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PartsExpress Dayton sub + box kits?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm currently looking to build a sub. I have yet to move into my new house and have very few tools. I noticed a couple of kits at PE that look good. Here are the two I'm looking at.

Dayton 18" 460HO
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/pshowdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=300-7094&scqty=1

Dayton 15" 390HO
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-7093

I live near the border so I could have it shipped to there and go pick it up. Also I believe my parents are going down to the US for a weekend soon so I could get them to grab it along the way saving even more.

The Dayton 18" would cost $300 alone up here from Solen.ca. Then I would have to build a box, and buy/borrow tools. Any reason to not go with one of these kits? I'm fine with the box dimensions from PE and I would be able to assemble it at my house with minimal tools.
post #2 of 10
There's no reason not to go with either kit, per se, but without knowing your budget, room size, amplification or intended usage it's going to be very difficult for anyone to accurately assess your situation and provide more than generic answers. If you can fill in those blanks I'm sure you'll get answers.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks Jim I'm heading over to the house tomorrow and I'll get the exact measurements. Then I can fill all the blanks in.
post #4 of 10
what happened to all of this:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1497140/premade-or-diy-with-a-500-600-budget-canada

"The Dayton 18" would cost $300 alone up here from Solen.ca. Then I would have to build a box, and buy/borrow tools. Any reason to not go with one of these kits? I'm fine with the box dimensions from PE and I would be able to assemble it at my house with minimal tools."

the flat pack sealed enclosure will work fine, but you give up 10db of spl around the tuning frequency vs. a larger ported cab and your 300 watt amp is pretty weak for that driver in a sealed enclosure and the amp has a high pass filter in it which will roll off your low end response even faster than the sealed enclosure alone.

???

so...go for it. :-)
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Paxonator View Post

Thanks Jim I'm heading over to the house tomorrow and I'll get the exact measurements. Then I can fill all the blanks in.

I think you're looking to get the best bang for your buck so measurements aren't gonna matter. You have $500-$600 to spend and a requirement of the enclosure being on the smaller side if I remember correctly. You also have a preference to get a pre-built box to save you the time and effort of borrowing tools etc etc.

Regardless of your room size, I don't think you'll do better than the kits you're looking at. There is something to think about though. You'd probably want to throw close to 1000w's at the 18" driver. The plate amp would cost over $300 so that opens up the option of getting an iNuke3000 dsp for $269 shipped, less if you make an offer they accept. Not sure about the real output of these but you might be able to power 2 subs down the road when you get the upgrade bug (which you will). Heck, you might even want to buy 2 of the 15" driver kits and an inuke3000 dsp and call it a day.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. Yes I kind of said what the heck when I saw those kits. It will cost slightly more but won't all be in one shot so I'll make it work.

I knew the plate amp wouldn't be enough for the 18" and thought I may as well go with the inuke or something similar in case I wanted to add another sub down the road. Would the inuke 3000 be the one to get? The real question is to go with one 18" or one 15" with another down the road.

I also have to double check on where to ship it to across the border for pickup and what is all involved.
post #7 of 10
I'm not so sure that the inuke would power 2 of the 18" drivers but I'm quite sure it would power 2 of the 15" drivers with no problem. It also has the ability to EQ your sealed subs to provide boost as it rolls off down by it's tuning point. The only downside is that you would need to swap the fan out because the stock one creates too much noise for most people. There are plenty of threads that will show you what fans work well and how to swap them.
post #8 of 10
The iNuke3000dsp is fine for two 18's, if you go with two 15's you are leaving performance on the table. It's not a good mind set to downsize your subs because you think they won't be comparable with x or y amp.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the all the help. I'm favoring the 18" kit and getting the inuke3000. I'm really hoping this will beat out the ported subs from svs/rythmik (pb12-nsd, lv12r) in the same price range.
Edited by Paxonator - 11/2/13 at 7:18pm
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Martycool007 View Post

The iNuke3000dsp is fine for two 18's, if you go with two 15's you are leaving performance on the table. It's not a good mind set to downsize your subs because you think they won't be comparable with x or y amp.

You're never leaving performance on the table by getting more amp than you need. Infact, you're always better off having more amp than you need.


Good luck on the sub Pax, make sure you keep everyone updated on the process. It will be interesting to see pics too!
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