View Full Version : Want to get sub Help?

08-20-2007, 02:18 PM
Well I have a Pioneer deck DEH-P5900IB and I wanted to add a sub to the car, and wasn't sure if I should go with a Pioneer sub or a Kenwood sub and I am guessing I will go with a 2channel amp and ideas?

08-20-2007, 02:46 PM
stay way from kenwood subs....have head nothin but bad things
bought a used one once just to have sumthin cheap to screw around with. I over powered it and usually when this is done the sub will pop or sound bad but the ****in thing caught on fire! lol anyways out of the 2 i'd recomend pioneer and if you decide to go to pioneer check out their premier line. Good quality stuff

08-21-2007, 01:29 AM
I second the Premier stuff if thats the only choices...... heard one 12" before, sounded like a 2 12's, with a properly built box to spec & proper juice it'll pound for sure, plus it'll still look sweet......

08-21-2007, 10:00 AM
Don't limit your choices. There's tons of awesome pieces of gear out there, depending on your budget. What you'll need :

RCA's to the amp from the deck unless you get an amp with high level inputs and then you can wire the signal off the rear speakers.
Power wire for the amp with an inline fuse (must have a fuse)
Ground wire for the amp
Trigger wire for the amp (off the deck)
Speaker wire for the box
Box properly built to the spec of the sub
Subwoofer - single 10" or 12" is more then enuf
Amplifier - with or without high level inputs, depending on how you want to get signal to it.

Match the specs of the sub and the amp so you don't over-buy. If the sub is rated for 200 watts RMS, then get an amp that does that spec.

08-21-2007, 10:22 AM
why 2 channel amp? I power my spakers with a 2 channel but for a sub I would go mono. If you are only going for one sub i'd get a 12 as bmws are pretty solid cars and 1 10 might not be very loud. I have 3 10s in mine and they have bin pretty decent but I def would not go any lower than a single 12. Especially with the seats up.....the rear seats in the e36 are lined in steel and block out and muffle sound quite a bit

08-23-2007, 08:29 AM
Most two channel amps you can bridge to mono. And two channel amps are more flexible in case you want to use it for something else in the future..... say to power a set of components, etc. Better investment in money.

Subwoofer performance is more then just deciding on the size of the woofer. A friend of mine has two 10" hitting 153's and cleaning up in the SPL competition arena. 153's will blow your head off. I'd say it's more about the box design..................getting the right combination of amp, sub and enclosure design for the sub.

08-23-2007, 08:37 AM
hold feck!!!!!!!!!
i'd actually have to see this to believe it. The loudest car I have bin in had 3 JL 13.5's and it did 150 and i think i have permenant hearing damage from 5 mins of that shit. What kind of 10's are these and how much power is he giving them?

08-23-2007, 08:45 AM
He's running in the neighbourhood of 10,000 watts on TREO subwoofers. Lots and lots of power........ you don't need that sort of power for music. BUT, the point is that 10" CAN get very loud.

08-23-2007, 08:54 AM
how many batteries does he need for that shit? I see your point but i mean generally if yur going for a single sub in the back of an e36 and you don't want to go insane trying to power it a 12 might be the better bet.

08-23-2007, 08:55 AM
maybe like an alpine R or X type
or JL w3 or w6.....hell even the new w1s sound really good