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    Two 10's or One 12 ? ? ?

    What do you recommend? I'm looking mainly at JL subs at the moment. I'm not looking for crazy bass but rather a nice setup that will add a very good deep and clean bass. I mainly listen to rap and r&b.

    Does anyone have experience w/ either setup in a WRX sedan? I had one JL 10' sub in my civic hatch before and it was perfect. I know it's not the same because the civic was so small and it was in a hatch. I'm kind of leaning more towards one 12' JL, just not sure if that would be better than two 10's in terms of sound quality.

    The other question will be, what version JL do you recommend? W3 version 2? Anyone w/ advice on this setup please let me know. Thanks.

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    even 1 10" should be plenty. I mean unless you're looking to knock down buildings with your system. You got to remember that bass travels, and you'll be feeling it with just one 10" speaker. Ofcourse it also depends on your box, porting and all that..
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    I was thinking on doing a custom box. Not sure if I want to remove the spare but I think I want to keep it and maybe put a box against the right or left trunk wall.

    I still think I'll need at least a 12'. I guess I'm not looking for crazy sound but I think a 12' will satisfy me rather than getting a 10' and wishing I had gotten a 12.

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    I have 1 JL 10w6v2 and let me tell you it's plenty. It's mated to a jl 500./1 amp. You definitely don't need two 10's. Keep in mind that the higher you go up in the jl line, the less you're gonna need to go with the bigger one. If you go w3v2, a 12" might be ok... anything above that and a 10" is really plenty. Most people are shocked that my sub is only a 10".
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    I think one 10w3 would be plenty. I had two 12 w6's and it was too much, going to go with a single 10w6 now. Besides, more speakers is more weight...and you know you dont want that.

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    Go with a 12, even though I am partial to 10" subs. For the music you listen to, the extra cone area will help hit the lows better. Whatever way you go, I recommend going with a well-tuned ported enclosure.
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    Originally posted by ervv173
    I think one 10w3 would be plenty. I had two 12 w6's and it was too much, going to go with a single 10w6 now.
    That's some pretty intense bass u had. I would do one 12w6 at the very most. So, I guess I'll either go w/ a 10w6 or a 12w3. Anyone give me the pros and cons with these?

    Also, I know that the subaru trunk is basically made of tin metal, so how does it hold up w/ bass? Does the trunk rattle like crazy?

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    the w6 series are much more 'musical'. They are definitely clearer and produce a crisper sound than the w3 series. They can both get loud as hell tho and make things shake in a hurry.

    The subaru trunk does rattle a lot... dynamat is your friend.
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    I have a 12" JL sub in a custom enclosure in the right side of my trunk. Sounds great. Did have to add a bit of Dynamat back there, though.

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    I have played around with many sub manufacturers and your choice in JL is your best route for the type of music you listen to.

    I am assuming that you want the sub to be noticeable but not overbearing. 2 w3 10's will do a good job but might lack a little in the low end and it will be noticable as you listen to them more and more. I think you see where I am going with this. One 12" w3 will be perfect for your car IMO. I would suggest that you DO NOT put the sub in the spare tire. I have mine in there and it doesnt perform, but then again I listen to more linkin park/saliva type music. The 12 will have enough punch if you put a good amp to it. By good amp I DO NOT mean pioneer, alpine, or sony. I am talking earthquakes digital amp which isnt too pricey, arc audio, zapco(too much for what you get), JL, rockford fosgate, etc.... I can not stress enough on getting a good amp. A good amp will help your speakers perform better in a broader range. Dynamat isnt a bad idea either.

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    I'm running 2 10" JL W6's in separate sealed fiberglass enclosures (I build 'em ) I've got a wagon, so each enclosure fires forward and is molded into the back corners. Even though the subs are from 1998, they still hit pretty hard. 2 10"s is enough to vibrate the mirrors and occasionally your hair, while still sounding crisp. I've also heard one 10" JL in a sedan trunk (sealed fiberglass box) It was impressive too.
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    2 10" jl w7's in ported box and its plenty of bass
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    You should get a single 12W6v2 in a 2 ft^3 ported box tuned low...around 26-27 hz. You will have amazing sound quality, not to mention a wicked low. Personally, I've had two 12W6v2's in a dual sealed box in my car, and now I have an Adire Brahma 12 in a low tuned ported enclosure.

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