Subwoofers

Updated 4 months ago by Jordan Alexander

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I break in my subwoofer?

To begin you will want to make sure that the settings on your radio are flat or at zero. You should never have to use “bass boost” or “loudness” with a properly tuned system so please keep these settings off. You can definitely use the subwoofer level on your radio for fine-tuning. You’ll want to get your system tuned to a good sounding level that is loud but with no distortion or popping. Take your time. Listen carefully to the sound being produced by the subwoofer(s).

Once you have found your ideal level, drop your settings (gain) to half of that. For instance, if you are at a half gain, drop it down to a quarter gain. This is your “break-in” setting. You will want to keep these settings for the first 24 to 36 hours of actual playtime on the new subwoofer(s). We find that it is usually about a week of regular music listening in a daily driven vehicle.

After those initial 24 to 36 hours; you can re-tune your system back up to the original setting. Your subwoofer(s) is now broken in and ready.

NOTE: This is the absolute simplest explanation of only one method to break in your new Skar Audio subwoofer(s). There are much more involved methods that require specialized tools but, this method is a basic suggestion.

What is the difference between a dual 4-ohm voice coil and dual 2 ohm voice coil?

In actuality, neither is superior to the other. Simply put, the difference in the coil configuration helps determine the impedance (or resistance) an amplifier will see when the subwoofers are wired to the amplifier. You will want to consider the capabilities of your amplifier and the number of subwoofers you will be connecting per amplifier in choosing which coil configuration will work best for your set up.

Are single voice coil subs (SVC) or dual voice coil (DVC) subwoofers better?

Similar to the difference in coil configuration above, one is not better than the other. In today's market, it is more common to find dual voice coil subwoofers as they allow for a greater options on number of subwoofers to be wired together to achieve desired stable ohm loads on amplifiers.

What size subwoofer is right for me?

The size of subwoofer is a very highly debated topic and ultimately comes down to what you are trying to achieve with your set up. Since subwoofers come in different cone sizes, heights, volumes, etc, there is no one size fits all.

In general, if you are going for lower end frequencies, it is recommended to go with a larger subwoofer like a 15" or 18" subwoofer. Conversely, if you are looking for better replication of higher end frequencies, typically a 8" or 10" subwoofer. However, the most popular size of subwoofer is the 12" subwoofer as it tends to offer a balance of both.

In some cases, your application or vehicle is going to determine what size of subwoofer is going to be right for you. For example, Skar Audio's VD Series subwoofer is one of it's most popular line as it is a shallow mount subwoofer and can be used in areas where there is not a lot of mounting depth.

Finally, some individuals look at the music they listen to and the dynamic range of that music. If you go for more of a digital bass (Rap, Hip Hop, EDM) then you are going to wants something with a little larger cone size and construction geared towards SPL. For those who like the instrumental bass (Country, Rock, Metal), you may want to look into a smaller cone size for more accurate, responsive bass.

What is the difference between RMS and Max (Peak) Power?

RMS (Root Mean Square) power is the continuous playing power ability of the speaker or subwoofer.

Max (or Peak) power is the maximum power level that a speaker is capable of utilizing in short bursts.

When pairing your amplifier(s) and subwoofer(s), you should be using the RMS power handling rating as your guide.


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