High Excursion Subwoofers vs. SPL Subwoofers

High Excursion Subwoofers vs. SPL Subwoofers

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Subwoofer Showdown: High Excursion Subwoofers vs. SPL (Sound Pressure Level) Subwoofers

If you like it LOUD, you know that no system is complete without a good subwoofer.

A good subwoofer can make or break your audio setup; and in the world of competitive audio there are two main types to consider - high excursion and SPL (Sound Pressure Level).

Let’s dissect the features of each and help you decide which one is best to make your system LOUD!

What is High Excursion?

High excursion subwoofers are for the enthusiasts who want bass that hits them right in the soul. The term "excursion" refers to the movement of the subwoofer cone, and a high excursion subwoofer is capable of moving a greater distance compared to its SPL counterpart. These bad boys move air like it owes them money, creating deep, bone-shaking bass. We're talking about subwoofers that can dance to a rhythm so low it makes your heart skip a beat.

Now, the beauty of high excursion subwoofers is in their precision. The increased cone movement ensures that even the most subtle nuances in the low-frequency range are faithfully reproduced, for an immersive experience that'll leave you breathless.

Now, let's talk strategy. Subs with higher excursion and lower FS naturally play lower, all really depending on how the box is tuned. High excursion subs, especially those with low FS, thrive on lower port tuning in ported boxes. Even in sealed boxes, they'll hit those lower notes, although not as low as the ported box: making customization, installation and placement a bit less of a hassle.

However, it's worth noting that high excursion subwoofers have a larger pole length, surround and spider landing to accommodate for the higher excursion and lower frequencies. These are not the subs for lightweights. Installing these mammoths might be a challenge, and they might demand a beastly amp to unleash their full potential.

Understanding SPL (Sound Pressure Level)

SPL subwoofers, on the other hand, are designed to maximize the volume output of your audio system. Sound Pressure Level refers to the intensity of sound waves and is measured in decibels (dB). An SPL subwoofer is engineered to produce incredibly high decibel levels, resulting in a louder and more impactful bass experience. It's all about making your system scream at the top of its lungs!

For those who crave the feeling of being at a live concert or want to impress their friends with earth-shattering bass, an SPL subwoofer is the way to go. These subwoofers excel at delivering bone-rattling bass that is sure to make an impression. They are often used in car audio competitions where the goal is to achieve the highest possible SPL reading.

But hold on, there's a trade-off. SPL subs might sacrifice a bit of accuracy for the sake of volume. Your bass might be more boom than precision. And, make no mistake, they demand power - your amp better be up for the challenge.

Which Subwoofer is Right for You?

High Excursion or SPL? It's a showdown. High Excursion gives you accuracy, precision, and an immersive experience. SPL delivers raw, bone-rattling power that'll make your ride the envy of the block.

When it comes to choosing between high excursion and SPL subwoofers, it ultimately depends on your personal preferences and listening habits.

If you prioritize accuracy, precision, and a more immersive listening experience, high excursion subwoofers are the way to go. On the other hand, if you crave maximum volume output and want to feel the bass in your core, SPL subwoofers will deliver.

Consider your setup - is it spacious or cramped? High excursion subs are like a muscle car - big and bold. SPL subs, while still demanding space, are more like a sleek sports car that packs a punch.

Don’t forget your amp - High excursion subwoofers require more power to achieve the same volume level as an SPL subwoofer, but offer a more accurate boom. Make sure your amplifier can handle the demands of your chosen subwoofer type to avoid any performance issues.

DS18’s Popular High Excursion Subwoofer Models

There are several popular high excursion subwoofer models on the market that are worth considering:

  1. GEN-XX15.4DHE: This 15” beast delivers unparalleled low-frequency performance without breaking the bank, bringing the heart-pounding sensation of concert-quality bass right into your car.

Shake the neighborhood and turn heads with a frequency response of 20Hz to 1KHz, offering a wide range of bass reproduction that lets you savor every detail of your favorite tracks.

  1. EXL-XX15.4DHE: Get ready to feel the thunder on the asphalt with a 15-inch High Excursion Car Subwoofer engineered for the true audio connoisseur.

What truly sets the EXL-XX15.4DHE apart is its high excursion surround, pushing the limits with an Xtraordinary 42mm Xmax. Every note resonates with accuracy and depth, for an immersive audio landscape that's as rich as it is powerful.

  1. HOOL-X15.4DHE: Meet the legend – the DS18 HOOL-X15.4DHE, also known as the "High Excursion Hooligan." This 15" High Excursion Car Subwoofer is not just a subwoofer; it's a force to be reckoned with, delivering 4000W RMS and 6000W MAX power to blow your audio expectations out of the water.

With a sensitivity of 88.3dB, an Xmax of 59 mm, and a frequency response ranging from 16Hz to 500Hz: every beat is reproduced with staggering depth and precision.

DS18’s Popular SPL Subwoofer Models

Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for a legend that's been shaking streets and winning lanes for over six years – the DS18 HOOL-X15.4DSPL, a true HOOLIGAN in the world of SPL Car Subwoofers. We've taken this iconic line to new heights with the HOOLIGAN X15 Sound Pressure Level – it's the beast that roars louder, hits harder, and demands your attention.

At the heart of this beast is a high-powered 4" aluminum voice coil, capable of handling a staggering 4000W RMS and 6000W MAX power. Reinforced with a larger SPL surround, this version cranks up the capability to handle high SPL’s, playing louder and cleaner than any subwoofer that has come before.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

In the ultimate showdown between high excursion and SPL subwoofers, there is no clear winner. The right choice depends on your personal preferences, listening habits, and the specific requirements of your audio setup. High excursion subwoofers offer accuracy, precision, and an immersive listening experience, while SPL subwoofers deliver maximum volume output and bone-rattling bass.

Consider factors such as sound preference, space requirements, amplifier compatibility, and budget when making your decision. And remember, there is no substitute for experiencing the subwoofers firsthand. Visit your local audio store to listen to different models and determine which one resonates with you the most.

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