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Cerwin-Vega VMAX122

12" Dual 2 ohm VMAX Series Car Subwoofer

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Cerwin-Vega VMAX (VMAX122.2)

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Award Winning Cerwin-Vega VMAX Subwoofers

VMAX series subwoofers, like the VMAX122, 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.

  • 12" 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: 86.2 dB
  • Cutout Dimensions: 11-1/4"
  • Mounting Depth: 6-3/4"
  • 1-year Manufacture's warranty

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Cerwin-Vega VPRO122D)
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(previous model, replaced by Cerwin-Vega VMAX3122)
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(previous model, replaced by Cerwin-Vega VMAX (VMAX122.2))
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(previous model, replaced by Cerwin-Vega VMAX122)
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(previous model, replaced by Cerwin-Vega VMX-12.2)

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.
12"
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".
86.2 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.
1.0 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.
1.0 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.
1.75 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.
1.75 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.
6-3/4"
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.
11-1/4"
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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Warranty and Return Policy

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

Rating Distribution

5 Star
63%
4 Star
38%
3 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.8
Value
4.8
Features
4.8
Design
4.8
Usability
4.6

Andrew

Roseville, CA

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beasts of subwoofers.

December 8, 2010

I have 2 installed in a ported bass slammer box running a PA BAMF 4000/1D amp at 2 ohms total resistance. I've tested them on music at 154db's in car. But when you dont want to blow out your ear drums they are musical and crisp even in a ported configuration. Most other subs in this price range are sloppy and cant keep up with electronic music or fast rock beats. These win my approval and beat out MTX, Alpine, RF, Pioneer, and Kicker for the price.

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Ben

Newbury, OH

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Crazy loud

April 6, 2010

I have two cerwin vega V-Max122's in a ported box running 900 rms(450 rms to each) and they are incredibly loud. Everything in my car moves when i get a good hit. Great value for a reasonable price, and very loud. I highly recommend this sub to anyone who is looking for loud and good quality base. P.S. my two cerwin vega V-Max's are louder than my friend's 15" power acoustic MOFO. & he had it running on a 3000 watt amp at 1700 watts rms.

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RossGo

Cold Spring, KY

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Great Value Sub

March 5, 2010

I ran this for my friend in a 1.3 cubic foot vented box with polyfil. Hits harder and deeper than his old solobaric. I have had 2 other people buy the same setup off me since then. Great sub. Great price. Amazing construction. And super strong voice coils. Highly recommended!

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ryan kelley

valley village, Ca

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cerwin vega v-max series

December 27, 2009

very good bass, works long and hits hard!

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BamBam

Midland TX

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Crazy loud

December 8, 2009

This thing is almost to loud. I actually wish I would have gone with a 10". I am using a sealed box & I know most people dont use that so maybe that is adding to it. All in all its an amazing sub, I have always bought Cerwin-Vega & will continue to.

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That country boi from KY

Louisville KY

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Graet speakers

August 6, 2009

I ordered 4 12"CERWIN VEGA MAX 122's(subwoofers) for my sound system in my trunk of my caddy and they beat hard as I expected. CERWIN VEGA MAX 122's are the bomb and I highly reccomend these subs for you audio system. SonicELECTRONIX has the price to meet your needs and the warranty to match. A+ in my book

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Puerto Rico

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Cerwin

July 17, 2009

Best Woofer I Ever Had Just Put Them On A Ported For Best Performance I Have 2 Of Them On A Sound Storm 1OHM Stable 2600 Bang

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isai

austin, texas

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great sub!

April 23, 2009

I got this sub and man it hits really hard, I was looking for a sub that would make my chest pound and this one does just that.

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25 ft. of Streetwires 12 Gauge Speaker Cable

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Belva 23 ft. of 12 Gauge Speaker Wire

Ultra-flexible PVC blended jacket for easy installation.

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20 Square Feet of Sound Dampening Material

NVX Sound dampening is thicker than competitors, eliminates rattles and gives you bigger bass!

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Did you know sound dampening will reduce those annoying rattles and even increase your SPL?

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20 oz. Bag of Poly-Fil

Polyester fiber fiberfill adds better bass to your system.

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12 oz. Can of Adhesive Spray

Spray adhesive used for adhering carpet to subwoofer boxes without bubbles.

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Spring Post Terminal Cup

Makes adding a spring post terminal to an enclosure simple! Banana clip ready!

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Gold Plated Dual Terminal Banana Plug Connector

Enables an expandable, secure connection accepting up to 8 gauge wire.

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Car Stereo and Speaker Installation Tool Kit

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Cordless Multi-Functional Heat Tool Soldering Iron Kit

Continuous working lock allows you to work without holding down trigger.

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4 Ft of 1/4" Thick Black Heat Shrink Tubing

Provides abrasion resistance and added protection for your cables.

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2" Universal, Professional Heavy Duty Roller for Sound Damping/Dampening

Universal rubber roller to make it easy to install sound dampening.

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1mm All Purpose Solder

Solder is all purpose for use on most projects where solder is needed.

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12" Protective Waffle Subwoofer Grille

Keep your subwoofer looking amazing while keeping it safe.

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Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

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AutoSound 2000 CD-101

Low frequency test CD

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Impedance Meter / Signal Generator

Easy to locate tuning frequencies of passive radiators and ported enclosures

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1 Cerwin-Vega VMAX122 Subwoofer

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

2 Cerwin-Vega VMAX122 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp - Bridged

3 Cerwin-Vega VMAX122 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

4 Channel Amp

4 Cerwin-Vega VMAX122 Subwoofers

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

VMAX122

UPC

660715400559

Weight

21.15lbs

Internal SKU

vmax122

Internal Product ID

12859

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.

Product Name: Cerwin-Vega VMAX122