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Ported enclosure with one 8" Type-R subwoofer

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by John Pollard
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Enclosed Subwoofers 101

An enclosed subwoofer is a box with a subwoofer already installed. The advantage to buying an enclosed sub is that the manufacturer made the sub, then designed and built the box as a perfect match, so you'll get the best possible performance. Every enclosed sub has a maximum RMS power handling rating, so pair it with an amp with a similar RMS power rating to get the best performance.

Alpine's SBR-S83V ported sub enclosure gives you the bass your system has been missing without taking up the valuable storage space you need. This enclosure is tuned by Alpine's experts to give you impressive bass with minimal power requirements.

Powerful 8" Type-R sub
Alpine loaded the SBR-S83V with an 8" Type-R subwoofer, a line of speakers known for their serious bass performance. They created the ported, high-quality MDF enclosure as a perfect match for the sub, guaranteeing maximum punch while maintaining a very small profile.

Slim box makes placement easy
The SBR-S83V comes in at only 6-5/8" deep so you can install it in a convertible's trunk, behind the seat in your standard cab pickup, and in many other problem vehicles. Carpet protects the enclosure from nicks and scratches, while a metal grille protects your sub from flying objects and other hazards in your car.

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Highlights:

  • ported enclosure with one 8" Type-R woofer
  • 3/8" medium-density fiberboard construction (3/4" MDF front baffle)
  • 4-ohm total impedance
  • recommended power: 150-300 watts RMS (1,000 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 28-400 Hz
  • 19-1/4"W x 11-3/8"H x 6-5/8""D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Material Kevlar/Pulp
Enclosure Type Ported
Color Gray
Pieces in System 1
Width (inches) 19-1/4
Height (inches) 11-3/8
Depth (inches) 6-5/8
Second Depth (inches) 6-5/8
Connector Type Spring post
Frequency Response 28-400 Hz
Power Range (Watts RMS) 150-300
Maximum Wattage 1000
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance 4 ohms
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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  • Ported enclosure loaded with one 8" woofer
  • Installation notes
  • Warranty information
  • Customer care registration card

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Features

Overview: The Alpine SBR-S83V is a ported enclosure with a SWR-823D subwoofer installed, delivering tight, powerful bass. The enclosure, tuned to 30 Hz, is made from 3/8" MDF (3/4" for the front baffle) with internal bracing to ensure structural integrity. A single pair of spring post terminals on the left side of the enclosure accepts pin connectors, single or dual banana plugs, or bare wire up to 12-gauge. The sub's dual voice coils are wired in series to present a 4Ω load. Alpine recommends using a 30 Hz subsonic filter for best results.

SWR-823D Subwoofer:

  • Kevlar Reinforced Pulp Cone: This Type-R subwoofer has a two-piece structural parabolic Kevlar reinforced pulp cone. Kevlar adds strength and tear resistance to the woofer cone while maintaining the damping benefits of a pulp cone. There is also an oversized inverted dust cap of the same material, which increases rigidity and virtually eliminates distortion at extreme volume levels.
  • HAMR: The woofer features a High Amplitude Multi Roll Surround (HAMR), made of injection molded Santoprene. The HAMR design allows extreme excursion without sacrificing valuable cone area. FEA Optimized for linearity and made with injection-molded Santoprene, the HAMR surround is a key part of the suspension system that allows extreme excursions with accurate, distortion-free control.
  • Spider with Reinforced Layer Spider Integration: An FEA optimized progressive Nomex spider with reinforced layer spider integration ensures reliable and consistent control of the tinsel-leads to eliminate any possible mechanical noises or interference typical of many high-excursion designs.
  • Vented VC Heat Sink and Airflow Management System: Alpine's Patented Radial Vented VC Heat Sink and Airflow Management System actively manages voice coil temperatures by forcing air directly across the heat sink system. This helps to minimize power compression and ensures reliable long playing time by actively removing output-robbing heat from the voice coil. The new one-piece cast aluminum frame with integrated shorting sleeve uses the entire frame as a heat sink, allowing sustained power output and handling, even in the most extreme applications.
  • Optimized Motor Structure: Thanks to its new six-piece, segmented, double stacked magnet structure, the new Type-R subwoofers have over 20% more motor force than their predecessors, offering more control over cone movement. The optimized machined motor structure also creates a symmetrical magnetic field while optimizing flux density to greatly reduce distortion, while further improving power handling and output.
  • Pole Geometry: Alpine's patented Compound Radius Curve pole geometry ensures a symmetrical magnetic field, while optimizing flux density to reduce distortion, while further improving power handling and output.
  • Oversized Voice Coil: The 40mm high-temperature (180°C), 4-layer dual voice coil offers more surface area to handle more power; 300W RMS / 1000W Peak.
 
