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To enjoy your newly purchased car speaker or subwoofer, you have to have the right sound box. Also known as a speaker box, this enclosure is what holds the speaker. Now you might think that this is just a box that houses the speaker, and it has no effect whatsoever on the quality of sound emitted by the speaker. However, this is completely untrue. As a matter of fact, the quality of bass you'll get from the speaker will also depend on the type of sound box you use. So if you're planning to purchase a speaker enclosure for your car, take a look at the different types first:

Bandpass box

In this enclosure, the woofer or speaker is placed within a dual-chambered box. One chamber is ported, while the other one is sealed. The sound released from the ported chamber has a narrow frequency range and is very loud. Get this sound box if you want an extreme, slamming bass that's perfect for reggae, rap, and hard rock music. However, make sure you have enough space inside the car because this type is large and bulky.

Sealed speaker box

As its name suggests, a sealed box is basically an airtight housing for your woofer or speaker. With this box, expect a non-boomy but sharp bass. It uses more power compared to a ported box, so you'll likely need to install an amplifier with the right wattage if you're planning to use a sealed box. If you want a nice, solid bass without the boom, this type of speaker box is a good investment.

Ported sound box

This type of speaker box has a port or vent that's designed to reinforce a low bass. Compared to a sealed box, you'll get more output from it at any amp wattage. A ported box provides a deep bass, but it's larger than a sealed box. If you want to listen to heavy metal or rock beats while driving, then this is the perfect speaker box for you.

Free air enclosure

Technically, this isn't an enclosure or a box. A free air speaker assembly makes use of your vehicle's trunk as the enclosure, with the trunk isolating the sound coming from the back of the woofer. Basically, the speaker is attached to a board that's mounted against the rear seat. This is the most space-saving speaker assembly, but its power-handling level is lower compared to box assemblies. If you're planning to use a free-air enclosure, check first if the woofer or speaker is designed for a free-air assembly.

Other tips when buying a sound box:

  • When choosing a speaker box, also consider your car's interiors and installation requirements. Some speaker types may not be the best option because of your vehicle's interior layout.
  • Some DIY enthusiasts actually build their own speaker boxes from scratch. However, this project requires special skills and a good understanding of acoustics. If your crafting and technical acoustic skills aren't that good, it's best to just purchase a pre-made speaker box.