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Infinity Kappa 83WDSSI Kappa Series 8" subwoofer with selectable 2- or 4-ohm impedance

Item # 108K83WDS

With their rugged construction and sophisticated engineering, Infinity's Kappa subwoofers excel in a variety of...

With their rugged construction and sophisticated engineering, Infinity's Kappa subwoofers excel in a variety of...

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Item # 108K83WDS

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About the Infinity Kappa 83WDSSI

Bob Bihlmayer

All-around excellence

With their rugged construction and sophisticated engineering, Infinity's Kappa subwoofers excel in a variety of applications, equally at home in ported or sealed enclosures. These dependable subs feature switchable impedance so they'll always fit into your system, and they'll handle plenty of power so they'll deliver powerful, accurate bass. Plus, Infinity protects these subs with an impressive 3-year warranty.

All-around excellence

With their rugged construction and sophisticated engineering, Infinity's Kappa subwoofers excel in a variety of applications, equally at home in ported or sealed enclosures. These dependable subs feature switchable impedance so they'll always fit into your system, and they'll handle plenty of power so they'll deliver powerful, accurate bass. Plus, Infinity protects these subs with an impressive 3-year warranty.

Selectable impedance

Infinity's Kappa 83WDSSI 8" subwoofer features the unique Selectable Smart Impedance design, which lets you build exactly the system you want without complicated wiring. Just flip the convenient impedance switch to safely choose between 2 or 4 ohms. If you're thinking about upgrading your amplifier or adding another sub down the line, this sub makes it easy to reconfigure — and it's nearly impossible to wire incorrectly.

Rugged construction

This sub handles plenty of power and sounds great in sealed or ported enclosures. Infinity's proprietary aero-cooling design helps keep the 2" voice coil cool. The acoustically damped glass-fiber cone minimizes distortion, giving you nothing but pure bass. And the steel basket provides a solid base for the sub, which handles up to 400 watts RMS. Infinity's Kappa subwoofers are known for their sound quality, and they offer the wiring versatility you need to build a system for your changing needs.

Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams

To see sample wiring diagrams for all common subwoofer/amplifier combinations, check out this informative article.

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Product highlights:

  • Featured in our article: Best 8" car subwoofers for 2024
  • 8" subwoofer with selectable 2- or 4-ohm impedance
  • coated glass-fiber cone with rubber surround
  • steel basket
  • terminals accept up to 8-gauge speaker wire
  • frequency response: 30-175 Hz
  • power handling: 400 watts RMS (1200 watts peak power)
  • sensitivity: 91 dB
  • top-mount depth: 5.42"
  • cutout diameter: 7.3"
  • sealed box volume: 0.5 cu. ft.
  • ported box volume: 1.0 cu. ft.
  • grille not included
  • warranty: 3 years
  • MFR # INFSUBKA83WDSSIAM

What's in the box:

  • One 8" Subwoofer
  • Screw cover trim ring
  • Adhesive-backed foam gasket
  • Eight 1" Screws
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ fifteen other languages)

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Features
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Features

Selectable Smart Impedance (SSI): A switch on the input terminal allows you to easily change the woofer's impedance between 2Ω and 4Ω settings. (The connected amplifier should be off when changing the impedance.) The power handling is the same for either setting; 450 watts RMS/1350 watts peak.

Cone: The cone material is a composite of glass fiber over a paper pulp material. Adding the glass fiber layer increases cone rigidity to improve bass accuracy, while the pulp base improves the sub's damping characteristics.

Terminal: The spring terminals will accept bare wire up to 8 gauge.

Enclosure Compatibility

Sealed Box: Infinity recommends a sealed enclosure with an internal volume of 0.5 ft³. Sealed enclosures provide the most control over a woofer and provide accurate sonic reproduction, making them suitable to all types of music.

Ported Box: Infinity recommends a ported enclosure with an internal volume of 1.0 ft³ with one 3" diameter x 10" long port, resulting in a tuning frequency of 45 Hz. They also recommend using a sub-sonic filter. Ported enclosures typically provide better overall efficiency than sealed so they are suitable for use with smaller amplifiers, giving you more bass output from a given amount of power.

Free-air Mounting: In addition to being compatible with sealed and ported enclosures, the woofer can be used in free-air applications. A free-air subwoofer is designed to be mounted on a baffle board, which separates the front of the speaker from the back. For instance, you could mount this woofer to a board attached to the rear deck or placed in the trunk against the rear seat. The trunk acts as the enclosure housing the subwoofer. Because there is no specific volume of air to stiffen the suspension, the free-air power handling is approximately half that of the woofer in a box, in this case 200 watts RMS.

Specifications

Thiele-Small Parameters: Because the woofer has two impedance settings, there are two sets of Thiele-Small parameters:

 
DC Resistance (Ω) 2.26 4.71
Inductance (mH) 1.48 1.406
Vas (liters) 9.12 9.759
Qms 4.13 2.438
Qes 0.632 0.689
Qts 0.548 0.537
Fs (Hz) 42.2 42.3
Radiating Area (cm²) 226.98 226.98
Xmax (mm) 10.25 10.25
Motor Force Factor (TM) 10.375 13.87

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Hi is it wise To play at 2ohms for a daily or 4ohms is better for a daily setup also do you get 400rms @ 2 and 4 ohms ?
preggz  Mar 29, 2024
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A
Hello and thanks for the question. So your impedance load is something that typically is determined by the amp you tend to put on this sub. Impedance load differences mean there is more resistance on the lines when a speaker is ran at 4-ohm and the amp usually needs to be a stronger amp to push that speaker at a 4-ohm impedance. 2-ohm is typically the recommended impedance by us here at Crutchfield because its a bit easier to use and your amp options are usually a bit more available while 4-ohm will be more efficient but the amp needed usually needs some more juice behind it. Usually if an amp can push 300-400w at 2-ohm for example, that means its 4-ohm power output will usually only be around 150-175w RMS.
red  Mar 30, 2024 (Staff)
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Can you confirm that the Infinity Kappa 83WDSSI is a free air subwoofer?
joseph  Jan 10, 2023
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Greetings Joseph, and thank you for your question. Yes the Kappa 83WDSS1 can be used as a free air subwoofer.
hogan  Jan 11, 2023 (Staff)

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