Thursday, May 7, 2009
Get to know your Subwoofers!
Once you've got a good head unit installed into your vehicle it's time to start looking into adding a subwoofer(s) to give your system that extra thump.
The first thing you should take into account is how much available space you have for subwoofers in your car and will you be adding anything later on that will be taking up some of that place. There are a few things to look for before purchasing anything, the first thing you should determine is what size woofers you are planning to put in. Generally subwoofers are considered anything above 8in and usually require an amplifier to power them. The next thing to look for is what amplifier you would be using to power them. Do you have one at home you’re going to be using or will you be purchasing one with your subs? I would generally pick out an amplifier first to know what kind of power rating you’re looking for in a set of woofers. The next step is to determine if it will be a single or a dual voice coil subwoofer setup. Basically the voice coil is the speaker’s voice, it’s a coil of wire attached to the cone of the speaker that when you add power and a signal to produces a magnetic field that reacts with the speakers magnet to move the cone producing sound.
Single voice coil is just as it sounds; one single voice coil meaning one set of connectors on the back of the sub for positive and negative, and there’s not much you can do in the way of hooking them up. Dual voice coil are similar except there are two sets of voice coils and two sets of connectors on the back which makes them a lot easier to wire up in many different situations.
In summary, do a little research into what options best suit your setup and how much space you have to work with