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    2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    Out of curiousity, if you only had two choices and they were between those listed in the title both running in the SSA recommended Optimal Sealed box's, being pushed by an MB Quart DSC-2000.1d, which would you choose?

    Xcon 15" Optimal Sealed box:
    Sound Solutions Audio - 15" XCON Optimal Sealed Enclosure

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    Sound Solutions Audio - 12" ICON Optimal Sealed Enclosure







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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    2 are better than one.



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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    neither, but if i had to, icons.

    two AE AV12X off 2000 watts gets just as loud as the 12" icons and are a total of $90 cheaper
    AE AV15X off 1000watts gets just as loud as the 15"xcon and is $140 cheaper



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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    What are your goals? The Icon's have more cone surface and would be less power compression, the single Xcon will take up less space.
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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cruzer View Post
    neither, but if i had to, icons.

    two AE AV12X off 2000 watts gets just as loud as the 12" icons and are a total of $90 cheaper
    AE AV15X off 1000watts gets just as loud as the 15"xcon and is $140 cheaper
    Just wondering, have you tested this? Not that we are worried about SPL as that is not our market or focus.





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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    2 icons... but im curious too, denim^^^



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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by denim View Post
    What are your goals? The Icon's have more consurface and would be less power compression, the single Xcon will take up less space.
    My goals are to have something that will most effectively utilize the power being supplied, in the space provided. I'd like to have something with a decent SPL, that will sound clean and smooth at the same time.

    If I went with one Xcon, I would still have the space to add on a second later, but I'm not sure I want to go to all the trouble to upgrade my electrical to handle that much power.




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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by rsgladwin85 View Post
    My goals are to have something that will most effectively utilize the power being supplied, in the space provided. I'd like to have something with a decent SPL, that will sound clean and smooth at the same time.

    If I went with one Xcon, I would still have the space to add on a second later, but I'm not sure I want to go to all the trouble to upgrade my electrical to handle that much power.
    You would not be required to add more power. The Xcon's have a higher rms ratting, but that does not mean they need gobs of power. They are perfectly fine on 1000 watts, heck even less than that in a few people's installs.





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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    I loved my single icon 12 off 800 rms and was really impressed at how loud it got too. I never had room for 2 but I'm sure youd be impressed with them off that amount of power.



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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by denim View Post
    Just wondering, have you tested this? Not that we are worried about SPL as that is not our market or focus.
    They are all well built products providing great sound quality, all taking the same power.

    as far as the icon 12 vs the ae av 12, they are pretty similar, including xmax, so i would expect pretty similar results. winisd also agrees

    the xcon 15 and ae av 15 is again pretty similar, but the xcon does indeed have a good little chunk of xmax over the ae av. still winisd says they get pretty similar.

    anyways, the point of the post was that even if the ssa products are indeed a little louder, i dont see paying that extra money for not even 3dbs.

    ive tested other similarly built subs, a 15 dc and 15 fi ssd, off the same power, they sound identical, nothing audibly different. perhaps im wrong, but i would assume since both the ssa products and ae av are great built products, they would yield similar results, and if the ssa product gets louder, well u pay for it.



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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by denim View Post
    You would not be required to add more power. The Xcon's have a higher rms ratting, but that does not mean they need gobs of power. They are perfectly fine on 1000 watts, heck even less than that in a few people's installs.
    Maybe not required. But you know how us guys are. I'd feel almost neglectful to have it able to handle that much extra power, and not supply it. lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cruzer View Post
    perhaps im wrong, but i would assume since both the ssa products and ae av are great built products, they would yield similar results, and if the ssa product gets louder, well u pay for it.
    A little extra money isn't my primary concern. And if it gives me a little potential for more then even better. Also I just plain like the SSA designs and looks overall. Thanks for the comparative analysis though, I appreciate all input.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruzer View Post
    They are all well built products providing great sound quality, all taking the same power.

    as far as the icon 12 vs the ae av 12, they are pretty similar, including xmax, so i would expect pretty similar results. winisd also agrees

    the xcon 15 and ae av 15 is again pretty similar, but the xcon does indeed have a good little chunk of xmax over the ae av. still winisd says they get pretty similar.

    anyways, the point of the post was that even if the ssa products are indeed a little louder, i dont see paying that extra money for not even 3dbs.

    ive tested other similarly built subs, a 15 dc and 15 fi ssd, off the same power, they sound identical, nothing audibly different. perhaps im wrong, but i would assume since both the ssa products and ae av are great built products, they would yield similar results, and if the ssa product gets louder, well u pay for it.
    Thanks for the feedback. WinISD is fun for getting a general idea, but I never use it to make concrete decision oro judgetment calls, as it cannot simulate in-vehicle response/peroformance. So until physically tested in respective optimal arrangements per vehicle and enclosure, you can never know for sure.

    I find it interesting that you say the AE AV model is similar (outside of xmax) to both the Icon and Xcon, whom are not that similar to each other.

    Side note, the the DC and Fi may originally have had a similiar design but they are built on two different places with different parts and materials, so the process could be different and the end result would be that way also. The SSD and Icon may share a few parts, but not that many to perform or seem the same.

    The funny thing is, higher output for more money is not the goal or focus of our designs. In addition, our prices are where they are due to high parts, materials and build costs, Mark and I have full time jobs outside of SSA.





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    Quote Originally Posted by rsgladwin85 View Post
    Maybe not required. But you know how us guys are. I'd feel almost neglectful to have it able to handle that much extra power, and not supply it. lol.
    Based on this post, I think the pair of Icon 12's would be the better choice for you.





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    Re: 2x SSA Icon 12"s or 1x SSA Xcon 15" / Which would you choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by denim View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. WinISD is fun for getting a general idea, but I never use it to make concrete decision oro judgetment calls, as it cannot simulate in-vehicle response/peroformance. So until physically tested in respective optimal arrangements per vehicle and enclosure, you can never know for sure.

    I find it interesting that you say the AE AV model is similar (outside of xmax) to both the Icon and Xcon, whom are not that similar to each other.

    Side note, the the DC and Fi may originally have had a similiar design but they are built on two different places with different parts and materials, so the process could be different and the end result would be that way also. The SSD and Icon may share a few parts, but not that many to perform or seem the same.

    The funny thing is, higher output for more money is not the goal or focus of our designs. In addition, our prices are where they are due to high parts, materials and build costs, Mark and I have full time jobs outside of SSA.
    i dont use winisd to pick my product either. Without any experience of the products, i use winisd to get a general idea. just like u said it can be used for.

    i do have a question to ask. if winisd cannot determine which will perform better in certain vehicles, which i do agree with you. why do you figure your product is better? just because you claim its built better, or with better parts?

    a lot of times better parts just equals longer lasting.

    anyways, u say ur dc and fi use different parts and their builds are very different.

    yet i tested a 15 from each and they sound almost identical. and if u throw them into winisd and compare them in the same size box, same power, they look pretty identical as well.

    so this just proves that while ssa make great products, does not mean its going to sound better just because its more known, or costs more.

    lastly when i said they look similar, i just meant that they take the same power, have similar xmax. i didnt go into great detail because i was in a hurry and i dont even understand half the other t/s specs anyways.

    also please dont forget in my original post i said i may be wrong, because i very well may be. ive been in car audio for a whole 2 years now. most of that time i just bought rockford fosgate unknowingly, without any research, or care. not until the past few months have i care to experiment, learn, care.



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