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Old 02-17-2007, 10:34 PM
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Get rid of.. IDMAX's???

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted on here, glad to see that the forum is still alive!!

I'm here to ask for help, suggestions, etc... and my problem is basically about trunk space. My Maxima has a lot to offer in that department, but my box takes all the space... well it leaves very little room for other stuff. And I travel a lot. So here's what I have for a system at the moment:

- Eclipse CD5000 (not installed yet.. Panasonic CQ-9701 still in)
- Focal 165 K2P Upgraded Version
- Soundstream TRA560.2 (not installed yet... Orion 4004, BRIDGED to 2 X 200w rms, still in)
- Alpine Type R coax's in the rear doors off HU
- 2 X Image Dynamics IDMAX v3 12" D4, 2 X 1.508 cu ft net
- Orion 1200D
- Red Top, big 3 in 4 ga, 0/1 ga power wire, stock 120 amp alt...........
- Lots of Second Skin Damplifier / Dynamat X-Treme

Now I want to keep the 1200D (should I?), free some space (in depth) and do something to my substage... I want to carry only one sub, get a good output out of what my 1200D can pull, and be able to switch boxes when I feel like changing from sealed to ported (so the sub has to perform well in both types of applications)... getting a ported box being my second priority right now. Options:

1) Get a new box for ONE of the Max's, and have the 1200D pulling 725w rms @ 2 ohm. Will it sound good ported as well?
2) Get a new sub that takes a good 1000w rms and that is a great performer in both sealed and ported enclosures. Sell the Max's.
3) Get a new amp... new sub... takes more time and money.

Any thoughts/ideas? Thanks in advance.. goin' for a smoke.
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:57 PM
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use one ported, and selll me one . excellent subs that will sound great in a ported box as well. my recomendation is around 2.5-2.8 at 28-30hz.
should sound great, and most likely as loud as you are now. i assume you are sealed.
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Old 02-18-2007, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Keswick R/T
use one ported, and selll me one . excellent subs that will sound great in a ported box as well. my recomendation is around 2.5-2.8 at 28-30hz.
should sound great, and most likely as loud as you are now. i assume you are sealed.
Yeah, 1.5 cu ft net each in seperate sealed chambers... but I'm wondering if that 2.5-2.8 cu ft ported box would save me space!? I bet it'd sound fairly good, but I wanna be able to put considerably more stuff (i.e. luggage or sports gear) in my trunk.

Someone on another forum suggested an Infinite Baffle setup for my IDMAX's... anyone has experience with such a thing? I mean, this would be time consuming as hell, but in the end, would it be worth it? thx..
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:14 AM
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I'd suggest just using 1 MAX sealed.
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by gleepoy
I'd suggest just using 1 MAX sealed.
Really? I drive a Maxima, it's quite large... 1 IDMAX, sealed, off 725w rms (yeah, instead of 600) in a new, let's say, 1.3 cu ft sealed enclosure, would not be that loud (I know it's gonna sound good..), wouldn't it?! I could still sell one sub, sell the 1200D and buy a kick @ss amp for one MAX, but... I'm worried about output.
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I guess it depends how loud you want it.

I have a single sealed MAX, 1.5cf net, 600 watts. Gets pretty damn loud. No, it's not going to give you the type of output that blurs your vision so much it's hard to read signs...but do you really want that? How often did you push your pair of MAX's to the limit?

If that's the type of output you crave...it's going to be hard to find any single driver that'll match that output in a small enough enclosure which will allow you to save significant space.

If possible, build a temp box and try it. Perhaps you could borrow someone's enclosure.

Also, IMO going with a single ported MAX won't save you significant space.
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Old 02-19-2007, 04:39 PM
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Well... I don't think I've pushed my amp (not the subs.. their limit is a bit beyond that) to its limit yet. I'm afraid its damping factor and S/N ratio are not high enough to do the MAX's justice. Don't wanna risk damaging them (or am I too cautious?!). I'm pretty sure the gains are properly set, and the bass tends to get a bit muddy at high volume on some fast beats songs.

First, I'll see what a 8V/55 ohms preout (when my CD5000 is installed) can do for the quality of the signal going to the subs; I might just go your way and get a new 1.5 cube box (which will be basically half the size of what I have right now) for a single MAX. Will 725w rms @ 2 ohm make a significant difference compared to 600 (X 2) @ 1 ohm? I doubt it, but who knows.. next step would be a better amp... or that IB project ($$$$$$$!).
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