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Old 04-20-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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Subwoofer break in

So I recently bought and installed an Alpine type R 12" sub, and I was wondering how I should break it in. Some people just put it in, set it to the max gain before distortion, and call it done. But I've heard otherwise. I've heard you play it for about 20-30 hours before you really push it(which with this sub set at half power, it's almost too much). Any opinions from people who own subs? And can I get some real answers other than, "well, it can't hurt", like real experiences. Can anyone help?
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Re: Subwoofer break in

ive never heard of that...but ok.
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ive never heard of that...but ok.
If you read audio forums, they mention it a lot... Just not too specifically.
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So I recently bought and installed an Alpine type R 12" sub, and I was wondering how I should break it in. Some people just put it in, set it to the max gain before distortion, and call it done. But I've heard otherwise. I've heard you play it for about 20-30 hours before you really push it(which with this sub set at half power, it's almost too much). Any opinions from people who own subs? And can I get some real answers other than, "well, it can't hurt", like real experiences. Can anyone help?
never heard of such a thing,just rock on dude,lol
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never heard of such a thing,just rock on dude,lol
Dang... No answers.
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Re: Subwoofer break in

Wow that is new to me also I am not sure why it would need to be broken in but I guess I never thought about it either.
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Wow that is new to me also I am not sure why it would need to be broken in but I guess I never thought about it either.
The rubber surround loosens up making it louder as it gets more broken in. Some people say that just cranking it up with full power will damage it.
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It will get louder, I know that, I'm just wondering if anybody knows anything about breaking them in.
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Dang... No answers.
you can always read the directions,or google it,lol)))))
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you can always read the directions,or google it,lol)))))
Tried everywhere... Even emailed alpine and no replies...
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Re: Subwoofer break in

i know that with nice headphones you are always supposed to break them in by letting them play on high volume for 20+ hrs. its a lot easier on headphones obviously without driving everyone nuts around you like it would with a car sub thumping away!
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i know that with nice headphones you are always supposed to break them in by letting them play on high volume for 20+ hrs. its a lot easier on headphones obviously without driving everyone nuts around you like it would with a car sub thumping away!
Yeah, I bought some Rockford fosgate punch plugs ($120), and they sounded way better broken in... But subs seem to be the opposite, low volume for a while is what I'm hearing
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Tried everywhere... Even emailed alpine and no replies...
try crutchfield,they have a great support team
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Re: Subwoofer break in

It's not a bad idea to break in pretty much anything.

I would start off with the gain at zero, volume low, run that for a day or two, then slowly take it up over a week or two period.

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It's not a bad idea to break in pretty much anything.

I would start off with the gain at zero, volume low, run that for a day or two, then slowly take it up over a week or two period.

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Idk, I've heard half is fine... If I leave it at the lowest setting, I get distortion when the bass drops really low, like 30ish hz
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I have broken in my subs before I played them on half the volume for about 15 days after that they can go on full blast
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I had two 12" kicker subs powered by a 750 watt kicker amp and I played them at full volume the first day I got them. They did get louder but i never had any problem with damaging them and what not. Hope this helps a bit.
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Thanks for your responses! I think I'll set my amp to about 2/3 gain with like maybe +2db of bass boost for a few weeks
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Thanks for your responses! I think I'll set my amp to about 2/3 gain with like maybe +2db of bass boost for a few weeks
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