Subwoofer Changes

One of the symptoms of having the “mod bug” is the pursuit of continual improvements to projects. When I first built my subwoofer upgrade, I had accidentally purchased a subwoofer with 2-ohm voicecoils instead of 4-ohm voicecoils. My P300X1 amplifer maximizes its output power with a 2-ohm load. My 4-ohm system sounded good, but I still had to know if a 2-ohm subwoofer would sound better. IT DID. However, the system had some problems. An over-abundance of bass in the 50-70 Hz range was particularly nagging. But I had a solution in mind…

From top to bottom: Helix amp, graphic equalizer, subwoofer amplifier, pure sine wave inverter.

I decided that a graphic equalizer was my best option for balancing the bass sent to the subwoofer to my satisfaction. I chose Audio Control’s EQL. Unfortunately(?), it didn’t quite fit where I intended to mount it. I needed to make some room in my already-tight equipment area. I had considered a 500W amplifier for the sake of having more headroom on the system. I decided to accelerate my idea by getting a Rockford Fosgate T500X1br, a 500W amplifier with a footprint that’s substantially smaller than that of the P300X1. Not only is it small, it also features forced ventilation, which will be very helpful in its tiny home. As I was fitting the new equipment, it occurred to me that I could remove the LC2i from my system because the EQL accepts speaker-level inputs. One of the LC2i’s primary functions is to correct for “bass roll-off” at higher volumes. Surprisingly, my system does not seem to experience bass roll-off. Removing the LC2i allowed me to keep some of the precious real estate in my hatch floor.

Instead of music, this time I used a series of test tones to “tweak and peak” the inputs to the system. I also used pink noise to check my settings. I made minute adjustments over the next few days. In the end, I’m very pleased to say that the system sounds better than ever. Much to my surprise, I’m getting more bass and better sound from the new system even though it is pushing no more power than the previous setup. It MUST be because I was able to tailor the signal much better with the EQL than I had with the LC2i. With the LC2i out of the system, I opted to put a Rockford Fosgate PLC2 Remote Punch Level Control where my previous remote used to reside. I figured I would use the Punch P3SD4-10 subwoofer until I’m ready to upgrade to a 1-ohm T1S1-10. However, I’ve found that my new system allows me to leave the PLC2 setting at the 10 o’clock position, with 4 o’clock being “max.” This amount of headroom in my adjustment tells me that I don’t need to upgrade the subwoofer at all.

In short, I think I’ve found my ideal setup. Dare I say that this project is finally done?  

Feeling Satisfied,

Scott

About Scott

I grew up near Houston, TX and joined the U. S. Coast Guard in 1986. I am trained on electronics and taught myself the basics about automotive systems and to perform some of my own maintenance (cars and bicycles). I became involved with Amateur Radio and computers in 1995. The explosion of technology has made my job and several of my hobbies quite interesting. I retired from the Coast Guard in 2016 and continue to work in the the electronics systems engineering field. My hobbies include Volkswagens, bicycling, electronics, amateur radio, web management, and reptiles. Visit my websites to learn more.
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