Originally Posted by mor-n-4md
I see I am a few years late on the forum here but found it humerous at times although most people here seem to understand the concept and are very helpful to potential buyers. Let me chime in. .......
........ Enjoy the journey, but do it responsibly!"
Welcome to the forums! Lots of info there, but you forgot the most important factor in rating subs.... How it actually performs. All the db vs watts vs mass vs inertia vs enclosure vs spl mean nothing if the sub does not sound good. This sub sounds good. If you want a better sub, experience dictates you just buy a better sub rather than to try to mod this sub into something it is not. in the end, you will most likely spend more modding this sub and get an end result that is not as good as just buying a better sub.
For example, you want to pump more watt into the driver. So you connect the larger watt amp, and then the voice coil starts to glow. So you rewind the voice coil with higher temp wire and add cooling. Then the cone starts to deform. So you replace the code with a carbon fiber cone. Then the frame deflects and pulls loose from the cabinet. So larger hardware and cabinet reinforcing is done....
Does is sound any better than before? probably not. is is any louder? Could be. Was it worth the $1200 worth of amp, carbon fiber, cabinet reworking, etc? Not at all.
Compare modding a sub to modding a $100 bookshelf speaker. The bookshelf speaker has many more components to play with. For example, the crossover is probably just a few capacitors. For $20 a real crossover can be made or bought off ebay for about $5. For $20 a better quality tweeter than what came in it can be had. Both of those items will make dramatic improvements to the speaker you can actually hear. But $20 isn't going to buy anything on a sub mod except some additional acoustic dampening.Edited by Mark4242 - 4/2/13 at 8:03am