Why I choose to build ported subs and how important it is to use flared ports
Adding a port to a subwoofer box allows a higher output to be achieved at lower frequencies.
Special care is needed to ensure that the airflow in the port does not develop audible turbulence, otherwise known
as "chuffing". Proper selection of port diameter and the use of flares can tame this problem
This section brings together information about porting derived from a series of experiments and measurements, along with techniques for making your own DIY sub port. Also to be found in this section, is information on purchasing flares, should you not want to make your own.
These pages are not just relevent to Home Theater subs, they apply just as well to ports used in car audio.
Finally, should the problems of port length and noise prove too much, there is a page on passive radiators.
- Why I prefer a Ported enclosure Louder, lower and so much more individual
- Flare testing experiments determine how big a flare is required to avoid "chuffing"
- Port Flares Some DIY options, also links to some Commercial port flares
- Long port options Sub box too small, ports too long - what can you do?
- Passive radiators An alternative to ports. Sample design compared to equivalent ported enclosure