I understand the whole 2 ohm and 4 ohm rating, but I do not understand the watt rating for DVC subwoofers. If a DVC subwoofer is rated at 600 watts, does that mean that each coil is 300 watts? I am looking at the Kicker CVX10 which comes in both 2 ohm DVC and 4 ohm DVC and is rated at 600 watts. Thanks.
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07-30-2014, 10:58 PM #1
Dual Voice Coil Subwoofer Watt Ratings????????Joe
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07-30-2014, 11:12 PM #2
Kinda but actually you match the wattage to you amp and dual voice coils allow you more flexibility with your ohm loads. Im running the cvx10 dual 4 ohm coils wired parallel to a 2 ohm load on a kicker dx1000.1 so im putting 1000 watts to the speaker and it has been handling it great its good and loud. For reference I m running it in a waves and wheels 10" vented marine enclosure2015 Gun Metal flake MOJO
07-30-2014, 11:52 PM #3
Make sure you use an amp which can handle the ohm load. Some amps are not rated for 2 ohms or lower and will likely get fried if you wire a 4 ohm DVD parallel making 2 ohms to the amp. I'm using a soundstream sub amp which is stable down to 1 ohm so it can handle the 2 ohm load. Also, the lower ohm load you use, the more power you will get out of the amp. For example my amp is rated as follows: 600W @ 4 ohms; 900W @ 2 ohms; 1200W @ 1 ohm. Conversely, if you wire that same 4 ohm DVD in series it will make 8 ohms to the amp which means it will be safe but you won't get the power out of your amp. It would typically make half the power rating of a 4 ohm amp. A good amp will make all the difference.2006 Outback V
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07-31-2014, 09:07 AM #4
Most contemporary amplifiers will handle 2-ohms if a monoblock, or 4-ohms if a bridged stereo model, or 2-ohms on each channel if running a stereo amplifier with a channel per voice coil.
07-31-2014, 09:55 AM #5
^^^^what David said^^^^
07-31-2014, 11:45 AM #6
So which setup is better? The 2 ohm DVC wired in series so the amp sees 4 ohms, or the 4 ohm DVC wired in parallel so the amp sees 2 ohms? The amp is rated 500 watts at 4 ohm and 800 watts at 2 ohm. Same Kicker CVX10 sub.Joe
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07-31-2014, 12:02 PM #7
To get the most power out of your amp the 2 ohm load with pull more than the 4 ohm load. A dual 2ohm vc is a 4 or 1 ohm load. A dual 4 ohm voice coil is either a 2 ohm or 8 ohm. The dvc 2ohm will pull 500 watts from your amp and the dual 4 ohm will pull 800 watts. Both will sound good in the right box. But if you want to talk efficiency and power with your amp the dual 4 has the potential to be louder and will allow you amp to operate at the top of its range.2015 Gun Metal flake MOJO
07-31-2014, 12:13 PM #8
The dual 4-ohm voice coil in parallel (net 2-ohm) on a monoblock amplifier is the right choice.
Nothing sounds better than a subwoofer where the power nor driver is over-taxed. The rest is up to building a really quality enclosure, loading it in the right location, and tuning it right.