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Tang Band W5-1138SM 5-1/4" Neodymium Subwoofer
Ported vs. non-ported enclosure
Hi. Aiming to get the best bass possible out of a very small .172 cubic foot enclosure volume and wondered whether you would recommend this 5.25" sub with a ported or a sealed enclosure (or is my volume just too small to get good bass out of this?), or should I go the route of the 3" tang band sub with ported or sealed (assuming it requires less air space/enclosure volume)? If going the sealed route, I will of course use polyfill. If you recommend ported with either, what size port do I need? Thanks for any help.
The Tang Band W5-1138SM 5-1/4" Neodymium Subwoofer is an amazing product for it's size and cost, making it an even better value.Your question of a sealed or ported enclosure is truly subjective. If you are building your cabinet and have good woodworking skills, I prefer a ported and tuned enclosure, but if not, then you will receive good sound from a non-ported or sealed box of proper size.A sealed cabinet will be strong and provide a tighter low end with solid transient responce while a ported enclosure will go a little deeper and be punchier with less applied power than a sealed box. I have a DIY system that is actually 2- sub woofers in 1 box with 2 chambers. One chamber is a similar speaker to the Tang Band W5-1138SM and it is sealed, the other is ported and contains an Eminance 15" down firing with a front tuned port. I added a good sealed back mid and ribbon tweeter for clean mids and highs. This speaker has punchy deep slammin bass, smooth mids and transparent highs. The point is that I designed around my taste and I love it. HOWEVER, an audiophile friend feels it is not as accurate as it should be. Well accuracy for him bores me. I like everything from metal to jazz fusion and even big band music recorded well. I like it exciting.Build to what you want to hear and you will always enjoy your DIY, don;t consider other's ears because you are the expert.ENJOY! Good Luck
Date published: 2013-01-08
Would this be a good choice to take a MTM w/ 5-1/4" mids and make a MTW with a three-way crossover instead of two? Pros, Cons, anyone?
I've used the 6.5" and 8 inch versions of these neo motor woofers and they are absolutely amazing!the 6.5s are particularly incredible as they have very clean and clear midbass (up to 500hz or even higher) and I've even used them in 2 different ported applications and with the right tuning they're able to reach 30hz with plenty of authority!if you want some killer 3 ways I suggest using these as the woofer. I suggest use sealed if there's a subwoofer planned for them to go with, use ported if they're going to be on their own. for the 5 1/4 port to maybe 43hz, for the 6" port to 33 or so. you won’t be disappointed.as for using them in an MTM that's going to be tough maybe. if you look at their spec sheet there's some pretty back breakup happening before 2khz which is about as low as any tweeter will go. its doable but there will be noticeable peaks and valleys up in the 1-3khz area which could bother some people.these are primarily meant to be mini subwoofers or used in 3 way applications.
Date published: 2012-07-06
i have an enclosure built that is .41 cu. ft. for a single driver. i would like it to be ported, but i dont know what size to make the port or if my enclosure is too big. i have the ability to add a "devider" to section off the sub chamber if it is too big. i am trying to get it to play the absolute lowest freq. possible.
When I plot this driver in WinISD, it gives an optimal sealed enclosure for one driver at .222 cu. ft. with a frequency response curve all the way down to 10 hz. It appears to max out at about 200 hz. The vented enclosure ratings are completely unreasonable for this driver from what I'm seeing. Your best bet would be to go with sealed. It's calling for a 51 inch vent at 4".
Date published: 2013-04-25
put these in the back doors... smart idea?
HI allI am looking to add some low end to my car stereo system.One idea is to put the TB W5 speakers in the back doors of my car. These are the dimensions:Diameters:Front: 16.5-17cm (6½")Rear: 13cm (5¼")Depth Restrictions:Front: 60mm (2¼") *note this can be increased to 76mm (3") see fitting guide below.Rear (3-door): no restrictionRear (5-door): 70mm (if factory plastic rear cover is removed)It is already a small car so I do not want to spend space on a box anywhere. I have not seen anyone build a sub in a door... is there a good reason to not do that?What kind of amp would be suitable for this? I am not looking for any earth shattering bass, just some nice addition in the lower end. I could imagine as well treating the door would be more important with this use.. right?Input and or alternatives appreciated!Tnx!
Unless they are in a small enclosure the doors are nortoriously bad for getting low end. I would recommend putting a pair of these in the trunk in about .3-.4 cubic feet sealed. This will help the bottom end and not take up much space at all.
Date published: 2013-07-03
I would love to have two of these in one ported enclosure, I wouldn't mine if it was tuned a little bit higher, perhaps around 45-50hz, and really push the size to be as small as possible. Can someone help me with interior volume, and port size?
I would recommend 0.7 cubic feet total with a 3" diameter port that is 10" long for a tuning frequency of 49 Hz.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Hi I am planning on building a subwoofer with this model and I was wondering if the 70w amp sa-70 is too much for this woofer.
The SA70 is a perfect match for this woofer.
Date published: 2014-02-19