If you have ever come across a subwoofer that looks like it’s upside-down, it is more than likely just an inverted subwoofer. Inverting a car subwoofer gets mixed reactions and the results have been debated. This article will help you gain a better understanding of what inverting a car subwoofer really means and whether or not it is worthwhile to do.
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding inverting car subwoofers:
What is an Inverted Car Subwoofer?
The term “inverting”, when it comes to subs, refers to when a subwoofer is mounted in the enclosure upside-down. When this is done, the magnet that is typically inside of the box is facing outwards instead. As you are aware and are accustomed to, the magnet of the speaker is almost always positioned inside of the box.
Does Inverting a Car Subwoofer Help in Any Way?
According to some, inverting a subwoofer can help keep the speakers cooler and can help increase the box volume. However, most agree that doing this does not make your subwoofer louder. It can help with space issues though, allowing you to fit the speakers in an area with a smaller box that normally would not work.
Why are People Inverting Car Subwoofers?
In most cases, people just like the way inverted car subs look. Let’s face it, some like the unique look and enjoy the reactions when they pop their trunk; However, it is possible that since all the components are on the outside, the subwoofers will run cooler, therefore improving the longevity of the woofer.
The final reason why people invert their car subwoofers is for space reasons. Inverting the subs can be useful when you are trying to install a custom box into a tighter space. Inverting the sub will allow you to build a smaller box since a majority of the components are on the outside, taking up less box volume.
Should I Invert a Car Subwoofer?
It is usually a matter of preference and is not the more common method for installation inside of boxes and enclosures. There is a reason why all manufacturers sell their loaded sub boxes the conventional way with the magnets on the inside of the box.
You can always play around with your own car and audio setup by comparing the look and sound of your subwoofers inverted versus standard positioning to help make your decision; however, most will find that process to be unnecessary.
Do Inverted Car Subwoofers Need to be Wired Differently?
No, inverting your subwoofer does not affect the wiring of your speakers. All wiring should be done according to the speaker manufacturer’s instructions. There are some misconceptions that inverted subwoofers need to be wired differently, but that is not the case.
So there you have it… information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding inverting car subs. To recap, inverting can be helpful in certain situations where the speaker won’t fit the traditional way or if you like the look of inverted subwoofers. However, don’t expect that repositioning them will increase the quality of your overall audio system.
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