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    Ultra budget sub build $250

    I'd really appreciate some advice.

    I've got about $250 and want some bass. I need everything, amp, sub, enclosure, wiring kit. After the research I've done I know this is an absurdly low amount for all this.

    I've got a e34 BMW 1992 525i sedan. The trunk is big but I've heard that there is too much material between the trunk and interior to get good sound.

    I'd like a good balance of sq and spl. I listen to all genres of music so I want responsiveness AND long tones.

    I can make my own box and wire it up myself.

    Is this impossible on my budget?

    I've been thinking about a bazooka tube, but they seem too weak for my tastes.

    Thanks for the help everyone.







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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    i would suggest saving a bit more money for some decent bass. you could get a couple 12 in type r's and a box for 250 and then find an amp and wires for another 250 and youd be good to go. just my .02



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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    check out these classifieds. 350 got my friend a custom tc-7 based 12, an AP15001, with Knu 4 gauge and a box built by me. Should sound pretty good for the money.



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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    If you're willing to buy used, IMO that is cutting it close but might be doable for maybe a single 10 ported or something of that nature. It depends on the components you want as well of course...

    $50 for wiring
    $15-20 for decent Line-out converter
    $100ish for amp (used)
    $40ish for enclosure, depending on tools and stuff you have already
    $____ for sub...

    Check this out. I just put one in a cobalt and with 250ish watts to it, the whole car is shaking and everyone I've talked to has had good experiences with them as well.

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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    In case you're interested here's the breakdown on that build:

    $35 for that sub
    $20 for 1 cube enclosure (I built, I use 1/2" and brace generally because lighter)
    $1.33 for PVC aeroport (flared with heat gun)
    $7 for 17 feet of 8 gauge power/ground wire (had fuseholder lying around)
    $8ish for connectors
    $20 for adjustable PAC Line-out Converter
    $150 for Elemental Designs Nine.2X (totally not needed - only using one channel. had this amp lying around so I used it)

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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    Thanks for all the quick and great input. I'm gonna do the smart thing and wait until I've got more of a realistic budget. I don't want a wimpy system with bad components. I also don't want to go used. Ill continue to lurk and soak up info until my day arrives.




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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    Quote Originally Posted by Euthyphro View Post
    Thanks for all the quick and great input. I'm gonna do the smart thing and wait until I've got more of a realistic budget. I don't want a wimpy system with bad components. I also don't want to go used. Ill continue to lurk and soak up info until my day arrives.
    I think going used is the better option since here no one really use their gear for that long in the first place. It's like buying new.




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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    This MTX set comes with two 12" subs, an enclosure and a 250 watt mono subwoofer amp all for $205 shipped.

    MTX Car Audio 2) 12" Subs/Car Amplifier/Amp/Sub Box | eBay


    The same seller has a 4 gauge amplifier wiring kit for $30 shipped.

    BULLZ AUDIO PPAK4BL 4 Gauge Amplifier/Amp Wiring Kit | eBay


    That puts you at $235 for all NEW stuff and MTX is a good brand. I know some people here knows a 5 or 10% off coupon code for that eBay store so if you can get them that'll be even cheaper.



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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    Quote Originally Posted by Wingman0121 View Post
    This MTX set comes with two 12" subs, an enclosure and a 250 watt mono subwoofer amp all for $205 shipped.

    MTX Car Audio 2) 12" Subs/Car Amplifier/Amp/Sub Box | eBay


    The same seller has a 4 gauge amplifier wiring kit for $30 shipped.

    BULLZ AUDIO PPAK4BL 4 Gauge Amplifier/Amp Wiring Kit | eBay


    That puts you at $235 for all NEW stuff and MTX is a good brand. I know some people here knows a 5 or 10% off coupon code for that eBay store so if you can get them that'll be even cheaper.
    Not too shabby.

    OP, yeah those luxury cars lose a lot of output from the trunk due to all the steel and sound deadening behind the seats. Also, you could buy used, if you stick to local guys you could verify stuff working in person and get a lot more bang for your buck saving shipping.




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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    if anything, at least get your car wired up with quality wire first. you just have to rip your car apart once and be done with it after that. wire everything into place for when you get more $$ saved up. good electrical is the foundation for a system.




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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    It's not impossible to add a sub for this little money, at least without including the cost of wiring..

    Amplifier: Jensen Power monoblock amplifier. Price under $100. Jensen is a ridiculously cheap brand, but I have no complaints about the 5-channel version. Solid build. The power ratings seem fine. The mono version is rated for over 400 watt RMS, which is plenty to power a decent sub woofer.

    Subwoofer: There is plenty of decent subs for around $100. I would prefer RE Audio SRX12 because I know it works well in a reasonably sized sealed box (1 to 1.5 cu ft). You get QTC of around 0.65 to 0.8 which combined with cabin gain of a midsize sedan will produce a reasonably "flat" response. In terms of output, it will produce more than enough in a sedan.

    Box: sonic sub boxes, sealed hatchback enclosure: 1 or 1.4 version, about $30 a pop, plus shipping.

    If I was buying something for myself right now, I'd probably increase the budget a little, to afford MB Quart or similar amplifier and a better sub, something like Peerless XXLS, RE SE/x, or something in that class.




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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    Does anyone else have any opinions on that MTX package? It looks like it would be good for the price




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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    This looks like everything you need and its even cheaper sitting at $189 shipped.

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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    how loud would that set up be compared to the MTX one?




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    Re: Ultra budget sub build $250

    Quote Originally Posted by Wingman0121 View Post
    This MTX set comes with two 12" subs, an enclosure and a 250 watt mono subwoofer amp all for $205 shipped.

    MTX Car Audio 2) 12" Subs/Car Amplifier/Amp/Sub Box | eBay


    The same seller has a 4 gauge amplifier wiring kit for $30 shipped.

    BULLZ AUDIO PPAK4BL 4 Gauge Amplifier/Amp Wiring Kit | eBay


    That puts you at $235 for all NEW stuff and MTX is a good brand. I know some people here knows a 5 or 10% off coupon code for that eBay store so if you can get them that'll be even cheaper.
    Thanks for scouting this out for me.

    I've been eying that package when I saw it on Amazon.com for a little more. It looks great to me, but I'm a noob. I like that it's all together in one set and I don't have to worry about building a properly tuned box or matching an amp. I just can't believe that its quality at that crazy price.

    That wiring kit is crazy cheap for 4 guage!

    Does anyone have anything bad to say about this setup? If not I'll probably jump on it.




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