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Cerwin-Vega VMAX102

10" Dual 2 ohm VMAX Series Car Subwoofer

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10" Dual 2 ohm VMAX Series Car Subwoofer

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Award Winning Cerwin-Vega VMAX Subwoofers

VMAX series subwoofers, like the VMAX102, has been the most popular, award-winning, series of Cerwin-Vega subwoofers for the last 10 years for many reasons. The series of subwoofers are offered in a 10", 12", and 15" size with each respective size having the option of a Dual 2 ohm or Dual 4 ohm voice coil. They offer a power rating of 1000 watts peak and 500 watts of continuous RMS power making them your daily "ground-pounders". With these many different sizes and impedance options, these woofers offer versatility and a significant amount of bass that is sure to fit anyone's bass needs. The woofers feature a composite polypropylene cone and a wider larger than normal rubber surround for increased excursion level, performance, quality, and strength. The use of O2 Cast technology increases basket strength and lowers basket resonance, which also increases the quality and performance of the subwoofers. The woofers also feature cross-flow window venting that reduces voice coil temperatures and radial contact convex domes that reduce cone flex and minimize distortion. If you want to achieve exceptional low-frequency reproduction that is accompanied by quality manufacturing and amazing value, look no further than the Cerwin-Vega VMAX series subwoofers.

  • 10" Dual 2 Ohm VMAX Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 1000 watts
    • RMS: 500 watts
  • Impedance: Dual 2 ohm
  • Polypropylene composite cone woofer for the perfect weight to strength ratio
  • Wide rubber surround
  • Radial contact convex domes design minimizes cone flex and reduces distortion
  • Window framed venting draws cool air directly to the voice coil for increased power handling
  • Dual linear rolled spiders for unmatched assembly cone control at all volumes
  • 2.5" Dual 2 ohm high-grade voice coils
  • O2 Cast technology increases basket strength while lowering basket resonance for increased performance and quality
  • Sensitivity: 83.1 dB
  • Cutout Dimensions: 9-1/4"
  • Mounting Depth: 6-3/8"
  • 1-year Manufacture's warranty

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Cerwin-Vega VMAX3102)
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(previous model, replaced by Cerwin-Vega VMAX102.2)
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Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
VMAX (Cerwin-Vega)
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
10"
Peak Power Handling
Peak power handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle during a brief musical burst. The RMS power range figure is a much more reliable rating for determining the speaker's power requirements. The Peak power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
1000 watts
RMS Power Handling
The RMS power is the amount of power the speaker requires to operate safely and properly. RMS Power Handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. We recommend powering your speakers or subwoofer with 80%-120% of its recommended RMS rating. The RMS power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
500 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Dual voice coil subs have more wiring flexibility than single voice coils subs; however, single voice coil subwoofers provide easier hookup options for wiring multiple subwoofers in parallel or series. You may also run a dual voice coil (DVC) sub in parallel, series, or combination. A quad voice coil has four voice coils and is equal to two dual voice coil subwoofers as far as wiring goes.
Dual
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
The load value (in ohms) that the speakers present to the amplifier per voice coil - the amount of resistance to the current flow. This is a key specification as subs wired in parallel or low impedances can create problems with your amplifier and potentially void all warranties. We encourage you to ask our support department prior to purchase if you do not understand which impedance level will suit your application best.
2 ohms
Voice Coil Diameter
Diameter of voice coil, usually measured in inches.
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
83 dB
Subwoofer Design
This is the design of the subwoofer or the opening of the subwoofer enclosure. Each design has it's own benefits, whether it is a square, circle, or oval.

Round/Circle: This is the typical and common subwoofer design. They have a round cone and are a circle in design.

Square: These woofers are able to achieve a greater cone area in a smaller space. Because of the greater surface area, some square subwoofers will be louder than a round subwoofer of the same size.

Round / Circle
Main Cone Color
This is the color of the speaker's or subwoofer's cone.
Black
Woofer Composition
Lightweight woofer cone materials are essential for efficient operation. Poly cones produce exceptional sound and are sturdy against various changes in temperature. Paper cones are very efficient, and when treated for moisture resistance, will perform at a high level. Poly refers to polypropylene, which is thermoplastic or fibers that are polymers of propylene. IMPP refers to injection molded polypropylene, a commonly used process and material in speakers.
Composite Polypropylene Cone (CPPC)
Woofer Surround
A speakers surround is part of the suspension system. The surround protects the cone and prevents it from being displaced as it flexes out from the basket. It is usually made of a durable material like treated foam or rubber in order to withstand the strenuous job of producing bass frequencies.
Rubber
Magnet Structure
Defines the overall structure of the subwoofers magnet.
Subwoofer Grille
Most subwoofers are able to accommodate a universal grille; however, some subs include a grille and others have a specific, optional grille available for purchase separately. If "yes", then the subwoofer includes a grille. If "optional (sold separately)" the matching grille will need to be purchased in addition to the sub.
No
Re-Cone Kit Available
Some higher end subwoofers have replaceable cone assemblies. In case of a blown woofer, a recone kit allows for a simple replacement, as opposed to purchasing an entire new subwoofer.
No

