Tag: Car Subwoofers
Here at Sonic Electronix we give our customer the option and opportunity to ask us questions regarding car audio. One of the most common questions that we receive is What Amplifier Do I Need? For the next couple of weeks we will be looking into some of our top rated woofers and we will be pairing them with the perfect amplifier to make your car audio system run efficiently and smoothly. This week we will be taking a look at Alpine Type-R Series Subwoofers.
Kicker’s ZX500.1 monoblock amplifier is the perfect choice when looking to amplify a single SWR-1043D or a single SWR-1243D Alpine subwoofer. The ZX500.1 has a power rating of 500W RMS at 2 ohms which is enough power to properly run any of those two subwoofers when wired in parallel to a final impedance of 2 ohms. The Kicker amp will actually exceed the rated power meaning you get more bang for your buck. The ZX500.1 features a tuned bass EQ, variable low-pass filter, and a subsonic filter for complete control of the sound reproduction. The amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant meaning you get the power you paid for and also features a high-density convection heat sink for extreme heat dissipation, allowing you to run the Type-R for long periods of time without losing efficiency.
Massive D 1200
Massive Audio’s D 1200 monoblock amplifier is the amplifier to go with when wanting to amplifier a single SWR-1023D or a single SWR-1223D Alpine subwoofer. These subwoofers can be wired individually to either a final impedance of 1 ohm when wired in parallel or 4 ohms when wired in series. The D 1200 will require you wire which ever subwoofer you go with to a final impedance of 1 ohm. The amplifier offers a small chassis for convenient installation and a 6-way protection circuitry for complete protection of the car audio system. It also features an N-channel circuitry for high-efficiency eliminating clipping and cutting that usually occurs on less efficient amplifiers.
Polk Audio PA D1000.1
The Polk Audio PA D1000.1 will allow you to run the SWR-1023D or the SWR1223D to a final impedance of 4 ohms. This is the best way to go, the amplifier will run at the up most efficiency and so will the woofers. The PA D1000.1 can also be used if wanting to amplify two of these subs instead of just one; this will have to be done to a final impedance of 1 ohm on the amplifier. The amplifier features a variable bass boost, low-pass filter and subsonic filter for a custom sound reproduction. While the included wired remote bass level control adds convenience.
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In this, our last week of the Battle of the Subwoofers Series, we will look at the MTX Audio Thunder 8000 series subwoofer, and the Kicker CVR series subwoofer. These subs are extremely similar in performance and power output but even with their similarities they will offer different specifications and technologies that will make one suit you better than the other.
With an RMS power rating of 400 watts, the Kicker 10CVR104 is able to offer just the right amount of power with just one woofer. Kicker didn’t make any major changes to their subwoofer nor did they have to. They kept the same technologies that have made the CVR series subwoofer a must have, while improving the aesthetics to give it a more modern look and better integration into the Kicker woofer family, and also a redesigned basket structure for added sturdiness and linear movement control. The CVR still features an injection molded SoloKon cone and ribbed Santoprene surround for added stiffness and better excursion capabilities thus increasing the quality of performance and bass reproduction. The CVR is your everyday woofer; it will perform great in either a sealed enclosure for tighter bass or ported enclosure for elongated low-frequency responses. It is also available in an 8”, 10”, 12”, and 15” size with either a Dual 2 ohm or 4 ohm voice coil, giving you a wide range of options.
MTX Audio T810-44
The MTX Audio T810-44 Thunder 8000 series subwoofer is the 10” version of MTX’s newest addition to their already amazing line of subwoofers. With an RMS rating of 400 watts the new Thunder 8000 subwoofer will not disappoint. This woofer offers two major technologies that really set it apart from any other woofer in its class. The first is a Spider Plateau Venting technology (SPV), which cools the voice coil directly for added thermal protection and capabilities which lead to improved performance and power handling. The second is an Asymmetrical Linear Driver System (ALDS) that allows higher output with less distortion by creating constant linear movement that increases performance and sound quality. The new glass fiber cone woofer not only gives a nice appealing and classy look but it also provides an unmatched stiffness-to-weight ratio, which increases sensitivity and performance. This subwoofer series also offers multiple sizes with a Dual 2 ohm or 4 ohm option for variety and easy solution for any application.
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In this week’s Battle of the Subwoofers, we will be looking at the RE Audio SEX subwoofer, and the Kicker CVX subwoofer. Once again we will be looking at some of the specifications and technologies that not only make these woofers a great buy but also what sets them apart from one another. Based on the information given you will then be able to decided which woofer is better for your personal needs.
Kicker is a very well known company within the car audio world and is known for delivering products that have amazing quality and performance. One of their more powerful woofers is the Kicker 10CVX124, which is the round equivalent to their Solo-Baric L7. Kicker likes to be loud so you can rest assure this CVX subwoofer will be loud, with an RMS power handling of 750 watts not only will you hear the bass but you will really feel the bass. This woofer has the flexibility of being able to fit into larger size enclosures, giving it a wide range of bass reproduction possibilities. Its SoloKon cone woofer and ribbed Santoprene rubber surround give the woofer sturdiness, stiffness, longevity and enhanced performance. So why the CVX? Apart from its many other features, the woofer is able to provide a very loud amount of bass with precision that is often lost with higher power subwoofers. Its frequency response and sensitivity really allow the woofer to cover a nice wide range of frequencies that covers many genres of music.
