My factory car stereo didn't sound very good....I doubt the bass went much below 70-80Hz and I drive a lot so figured I would add a small cheap sub to make things sound a little better. I went, Imo, waaaaaay overkill by using this driver but the fact is, it was cheaper than using a smaller sub. I paid around $43 for the driver and got a fully assembled sealed, carpeted, wired box for around $26(.67 ft^3 net) with free shipping from Amazon. It was substantially cheaper than the boxes for smaller subs. Any 8 or 10" sub would have cost more money. Got what I think is a decent amp, maybe slightly more than needed(1000 watt Pioneer). At moderate volumes, it sounds pretty darn good considering how much I spent. One of my factory door speakers was blown so I put in a decent pair of JBL 6.5's to replace them. However, with the lower extension of the sub and output capability, things start to sound terrible long before I approach the subs output capability. Too many rattles and vibrations! But it really made for some very nice reinforcement down low at moderate volumes, and with the manual remote volume control knob that the amp came with, you can really boost the low end when listening quietly.
Thanks to this thread I got a better sub for less money than if I had bought a powered setup or a smaller sub.
One thing that was a little surprising to me is that I was expecting A LOT of cabin gain in the lower frequencies since, its a car. I tried Bass I Love You to check out the low frequency flutter that I get on my home system from what I believe are the 15-20Hz signals in the song. There must be A LOT of rolloff in either the amp, my phone(iTunes?), the sub/cab itself, or all combined because I can't really get any of that rumble/flutter effect from the song even at MUCH higher volumes than I would EVER listen. Honestly not much of a concern at all, since this was not the purpose, but it still surprised me how there just isn't enough output low enough to notice the effect.
Last edited by bear123; 04-15-2018 at 06:59 AM.