Sub suggestion


Masted85

CarAudio.com Recruit
Sep 11, 2020
62
5
Alabama
Number of subs preferred: 1 or 2

Size preferred (if configuration allows): 15 or 18

Budget: $600ish and below

Power to be used (which amp(s), include which resistance): Taramps Smart 3 (Williston Audio Review with Power Output)

Space available (take measurements, do not guess): 06 Tahoe. Don't have measurements ATM but can get if needed.

Goals: Have the best system around

Listening habits: Whatever tickles my fancy, mainly bass heavy tracks

Preferred brands/subs/whatever: None in particular, just no cheap shit

If I forgot anything I'll reply ASAP
 

Coolhand20th

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Mar 27, 2019
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285
Wisconsin
Bah no Skar you can do much better then Skar if you got that kind of money to spend. FI, Sundown the list goes on and on. I'm sure @Buck would have a lot better suggestions as well vs Skar.
 
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Danger Ranger
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Nov 13, 2019
112
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Aurora CO
Hate to post so many separate comments here, so sorry about that. If I were you I'd get the 2 ZVX 18's in a D1 configuration. This will give you the ability to wire the pair at 4 ohms and at 1 ohm. With the SFB 8K you could have the subs wired at a very conservative 4 ohms to give the pair their recommended RMS. Simultaneously you can wire the pair down to 1 ohm and do a little competing as well. The real benefit to the SFB 8k is your ability to get 2 more 18's and do a B pillar wall hitting in the high 150's without needing to buy another amp. If there's one thing I've learned the hard way its buying equipment without considering the future.
Spending $639 on an amp that does more power than you need might seem silly now, but you'll be patting yourself on the back later when you decide to upgrade and all you need to do is buy 2 more subs and build a box.
 

Masted85

CarAudio.com Recruit
Sep 11, 2020
62
5
Alabama
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Hate to post so many separate comments here, so sorry about that. If I were you I'd get the 2 ZVX 18's in a D1 configuration. This will give you the ability to wire the pair at 4 ohms and at 1 ohm. With the SFB 8K you could have the subs wired at a very conservative 4 ohms to give the pair their recommended RMS. Simultaneously you can wire the pair down to 1 ohm and do a little competing as well. The real benefit to the SFB 8k is your ability to get 2 more 18's and do a B pillar wall hitting in the high 150's without needing to buy another amp. If there's one thing I've learned the hard way its buying equipment without considering the future.
Spending $639 on an amp that does more power than you need might seem silly now, but you'll be patting yourself on the back later when you decide to upgrade and all you need to do is buy 2 more subs and build a box.
I've got no problem upgrading in the future. For now I just want to use what I have on hand.
 

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Danger Ranger
Premium Member
Nov 13, 2019
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Aurora CO
I have a pic of the box with 2 zvx 18's in it. Also to reply to CoolHand, I agree, with $600 to spend you could go with a higher quality brand like sundown, but you cant even buy a single zv5 18 with that kind of money. meanwhile you can get 2 ZVX 18's for $640. Trust me I love sundown (check my recent post where I talk about my current SPL build) I think sundown is the best, but they aren't good for budget builds. My truck has all top of the line equipment in it and cost me $18,000. Meanwhile I have a Yukon XL that I'm going to fill with 8 18" SKAR EVL's and 2 SFB 8K's costing me less than $6000 all in and will be just as loud and sound virtually identical.
 

Coolhand20th

CarAudio.com Elite
Mar 27, 2019
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You can still do better then Skar with 600 bucks to spend. A lot of companies out there instead of Skar which tries to copy Sundown while using poorer quality components. Not too mention the owner which we have all detailed to say the least. Even if he made a decent brand I still wouldn't after his history.
 

20 hz bass machine

Danger Ranger
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Nov 13, 2019
112
37
Aurora CO
I personally think Soundqubed subs are not great. Their power handling is good but that's about it. Fs is through the roof, I've heard a few builds with them and granted they're ok but theyre not going to leave you sounding like the best around.
 

Masted85

CarAudio.com Recruit
Sep 11, 2020
62
5
Alabama
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I personally think Soundqubed subs are not great. Their power handling is good but that's about it. Fs is through the roof, I've heard a few builds with them and granted they're ok but theyre not going to leave you sounding like the best around.
From their sites it doesn't seem like the Fs is that far apart for the 18's
 

20 hz bass machine

Danger Ranger
Premium Member
Nov 13, 2019
112
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Aurora CO
You don't have to take my advice, but as a guy who has heard these subs in a c pillar build, in an SUV, in the box I'm recommending you put them in, who's also a active member in my local bass scene and currently 6th loudest in my state overall, and the loudest car at 20 hz in my state, Id say my advice is good. Unless you're trying to spend 2G's on 2 zv5 18s I recommend you go with SKAR. You cant beat the quality at the same price point
 

Masted85

CarAudio.com Recruit
Sep 11, 2020
62
5
Alabama
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You don't have to take my advice, but as a guy who has heard these subs in a c pillar build, in an SUV, in the box I'm recommending you put them in, who's also a active member in my local bass scene and currently 6th loudest in my state overall, and the loudest car at 20 hz in my state, Id say my advice is good. Unless you're trying to spend 2G's on 2 zv5 18s I recommend you go with SKAR. You cant beat the quality at the same price point
I'm not saying I won't consider Skar as a possibility. I was just trying to get some input on more that one brand.
 

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Danger Ranger
Premium Member
Nov 13, 2019
112
37
Aurora CO
I didn't mean to come off aggressive there just trying to make sure you don't loose faith in a good brand. Like I said, when it comes down to it, I'm a sundown guy, but when you have an suv to fill and a $600 sub budget SKAR takes you far.
Here's those subs in the box and the predicted response graph from bass box pro
 

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