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    SSA 12" Dcon Review

    This review is a result of the SSA Dcon Give Away over on DIYMA. So, first I would like to thank Aaron & Mark of SSA for participating in the give-away and providing 2 free drivers to members of the community.

    Specifications for the driver can be found HERE. The cost for the driver once added to the cart in the shopping section of the SSA website is $165 plus shipping.

    As you can see from the below picture, the driver is single boxed with 4 foam pads glued to the sides of the box at the mounting ring and (not visible) foam padding underneath the motor structure with an inner cardboard "box" that surrounds the motor structure.

    The driver did shift slightly during shipping, one side of the basket slipped down underneath one of the side foam supports, but was otherwise unscathed.


    The sub itself is an attractive driver, refreshingly free of flash or pizzaz. Black pulp fiber cone, foam surround, 2" wide D4 voice coils, standard 12 spoke basket with venting under the spider, and a new logo design on the dustcap. Build quality appears solid and well thought out; clean glue joints, felt pads to eliminate lead slap and quality push terminals. The motor structure is reasonable in size and weight; It's fairly tall being triple stacked magnets but not unreasonably so (6.5" mounting depth), and the motor structure is fairy narrow which helps keep the weight down and makes handling the driver fairly simple.



    It will initially be installed IB as that is how my trunk is currently configured. I'd like to also be able to test the driver in a sealed enclosure and ideally ported aswell....but we'll see how that all pans out. It will be powered by the bridged rear channels of a MB Quart QAA4250 which will provide approximately 500w @ 8ohm. Rest of the system consists of an Alpine W200, H701 and a Memphis Msync 8" comp set in the kickpanels. Sub duty is currently provided by an Exodus Shiva-X, which works out nicely as both it and the Dcon are in the same price bracket I'd like to first consider the Dcon's performance on it's own merit, then compare it to how I feel it stacks up against the currently installed Shiva-X. That's my goal atleast......we'll see how well I can stick to it :p

    With the weather and my work schedule, I anticipate being able to begin testing the driver this weekend.

    So, there you have it so far Look for an update on this hopefully Saturday! Expect this to be a multi-part review.......hopefully Dave (audiolife) can find some time in his busy schedule to come lend an ear aswell







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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Why tease us like this



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    MuHaHAhaa (cough cough)



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Not a fan of that packaging method. Sub looks nice though.



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Quote Originally Posted by audiolife View Post
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    Not sure if I should be worried or not.





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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Quote Originally Posted by denim View Post
    Not sure if I should be worried or not.
    There is always cause for concern when audiolife's involved

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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    actually depends on my mood, and how well it would sound on 2 songs in particular. If it retains an open low realistic boominess to them it will score real high, most do not play the two songs smoothly though. Mine being on the poor side.



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    the 2 songs?



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    You will have to wait and see..two TOTALLY different kinds of music and there are other songs on the cds but 2 of them I know like the back of my hand and actually listen to for a few hundred hours on every system I ever owned. I'll give you a hint all are older than 15 years.
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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Quote Originally Posted by audiolife View Post
    You will have to wait and see..two TOTALLY different kinds of music and there are other songs on the cds but 2 of them I know like the back of my hand and actually listen to for a few hundred hours on every system I ever owned. I'll give you a hint all are older than 15 years.
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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    One is a good song, the songs I use though will basically tell you what the woofer can and can't do well. Bass line in One though will depict woofer "hang" pretty well though.



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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    Well, I should to be able to get the time tomorrow evening to get a decent write up posted on this. Hopefully I'll be able to test it in a ported enclosure as well. I really would like to listen to it in a ported enclosure after my listening experiences so far.




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    Re: SSA 12" Dcon Review

    I don't recall ever seeing your audio set up..?




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