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codyc03

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I am looking to purchase my first sub setup. I am looking for a single 12 in a ported box. I will be building the box and orienting it sub up port back on the drivers side, due to the car being a hatchback. I mainly listen to rap and want good bass to flex and feel without drowning out my other speakers that I will be keeping stock. I have decided on the Skar DDX 12 wired to 1 ohm with the Skar RP 1200 D, along with a 4 gauge wiring kit, 12 gauge speaker wire, and an lc2i. I have noticed that skar gets a decent amount of hate, but that seems to be because of what the owner did. I chose asked because I have a tight budget due to the fact that i’m just a high schooler.
 

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Haven't we been through this a couple times before on other threads about what would be better then Skarbage Subwoofers, their crap quality in amplifiers while sticking to his budget of what he wants to spend?
 

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There’s nothing wrong with skar subs, other than the owner. They are a cheap copy of sundown, but they are cheap. Dollar for dollar, they are worth the money. If I wanted to go with a cheap setup, I’d go with a company like American bass for subs personally. They are good for a decent price as well.
 

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Thank you for the feedback, will probably look for other alternatives.
I have heard a few Skar systems (common around here), they are impressive. I have used a pair of Skar ZVX-8 8" subs that hit pretty hard. Problem was they needed a big box and 1kw to get loud. As far as amp reliability, I have no idea. As long as it is new, warranty should have your back. Just make sure you do not skimp out on the amp wiring kit. That plays a huge role on reliability.
 

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I have heard a few Skar systems (common around here), they are impressive. I have used a pair of Skar ZVX-8 8" subs that hit pretty hard. Problem was they needed a big box and 1kw to get loud. As far as amp reliability, I have no idea. As long as it is new, warranty should have your back. Just make sure you do not skimp out on the amp wiring kit. That plays a huge role on reliability.
I've designed for everything basically. As a box designer, I can tell you that Skar is lazy and inaccurate with a lot of their specs. A lot of their t/s parameters are doodoo, and they literally make the cheapest versions of other subs developed by other companies. They are designed well, in a way, but they are literally cheap copies of other woofers.

American Bass could be considered the same thing, in a way, but I've worked for an AB dealer and talked to the owners of AB several times, and they are cool and I really like their subs. The XFL is one of the most underrated 1000-1500 watt subs on the market. We installed so many XFL's, they always performed and the sound quality, at least on the older ones, actually was better than I expected. They'll dig down low.
 

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I have heard a few Skar systems (common around here), they are impressive. I have used a pair of Skar ZVX-8 8" subs that hit pretty hard. Problem was they needed a big box and 1kw to get loud. As far as amp reliability, I have no idea. As long as it is new, warranty should have your back. Just make sure you do not skimp out on the amp wiring kit. That plays a huge role on reliability.
I did 3 12's box for Skar, 3 of the ZVX 12's. It was super loud, but I literally had to correct Skar's own t/s parameters because they seemed to take the t/s without ANY woofer break in time, and whoever put those t/s up either was lazy or they didn't seem to know what they were doing. They'll get loud, but I've seen a lot of issues with Skar too. Like this box was super flexing his little extended cab small truck, but Skar does stuff that's really questionable, as far as quality goes.

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I can tell you that Skar is lazy and inaccurate with a lot of their specs. A lot of their t/s parameters are doodoo, and they literally make the cheapest versions of other subs
I believe you. Most of their lines look like Sundown with minute differences. I think since most of their subs are cut and paste, their R&D department is small. That would partially explain their affordable products.
but Skar does stuff that's really questionable, as far as quality goes.
I saw this in the tinsel lead threads. They broke closest to the voice coil and started slapping against the cone. Thread seemed to be made of cotton, so I cut all of it and glued the tinsel leads to the cone like the old school subs.
 
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