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minnmarker

Wet Sounds XS-12 S4 frequency range

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minnmarker

I got all the amps installed and the sub constructed for my pontoon system.  The next question is what to get for the cabin speakers.  That depends on what range I can realistically rely on the sub to put out.

Sub is a down firing XS-12 S4 powered by a Kicker CX1200.1 (600 watt RMS).  Can that combo do a good job reproducing sound up to 120 Hz?  Above 120 Hz?  I would love to get away with some smallish "satellite" speakers.

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Keep in mind that a subwoofer (as used in a bi-amped system) and a woofer (typically used in a 2 or 3-way passive system) are completely different animals. Many subwoofers, especially larger ones, for a variety of reasons, usually don't do well above 150 Hz. However, the XS-12 will have no trouble reproducing 120 Hz. But that is approaching the higher frequency limit for a sub. Any higher and the subwoofer starts getting into the vocal range and into a more directional range. And you definitely want to avoid that.

The quality of the bass will be highly dependent on the satellites reproduction of the bass harmonics that give tonal construction and pitch to the fundamental bass notes. If the smaller 'sats' can't keep pace at higher output levels you will have a total disconnect in sound quality. So as you run smaller 'sats' the sub level must come down lower to be in balance. So, reality is that with a 12-inch sub, you are going to need multiple 6.5" 'sats' that are all contributing from any near-field listening perspective. And each of those 6.5" 'sats' are going to require a certain amount of baffle displacement in order to reach their lower end potential.     

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OK so the litle speakers are a no go. Option 2 is two 8 inch 2 way speakers near the floor up front and two 5 inch two way up higher on the sides. To start how about setting the 8 inchers at about 80 high pass and the 5 inch somewhat higher - with the sub at 90 low pass? Or should I set the sub higher?

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15 hours ago, David said:

 If the smaller 'sats' can't keep pace at higher output levels you will have a total disconnect in sound quality. So as you run smaller 'sats' the sub level must come down lower to be in balance. So, reality is that with a 12-inch sub, you are going to need multiple 6.5" 'sats' that are all contributing from any near-field listening perspective. And each of those 6.5" 'sats' are going to require a certain amount of baffle displacement in order to reach their lower end potential.     

Bump. How does Option 2 (above) with a couple 8 inchers look?  Don't want to spend a ton so looking at

http://www.amazon.com/Kenwood-KFC-2053MRW-Marine-Speakers-KFC2053MRW/dp/B00U7T8GDW/

They will be driven by a 75 watt RMS per channel A/B JBL amp.

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