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Posted: June 29, 2004 at 12:12 AM / IP Logged  


This may sound like a weird post. Maybe because it is. It's summer and me and my friend are bored. We want to find the lowest rated watt sub (preferably a 8" or 10") that is rated at 4 ohms. We are trying to test a myth we heard. We are going to take this sub and power it with more power...way more power than it can handle. Someone told me the VC will start on fire or some times the cone itself will blow off. This sounds interesting and a fun way to spend an afternoon. Ive been searching high and low for the cheapest sub. The cheapest is about 20 bucks and 250 watts max or so. If anyone can suggest a lower sub, that would be wonderful. I am willing to buy from any online site because i dont need any warrenty. This should be good!

Thanks for any advice in advance.


Steven Kephart 
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Posted: June 29, 2004 at 12:34 AM / IP Logged  

Powerhandling doesn't necessarily represent the "quality" of the sub.  After all what would you rather have, a sub that get's loud off 10 watts or a sub that gets just as loud off 1000 watts?  Also, power handling on subs is usually thermal, and changes when you put it in an enclosure.  So if you put our Brahma in a really small enclosure it would handle 2 kilowatts all day, but I watched my boss break one free air with only 250 watts.

Now usually when you put too much power through a voice coil, it simply opens like a fuse.  Sometimes you burn off all the varnish and the coil comes unwound.  But it won't start on fire.  And unless you cut the surround and spider, the cone shouldn't fly off. 

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Copper - Posts: 125
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Posted: June 29, 2004 at 12:37 AM / IP Logged  
ahh, that kind of ruins my fun, oh well, im still going to burn 20-30 bucks and try it. It's something to do.
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Posted: June 29, 2004 at 1:14 AM / IP Logged  
i had the same fun, except i took an old 18" cv sub. the cone did actually fly off, we just kicked it back in and had some more fun with the sub.....ran 1000wrms to its 200wrms rating. the sub only lasted about 3 minutes. i now wish i had put it back into its enclosure instead of the free air setup.
if you really want to have fun with this break out the recorder and do this around noon as to see everything nicely.
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Posted: June 29, 2004 at 1:36 AM / IP Logged  
Go to walmart and buy a sub from there and a box if you need one.
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Posted: June 29, 2004 at 9:01 AM / IP Logged  
A friend and me had a crappy X Blod Sony knockoff sub that we plugged into a wall outlet.  the darn thing only lasted 3 or 4 seconds before it self destructed.Worst sub -- posted image.  It woulda been more fun if we had a box to put it in.
Copper - Posts: 44
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Posted: June 29, 2004 at 9:53 AM / IP Logged  
I've plugged quite a few subs into 110V wall outlets, The best one was plugging a Polk audio DB-10 into a wall and that damn thing lasted almost 5 minutes before smoking heavely and then popping really loud as the voice coil launched the cone out of the basket.
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Copper - Posts: 125
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Posted: June 29, 2004 at 10:35 AM / IP Logged  

Outstanding. Thanks for all of the advice. I was going to video tape it so i can re-live this experience.....i think im going to take a road w*l-mart. I think im going to buy 2-3 subs and try different stuff like the wall outlet and just using the amp etc. THis should be fun!

Copper - Posts: 172
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Posted: June 29, 2004 at 12:36 PM / IP Logged  
I'm glad to see I'm not the only sicko to have pluged a sub into a wall outlet
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Posted: June 29, 2004 at 3:25 PM / IP Logged  
I used to break in L7's using the wall. When you are in a hurry and have a spl contest the next day theres nothing like a wall outlet to break stuff in quick.
double-secret reverse-osmosis speaker-cone-induced high-level interference distortion, Its a killer
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