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Labs Video: Sealed vs. ported sub box listening test

I've been a camera nut all my life, so it makes sense I'd end up being a video producer. Of course, it has been a roundabout journey for me, as I started at Crutchfield in 2007 writing about car audio gear. Over the years I've learned about all the electronic items we sell, and it is my job to make sure we are making videos that you will find useful, whether you're shopping for something specific or trying to install some new gear yourself. My job is a lot of fun because I get to play around with all the cool stuff you see on our website while I'm making videos about it. Getting hands-on with the gear helps me see what I should show you about a product, though the flip side is my personal wish list is a mile long...

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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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