View Full Version : Cadence S2W8... Review and Comparison.

01-05-2012, 09:08 PM
*sorry for the long intro guys. also i'm not the best reviewer so take it easy on the negativity*

Well New Years means new beginnings, and that's exactly what I'm doing to my car. For the 99.8% that don't know what I drive or own, it's a 1998 Toyota Camry fitted with a single DD9512 D1 on a DD M3a, clamped at 1218w. Its a great sub, but the weight (55lbs) and huge box space (3.25cu net) equaled a sagging rear end (don't we all hate that???) Also, 1200w inside the trunk finalized in muffled bass and TONS of trunk rattle, even with multiple layers of Roadkill.

When I was working in my old shop, we worked with only Cadence and DD. The "Crazy 8" DD 1508 sold like crazy, due to having great bass in such a small package. It helped me think of changing it up to either 2 1508's or even 4 SW6.5's shooting out the trunk into the cabin... BUT I don't like going with the crowd. I wanted something that would be just as great as the 1508, but I didn't want to stick to the popular DD1508 and Sundown SA-8. Since we sold so many 1508's, we never used the CVL 8-500-4. I heard so many good reviews about this little guy, and they and seemed very similar to both looks and power in comparison to the heavy hitting 8's. I was going to go with them around the beginning of fall, but the guys at Cadence told me that they were coming out with new subwoofers at the end of the year. And 3 weeks ago, the S0, S1, and S2 subwoofers came out. And this past weekend, I ordered two S2W8s.

Upon opening the box, I was impressed at looking at the face of the beast. A woven fiberglass cap, thick yet soft surround, and a Special Edition Cadence S2 badge on the dustcap. While lifting the sub out the box, I was surprised about the weight it had. On my scale it read 15lb, which seemed about right. Once out, the overall structure was pretty nice. The basket was vented for the voice coil and the 2" magnet. One thing that impressed me was that it had both direct 10g leads and spring loaded push terminals, my guess is for wiring multiple subs together. While I was trying to push down on the cone to test the suspension, IT WAS IMMOVABLE.! I've seen most high output subs with stiff suspensions, but this one is impossible to move.! Hopefully it will loosen up after being broken in for a while.

The sub overall looks very nice, but I won't have a chance to test it until Sunday. Although Cadence only asks for a ported design for these subs, they asked me to test it in a sealed enclosure as well. I will be building 2 boxes. One will be the ported enclosure tuned to 36hz, while the other will be the sealed enclosure. They will be in a 2.2cu (ported) and a 1.8 (sealed.)

Here are some pics of the sub, hopefully I can get a start on these boxes asap and some videos. Since I don't have a TL, I will see if i can borrow my friends AudioControl SPL meter to get some measurements as well as power testing. As for the amp, I will be using either a Powerbass XTA1500D or a DD M1 or even M3 as the test amp. They will be tested at a 1 ohm load (single 2ohm.)

Here are some pics until I get the boxes done.


01-07-2012, 01:41 AM
alright... well both boxes are done. I only have pics of the sealed enclosure for now, since we were rushing on the ported. (close to midnight with little light and running out of MDF) pics will be up either Saturday or Sunday, depending which day i wake up. :D lol

As for playing the subs, i decided to leave them in the ported enclosure and let them break in for a while. the suspension is so stiff, that not even the stregnth of my entire arm can move it.. well i am am weak as hell, so that doesn't help lol. even after playing them for an hr and putting it through the Woofer Cooker didn't loosen it up. I will try to break them in all day tomorrow. I WILL NOT run any tests on them until they are fully broken in.

01-14-2012, 09:19 AM
Any updates?

03-27-2012, 06:20 PM
way to get photobombed by the infamous N.P.H HHAHA XD

04-03-2012, 04:38 AM
Pretty sure the stiff spider was a build defect

04-03-2012, 08:18 AM
Pretty sure the stiff spider was a build defectOnly on the first pre order run. After that they wee fine, just stiff as hell still.

05-01-2012, 03:10 PM
Any updates? I liked Cadence products back when I was in high school and curious if they still make a good product.

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06-18-2012, 05:37 PM
i cant seem to understand how this made a winning review with no details or reveiw of how it sounds plays or any other details. how many months till we get a review?

06-18-2012, 05:40 PM
i cant seem to understand how this made a winning review with no details or reveiw of how it sounds plays or any other details. how many months till we get a review?

right.. either way i dislike the brand. nice motor in ur sig btw.

06-20-2012, 10:37 PM

06-26-2012, 02:19 AM
what a joke.... more flaws one after another.

It doesnt pay to go cheap... Cadene will realize it one of these days... Those S2w8's came out over $120 and are now barely $99 on amazon. Nobody really seems to be ranting and raving about them so I'm ASSuming they fell on their face with the messed up motor CVL's...

08-03-2012, 03:44 PM