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I wanna run two 8" subwoofers and have narrowed it down to four of them. I have 1200rms to play with. Which of these would be the loudest and sound very good at the same time while hitting lows? its going in a 2012 Corvette Z06

Sundown SA8
SSA F8L
B2 Audio Rage v2
JL W7
 

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If it was me I would go with the SSA if I had to choose from the list
But in all honesty I would go with the Digital Design 2508
 

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From the list I’d go SSA for the price to performance factor. I think the SA would be my second choice. I’d stay away from JL strictly because of price.
 

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F8l
 

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From the list I’d go SSA for the price to performance factor. I think the SA would be my second choice. I’d stay away from JL strictly because of price.
If price wasn't a issue with any subwoofer including the w7. Would you still pick the F8L and SA8 over the W7?
 

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SSA F8L.
 

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Yes. SSA for sure
 

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Not too much reviews that I could find as well as YouTube videos. Had anyone on here used them?
 

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I wanna run two 8" subwoofers and have narrowed it down to four of them. I have 1200rms to play with. Which of these would be the loudest and sound very good at the same time while hitting lows? its going in a 2012 Corvette Z06

Sundown SA8
SSA F8L
B2 Audio Rage v2
JL W7
Check these out as well!

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Some of this depends on the enclosure. The JL 8w7 is better suited for sealed enclosures, IMO. It will sound really good in a ported enclosure, but the sa8 would be better in a ported box than the JL. The JL is what I would choose for a sealed box. It will likely outperform the sa8 sealed, bot not ported. My personal favorite sub for sealed applications is the Dayton ultimax. It doesn’t do super well ported, but it really shines over other sealed subs I’ve heard. It’s only 300 watts, but it works really well in small sealed boxes and has a ton of xmax. It would be expensive, but 4 Dayton ultimax 8s in a sealed enclosure on 1200 watts would be a very nice sounding system.
 

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Some of this depends on the enclosure. The JL 8w7 is better suited for sealed enclosures, IMO. It will sound really good in a ported enclosure, but the sa8 would be better in a ported box than the JL. The JL is what I would choose for a sealed box. It will likely outperform the sa8 sealed, bot not ported. My personal favorite sub for sealed applications is the Dayton ultimax. It doesn’t do super well ported, but it really shines over other sealed subs I’ve heard. It’s only 300 watts, but it works really well in small sealed boxes and has a ton of xmax. It would be expensive, but 4 Dayton ultimax 8s in a sealed enclosure on 1200 watts would be a very nice sounding system.
Yes I'm going to go ported. So the SA8 will be louder than the w7 and F8L? Also if I still run 1200rms and keep my power the same and go two sundown X8 would it be louder than the SA8 or stay the same
 

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Most of the higher end subs are a little conservative with the RMS numbers
The X8 says 800 watts but you can run 1000 into it.
So putting 1200 into 2 of them is probably not going to sound like you want it too
You should run at least RMS into to whatever you purchase
 

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On that power I would not do the X’s as you won’t be able to push them where they need to be. I would still choose the F8L over the SA. I think the F8L will be able to dig a little deeper and it will likely have better sound quality.
 

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I’m surprised bobbytwonames didn’t mention American bass, so I guess I have to……..they make a decent 8 that gets loud ported also. For a ported box, if I had to choose between these, I go F8L. If I wanted to go sealed, I would do the JL 8w7.
 
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2 JL 8w7 in a sealed box would be a similar sized box as an f8l ported, so if I had unlimited funds and cared nothing for efficiency, I’d do 2 or 3 JL 8W7s sealed and a bigger amp. Now you’re into $$$$$
 

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Sundown SA or SSA F8L.
 

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So let me get this right. The SA8 will be louder than the F8L but the F8L will play a little deeper? Like around what hertz will I notice it?
 

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Your first post said you want it to sound very good and hit the lows. The F8L fits the bill the best IMO. SSA subs tend to be more musical than Sundowns in my experiences.
 
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So let me get this right. The SA8 will be louder than the F8L but the F8L will play a little deeper? Like around what hertz will I notice it?
A lot of that depends on the box you have made
The Sundowns and the SSA's are very similar and to somebody who was not into car audio would probably sound the same
The difference between the 2 of them is a matter of having a trained ear.
Like I said box is everything here
Slugbutter has it right, if your not going ported then the JL's are your best bet
I'm trying to remember but I'm pretty sure he is the other guy on here who are big into box designing so I'm sure he is talking into account your lack of space which maybe the rest of us are not
Ported IMO the SSA are a better choice
That being said your putting them in a Corvette which lacks space so if you can pull off ported then SSA but if you can't the JL is only way to go
Sorry I can't see anywhere if you listed what amp you are going to use to run them
 

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