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Old 06-06-2006, 09:21 PM
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New member -> kinda new with car audio -> here's a question

Alright, not really sure what to go with here, have a urge to get a system for my new truck, 2006 extend cab colorado 6 speaker factory.. gunna toss the back seats, & get custom box, but, for a rock listener, im thinking

- JL Audio 8W7 8" Subwoofer 1000 WATT SUB x2 (sealed)
http://mobile.jlaudio.com/products_subs.php?series_id=1
- JL Audio XR653-CS 3-Way 6.5" x4
- thinking about 2 alpine 1000w amp for it, and obviously a deck ect... but just wanted to know if this would be a good system for this model of truck.. im not looking to kill myself, just a good sound... ect.. (please dont call me a newb)
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:59 PM
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Looks good, but I don't know if I'd trust 1000w to 8" JL's...
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:11 PM
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well...

i heard the w7 series 12's, 10's and 8's, they are all beautiful.. but they were in a panel... so the difference in the room and in my truck should be signifigant...
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:16 PM
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I was at a show locally (here in wisconsin) and a middle aged woman had 3 8" w3's going. I was impressed at the amount of sound generated by the 8's, but if you are going to run 2000watts you may be unimpressed by them. I think 8's are best used to make the system sound full, but I'm afraid you'll spend that much and be hoping for some bass you can really feel, and that's where 8's just don't cut it, IMO.
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:19 PM
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Well, yeah, im a rock listener, some ( and select few ) bassy tunes do i listen to, so i will be expecting some.. but, i was reccomended this system from a good friend of mine, so i said that i'd throw it up here, im open to suggestions btw, i dont have the system bought yet, still pending... should i drop the wattage? to what? maybe 600/ sub?
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also consitered the t210d4's from rockford fosgate
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I'm a rock/metal fan myself, but when you get something like NIN going there is nothing better than a hard bass beat.

As far as the wattage goes... I've never owned 8's so I couldn't say for sure. A good friend of mine was big into 8's, she had about 400 running to her RF and it sounded really nice. Hers was also in a truck, but it was a '01 tacoma. The only thing about running massive power is you may hear the sub maxxing out on excursion, especially when the enclosure is in the same area that you will be sitting.
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by confusion
also consitered the t210d4's from rockford fosgate
..drool... those are some wicked subs. I think you'd be way more impressed with those than a JL 8. In fact I'm sure of it. Those are wonderful subs
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ahh, i dont normally see much excursion with sealed boxes, i do believe that its a big problem with ported boxes, but i want sealed.. so the sub can catch up with itself when its bouncing... and yeah, but im not sure i really like the bass that comes with a 10" and they dont make them in 8's
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If you are not liking the bass from 10's as compared to 8's, then the systems you have been listening to have been matched together incorrectly. A 8" driver can and will play the exact same low frequency bass note as a 15" driver can, it just can't do it with the same amplitude. There are good and bad ways to reproduce bass response, it is all about the box. The box will make or break the type of output you get from your sub.

Come up with a list of goals for what you want the system to do.

(1) sound good?
(2) play to a respectable level?
(3) lay waste to the city?
(4) come in at a budget?
(5) use good equipment, basic equipment, really good equipment?
(6) play with the engine not running?
(7) be easily upgradeable

All this and more is what I would start to ask my customer before I even though of choosing a brand and then a specific model for the task at hand. Your vehicle is a good platform for some good sound. Take it a step at a time and you will have a highly predictable outcome in the end.
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