Question: Why do Subs stink?

Do new subwoofers smell? Most new subwoofers produce a smell when their voice coil heats for the first time. When this happens, it means there is an excess glue on the voice coil that burns as the voice coil heats. And this results in a burnt smell from the subwoofers.

What causes a subwoofer to smell burnt?

Both the smoke and the smell are a result of those resins on the coil returning to liquid and eventually a vapor. You can read more about this in the May Tech Talk earlier this year when we did a Burned Speaker Voice Coil Diagnosis.

Do subs have a break in period?

Yes, subwoofers need a break-in period to reach their optimum sound quality. It takes anywhere from 20 to 100 hours to break in a subwoofer. If you have a box subwoofer, the break-in period can be shortened slightly since it is already in a box. During the break-in period, your subwoofer will sound harsh and tinny.

How long does it take to break in new subwoofers?

We suggest 20-24 hours for a solid break in time. You can set it with a good clean signal overnight. Once this is done you are ready to install and be on your way.

Can a subwoofer catch fire?

Prolonged continuous operation of an amplifier, speaker, or subwoofer in a distorted, clipped or over-powered manner can cause your audio system to overheat, possibly catching fire and resulting in serious damage to your components and/or vehicle.

Do subwoofers need broken?

Unlike vocal cords, a subwoofer only needs to be broken-in once. Some will say that you dont need to break your subs in at all, some will say you need to break them in by playing pink noise at half volume for hours on end, and some will even say to do that at a higher volume than normal.

Do subwoofers need to warm up?

Like breaking in the engine on a new car, it needs this brief warm-up period to adjust to its surroundings. Take the family out for dinner: This is an important part of break-in. The dinner phase is two hours of aggressive break-in, before which even attempting to set-up and dial-in your sub is a waste of time.

Can speaker wire cause fire?

When dealing with electricity the potential for fire always exists. With speaker wire the threat level is very low, as the voltages involved are low, while amplifiers usually have protection circuits that will shut the amp down in the event of a short circuit.

What does it mean when your amp is hot?

There are several different reasons that an amplifier will get hot and shut down. Four of the most common are: Blown/grounded speaker(s), poor power and/or ground connections, too low an impedance (load), or Gain/Punch Bass control settings too high.

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