So when I first turned 16, I was really into car audio as my hobby. I had a 1996 Chevy Blazer and my first system ever was a Concept Sub in a bandpass box and an Autotek amp. Well after doing research and more research I got addicted and ended up buying two e15K's (Elemental Design, who I now know is out of business?!?) and a 1000W amp. Built a custom ported box and ran with that.
After my Blazer I started dropping my audio hobby for more performance. My last system was in my 1994 Mazda RX7 where I made custom fiberglass door pods for Alpine components and a fiberglass enclosure for a 10W7.
Fast forward 6-7 years later and I'm still in performance but I'm looking to get something SMALL in my 2012 Mazdaspeed3 and I need to know what has changed. Back then, all the "mainstream" talked about was the efficiency of the JL Audio W7. The big "underground" names were ED, RE, and DD.
I listen to a mix of everything however mainly EDM. I don't want overpowering bass but I want some kick. I was thinking maybe a ported 8.
What would be everyone's suggestions?