October 10, 2012

Sealed vs Ported Loudspeakers: Which is Better?

Here’s a classic debate that plenty of junior high school students consider when trying to outfit their ride with a subwoofer.  Do I go with a sealed box or ported?  A general answer to the question is that ported boxes tend to give more “boom”, while their sealed brethren produce more of a linear response, and therefore more sound quality.


However, science and engineering has helped speaker companies leap forward – and the exact calculations needed to produce a given type of sound is no longer a guess and check game.  Both setups have their place in the audio world, when used correctly.