Recommended Enclosure Specifications

Recommended Enclosure Type
This is the recommended type of enclosure that the subwoofer should be installed into. Some subwoofers are specially designed for particular enclosures.

Sealed: These enclosures completely enclose the air inside the box. These boxes produce a tight bass.

Ported/Vented: These enclosures have a slot of air to escape from the box. The result is a sound that has more "boom".

Bandpass: These are a combination of both sealed and ported enclosures. They can be very efficient, but require tuning for the best response.

Ported / Vented
Sealed
Minimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
0.7 cubic feet
Optimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
Maximum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
0.7 cubic feet
Minimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
1.0 cubic feet
Optimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
Maximum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
1.0 cubic feet
Top-Mount Depth
The depth when installed on top of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the bottom of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
6-3/8"
Cutout Diameter
The actual diameter of the hole you will need to cut out if you are creating a new mounting location for this speaker, or if you are mounting a subwoofer in a box.
9-1/4"
Shallow Mount Installation
This means that the subwoofer/speaker is designed to be installed in areas that do not have a lot of space. Shallow mount subwoofers are typically found under a seat or behind the seat in some trucks.

Shallow mount speakers will typically have a mounting depth of 2" or less, while shallow mount subwoofers will typically have a mounting depth of 3" or less.

No

Electromechanical Parameters

Free-Air Resonance (Fs)
The free-air resonance frequency of the subwoofer, measured in Hz. At this frequency the weight of the moving parts is perfectly balanced with the subwoofers suspension system.
Equivalent Compliance (Vas)
This is the amount of air that has the same stiffness as the subwoofers suspension. The greater the rating, the lower the stiffness and larger recommended enclosure. It is measured in Liters.
Total Speaker Q Value (Qts)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including all dimensionless losses. Essentially, a high Qts value (closer to 1.0) means the subwoofer is great for sealed enclosures and a low Qts value (closer to 0) means the woofer is great in vented enclosures. A Qts of around 0.45 means the woofer will work decently in either enclosure type.
Electrical Q Value (Qes)
The subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including electrical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. The unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 – 10.
Electrical Resistance of Voice Coil (Re)
Amount of DC resistance of the subwoofer when measured with an ohm meter. Typically, this will read less than the impedance rating of the subwoofer.
Mechanical Q Value (Qms)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including mechanical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. This unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 – 10.
Efficiency Bandwidth Product (EBP)
This number represents the trade off between having an efficient woofer and one with a wide bandwidth. To calculate this number, take the Fs and divide it by the Qes. If the number is below 50, the woofer is designed for a sealed enclosure only. If it's between 50-100 it can be used in either. Lastly, if it's greater than 100 it's designed for vented enclosures.

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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durrell

rialto, CA

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Great Value!

July 17, 2009

one sub bumps !!shook the floor in my house!!

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Rock Dogg

Gilroy

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Clean Bass, a definate slummper

January 14, 2010

I got this speaker for Christmas, and I hooked it up in my Acura TL 2002. It is in a sealed box that i made to specs, it SLUMMPS. Now I am going to make a ported box for it. I have it hooked up to a boss mono block amp sounds great, clean bass all around good quality. For the price I can not complain, definitely recommend this speaker. Thanx SONIC ELECTRONICS,and FAM 4 support, most of all MY FIANCE.

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Jimmy israel

Behind the times Midwest

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Jimmy israel h2ocean proteam

September 5, 2009

I purchased 2 of these red devils I'm pushing them with a Memphis 2000d turned to 1!...I recently went to a comp and took top of my class!...just for fun went up against a couple set a 12s and brought way more spl then 4 12s!!! I really pushing these to the limit but they have not disappointed me..get out ur card buy these and some h2ocean!!

