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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Big thanks to Audiolife for whipping out the enclosure in short order. 2.25cuft tuned to 31hz, which is smack in the middle of the "optimal" ported enclosure as listed on the website (which is why this enclosure was chosen).



    I'll do some listening impressions after I get more listening time.







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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Excellent review as always, not terribly surprised by the results.




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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    good review as allways

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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    It has arse now but it went from super tight to slightly muddy IMO but it isn't really tuned yet. Should have a better review after we get kicked out of the Wal-Mart parking lot!



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    This is the part of the review I am looking forward to, since it is more inline with the purpose and design. Keep of the good work.





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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Quote Originally Posted by denim View Post
    This is the part of the review I am looking forward to, since it is more inline with the purpose and design. Keep of the good work.
    Its a good sub for sure I just didn't get much time to hear it for more than 10 minutes because Squeak had to go so we really didn't get to tune it. It gets fairly loud off ~500 watts of power and still retains some detail. If you plan on running a smaller amplifier to stay away from costly electrical upgrades this is a good sub to get into. I am not a ported woofer lover at all and it still sounded better than some sub systems I heard in plausible to spec sealed alignments.



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Well, I'm not ready to give a more detailed review of the ported enclosure yet because right now I'm having some fun with the output.... I'd never keep it this loud, but I'm man enough to admit that it's been fun for the shits & giggles factor to this lame SQ guy. My past few setups have all been single sub sealed or IB, so this is the loudest setup I've had in my car for quite a while. It's finding rattles in my dash I never knew existed with the same power level I had running to it IB, which is somewhere under 500w.....and it's got a lot more left in it.

    That and I have an issue I need to work out......low end came alive, but I lost the upper end Gotta figure out the cause, and how to go about fixing it.......




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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Quote Originally Posted by squeak9798 View Post
    Well, I'm not ready to give a more detailed review of the ported enclosure yet because right now I'm having some fun with the output.... I'd never keep it this loud, but I'm man enough to admit that it's been fun for the shits & giggles factor to this lame SQ guy. My past few setups have all been single sub sealed or IB, so this is the loudest setup I've had in my car for quite a while. It's finding rattles in my dash I never knew existed with the same power level I had running to it IB, which is somewhere under 500w.....and it's got a lot more left in it.

    That and I have an issue I need to work out......low end came alive, but I lost the upper end Gotta figure out the cause, and how to go about fixing it.......
    You are not the first to say that about this driver. But don't be , 1/2 of the fun is tuning.





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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Well, I tried various box positions just to be sure that it wasn't install related. I ended up bringing the overall sub level up 3-4db, effectively increasing power to the driver, and then EQ'd down the low end since it was a little peaky and overbearing down low for normal everyday listening with music (but it sure was fun when blasting the volume!). This brought the upper end response to the level it needed to be and smoothed out the low end.

    Overall the driver performs well. It lost some quality compared to IB. The notes aren't quite as well defined and precise. There's some slight overhang compared to the previous alignment. Transitions aren't quite as seamless. This isn't to say the driver sounds bad, it's still more than listenable and would perform admirably for someone looking for a good sounding daily driver. It however isn't as precise and accurate as it was IB. Music with fast transitions between notes and constantly shifting bass lines helps mask the deficiencies.....they aren't quite as pronounced but a bit of overhang and blending of the notes is noticeable. On music with solid, defined notes in quick succession is where it's most notable but still acceptable for daily listening. Though this is might not be the ideal alignment for those who place the highest priority on accuracy.

    The low end however has improved markedly as I had suspected would be the case. As I noted above, I actually had to tame down the low end as it could get overbearing. Definitely no lack of low end output now. This driver ported has absolutely no problems reaching output levels well behind that which is necessary for everyday listening and should be sufficient for all but the most die hard bassheads.

    Overall after testing the driver both IB and in a ported enclosure, I stand by my initial impression of 7/10. In a ported enclosure there's some loss of accuracy with the benefit of enhanced low end output. In IB (and likely also sealed) the accuracy is overall good but it lacks low end output. If I were to recommend this driver, I would recommend it for a ported enclosure. To me, the slight loss in accuracy is worth the benefit of low end presence. The driver should perform quite well in a ported enclosure for someone looking for an inexpensive, quality driver with great output and adequate sound quality for daily listening.
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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    what an extensive review. i mean this in a good way-lol. would definitely consider this if on a lower udget based on your review.



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    how much did you knock down the low?



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Thank you Squeak and Audiolife for the detailed review. Glad to see it preformed for you the way we had intended it to. Maybe some others who are not all about pissing off the neighbors or in a power pissing contest will give them a try.





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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    1 12" gets loud enough to get a ticket easy you could hear it in my house very easy and Squeak was parked across the street.



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    I never sqeak was a basshead.




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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Quote Originally Posted by James Bang View Post
    I never sqeak was a basshead.
    He is not, he had the same settings for IB when we first put the box in. I will say this though if someone wants a lot of bass and they have a small amp (500-700ish watts for a pair 250-350 for 1) these subs will do a good job while still being good sounding. Think those 500-600 watt alpine mono blocks would be perfect on a pair of them or close too.



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