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L5 or L7

Well, I have been doing some upgrading on my truck as far as audio goes lately. I got an Alpine 9852 H/U, which is amazing btw, and alpine type s 5x7's front and back. With that said, I am now looking to add a little more thump to my system and want to add a subwoofer. I am set on kicker as the brand, don't ask why that's just the way it is Now, the amp that I am looking to get is a KX600.1 which throws out 600 watts at 2ohms. Now the thing I have been debating over is whether or not it would be better to get a 12" L5 600 watts RMS, or a 12" L7 750 watts RMS. Both are DVC 4Ohms and would be wired to 2Ohms. So I guess the question would be wheter it would be better to have an underpowered sub that can handle more, or a sub that handles less that is fully powered..? Sorry if this is kind of a simple question, I am new to this whole audio scene. Thanks in advance for the advice!
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i had a 600.1 runnin a 15" L5 and it hit 142 in a nissan sentra..did plenty for what i wanted.
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so you're saying you can still get good results out of an underpowered sub then? It's just that the L5 is a bit cheaper than the L7 and I was wondering if it would be worth it...
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I have a 12" L5 in my truck now and it hits really hard!! i would definitly reccamend it! I'm running mine with a 836watt Infinity amp, but i was originally goin to get the exact same setup, but i got a deal on the infinity amp. Are u building a custom box?
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I was going to start out with just a normal sealed box, maybe something off ebay I'm not 100% sure on that. However, in the future I would love to build my own box, back about a year ago when I was really into like the tuner scene and all that I learned a bunch about fiberglassing and my dad knows a bit about it too so sometime in the future I would love to design and build a custom fiberglass box. But for now with the limited time I have, especially right now with sectionals for hockey, I just don't have the time to build it so I'll have to stick with the standard pre-fab box.
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thats cool just make sure u get one with enouph airspace cause that will be the downfall of the sub, my friend has the exact same sub as me with a ported box that is to small and it sounded like crap compared to mine, i just bought a Prefabbed Kicker box and put it behind the seat for mine.
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Was your box ported or sealed? Also, what seat did you put it behind driver or passenger I was wondering about that...

Anyway, back to the original question I had, sounds like everyone here opted for the L5 instead of the L7, maybe I'll have to go that route, I was originally planning on the L7, but given that the L5 will sound nearly as good it would be good to save some money.
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my box is ported and it is behind the passenger seat and i love it!!
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you might want an L7 just for that little fingeronvolume happiness
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so you're saying you can still get good results out of an underpowered sub then? It's just that the L5 is a bit cheaper than the L7 and I was wondering if it would be worth it...
You have to double the power to get 3db... so yeah, 150W really wouldn't make much of a difference at all when you get that high...

You would have to put at least 1000-1200W to notice a difference.
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what size?
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so you're saying you can still get good results out of an underpowered sub then? It's just that the L5 is a bit cheaper than the L7 and I was wondering if it would be worth it...

the 600.1 doesnt put out 600 watts its like 700 or more..so your only underpowering a lil..you get a custom box and port it you will be good to go..you wont tell a difference...but if you an L7 id only get a 12" cuz the 15" are like 1500 i think correct me if im wrong thats a lil to much over the limit..so i think id stick to the L5s...my 2 cents
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