Originally Posted by 06SR5canada
alright then, enjoy your 50hz tones played through speakers powered off a deck lol totally badass
Understanding how speakers work with crossovers, and what frequencies they play when a crossover is used, will help you greatly.
And who listens to tones? What are you talking about?
Originally Posted by platinumb
yes technically any speaker will play "sub" bass but smaller speakers arent designed to so it will never sound right.
Not the point of the post. And sounding right is relative. If a 2" driver can play subbass, but due to cone area and excursion, it is only able to play it up to 50db, you would never hear it. Push it higher, and you get distortion. I am guessing this is what you mean by "never sound right", and that is absolutely correct.
I would venture that 99.99% of speakers in peoples doors are playing sub-bass. Factory speakers are, any set of speakers a person puts in a door are, even if they have crossovers in place. Most "decks" will have a crosssover setting (that most people ignore) with a HP of ~80-100hz for a car. Even with the 100hz setting, you are only 12db down (again, most decks will have a 12db/oct slope) at 50hz, so you are getting plenty of sub-bass from the mids.
Its what helps blend systems. I am certainly not advocating small woofers, though many companies are offering 5" - 7" subs that are known to do very well. Moving air is king, so I dont know that I would go that direction for loud bass, but it is ignorant to say that door speakers dont play sub-bass.
And again, I am agreeing with Marv. Bass is about moving air, and a 'by nine will have more cone area, giving you a boost in bass output.