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Interesting idea!
 
How are you planning on driving it? Tapping the speaker wires won't get you the needed output for the subwoofer. You'll need an Amp which offers a subwoofer output (your mac's DAC does not offer one). So you'll need to find an Amp and then figure out how to power it and then tap into the internal speakers as well as mounting it internally. I don't think there is enough room for it and you still have additional heat from the Amp.
 
The other problem you face here is the vibration of the Bass, HDD's are like phonograph records. But, instead of a needle riding a groove it's a magnetic head just skimming the platter. Surprisingly, the percussion of the bass sound can be enough to push the head into the platter or cause the head to misalign (X,Y & Z axis between the two). Thats why you see the drive mounted in rubber so the low frequencies and bangs don't mess up the drive. With your subwoofer mounted internally you run the risk of damaging your HDD and other types of vibration damage directly from the air percussion.
 
The last issue is space the larger the diaphragm the deeper the bass. Even with a good box design the space internally is so limited I don't think you can get the better bass you are looking for internally.
 
Sadly, I think it drives us back to doing this all externally. Using a good USB DAC with Amp you can drive your external speakers and subwoofer and make the whowhole house shake!
Sadly, I think it drives us back to doing this all externally. Using a good USB DAC with Amp you can drive your external speakers and subwoofer and make the whowhole house shake!

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Interesting idea!
 
How are you planning on driving it? Tapping the speaker wires won't get you the needed output for the subwoofer. You'll need an Amp which offers a subwoofer output (your mac's DAC does not offer one). So you'll need to find an Amp and then figure out how to power it and then tap into the internal speakersspeakers as well as mounting it internally. I don't think there is enough room for this internallyit and you still have additional heat from the Amp.
How are you planning on driving it? Tapping the speaker wires won't get you the needed output for the subwoofer. You'll need an Amp which offers a subwoofer output (your mac's DAC does not offer one). So you'll need to find an Amp and then figure out how to power it and then tap into the internal speakersspeakers as well as mounting it internally. I don't think there is enough room for this internallyit and you still have additional heat from the Amp.
 
The other problem you face here is the vibration of the Bass, HDD's are like phonograph records. But, instead of a needle riding a groove it's a magnetic head just skimming the platter. Surprisingly, the percussion of the bass sound can be enough to push the head into the platter or cause the head to misalign (X,Y & Z axis between the two). Thats why you see the drive mounted in rubber so the low frequencies and bangs don't mess up the drive. With your subwoofer mounted internally you run the risk of damaging your HDD and other types of vibration damage directly from the air percussion.
 
The last issue is space the larger the diaphragm the deeper the bass. Even with a good box design the space internally is so limited I don't think you can get the better bass you are looking for internally.
 
Sadly, I think it drives us back to doing this all externally. Using a good USB DAC with Amp you can drive your external speakers and subwoofer and make the who house shake!

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Original post by: Dan ,

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Interesting idea!

How are you planning on driving it? Tapping the speaker wires won't get you the needed output for the subwoofer. You'll need an Amp which offers a subwoofer output (your mac's DAC does not offer one). So you'll need to find an Amp and then figure out how to power it and then tap into the internal speakers. I don't think there is enough room for this internally.

The other problem you face here is the vibration of the Bass, HDD's are like phonograph records. But, instead of a needle riding a groove it's a magnetic head just skimming the platter. Surprisingly, the percussion of the bass sound can be enough to push the head into the platter or cause the head to misalign (X,Y & Z axis between the two). Thats why you see the drive mounted in rubber so the low frequencies and bangs don't mess up the drive. With your subwoofer mounted internally you run the risk of damaging your HDD and other types of vibration damage directly from the air percussion.

The last issue is space the larger the diaphragm the deeper the bass. Even with a good box design the space internally is so limited I don't think you can get the better bass you are looking for internally.

Sadly, I think it drives us back to doing this all externally. Using a good USB DAC with Amp you can drive your external speakers and subwoofer and make the who house shake!

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