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MHUBBARD

BUENA PARK, CA

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QUALITY SUB FOR THE PRICE

April 21, 2010

First thing I would like to say is that Cerwin Vega is an old school brand that has been around for over 55 years making quality products. These V-Max subs are no exception to the quality of Cerwin Vega. However price wise, they will give you excellent low end bass, sound quality, durability and phenomenal looks at half the cost of higher priced but not necessarily better subs. I have my 2 V-Max 102 subs in a custom made 1.25 cubic ft per woofer box tuned to 35hz and I get lows, clarity and loudness all in one package. Like other reviews said the low end bass (30-40hz) is the best in the business. The upper bass range 50-80hz is also top quality. Cerwin Vega these days doesn't have the fancy name as they used to however the quality of their products is the same. I owned Cerwin Vega in the late 80's and now and the quality is the same. I have owned other more popular sub brands and these V-Maxes with the space requirements, price and quality outperform the majority of them. I have owned these for about a year and I have no complaints.

WHEN OR IF YOU BUY THESE SUBS YOU ARE GETTING A QUALITY SUBS WITH THE BEST LOW END BASS IN THE MARKET AT A GREAT PRICE. DON'T BE AFRAID TO BUY THEM BECAUSE IF YOU DO YOU WILL NEVER LOOK BACK.

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Troy

San Antonio, TX

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Best subs I've ever owned.

February 14, 2010

Bass kicked in and the Vegas are pumpin! As always these vegas sound as good as 300-400 dollar subs and cost a third of the price.

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Johny

Shafter California

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Subbin With Four Of These Monsters

July 31, 2009

I have 1997 S10 and as soon as I saw these I knew I had to have them I bought four of them and they blew away my expectations I have all four hooked up to a Crunch P 1500.1 and are under powered and still shake the screws loose and any one or anty thing around my rear and front windsheild start to flex and I'm heard down the block I start car alarms and got out of a ticket because the cop like my subs so much they have an overside frame but u just need to go at the box with a jig saw well worth the money

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Jason

Ogden, UT

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Great sub, very impressed

October 28, 2009

Really pushed things by putting this in a sealed truck box. Had to custom the box due to the mounting depth and oversized diameter of the sub. Wired in a 1 ohm load to the SSL amp I also reviewed, and not sure it's a good match, I feel it's underpowered although response is still great and the sub performs beyond my expectations.

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Jacob

Oahu, HI

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Vmax102

November 21, 2011

We had 2 of these running off the demo board at a audio shop i used to work at and these things sound great! If you put these in the right box you will be amazed!

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Ken

Sugar Land, TX

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Great Value; even better sound

October 13, 2011

I'm sorry I didn't write down the name of the rep I spoke with. HE was great. I originally wanted to order a pair of Image Dynamics that were on back order. The rep I spoke with recommended these. Man what a great fit. I'm running these with a RF Prime 1000 at 2ohm (probably 500 rms) and they tune very, very well. The lows are just that; low. However, the clarity of these match the IDQs at a fraction of the price. Buy these, you'll love the durability and freq response of these subs.

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Ray

Buffalo, NY

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Amazing Subs!

September 4, 2010

I have two of these subs in my Saturn l200. Hooked up is a 4000w (1000rms) Lanzar amplifier. The seats folded down creates some amazing sounds from these little subs. Two of my friends have 12s in their cars and mine hits harder than both

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RangerJoe

Charlotte, NC

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BestValue

July 29, 2009

I got a pair of these in a sealed 1.5cubic feet box and and they hit nice and solid to only have 250 rms to each. I cannot not wait to get them break in to put 600rms to each and test them out in a ported box to see the spl difference; don't get me wrong but they are loud and clear as they are now.

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Dustin

Kokomo, IN

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Vega Baby!!!

October 23, 2008

Awesome sub. Best in a ported box with lots of air it loves to move, just watch out not to overpower it because it moves so easy. It likes the low better than the high. For the price I think its a great deal. Not the best looking sub but it will thump. My brother in-law has 2 10" cvr's and he got mad when he heard my one out thump his 2 cvr's. It sounds like 2 10's or 2 12's. I'll be buying another one soon!!!!

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Philip

Tarpon Springs, FL

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Get more bang for your buck with this sub.

June 23, 2010

Unbelievable sound from this sub. I was going to order two of them, but one has been plenty. I am running it on a JL Audio 900HD amplifier. It gets 500W from the sub channel, Wow! For the money I wouldn't buy any other sub. I have friends that are jealous of my 10" and they have JL 12" subs in their trucks. I do have this sub in an FJ cruiser so I am not losing any sound in a trunk.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

VMAX102

UPC

660715400450

Weight

21.00lbs

Internal SKU

vmax102

Internal Product ID

12857

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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