MTX is a maker of car audio products with an extensive line of amplifiers, subwoofers, speakers and accessories. The MTX 5500 is one of its Thunder series of subwoofers. It is a practical subwoofer for the entry-level car audio enthusiast, as it is affordable and doesn't require high-end amps to power it. The 5500 series comes in sizing options of 8 inches, 10 inches, 12 inches or 15 inches, which have similar specifications. The 12-inch sub is the most popular size.
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Every subwoofer has a recommended maximum amount of watts that it can handle. This specification includes two numbers: the peak power and the RMS power. The peak power is the amount of watts it can handle for a very short period of time. The RMS is the power it can handle continuously without damaging the speaker. For the MTX 5500 12-inch subwoofer, the recommended peak power is 300 watts and the recommended RMS power is between 150 and 300 watts.
MTX 5500 subwoofers come with a rubber surround for lasting durability. The surround is the outer ring of the subwoofer that moves in and out with the bass; it is essential for a clean bass sound. The voice coils, the component of the sub that stores the power that supplies the speaker, is made of 428 degree Fahrenheit aluminium, which keeps the sub functioning under high volumes and high heat. The 5500 subwoofer also features MTX's patented venting technology system, which ensures that the sub stays cool and reliable.
All subwoofers have a manufacturer's recommendation for the size of the enclosure. For the MTX 5500, the minimum size for a ported box enclosure (which has a vent that lets air circulate) is 1 cubic foot. For a sealed box (which is completely airtight), the minimum size is .5 cubic feet.
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