Labs Video: Sealed vs. ported sub box listening test

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Zak Billmeier

Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. Zak traces the roots of his interest in electronic gadgets to the Casio wristwatch with a built-in calculator he received as a gift one year as a child. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V team in 2007.

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The kind of enclosure you choose for your sub will have a big impact on the way your bass sounds. In general, sealed boxes will give you bass that's nice and tight, while ported boxes will deliver bass with plenty of resonance. One isn't necessarily better than the other; which you prefer will depend on your taste in music.

To help you get a sense of the differences, a group of our advisors hit the Crutchfield Labs to do some critical listening, then discuss which types of enclosures worked best with particular types of music.

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