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Which sub is better?

glen_jai Jan 9, 2009

  1. glen_jai

    glen_jai Member

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    I am about to install a 10" subwoofer in my car, and have narrowed the list down to the following:

    Alpine SWS-1023D ~ £85
    JL Audio 10w3v3 ~ £130


    Anyone with experience of these subwoofers care to comment on the best choice?

    I know the JL's will probably be better, but how much better?

    Cheers,

    Glen
     
  2. alijames

    alijames Active Member

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    Well, I've got a JL 6w in my 'AndyMacStealth' Sub and it's excellent, and I imagine the 10" version is in the same class.

    Alpine make good kit too, but have gone a little like Mercedes & BMW in the past few years, as in the bean-counters have got involved, so not as far above the masses as they used to be.

    Personally, unless ££ is an issue, I'd go for the JL.

    Cheers,
     
  3. worthingmale

    worthingmale Member

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    I used to have JL subs and loved them to bits

    JL if you can afford it
     
  4. NHN

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

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    The Mac will advise best
     
  5. dualmono21

    dualmono21 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    from the two listed i would say the jl
    but there are many many other options which will outperform the jl

    phase linear aliante
    image dynamics
    to name but two which i personally would look into
     
  6. dunk

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    depends on what you mean by better?
    deeper response?
    suitability for small car/enclosure?
    louder for a given power input?
    can take more power for higher ultimate volume?
    sound quality?

    given the limiations of a car, including cabin gain, small box size and usually stealth nature of the desired install plus moderate sound levels then a small-ish sub driver with the best sound quality you can afford mounted in a small sealed box is going to work extremely well even with moderate amp powers.

    the anymac steath sub for the 8l a3 sounds amazing for the 6" size and moderate amp power but isnt going to win any sound level competitions but it does the job nicely.

    do you even need a 10" sub? its going to take up a lot of boot space in an s3 - maybe a 8" or 9" stealth sub in the wheel well might be a better compromise - a wheel well sealed box is going to be about 18-20L in size for the a3 so finding a sub with high sound quality that has a good Q of about 0.6 to 0.7 in this box size would work very well.

    have a read of http://www.iroczone.com/technical/Subwoofer/
     
  7. dunk

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  8. glen_jai

    glen_jai Member

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    Thanks dunk for the useful advice.

    I have already got my custom enclosure, and it is just a standard shap slant back box that goes in my boot. It has been made to measure so that it fits the slant on the back of my seat perfectly, to utilise all the space, keep the boot as free as possible.

    I think I would've taken the route of putting it in the spare wheel well, had I read your post earlier.

    Cheers anyway.
    Glen
     

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