the car audio speakers can handle the drum sounds. Drum sounds have trancients (sounds without a real tone, like the snare buzzing and the attack from a drum stick on the drumhead) so beware not to damage the speakers.

    But never tried, never won.

    PS. Some people use special bass tubes for under their drum throne. They don't give a real sound but some vibrations to shake along with.


    • #3
      I would probally be using peavey or jbl's for the mids and highs, the 12" sub would be for the lows only. Im pretty sure that the jbl's or peavey's would handel the upper end pretty good but, im not sure about the 12" sub for the lows. I know EAW has a rather impressive 12" horn loaded sub allong with a few other companies. so some more input on a car sub would be nice. thanks again


      • #4
        You can certainly use car subs but you should do three things:

        1. Use the most powerful amp your speakers can handle in order to push the low bass frequencies.

        2. Use a crossover in order to direct only the low frequencies to the subs or else it won't pound the way I suspect you want it to. A crossover in the 100 to 80 hz range will do the trick.

        3. Use a compressor / limiter to prevent overloading (blowing) the speakers which is easy to when experimenting with a powerful amp and bass frequencies.

        And remember the bigger the speakers (12", 15" AND 18") the more bass they generate but they are slower to react. Conversly the smaller (10") are quick and tight and still generate bonecrushing bass.


        • #5
          Also remember that most car speakers are 4 ohm, and home and studio speakers are 8 ohm. By hooking up a 4 ohm car sub to and 8 ohm amplifier, you will have to do some wiring adjustments. I used to professionaly install car stereo systems and the speakers were designed for just that. Car Stereos!


          • #6
            Eric, it really doesent matter if car subs/speakers are 2/4/8/16 ohms most high end car and pro audio speakers come in 4 and 8 ohm versions and if you look at any amp as well, they often give ratings in 2/4/8 ohms. no rewireing is needed unless the the sub has DVC's which mine doesent and in most cases a DVC sub wouldnt have to be rewired for most applications anyways. I am very knowledgable when it comes to car audio, i have done a few instalations as well. my main concern is how a 12" sub would preform out of a small semi-sealed enviornment such as a car. I know most home theater subs are between 6-12 inch subs but im not too sure how the 12" would be in a small club or bar.
            but never the less thanks for your input and any more wither way would be great to hear


            • #7
              oh i also for got to mention that i would not power any system that i end up with through a home stereo amp, it would either be a mackie, crown, peave or some other fairl well known amp.