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5 out of 5

Excellent full bodied low end

Written By Dagan, Wenatchee, WA on Sunday, June 30, 2013
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I was looking for a sub woofer to really bring out the bass guitar in rock music and found it with this unit from Alpine. It also adds some very nice bump for hip hop, electronica or what ever else I send it's way. The enclosure is fairly compact, but definitely will not fit under the seat of my Subaru Outback so I sacrificed the space behind the driver seat on the floor board and it fits like it was built for it! What really sold me on this unit was the frequency response of 400 HZ. Many of the enclosures I was looking at were rated at 200 or less. The grill over the speaker was also very important due to where I was installing it. This sub woofer has completely brought my system to life by allowing me use the high pass filters on my 5 channel amp and send all of the bottom end to the sub, where it belongs, freeing the door speakers up to take care of the mids and high end.
Pros:
Great frequency response!!!! Protective grill over speaker. Fairly compact size.
Cons:
This enclosure has no mounting gear with it, at least not in the "open box" unit I bought.
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5 out of 5

Good Price, good sound

Written By Neal, Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
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Sub running on ~350 Watts from a Kenwood XR-5S 5 channel amp and an Alpine HU. Alpine type S through the rest of the car. Took some fiddling with gains and cross overs to get it right, but was totally worth it.

This sub has nice sound quality. Tight punchy bass that's great for all types of music at any sort of reasonable volume. If you want the neighbors to hear your dubstep wubs, go for something bigger, but this sub is about as much as the interior trim can handle in my Mazda Protege 5. Plus its nice and small so I still have room for stuff in the hatch.

Plus I bought the "scratch and dent" so it was super cheap. Crutchfield wins again.
Pros:
small size, good price, excellent sound.
Cons:
Very minor, and not really directly related to the quality of the sub, but you will have to turn some dials to get it to blend smoothly. Wont blow out your windows (if that's what you're in to).
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5 out of 5

Lots O' Bass, Little Package

Written By ScotC, Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
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First off, I'm not a bass-pounding, thump your neighbors windows type of guy. I like bass, sure, but I don't want my car bouncing on it's springs as I sit at a stoplight. This little baby fits the bill perfectly. Installed in a '05 Mustang GT trunk, vertically between the rear deck lid and the floor of the trunk. Hardly takes up any room at all, giving my 95% of my trunk space to work with. Paired with an Alpine PDX-V9 amp this sub pounds out the bass. I can feel it in my bones, but the bass levels don't rattle the structure of the car so you don't hear residual shaking that distracts from the music. For anyone who enjoys the music, this sub and enclosure are perfect if you give it enough power.
Pros:
Tight, punchy bass without rattling the windows. Great compact size that will give you your trunk space.
Cons:
None
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2 out of 5

Not 2 ohms!!

Written By Graham, Orange County, CA on Sunday, September 30, 2012
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I received this sub and to my surprise it was labeled as 4 ohms. I then measured with a multimeter and sure enough, it is 4 ohms. I wouldnt actualy care except the amp I bought was selected for 300 WRMS @ 2 ohms and only 150 W @ 4 ohms. So, now it seems that I am at full gain on the amp and wondering if I need to exchange it for something with more power. According to Alpine, this enclose is supposed to have a SWR-843D sub with 4 ohms + 4 ohms DVC wired in parallel. My suspicion is that Alpine is actually installing their SWR-823D (2 ohms + 2 ohms) in series to give the total impedance of 4 ohms.
Pros:
Build quality seems very nice
Cons:
Marketing / literature
Crutchfield response on Tuesday, October 02, 2012
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5 out of 5

