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Old 11-23-2016, 06:28 AM
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Hey guys, I have JL 10" sub for my boat that I am planning to install. I am looking for opinions on where to mount it for best performance. On my boat the best options seem to be in the console or on the forward cockpit bulkhead. The boat is a 2400 Pathfinder for reference. Any input is greatly appreciated.
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I'm thinking console firing to the gunnel.
Old 11-23-2016, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by uscgnazzario View Post
Hey guys, I have JL 10" sub for my boat that I am planning to install. I am looking for opinions on where to mount it for best performance. On my boat the best options seem to be in the console or on the forward cockpit bulkhead. The boat is a 2400 Pathfinder for reference. Any input is greatly appreciated.
The best locations are either 1) at the base of the aft side center console facing aft, or 2) on the fore side under the leaning post facing fore. 1) probably isn't an option if you have a foot well below and a hatch just above. 2) isn't an option without a solid console under the leaning post. So my next choice would be in the forward bulkhead as long as the subwoofer is aimed aft. Not ideal because of the longer distance but still has the advantage of long reinforcing planes, such as the sole and coaming surfaces.
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There is essentially no directional-effect with subs, put it where it will fit, and be out of the elements, and not facing away from listening areas. There is no "stereo effect", as low audio freqs are omni-directional, so find a protected spot that faces most listeners.

And for the sake of waterfront property owners, please keep the gain modest...deep bass travels miles across water, and even earplugs at 3AM don't help much, as very low audio frequency is "heard" via bone conduction...very annoying, and if happened on land would result in a police response...but no agencies want to intervene with obnoxious boaters. Rant over.
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Subwoofer location and orientation definitely matters in how it is perceived. Bass is simple 'less' directional and 'more' towards omni-directional....than shorter and higher frequencies. But bass is not completely non-directional, especially in the context of an open field. Environments, especially those with finite boundaries, tend to create the impression of omni-directional. For example, a down-firing woofer is perfectly omni-directional. But that has more to do with the way the woofer is loaded into the environment.
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Originally Posted by Karl in NY View Post
There is essentially no directional-effect with subs, put it where it will fit, and be out of the elements, and not facing away from listening areas. There is no "stereo effect", as low audio freqs are omni-directional, so find a protected spot that faces most listeners.

And for the sake of waterfront property owners, please keep the gain modest...deep bass travels miles across water, and even earplugs at 3AM don't help much, as very low audio frequency is "heard" via bone conduction...very annoying, and if happened on land would result in a police response...but no agencies want to intervene with obnoxious boaters. Rant over.
I was going to post the same point but not so eloquently.

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