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Posted: July 01, 2005 at 9:50 PM / IP Logged  

I think he has some wires crossed and is thinking of reversing polarity when mounting subs inverted.

As I too agree with the rest of you guys, you shouldn't reverse the polarity when downfiring subs.

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Posted: July 01, 2005 at 10:07 PM / IP Logged  
I'll chime in too because I also knew he was thinking about inverted subs.  But the part about damaging something...I don't know if that's a common misconception with the casual audio fan or not, but reversing polarity on any speaker will do no harm at all.  I imagine it's like a lot of things in electronics and audio - like too low of an impedance will probably cause your amp to have a heart attack, for instance.  Things like this can be a little bit scary.  But reversing polarity on your sub, or group of subs as a whole, is not only okay but actually SHOULD be done after the install.  You want to be sure that you're getting the best sound possible with the rest of the system...and only by testing the sub by reversing polarity will you be sure it sounds the best it can be.  And if you move the sub enclosure from one spot to another, do it again.
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