SVS Tackels The Sealed v. Ported Subwoofer Question

Now SVS is a speaker company, specializing in subwoofers, so you might to take their guidance with a grain of salt. That said the write-up seems pretty balanced, and concludes with a solid “it depends” which is always a good sign.

Which subwoofer type is better – sealed or ported? An evergreen discussion topic on the forums and blogs, there is no shortage of opinions on the subject. Add in a few die-hard myths and generalizations, and it’s no surprise this is one of the most common questions asked of SVS Customer Service.

At the risk of sounding ambiguous, the answer is ‘it depends’. The strengths of each subwoofer type are discussed below, along with the recommended applications and listening environments which will result in optimal performance.