September October 2016 Page 44 September / October 2016

E veryone likes the bump and bounce of good bass in the car. Luckily, you can add a subwoofer to just about any stereo - even a factory system - and get years of enjoyment (not to mention a sense of pride and accomplishment when you do it yourself). To walk you through the essentials of getting better bass, we decided to put together an example of a subwoofer system, made up of Kicker gear, and show you the three basic steps - choosing components, powering them, and connecting them to a factory system. We'll need plenty of volume in order to hear and feel the beat. We can estimate how loud a sub will play by its RMS wattage rating. A 100- or 200-watts RMS sub will bring out the bass of an otherwise weak-sounding system in a small car quite well, but to sound loud in a larger vehicle we'll require at least 500 watts or even more. A larger sub, like a 12", will push more air and play lower than a 10" using the same amp, but will require a larger enclosure that might not fit in the car. Then there's the matter of choosing the type of box. A sealed enclosure will produce precise and clean bass tones, and will be smaller than a ported enclosure. A ported box will work great with bass-heavy music. For our system, we made things simple and chose a factory-made, pre-matched and pre-loaded 12" sub in a ported box, rated for 300 watts RMS, installed in the trunk. We like lots of bass, but we don't necessarily need to rattle the neighbors' windows. 1 CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE FOR THE LOUDNESS YOU WANT Kicker 40VCWS122 ported enclosure with 12" subwoofer #206VCWS122 $199.99 THE STEPS TO BASS BLISS 1 2 1 3 2 BUMP BY BUCK POMERANTZ 44 Get advice from one of our experts 800-555-9507

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