Awesome compact sub

Written By Milky, Atlanta, GA on Monday, August 27, 2012
 
I have 2 of these in the spare tire well of a 2013 Mazda CX-5 hidden under the rear floor. It's like these were made to fit there, I get great sound and keep all my trunk space. In case of flats I have a small compressor and tire plugs with me. Back to the sub, I have 2 of them running paralell on a Polk PA D5000.5 subwoofer channel at 1ohm the amp puts out 500w so I'm running 250w each with the subsonic filter around 28hz. They sound great down to about 28hz but will bottom out at higher volumes below that. Before these I had a MB Quart 12" in a sealed box and these are just as loud but have better SQ. If you want people to hear you 2 blocks away go with something bigger but if you want a small stealthy subwoofer that doesn't take up your entire trunk this one is awesome. Build quality is great and I have had zero problems from them so far. They sound great with all types of music, especially fast rock music (Yes they keep up with double kick drums). Source is from the OEM radio running through an Audiocontrol LC6i then to the amp and it sounds clean with focal components in the front and coaxes in the rear.
Pros:
Compact size, really hits the higher bass well, good power handling, DVC
Cons:
A bit weak below 28hz or so but for it's size that's ok
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4 out of 5

Great for a truck!

Written By DRobinson784, Wells, Me on Friday, August 17, 2012
 
Installed this in my 2012 F150 FX4 Supercab. Powered with a 400 watt alpine mono amp. Fit under the seat nice. Sounds great along with the alpine type R 6 x 8s I put in and amped. In a car It wouldnt quite cut it, but in my truck it feels like a 12" sub. Very nice deep bass.
Pros:
Small, great quality box, sounds great.
Cons:
None so far!
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5 out of 5

impressed!

Written By Aaron, Calgary, AB, Canada on Tuesday, August 07, 2012
 
For such a small package this thing really fills in the low end and brings some serious punch! I have one hooked up in the back of a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. It takes up virtually no space (I have it wrapped up in a black pillow case as I am paranoid of people seeing it). I was hesitant that I wouldnt hear much of a difference due to it being so small and having such a large vehicle. But seriously, this thing has really impressed! Blends perfectly with my polk mm6501 components and brings the low end i had been missing. excellent purchase for those looking for a compact solution. For what I was looking for, I think two would be over-kill.
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5 out of 5

The Audience is Listening!

Written By KSparkuhl, Nampa, ID on Friday, May 11, 2012
 
I purchsed the Alpine SBR-S83V, enclosed subwoofer to compliment a new premium sound system. While the stock sound system in my 2004 Olds Alero was passable for everyday listening, I had no idea what I was missing out on with my stock sound system. My first thought was, "...so this is how bass is supposed to sound in a car!" To say that I'm impressed is an understatement! I wanted to get more bass back into my sound without rattling every bolt in the chassis, and this Alpine sub fit the bill nicely. The bass is clean, tight and deep, all wrapped up in a good-looking design.

The interior of the Alero has little room for adding a subwoofer. An underseat sub was an option, but I was limited to minimal clearances under the seat. So the trunk was my next option, but I didn't want to take up too much cargo space. That's when I found the Alpine SBR-S83V. It's compact design fits perfectly behind my fold-down rear seats and only takes up a fraction of the space.

I connected the subwoofer to an Alpine MRP-F300, four-channel amplifier, fed by a JVC KW-R900BT head unit. The rear speakers are powered with channels one and two at 50w RMS, and channels three and four are bridged together to power the subwoofer at 150w RMS, and the front speakers are powered by the head unit.

My car audio has never sounded this good before! The audience is listening... again!
Pros:
Clean, tight and deep bass in a compact size. Tuned and ported to 30 Hz!
Cons:
Retail is a bit pricey. In my opinion however, it's well worth the money if you can't find if for less elsewhere.
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4 out of 5

