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    SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    I have a JBL 12 GTi It sounds great, but before deciding it's the best for me I want to get one of the above subs in 12 inches to compare to the JBL. I am looking for the best as far a SQ with a JL 500/1 and a box from 1.1-1.25 sealed. I do want a little SPL because my trunk it quite isolated and I need to crank a little for the sub to even be heard, but I am mainly looking for SQ here.

    So which would work best within my size and power constraints?







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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    Haven't ran either but if I was to choose betweem the two I would go with the Icon myself.

    Also consider the Image Dynamics q and Incriminator Audio Flatlyne



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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    ^^^ this

    the Incriminator Flatlyne would be a very good option. if you're stuck on the ones you listed the idmax or icon would be great too.



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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    Boston acoustics spg555




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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    Nice but I am not about to but a new box to try out the BA SPG. Now a 12" G5. That would be nice.




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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    FI SSD..A friend of mine has a Flatt line sub, and into SQ very heavily,and it sounds FANTASTIC!




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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    It's funny that more people are recommending FI Flatlyne more that the SSA Icon. Could it be because there are more Flatlynes than Icons out there?




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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Mixman View Post
    It's funny that more people are recommending FI Flatlyne more that the SSA Icon. Could it be because there are more Flatlynes than Icons out there?
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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    The Arc Audio Flatline is the most transcendent one on your list.
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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    I see a lot of people are recommending the SPG555. Well that means you have to get a custom cab and that adds to the price of the sub. So even with a blowout price of $269, you have to add another $100 or so for a custom cab......And then you better like it, because that's the only sub it will fit.

    I guess it seems my best bets are the IDMAX and the ARC Flatline, unless there are more recommendations?




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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    i think the AA havoc and SSA xcon are excellent woofers..



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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    I like the aa havoc better than any of the above mentioned for daily car sq other than the IDQ and maybe the IDMAX if you are going to stay away from the BA.



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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Mixman View Post
    I have a JBL 12 GTi It sounds great, but before deciding it's the best for me I want to get one of the above subs in 12 inches to compare to the JBL. I am looking for the best as far a SQ with a JL 500/1 and a box from 1.1-1.25 sealed. I do want a little SPL because my trunk it quite isolated and I need to crank a little for the sub to even be heard, but I am mainly looking for SQ here.

    So which would work best within my size and power constraints?
    before spending that much cash on just another replacement sub to compare to the JBL GTi (which, IMO is a superior sub to the ones you mentioned), you should seriously reconsider getting the best sql possible out of it. Look at the system design, is there any way to modify the rear deck or seating area to allow more air movement to influence the cabin area? Would it be possible to increase the box size to 1.5 cubes and run a ported box using Aero port with a tuning around 34-36hz? If not, look to a 10" sub that can utilize the space you have with a ported box. SQ wise, IMO, a ported enclosure will produce better sound quality than a sealed box while being more efficient. Just by porting alone, you will gain almost twice the SPL output with the sub you have. Just swapping it for one of those others in the same sealed box seems like a major waste of time and $$ for what miniscule changes you may or may not even realize....not to mention just dropping another sub in there under the exact same conditions may produce ill desired effects (less output).

    PS, If you are seriously looking at SSA subs, look to the GCON instead of the ICON on that power for a sealed application.




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    Re: SSA Icon vs ARC Audio Flatline vs IDMAX vs Arc Black Series

    I am getting Pollyfill soon. Don't get me wrong I like the JBL, it's just that I want to try a few subs to see which works best in my situation. I have 1-1.5 cu ft max to work with sealed. I am just trying to find the best sub for that space.




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