Hey everyone it's been awhile since I've posted. So my current sub/amp setup is an Alpine PDX-5 pushing 300W RMS to a Boston Acoustics G215-4 15" in a sealed box. I will be moving in about 6 months to Germany and probably selling all my car stereo gear here before I leave. I will probably get the new Alpine PDX-V9, because I love how compact the PDX amps are and it puts out 500W RMS for the sub channel. Anyways, I will probably be getting a very small car in Germany, so I want to get a really great SQ 8" or maybe 10" sub that can handle around 500W RMS. I will probably get a custom ported box made for it, and my price range for the sub would be up to $400, not including the box. I have heard great things about Rainbow and Focal speakers(I'm not sure if they are any cheaper in Europe) but how are their subs?
The TC Epic looks really nice, but the reviews say it is kind of in-efficient and doesn't put out much sound. I am not expecting too much from just 1 8" sub, but have any of you heard the TC Sounds Epic subs? How are Sundown's subwoofers?
Sundown are not SQ subs, get loud by peaking, look for a 10" sub at least or you can do a IB setup (no box) look for a 12" Fi IB3 sub IB setups get low and with great SQ, Heard the 12" epic and is superb here is a member that has a 10" and could provide you with some feedback, he runs it in a SQ aligned ported box.
Well I found something interesting. Has anyone heard an Alpine SBR-S83V? I guess it isn't really a straight SQ woofer, but I am a big Alpine fan. I had a 12" Type R that was in a ported enclosure from the factory about ten years ago, and I liked it a lot. This little setup looks like it would work out nicely for me and I wouldn't need to pay to get a custom enclosure built (then I could spend more on my front-stage ). I think my PDX-5 would probably push it just fine too.
Well is not a SQ sub as you say, it's supposed to take 350W at most, won't be bad just meh.. neither that inexpensive, you can build a box for $50 or so, some work though but worth it IMO.. JL Audio offers that kind of plug and play stuff as well.. similar results.. Personally I would decide after getting the car and see what kind of space can be used on this, 10"s are usually way better bottom end and efficiency than 8"s.
That's a pre-fab solution for people who want something relatively cheap and simply. It's not what I'd consider an audiophile level product by any means. If your goal is SQ, and you want Alpine, stick with the type R or type X subs.
Have any of you guys heard Rainbow subwoofers? I am probably getting a set of their components (maybe from a local retailer in Germany if the price is right) once I move to Germany and figure out what car I am getting.