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06-20-2005, 03:55 PM
I have a pair of 140 L boxes I would like to load with 2242-drivers. To what frequency should I tune the boxes to get the best response?

regards: Jakob

06-20-2005, 05:08 PM
That's a pretty small box for a 2242 - the best I could come up with is below - 39hz Fb resulting in 51.3 F3. Port size would be 52 sq.in. and 10.17" long:


Earl K
06-20-2005, 05:58 PM

Good News :
- Giskard has extensively covered the use of the 2242H as the modern, "all-purpose", update to the 2245H.
He bought a bunch of them and put them through their paces, including testing them in small boxes.

- Search for some of this relevant information by using the key words of : 2242, tuning, 2245, bass . Also include his name in the "Search by Users Name" area to narrow the search. ( don't use those commas in the search engine )

- I was just looking at this info this weekend / so I know its around here .

Bad News :

- You might as well hear it now . As John has pointed out, 140L is about 1/2 as large as the box really should be for decent bass reproduction ( from a 2242 ) .

My Advice : ( from reading the same links that I just posted )

- If your boxes are already made & if you now own 2242 woofers / then forge ahead. You will be able to squeeze decent sub-bass from an enclosure this size. You'll just need to accept the inevitable compromises. One is that you are forced to use a lowpass filter ( Bandwidth Limiting ) tuned to a very low frequency to get rid of all the extra bass & midbass energy. With this lowpass filter and a reasonably low box tuning ( I'd choose 32 hz ) , your net efficiency will be in the very low 90s ( close to many HiFi boxes including the 250Ti ). You'll also want a very large wattage amplier to drive thie setup. I'd say 400 to 600 watts into 8 ohms ( per chnl ) .


EDIT : Some background reading
#1 Here's a good thread on tuning the 2242 . (http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=1130&highlight=2242+Tuning)

#2 9.0 cu' tuned to 30 hz (http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=4845&highlight=Bass)

#3 Synthesis One info (http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=402&highlight=Bass) This has some interesting comments from Giskard about bass transients or so-called "fast bass".

#4 Adding a Mass Ring to a 2242 ? (http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=19&highlight=Bass) The verdict is delivered .

#5 A Note on "Passive" Lowpass Filters for Subs (http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2097&highlight=Bass) when using a smaller ( than optimum ) sealed box .

#6 2242 : And the Need for BandWidth Limiting (http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=5882&highlight=Bass) ( to get results that are similar to those obtained from a 2245H ).

06-22-2005, 02:00 AM

Ok, it was like I suspected!:(
I don't have the 2242:s yet, but I'm wanting them badly!

Maybe it's better to get new boxes when I finally get the drivers.

Thank You very much for all the info! :) :) :)

B.R: Jakob