Punchy for it's size

Written By Mike G, Oregon on Tuesday, May 08, 2012
 
I've only had this installed for a few weeks now so I'm still getting a feel for it but so far it is very impressive for it's size. It is in my 2008 regular cab Toyota tundra. I have it running bridged off the two rear channels of a Alpine PDX F4 amp. Because this amp and lots of others is not 2-ohm stable bridged I had to pull the sub out of the box and reconfigure the jumpers to be wired in series for an 8 ohm load. It would be nice if Alpine offered this package loaded with a SWR-823D driver so you could get a final impedence of 4 ohms bridged, but they don't. Regaurdless, this little slugger does alright at 8 ohms with about 250w. One other thing to consider is if you are going to power it with an amp that does not offer a subsonic filter (like mine) I would strongly suggest you get some 30 hz inline high pass filters before your amp like the fmods. You don't want this thing bottoming out below 30 hz. Overall I'm happy. For a ported enclosure it comes across very musical and tight unlike many others that just sound loose and sloppy. It does not have the output of the JLw6 I had running off of the PDX.6 mono I had in my last truck, but considering the size, price and power I'm giving it it does alright by me.. I'm surprised there is not more feedback or reviews on the web which is exactly why I put this up, since I did not buy mine from Crutchfield. I have also noticed that most retailers have been out of stock on this for awhile which has me thinking it might have been di
Pros:
Small, Ported, Punchy, Nicely Designed, Musical, Nice grill.
Cons:
Only offered with 4 ohm DVC woofer. Must remove subwoofer to remove grill. Only 3/8" MDF on most of enclosure. Retail is a bit on the high side.
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4 out of 5

Great sub/enclosure combo

Written By Jay, South Florida on Monday, April 09, 2012
 
I bought this to replace the stock sub in a 2012 Kia Soul. I have it sitting right in the back next to the hatch, firing up. I am powering it with an Alpine MRP-M500 amp. It sounds great. It has a very accurate response to whatever I am playing. It sounds great with rapid fire double kick drums from bands like Lamb Of God and Chimera. It also handles the low stuff like Young Jeezy and Biggie. If you want a niceeven bass response, but still want to have some room left, then I would recommend this sub.
Pros:
Size, build quality, frequency response.
Cons:
Alpine suggests using a 30Hz subsonic filter with this sub. It's not really a con per se, but just something that needs to be mentioned. If you don't have one built into your amp, then look around Crutchfield for the FMod filters. They will do the trick.
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5 out of 5

Best small sub+box combo

Written By BazookaJoel, Arvada, CO on Tuesday, December 13, 2011
 
I was able to install this unit under the front seat of a Suzuki Sidekick 2-door convertible; not exactly a lot of room. Sticks out the back under the seat just a little. With the floor mat, you can't even see it.

Now on to the most important aspect....the sound. I previously had two 6" Kicker Substations; great sound, and very little space taken up. The Alpine extends quite a bit deeper, has quite a bit more output, seems to have very smooth frequency response (no obvious peaks in the bass), the mid-bass is much cleaner, and it's slightly larger than ONE Substation. This sub makes the mids and hi's sound MUCH better. From Adele to Audio Slave to The Roots, the Alpine sounds great in each situation. I am feeding the Alpine 200 watts from a small Fosgate mono amp, and it's more than enough bass to bump such a small vehicle. You're not going to vibrate the car to pieces or hear it too far outside your vehicle, but MAN!.......what great sound for the people inside your car. You can spend alot more for a larger sub, but you're NOT going to get better sound. Thank you Alpine!
Pros:
Sound quality! Bass extension. Size (this thing is small!)
Cons:
Not-carpeted surfaces seem to scratch if you breathe on it. The wood used seems pretty light weight, but it doesn't seem to effect the sound at all.
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5 out of 5

Type-R(s)

Written By RichardL, Santa Fe NM on Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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I just installed two of these in my 2011 Nissan Xterra, they sound great! They hit the low LOW frequencies even though they're only eights. They are also very loud, and you can definitely feel it throughout the vehicle. I have them connected to a Kenwood KAC-7205 amp, which is pushing about 250 watts to each one, i'm positive they'll handle more, but it seems to get the job done.
Pros:
The build, and sound quality, the size, they're LOUD!!
Cons:
The price was a little steep, but well worth it.
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5 out of 5

Alpine SBR-S83V

Written By Nick V, Kapolei, HI on Wednesday, November 09, 2011
 
I have 2 in a 2011 crew cab F150 under the rear seat, Powered by a SoundStream Rub 1.1000 Mono amp, and they pound and are very clean. Perfect if your low on space
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