Question: Do Subwoofers Need Break In?

Do subs have a break in period?

A common question is if JL Audio speakers or subwoofers require a break in period.

The answer is no.

While it is true that the suspension of a speaker will loosen up over time, there is no need to play a speaker at half power or low volumes for an extended period in order to aid or ease into this..

What does a bad voice coil sound like?

Rattling, Popping, & Noises – Past the expected distortion, you can hear popping out of blown tweeters, rattling from a flopping cone fabric, or a misbehaving voice coil.

What hits harder 2ohm or 4ohm?

A subwoofer with a lower electrical resistance produces a louder sound than one with a high electrical resistance, which means that 2ohm subwoofers are louder than 4ohm ones. Although louder, 2 ohm subwoofers are also more likely to produce a poorer quality of sound due to its’ power consumption.

Do 10s hit harder than 12s?

10+ year member 10s don’t hit harder than 12s.

Which is better 2ohm or 4ohm subs?

The kind of resistance that the sub has will determine the loudness and quality of bass you’ll get. … Basically, a 2 ohm subwoofer demands less power from the amp and tends to deliver louder bass. On the contrary, a 4 ohm subwoofer will demand more power from the amp and deliver less loud but higher quality bass.

Why would a subwoofer smoke?

Clipped, unclipped, dirty, clean, it doesn’t really matter how the power goes into the woofer, it is going to cause the voice coil to heat up. … Both the smoke and the smell are a result of those resins on the coil returning to liquid and eventually a vapor.

Is it better to overpower or Underpower a subwoofer?

It’s better to overpower a speaker than to underpower it — the distortion caused when you push a low-powered amp or receiver to its limit is much more likely to harm a speaker than too much power.

Do Subs smell when breaking in?

The ‘new sub’ thing is a BS myth. Yes some new subs require a break in period to loosen up the suspension for full movement, but when the break in period is properly done the subs won’t stink. If the sub stinks, you are hurting it.

Why is my sub making a popping noise?

So when you change inputs or change listening modes and you hear the subwoofer(or any speaker) “pop” this indicates that particular pre-out jack is not being muted….or not being muted for a long enough period of time. … This can indicate there is a failed diode / circuit in the receiver.

Which way should my subwoofer face?

For the best sound quality, the subwoofer should be placed with the speaker facing out to the room, and the port should be away from a wall. Bass waves travel in all directions, but it’s important to have the speaker facing your main listening area.

How do I get more bass out of my subwoofer?

Just follow these simple steps for great bass:Remove the distortion.Flatten the signal, open the low-pass filter.Adjust the subwoofer gain and low-pass filter.Adjust the bass boost and subsonic filter.Match the subwoofer level to the receiver volume.

Is it bad to play subs in the cold?

Be very careful when playing your subs in very cold weather. I’ve seen cones and surrounds crack even without being turned up too loud. The cold is very bad for plastic because it makes it so stiff,the same goes for surrounds being made out of foam or rubber or even a blend of the two .

How do I know if my sub is blown?

If the cone is rigid or locked in place, the subwoofer is definitely blown. Even if the cone moves, listen for scratching noises and be sensitive to any movements that are too loose or sluggish, as they may all be signs of a worn suspension.

Do subwoofers get hot?

These peaks and troughs correlate with the movement of a subwoofer. … When clipping is present the subwoofer moves less than normal due to the plateaus in the waveform and in turn causes excess heat to build up. Over time this excess heat causes the voice coil to break down and eventually fail.

How long do you have to break in a subwoofer?

0:30 So, the first thing you need to do is run extremely low bass through the subwoofer at moderate volume for about 15 to 20 minutes. Ease into it. Let the poor thing get warmed up and cycling. Don’t try and take a subwoofer out of the box, any manufacturers, and turn it right up to 10.

Do subwoofers get louder as they break in?

Subwoofers should not get louder as they break-in. Instead, they will adjust to the varying frequencies provided and will most effectively play the sounds that are coming through.

What happens if you don’t break your subwoofer?

What can happen if you skip breaking in your subs? If you don’t allow for a break in period you could run into one of the issues below: Burned or unwound coil: Burned or unwound coils can be caused by the buildup of excess heat and a distorted signal. Stiff spiders leave you with less suspension travel or excursion.