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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-01-2005, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Sound ranges?

Ok right now I have

-Infinity Kappa 60.5 CS
-Sony 6x9's
-Kenwood ExCelon 5 channel amplifier
-2 generic no-name 12" subs

The subs are not very great but I have an awesome box that makes them sound like I spent a month's paycheck on them. However the problem I currently have with this system is ...

a) There's too much bass coming through the components for my liking. I'd prefer *NO* bass coming from the components at all, and *ALL* the bass in my system coming solely from the subs. Do I need to get new speakers that have a higher minimum frequency? I know I can change some settings on my amp but that is the one thing I don't like about it, the different settings are not marked - for example, my filters are only labeled at the extremes like 50-200 and no markings at all in between so I kinda have to guess. I was wondering what are the common frequency ranges that are considered "bass," what are "highs" etc. like from xxx hz and down, you know what I mean?

b) These speakers can *NOT* handle as much power as I'd like them to. At a "normal" person's listening level they sound amazing but I'm not a normal person, I'm one who likes to crank it up and not hear distortion. Any recommendations on fixing this? I have no idea if the amp, deck, or speakers would have the biggest impact on this.

I am still very new at car audio systems and LOVE what I've got so far compared to when I bought the car, but I am still trying to learn the ins and outs of everything. Also if anyone has some real good links I can read up on it would be greatly appreciated.

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a) You have to have some bass coming from the components so you don't have a defined division between your front stage and the subs. However, you definitely don't want them playing in the sub range or below their capabilities. The best way to solve this problem is to adjust the crossover on your amp to filter out those lower frequencies. As for where that line is, it's dependent on the components and the over-all sound of the system. You don't want gaps in the response so make sure you're not filtering too high.

It's common not to have every frequency marked on the adjustment. You really don't need it. Just listen while your adjusting and stop when you've reached the range that allows them to perform like you want.

b) There could actually be numerous issues here. You may not have the gains adjusted to maximize the performance of the system. You may need a more powerful amplifier and/or speakers with a higher power handling. If your system is adjusted to maximize the power you have before you reach the distortion level of your headunit and the amp has a power output rating near the power handling range of your speakers then an upgrade of both is in order. If your adjusted properly but your amp is below the power handling ofyour speakers a bigger amp may suffice. Without know much more about your system it's very difficult to come to a clear conclusion...
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