View Full Version : is 1 10'' sub good enough???

10-06-2002, 02:21 PM
do you think 1 10'' sub is good enough for my car...or will it sound like nothing....my car is 4 door too

10-06-2002, 02:26 PM
depends on what sub what box what amp

and what you listen too

persoanlly If I was going to go with 1 sub it would be a 12

10-06-2002, 03:24 PM
i have one 12" and an amp and the speakers and deck i left just like they are. i didn't wanna go to any shows or anything just enough to feel the base in the seets. and i think it is good enough.

10-06-2002, 04:01 PM
the sub is a 1 10'' sony explode, it's in the actual xplode box too...

10-06-2002, 04:03 PM
oh yea...i listen to rap and dance mostly, but i don't want an award winning system.....all i need is something for you to feel the base throughout the car....when i put a good rap cd in the car i can feel the base on your feet and that on stock speakers...so something just a little bit stronger is perfect, thats why i was thinking one sub

Foc us
10-06-2002, 04:08 PM
1 sub might not be enough for you especially the sony ones, you might think of getting the cerwin vege "vega" series sub if you want cheap woofers, plus the amp will be important too. Don't trust the "advertised" watts. You have to find out how many RMS @ what herts plus the sleu rate while playing or else it might sound crappy!

10-06-2002, 04:13 PM
For the E30's a custom ported box would be the best without sacraficing the structural integrity of the metal plate between the back seat and the trunk.

Have the box up against the bottom of the rear deck and have a port made in the deck. This will reflect the bass off the rear window into the cabin. And it also keeps the trunk space open! If you want rear speakers just use a small set of 5 1/4" for rear fill and run them off the deck (don't over power them 'cause it will over power the fronts and ruin the "imaging").


10-06-2002, 04:54 PM
the box is more important then the number of subs. ie is the box well matched to the speaker.

my advice would be to buy a one peice setup. They have a bunch at future shop or a&b sound. some even have amps built into the box.

Then u will know everything is well matched. My brother has 1 10" in his 4dr and it works great. Cheaper too and easier to install

10-06-2002, 05:10 PM
I find that rarely people stay with one sub....they might start off with one but they usually upgrade to two...if i were u i would go for two subs and a nice amp...that's all u need...what kind of amp do u have right now??

one might be okay but i'm sure you are gonna want two in the near future...just my 0.2 cents


10-06-2002, 05:35 PM
ya e30s steal bass due to that metal sheet

Im running 2 mtx 10's in MTX boxes powered by a 2 channel 600w (250 rms per channel) they pound pretty good but I wanna upgrade eventually, Infinity refrence fronts and a JVC deck its alright, I need an amp for my mids.

I also do not have rear speakers So sound travels through were the rear speakers were

From what I have heard I am not really impressed wit xplods there not horrible by any means but I think your paying to much for the word "sony". But since you are getting (or have) the xplod box with the xplod combined with the right amp they will sound as best as you could get em, cause in theroy sony should build an excellent box for there own subs...

10-06-2002, 08:04 PM
I've got one 10' inch sub powered by a 2oo watt amp. i have yet to get a box for it.

i dont care much for bass, a little thump is good enuff for me

I did however replacee front and rears with rockford 5 1/4 speakers and tweeters. I ampedd em with a kenwood 320W 4 channel amp. I have yet todo the install cuz i need a deck but I think a 10' is more more than enuff, if you dont like a lotta base

I hear alotta guys who do 2, 12's but keep the stock speakers and all you hear is base when ur riding and no sound

Mr seville
10-06-2002, 08:21 PM
i have a suggestion.... how bout you place the subwoffer under your back seat i've seen this done on a 5er before:huh?:

Foc us
10-06-2002, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by Mr 318ti
i have a suggestion.... how bout you place the subwoffer under your back seat i've seen this done on a 5er before:huh?:
If you're planning on doing that, it depends on if you got clearence underneath your seat, if there's no clearence, he'll need to go to a shop with plasma cutter and weld a custom box underneath his floor plan, I think it'll be a bit too extreme for a lot of people even though that will be the most direct source of bass......*mw*

10-07-2002, 09:26 PM
Oh yeah, I think for my taste anyway. I had a Planet Audio amp 320W, and a 10" Pioneer IMPP sub and that was enough. The big difference though is in what kind of box/enclosure you get. I had a bandpass box because I love the deep low notes. This box probably gives the most bass for you buck. Other wise, I would suggest doing a dual 10" sub system in a sealed box, my friend has one in his acura el, and it sounds crisp.

10-09-2002, 03:43 PM
you guys are scaring me now with that metal plate thing....so let's say i get a system how should i place it....like speakers facing out towards the outside of the trunk??? or do i have to do something with that plate??? *uzi* :huh?:

10-10-2002, 04:07 PM
depends on what you want 10" will be more punchy and a 12" will give you a lower bass note

10-15-2002, 09:25 PM
Have you listened to a Explode sub??. They leave a bit to be desired. You would be better off getting a small unloaded box..
Than getting a decent sub ( kicker comp VR, Alpine, Cerwin vega)
They don't cost THAT much more and if you are only using 1 Get some punch from it. A good way to look if you are using a low powered amp is sensitiveity the higer the better. It takes less to power. A good cheap sub is a JL10W0. BY JL cheap and pounds with a small amp....Good luck*drink*

Mr seville
10-18-2002, 06:27 PM
well i just bought 2 10 inch pioneer impp subs and an explode 500 watt amp and let me tell you it's enough to make you start coughing from all the bass. ohh i love em

10-21-2002, 10:33 PM
If u are going to pick up a 10" sub pick up a boston acoustic proseries! 250 rms amp! trust it will pump. i got 2 10" with jl audio 250/1 bridged and damn!

10-26-2002, 06:20 PM
car audio is like an art. sub-wise; go kicker L-7 or go home. The L-7 is the Square shaped sub and its loud. Get one 12 and a descent amp and you should be louder than most dual 12 setups. Placement wise; for loudest bass push it as close to the rear seats in the middle of the trunk as possible with the sub facing towards the liscence plate (I dont know if i explained that well) basically like you have it now, just push it as far back as possible. For coolness, you can put it under the back seats (lots of work) or in the trunk facing the rear middle armrest. In E34's you can access the trunk from the back seat, so you just pull down that armrest and BOOm... you got Bass in yo Face yo:cool: