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opinions? what is the best 8" sub

I am looking at building a center console, id like to stay with an 8 so i dont have to do a ton of glass work. This set up will be going into my 05 regular cab. lets hear some opinions. whos the best? thanks in advance.

as of know im looking at either a JLW3-8 or a Kicker L7-8
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L7 or jlw7
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JL or JBL, either one are my choice.
Ive always used JBL subs and been happy with them, but some of the JL 8" subs are very nice.

I will say that you could probably get away with one of the JL Audio 6W3V3-8 6.5" sub, it will give you more room for error while producing close to the same amount of bass.
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Sundown audio SA-8.
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The MCM 55-2421 8'' High Excursion Woofer | MCM Audio Select | 55-2421 (552421)
If you model a good enclosure for this thing, it'll sound better than name brand subs costing hundreds more. It's about the same thing as a Resonant Engineering RE-8 or a Tang-Band W8-740. Great for an SQ sub, it's popular in home theater applications.
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JL AUDIO W8!
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W7 8" sub will pound it's *** off
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The MCM 55-2421 8'' High Excursion Woofer | MCM Audio Select | 55-2421 (552421)
If you model a good enclosure for this thing, it'll sound better than name brand subs costing hundreds more. It's about the same thing as a Resonant Engineering RE-8 or a Tang-Band W8-740. Great for an SQ sub, it's popular in home theater applications.
good link, while looking through some of those I would have to say the specific one you provided does seem to be the best of the lot. Im intrigued now, and will have to buy one just to see how it sounds
also considering their 55 1860 series for 6.5 midbass drivers in my talon.
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I would buy a couple of these or the sundowns wayyyyy before that crappy looking sub linked earlier in the thread.

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W7's are a waste of money
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but that is a 6" isnt it ?
the OP was looking for an 8"
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Oops, linked the wrong one

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heh
while I agree that looks like a nice sub, its almost 3 times as much as the MCM 55-2421.
I like them both, but Id be more likely to get the cheaper one if experimenting.
once I got the enclosure nailed down then I would consider replacing the MCM sub with the ED one.
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Sundown audio SA-8.
sundown FTW
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This is a design that uses the MCM sub I linked. I had this box in the back of my blazer, and everyone that heard it thought it was 2 12s with about 500 watts. It was a single 8 with 40 watts RMS from an alpine amp, crossed over at 80. I never got a DB check because all I care about is sound quality, but it was the best sounding sub I ever had. I still have it, but unfortunately I have a standard cab and it won't fit.
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sundown sa-8 or the DD1508 are the ONLY 8'' id buy youll get ripped off for the money if you get the w7
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This is a design that uses the MCM sub I linked. I had this box in the back of my blazer, and everyone that heard it thought it was 2 12s with about 500 watts. It was a single 8 with 40 watts RMS from an alpine amp, crossed over at 80. I never got a DB check because all I care about is sound quality, but it was the best sounding sub I ever had. I still have it, but unfortunately I have a standard cab and it won't fit.
so you willing to consider selling it ?
also, how big is the actual enclosure ?
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well heres some of the questions that need to be answered before i make any further suggestions. how much are you willing to spend. how much leg room are you willing to give up. are you looking for a more sound quality system or a loud (SPL) oriented system.
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so you willing to consider selling it ?
also, how big is the actual enclosure ?
The one I built is a large enclosure. 36x14x14. It would have fit in the back of an extended cab pretty well. There are smaller designs on the site, I just used the one that fit my space in the back of the Blazer best. Sorry, not interested in selling it. Some day I may convince my wife to let me put it in the back of her Rabbit.

The driver itself would do very well in a .5 cu ft ported enclosure, port tuned to about 35HZ. The trick is, with the T/S specs, the port has to be cut really long. A 3 inch port has to be about 20 inches long if I remember right. It's kind of a pain, but the end result is impressive. I'm not sure if a slot-ported design would be easier, I've never played with those. If you want to model an enclosure for it, here are the T/S specs:

Fs=30.95 hz
Qms=12.2863
Qes=0.2365
Qts=0.2320
Vas=23.88 l
SPL=86.59 1w/1m
Re=3.4
Le=2.42
BL=13.15
Xmax=16mm P-P
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i want something tight and clean yet still get pretty low. i would prefer to keep as much leg room as possible being as i do a lot of road trips in the ranger. as for price i would like to keep the entire build under 600 so sub + materials+ an amp to push it and i need to rewire it.

i was doing a bit of an experiment the other day and picked up an ma audio ma81qx. seriously clean and crisp but cant find any lows.. so my search continues. now im almost thinking about going back to shallow 10s

basically i want something pretty shallow i would like my box to be
44"across 4"td 6"bd 11" high
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i know this is an old thread but whatever,my favorite 8's are the dd 1508 but since my budget didnt allow it i went with 2 kicker l7 8's.these things pound hard and once i got everything tuned pretty well it sounds good to me.
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