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Buy or build box?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by boshak, Jun 14, 2010.

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Buy or build a sub box?

Poll closed Jul 14, 2010.
  1. Be lazy, BUY!

    22 vote(s)
    44.0%
  2. Be a man, BUILD!

    28 vote(s)
    56.0%
  1. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:16 PM
    #1
    boshak

    boshak [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I bought a sub off a friend with the intention to recarpet it. Now that the carpet is off and a lot of residue left over... I feel like buying or building one.

    I don't need anything custom which is why I'm leaning toward buying one. Please list your pros & cons.

    Also, if buy: Can you guys recommend reputable places to buy a decent box at an affordable price?

    FWIW: I'm going to mounting (1) 12" Infinity Kappa 124.7w sub
     
  2. Jun 14, 2010 at 10:30 PM
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    ItalynStylion

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    Buying or building doesn't matter to anyone else but you. It's really how much you think your time and effort is worth. And of course how well you think your box will turn out.

    Regardless of what you choose, make sure the box is built to spec based on the requirements of the sub.
     
  3. Jun 15, 2010 at 5:55 AM
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    rjclemen

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    you are not going to gain anything from building your own box. The materials alone will cost you roughly 1/3 of the price of a new box and that is not including your time spent constructing the new box. Also the box you build (guessing your not Mr. Marv) will not even come close to performing like a box that you can purchase. Spend the 50 bucks on a decent box with the specs that your sub requires and get to thumpin'.
     
  4. Jun 15, 2010 at 6:51 AM
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    dolbytone

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    If you have the tools:

    Spend an hour in front of the TV watching New Yankee Workshop to get all pumped up and build yourself a box with your own two hands! It's a lot of fun if you like that kind of thing, so if you are a tinkerer by nature then go for it.

    If you have no tools: Go ahead and buy a stinky prefab box.

    Pros and Cons: If you think it through and properly research the kind of box you need, you will essentially end up with the same box either way.
     
  5. Jun 15, 2010 at 7:54 AM
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    81shark

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    i'd buy unless you wanted custom. just not worth the effort for the cost. fry's had some for 30.
     
  6. Jun 15, 2010 at 8:25 AM
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    ItalynStylion

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    What enclosure volume are you trying to hit and where is this box going to go? What dimensions are you shooting for?
     
  7. Jun 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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    boshak

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    I'm going to be housing (1) 12" Infinity Kappa 124.7w... Spec calls for .70 to 1.3 cu. ft.

    The box will be going behind my seat, Extended cab. Again... Nothing fancy or custom.

    Are the boxes at Fry's reliable? Is there anything I need to look out for with pre-built boxes?
     
  8. Jun 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM
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    ItalynStylion

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    Nothing wrong with a prefab box as long as it meets your enclosure volume requirements.
     
  9. Jun 15, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    BigRedToy

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    There is a place on Ebay with a really high rep selling boxes of all shapes and sizes for cheap and free shipping.
     
  10. Jun 16, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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    polox40

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    If you have the proper tools already, thus meaning you know how to use them, lol, it's really easy, if you don't have the tools or the proper space to do it then buy pre-fab.
     
  11. Jun 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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    Cappy Cap

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    i voted build cuz i hava reg cab and couldnt find a box to buy so i had to custom build it. To have a shop custom build it would have cost a shat ton more than me doin it myself. And the quality of mine is way better than some of the ones ive seen online. Its all about making sure you have enough cubic ft of area proper to your sub to make it sound sik. some caulking doesnt hurt and def. some ins. inside. Wasnt that bad at all to build to be honest, just make sure the measurements are right :)
     
  12. Jun 17, 2010 at 2:38 PM
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    BradleyScottETC

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    Buy. Higher-quality boxes are insulated properly and have portholes tuned the resonate frequency of the subs installed in them, and will always sound superior to plywood with carpet stapled on it. :p

    Or build one if you're not a nerd.
     
  13. Jun 17, 2010 at 5:29 PM
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    BigRedToy

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    I am forking out the money for a properly tuned and ported box when I get my system installed.
     
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