i already got two JL 12w3v3's, but i can't put them in my car at the moment. my parents hate bass, so to keep the story short, my subs are sitting at home not being used.
anyways, i got my JL 500/1 amp still and the appropriate wires. i basically need to "re-buy" some subs for my car. i definitely want to stick with JL tho, and am trying to keep the budget to like $400 or less. should i buy new or used? i looked on craigslist, but you never really know the full story behind a pair of used subs, and to how good they were taken care of, so i'm thinking of probably just buying new at a store, that way i at least get a year warranty on them.
before i had a SUV, but now i'm in a car. 2010 malibu. the back seats do fold down (so not sure if i should go with ported or sealed?), but also not sure if it's worth having my back seats folded down all the time?. I had ported previously in my suv, and was very pleased with how hard my subs hit, but i really like lows as well, and if a sealed box will give me significantly better SQ without decreasing efficiency as much, then i might go sealed.. thoughts?
now for the subwoofer, i know i wanna stick with JL (yes i know they are overpriced, and all, but i really love the way JL sounds, and dont wanna do anything else). i definitely don't want something too big either, as it will need to be pulled out if my parents come to town or if i have to make a trip home, and it needs to be somewhat concealable. not super concealable, but i was kind of thinking of just getting 1 subwoofer this time. i was thinking maybe a w6 or w7, but those might be too expensive. the guy at the store was able to do a deal on a 10in w7 w/ a ported inclosure for about $668, but this is kind of over my budget, but if it's a really good deal then i might try to save up some more money for it
the only thing that's keeping me from just buying one 12w3v3 is that i already have 2 of those at home, but i guess if i wanted to i could combine all 3 in a future install. it would be kind of neat tho to test out a different driver to see how it performs.
one last thing: the install. should i try to install it myself by looking up everything online? or is it a lot of hastle installing everything to the factory head unit?
oh and one more thing. the guy at the store said i could possibly buy a small JL amp for my factory speakers, and he said that it would improve the performance by giving me more control over them, that way i could turn them up louder and they would be clearer without blowing them, cuz right now they aren't super clear and crisp when turned up loud. i just wanna make sure that i'm not gonna blow them with the added amp.
thx in advance for any advice and tips, and sorry for the long read. just tryin to lay out the whole situation so yall can try to see where i'm getting at. my last system was super loud, and technically i don't really need as much bass as i had, so any ways to save money would be appreciated.