RE Auido SEX12D4
“Release the Beast” this is RE Audio’s motto, and with the SEX12D4 subwoofer they do just that. At 600 watts RMS this woofer will crank out hard hitting bass. The cool thing about the RE Audio woofer is that it will actually feel much louder than 600 watts RMS. This woofer requires smaller enclosure which means the woofer will offer more accuracy and precision but still bring all the power. The SEX woofer features a 3” voice coil with a triple stacked motor structure which gives the woofer very high excursion levels with enough of a driving force to keep a constant, steady and responsive flow of bass reproduction without skipping a beat. With the SEX it’s all about quick bass without losing any of the power. The ability to do both allows this woofer to perform at a high quality level with all music types.
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Here at Sonic Electronix we are constantly being asked what subwoofer is better. This only becomes a problem when comparing two great subwoofers. At this point the word “better” no longer applies and instead it becomes which one is best for my application? This series will showcase two car subwoofers at a time, drawing out the features that make that particular subwoofer better for one application than the other. This will help you decide which woofer is better for you.
Rockford Fosgate P3D2-12
First up is the Rockford Fosgate P3D2-12 Punch P3 series subwoofer. This woofer is rated at 600W RMS and features multiple technologies that make a solid and great woofer. Double stacked magnets provide the driving force need for this woofer to really hit hard, while the VAST surround increases the effective radiating cone area increasing nominal efficiency and maximum output. This is what we call the “all around” woofer, great for those who want accurate and loud bass. This woofer will offer clean bass that isn’t too punchy but still provides a nice reproduction of lower frequencies. This type of woofer is perfect for those who listen to music with a faster beat.
Kicker Solo-Baric 11S12L72
Unlike the P3 the Kicker 11S12L72 Solo-Baric L7 subwoofer was made more for SPL than SQ. Rated at 750W RMS, this woofer is able to handle a bit more than the P3, giving you a much louder bass. Its unique square design gives the woofer more surface area which allows for more air movement and thus a louder sounding bass. The L7 also has a lower frequency response which allows it to have a more resonant lower frequency reproduction. This is the kind of woofer you want when listening to music with deep bass, such has Rap and Hip-Hop. That type of music has elongated lower notes that are often missed with other woofers but not with the L7.
In conclusion the P3 is best for those who want a woofer with more sound quality features, while the L7 is best for those who want a woofer with more deep bass features. Both woofers are top-notch woofers within the car audio industry that will provide both bass and quality but will perform better when applied to their specific application.
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Here at Sonic Electronix we are a diverse group of individuals with a decent range of age, who all have a love, be it small or big, for car audio. In the Descriptions Department we all come from different walks of life and listen to different types of music. Some of us prefer SPL while others prefer SQ. In this industry you either know what you want or someone gives their advice or opinion on a certain brand or model and you end up going with that. Below are some of our favorite car subwoofers within the Descriptions Department here at Sonic Electronix.
RE Audio SEX12D4
Seth, “the boss”, has an eye for RE Audio’s SEX12D4 12” SE-X series subwoofer. This woofer is able to handle 600 watts of RMS and is perfect for either a sealed or ported enclosure, giving you either some serious bass output or a more accurate and responsive bass. The woofer has a dual composite 2-piece cone and rubatek foam surround for rigidity and optimum performance. Seth has a wide taste in music so the SEX12D4 suits his needs for elongated bass when needed or short precise bass when listening to some alternative rock music. This really is the all around subwoofer for its ability to perform on both ends of the spectrum.
David, “ the veteran”, is not much for car audio but even he gets goose bumps and inner child comes out when he hears the Alpine SWR-1243D 12” Type-R series subwoofer. David’s playlist will showcase many genres of music but you can’t miss the fact that he loves rap and music that really has a beat. Nothing could be better than the Type-R for this genre of music, with an RMS handling of 600 watts; this subwoofer is known for being power hungry which means a ridiculous amount of bass. With an Xmax of 20mm this woofer will sound booming in a ported enclosure but will also perform beautifully in a sealed enclosure. The many technologies and high-end materials used on the SWR-1243D subwoofer make it one of the top subwoofers in its class.
Kicker Solo-Baric 11S10L74
Harry, “the new guy”, is your staple Generation Y kid and all he wants is bass. For him Kicker’s 11S10L74 10” L7 series subwoofer is the way to go. With a square design woofer this subwoofer is able to output 18% more bass that will make it sound more like a 12” subwoofer than a 10”. Even with his desire for bass Harry still likes quality and Kicker is very well known in the car audio world for making products that last and perform for long periods of time without diminishing in quality. Improvements to the woofer cone and structure of this woofer, allow for better heat dissipation and more surface area for harder hitting longer lasting bass. As always Kicker has made installation a piece of cake by using spring loaded terminals for secure and quick installs. Harry might be the young buck in group but he definitely knows what a good subwoofer should sound like.
Boston Acoustics G312-44
For me it’s all about quality, quick and responsive bass. For this reason one of my favorite subwoofer is the Boston Acoustics G312-44 G3 series subwoofer. Unlike some of my co-workers I am not really into hard shaking bass thus the generous 375 watts of RMS power handling, and my music genre, indie rock, really doesn’t require deep bass. What it does require is crisp, precise, and accurate bass which is exactly what I get from the G312-44. The woofer is equipped with RadialVent® technology for enhanced heat dissipation and increased power handling. This allows me to play my sub longer without having to worry about it clipping. The Soft Par System (SPS™) technology allows for cone assembly removal making it easy to replace any parts that wear out from use or even change my voice coils to simplify installation when adding more subs.
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