i was looking at a certain unnamed speaker and they have sealed version or a front ported version. i'm thinking of getting the sealed version because i always thought rear ported speakers were better than front ported ones. for bass reflex and all. i thought front ported speakers might have a woofing sound. so which is better, front or rear ported?
the design of the loudspeaker.
Jackfish is essentially right.
I personally would consider the sealed system, because it has a gentler low frequency roll-off, all else being equal.
On the other hand, a port can reduce the woofer excursion and hence lower distortion, with potential port noises (depends on design). Ported designs need a high-pass filter to roll-off the extreme lows so the driver is not totally unloaded at the lowest frequencies.