Need help deciding between 2 subwoofers

What would you get?

  • DS18 EXL-XX12.2DHE

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Purplenovemberrain

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I’m picking between 2 subwoofers in a 2015 Civic and need y’all’s opinions on which one you’d Go with. I’m getting dual 2ohm dvc 12s I have fully upgraded electrical and a CAB 45 amp.

-Sundown Xv2 with NSv3 soft parts
-DS18 EXL-XX12.2DHE

Thanks for your time!
 

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You should go with Dual 4 ohm or Dual 1 ohm so you can run at a 1 ohm load. And Sundown over the DS18 all day long.

Dual 1 ohm wiring with 1 ohm load


Dual 4 ohm wiring with 1 ohm load


Dual 2 ohm speakers leaves you with either 0.5 ohm load, 2 ohm load or 8 ohm load. Those Cab-45s are not rated for 0.5 ohm loads even though some have done it but you really have to have a beefed up electrical to do it. So either Dual 4 ohm or Dual 1 ohm is perfect for that amplifier.
 
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Purplenovemberrain

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You should go with Dual 4 ohm or Dual 1 ohm so you can run at a 1 ohm load. And Sundown over the DS18 all day long.

Dual 1 ohm wiring with 1 ohm load


Dual 4 ohm wiring with 1 ohm load


Dual 2 ohm speakers leaves you with either 0.5 ohm load, 2 ohm load or 8 ohm load. Those Cab-45s are not rated for 0.5 ohm loads even though some have done it but you really have to have a beefed up electrical to do it. So either Dual 4 ohm or Dual 1 ohm is perfect for that amplifier.
You should go with Dual 4 ohm or Dual 1 ohm so you can run at a 1 ohm load. And Sundown over the DS18 all day long.

Dual 1 ohm wiring with 1 ohm load


Dual 4 ohm wiring with 1 ohm load


Dual 2 ohm speakers leaves you with either 0.5 ohm load, 2 ohm load or 8 ohm load. Those Cab-45s are not rated for 0.5 ohm loads even though some have done it but you really have to have a beefed up electrical to do it. So either Dual 4 ohm or Dual 1 ohm is perfect for that amplifier.
 

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Both are pretty poor. What precisely are you trying to accomplish here and how much space do you plan to give up for this?
 

Purplenovemberrain

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Both are pretty poor. What precisely are you trying to accomplish here and how much space do you plan to give up for this?
The goal is a setup that leans more heavily to the SPL side of things without too terrible of a loss in quality. I’ll have to measure it but I can give up the entire trunk of a 2015 civic ex sedan.
 

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The goal is a setup that leans more heavily to the SPL side of things without too terrible of a loss in quality. I’ll have to measure it but I can give up the entire trunk of a 2015 civic ex sedan.
OK, pair of 12s is probably good for a civic but the Sundown X series is a very inefficient woofer and that DS18 is pretty low tier Chinese catalog brand and from what I've seen they're "all show and no go"... sort of a modern equivalent of Audiobahn. They may have a couple diamonds in the rough but I'd have low expectations. I suppose the other question is what sort of money are you looking to spend? New Sundown Z is really nice, really I like the rest of the Sundown sub lineup which are all respectable in their class but I would not recommend the X, but they get a bit spendy and when you're into that sort of money you've got several other good options.
 

Purplenovemberrain

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OK, pair of 12s is probably good for a civic but the Sundown X series is a very inefficient woofer and that DS18 is pretty low tier Chinese catalog brand and from what I've seen they're "all show and no go"... sort of a modern equivalent of Audiobahn. They may have a couple diamonds in the rough but I'd have low expectations. I suppose the other question is what sort of money are you looking to spend? New Sundown Z is really nice, really I like the rest of the Sundown sub lineup which are all respectable in their class but I would not recommend the X, but they get a bit spendy and when you're into that sort of money you've got several other good options.
The budget is around $700 or less per subwoofer.
 

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Adire Brahma X is a well regarded good sounding low distortion woofer that can get loud and sound good doing it. Fi has some neodymium motor subs that are very fairly priced and good performing for what they are (mind there may be some lead times between order and delivery), and SSA Z-con is a smoking deal at around 450$ for the 12"
 
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