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    Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    Perhaps it's just me, but every W7 install I have ever heard (all sealed) have sounded terrible. To me the bass doesn't feel warm at all. It's always like a thudding, rather than like the bass from say my e10a or Brahma. I know the size of the woofer doesn't matter because I've heard the 10, an even the "h.o" 12 installed.

    What could be the problem? In all of these cases the amp settings are set properly, and matched up with proper wiring/power. In my car I did not have an accurate front stage, which may have made the transition sound even worse (case in point sealed 12w7 in a 1.375 ft^3 box). Were our units simply defective or is this how the music is suppossed to sound? Don't get me wrong--I know what bass sounds like--I had **** accurate sound from all my previous setups, but the W7 sounded like ****. So much so that I got rid of it right after the first week of installing.

    As some of you know I was going to go with the10w7 in my 350z..with it being a hatchback I'm not certain if this is the best choice b/c if it will thud or what not. I decided to do a little research, and it seems like the w7 series only places a short range of frequencies..could this be the reason that even a slight variation of settings could change the sound so dramatically?

    Looking for a real answer---
    edit: just wanted to add that I know this is suppossed to be the ultimate sq woofer..which is why I am wanting to know whats wrong..maybe it is just me, but so far in my experience xbl^2 owns the w7. I am sure it can sound right, I'm just hoping someone can show me how so I can be blown away too.

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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    it can only be just u. each sub sounds different to each person




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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    Don't feel bad.....I've never been impressed with a W7 install either. Granted, they got **** loud...but they sounded horrible. They were way to overpowering and didn't blend at all with the frontstage, kinda on the sloppy side (not tight at all), and like you said, more of a thudding/thumping than nice warm bass.




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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    Sqeak, exactly what I mean. They got crazy loud, but the transition was poor, and the sound was terrible. I'm glad I'm not the only one that is not impressed.




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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    if you want SQ from JL go w/ the w6v2.
    if you want pure wang go w/ the w7



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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    I also agree, i heard a 10w7 in a hatcback civic.....kinda yucky sounding.....




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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    i watched the guy @ tweeter blow up a 12w7 when i asked him to turn it up.. Def didn't sound good loud, but on lower listening levels it sounded awesome, way good. Then he turned it up on some bass cd, and the thing started knocking after he got it to just about max excursion.

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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    magnum>w7

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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    oh and i too have not heard a w7 that impresses me, 10w7 was only time i thought it sounded good, i have a buddy getting some w7's and im meeting up with some forum members soon to hear a 12w7 so ill see if those impress me



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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    Sub selection is only 50% of blending sub-bass with your front stage. Selecting the right front stage drivers/power to match your sub(s) is the other 50%. Install is another 50%. Personal preference is the final 50%.

    Yes, I know this makes no sense mathematically.




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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    I think its all in the enclosure... Every sealed W7 I have heard has ****** or not been to my liking...

    Now, I have heard several Vented ones that sounded pretty nice...

    It seems like the W7 is really really picky and not forgiving to slight errors in design at all...

    Also, all the ones I heard in JLs own slot ported sounded great too

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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    Quote Originally Posted by smullen
    I think its all in the enclosure... Every sealed W7 I have heard has ****** or not been to my liking...

    Now, I have heard several Vented ones that sounded pretty nice...

    It seems like the W7 is really really picky and not forgiving to slight errors in design at all...

    Also, all the ones I heard in JLs own slot ported sounded great too

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    i agree with that, this is why i dont bash w7's i only say they havent impressed me YET. properly setup they should sound awesome.



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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    They can sound great, they can sound ******, just like any other sub on the planet.




    Is this not a reasonable place to park?

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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_ab
    They can sound great, they can sound ******, just like any other sub on the planet.
    Amen. I am still perplexed as to why people try to generalize the abilities of a sub based on some installs they heard, and yet always fail to consider the install as a variable...




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    Re: Is it just me, or do W7's sound terrible?

    W7's are all over where i live, like civic's, however i have yet to hear one that impressed me, although i attribute this to buying an 800+ dollar woofer and putting it into a pre fab box, never made sense to me.




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