Fi Car Audio - has anyone here ever had dealings with them?
Here's the scoop - I have a UM18-22 on backorder now. Newest anticipated in-stock date is March 8 (it was pushed back by two weeks from Feb 21 a few days ago). I was reading data-bass.com and saw that he had reviewed 3 older models from FI Car Audio, so I checked out their website. There are various customization options available, so I called them up this afternoon, and the owner, Scott, answered the phone. After a nice chat with him, he said that he has done many of his subs customized for HT use - he can change the suspension to make it more compliant to lower the Fs (my main concern, since my mini marty is already built and tuned to 17 Hz), increase/decrease the Qes/Qms/Qts to suit a specific application (ported box), increase Xmax, power handling, and make several other customizations. What's more, I asked what the extra charge is for the customizations/changes, and said there is no extra charge for what I was looking for.
The specific (base) model sub I'm considering is the SSD18. It's $299 ($25 cheaper than the UM18), has more power handling than the Ultimax (1250 W RMS for the FI sub vs. 1000 W RMS for the UM), and can be tailored to suit a HT situation in a large-ish (8.2 cu ft net) ported box. The only drawbacks are that it uses a "typical" cone w/ dustcap architecture (I'm kinda partial the UM's lack of a dustcap), and that it only has a 1-yr warranty, vs. 5 years with the UM. The current lead time is about 2-3 weeks since he machines and builds these by hand in Las Vegas, vs. the UMs current 6+ week backlog at their factory in who-knows-where.
What are your thoughts/opinions/experiences with the company or situation? I've always been the type of person to buck trends, so not having the currently very popular, but tried-and-true, mini marty/UM18 combo is intriguing to me.
BTW, I am not affiliated with FI in any manner.
Edit: I do plan on calling him back in the next couple of days since I have some other questions: Does he provide test data with the custom subs (I'm thinking probably not)? What power handling increase options are available for the SSD18? For the SSD18 Neo (uses neodymium magnets), can the Fs be significantly lowered?
Can you all think of any other questions I should ask?
Last edited by dTorC4; 01-26-2018 at 07:28 AM.