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nismos14
08-21-2008, 10:21 AM
DLS OA8:
These were the first woofers I tried IB. I loved them. Output was moderate, but sq was phenomenal. They blended well and had a natural sound to them. Build quality was just amazing. One of the had an issue so I couldn't put full power to them, but I have a feeling if I had been able to they would have been even better in the way of output. I hve since sold them and the new owner still loves them IB in his 6th gen Maxima .

SQ: 10
Power handling: 7
LFE: 8
Output: 7
Build Quality: 10
Total: 42 + 1 or 2 for power handling


AA Assassins:
I wanted more output, I go these, and I got it. They sounded nice, not as sq oriented as the OA8's but they could hold their own. They played low, and NEEDED more power than what I had on them (80x2). Even with low power though, they sounded mean, and put a hurting on my rear deck.

SQ: 7
Power handling: 10
LFE: 10
Output: 9
Build Quality: 8
Total: 44


C-MASS SS82:
This was my favorite sub used IB so far. I had a dedicated amp on it, Arc 2500xxk, the subs are rated at 500 rms, they took 550 a piece easy. They sounded awesome doing it as well. Great power handling, great low frequency extension, amazing sq.

SQ: 9
Power handling: 10
LFE: 9
Output: 9
Build Quality: 10
Total: 47


Rockford Fosgate HX2:
Unfortunately these were somewhat of a bust, LFE was lack, they did not perform well at all IB. They did good on some rock and metal, but not much with deep bass. They just could not handle power that well IB.

SQ: 7
Power handling: 7
LFE: 7
Output: 7
Build Quality: 10
Total: 38

Kicker CVR:
These to me were the surprise of the bunch. Kicker makes subs to do their job. Shake things up. These aren't meant to be run IB, but boy they sounded nice in terms of output doing it. Sq was reasonable but output was GREAT even under low power situations.

SQ: 7
Power handling: 8
LFE: 10
Output: 8
Build Quality: 9
Total: 42


Sundown E8
Initially I was very impressed with the tonality and the output. It played various notes with authority. It's meant to be crossed (at least in my application) at 80 hz, anything higher and I recieved a lil breakup in the output. I am reallllly enjoying these subs with all kinds of music, rock/rap/country. They are doing a great job!

SQ: 8
Power handling: 9
LFE: 10
Output: 9
Build Quality: 10
Total: 46

Pioneer TS-W203F
These subs, are classics! Super hard to find I found my pair on eBay and HAD to have them. I figured even if I didn't like them IB I wanted them for the nostalgia. Put them in and initially I was saddened they didn't sound good :(. I recent changed amps to a Crystal CAD600.2T and thats when these sub began to shine. My front stage consists of Dynaudio System 360. I have an MTX 4300x running bridged sending about 280x2 rms to each side of the passives. The Pioneers are now run off of 1200rms from the Crystal amp (1200x1 rms @ 2 ohm) Mind you these subs are rated at 120 rms, I'd say they are taking QUITE a bit more than rated power :) They also sound great, they hit hard and get low, they mate well with the MW170's up front, the transition is pretty seemless I am super impressed for ~8 year old subs, and they are yet to be fully broken in!!

SQ: 9
Power handling: 10 (480 over rms, yea, pretttttttty good :) )
LFE: 10
Output: 9
Build Quality: 10
Total: 48

I am a bit shocked that I like the pioneer so much and they rate so high, but the proof is in the pudding.