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Old 10-30-2016, 02:28 AM   #1
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2015 WRX
Head unit: Kenwood touchscreen
Amp: Alpine PDX V9 (4x100watts, 1x500watts at 2ohms or 4ohms)
Fronts: Hertz HSK XL 6.5
Rears: Hertz HCX 6.5
Music preference: Everything from Electronic to hip hop, alternative, jazz and soft rock/oldies rock. Favorite band: Dave Matthews Band
Budget $400 or less

Hey guys,

So as my title says I am in the market for a new subwoofer. I'm more geared towards SQ than SPL however not opposed to the possibility of SQL. Overall big fan of tight clean bass. I've always had either JL w6 or Alpine Type R subs in my old cars but for my latest install I decided to try a 10w3v3. At the time it was on sale and I thought my 500watts would go a little farther then a 10w6v3 based on the higher sensitivity of the w3. I wanted to like it, but to be honest I am not impressed. I have tried it both sealed and ported.

Part of me wants to go back with what I am familiar with, but then again I kind of want to try something new. I've been out of the game for some time, but a brand that comes to mind when I think of SQ is Image Dynamics IDQ. I always used to hear good things back in the day, but never actually had the opportunity to hear one for myself. I've been able to find decent info on the v2 and v3, but having a tough time finding much info/reviews on the newest v4. Any thoughts on the IDQ10 v4? How does it compare to the 10w6v3? Any other suggestions? Thanks to all who can respond!
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Old 10-30-2016, 02:28 PM   #2
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Default Looking for JLw6 alternative... IDQ.. or ? 2015 WRX SQ build

I have an ID12 D4 v4 in a sealed enclosure and it was nice and clean, just upgraded to a 12w3v3-4 in a custom sealed enclosure. ID Q series are very nice and clean output. I also have id ctx65 components/coaxials, same amp as you, and a pipneer nex4200 headunit
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Old 10-30-2016, 06:00 PM   #3
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The past 8 years I tried quite a few combos in two cars. From a sub perspective, went for 12" first then down to 10". My requirements were SQ capable of getting loud and very high power tolerance (>750W RMS). And the 10 needed to fit either in an Audio Integrations or Subthump box. Tried:
Alpine R (12) -> Soundstream Tarantula (12) -> Sundown Sa.v2 (10) -> JMH Audio (KMH) (10) -> Fi Audio SSD (10)

I've never been very impressed with JL. As far as easily obtained run-of-the-mill mass marketed gear, the Alpine was fine. The JMH I liked enough to put into the woman's car and I loved the Fi.

In the STI, I had the HSK/HCX combo but eventually upgraded the fronts to HAT Clarus as the HSK's left me wanting more. I still have my EP4X, EP1D and HDP1 amps as well as the Fi SSD. Need to figure out what to do next with those...

There aren't many places that will have ID available for audition. You're likely going to have to go off of reviews, anecdotal/word of mouth. Trust your gut is would I would say, since if you're buying online you're taking somewhat of a gamble. If going through a shop you'll have to trust them if you can't hear it first. As far as recommendations... Don't think you'd go wrong with an ID. If I were shopping again, I'd probably go Fi first and Sundown second. Maybe look at a Morel or Focal sub if I wanted to spend the $$.

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Old 10-31-2016, 06:15 AM   #4
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I've been super happy with my Focal p25f sub. It is very musical, SQ oriented, overall great sound. I am running it in an AI sealed box. I did run it side by side against a JL sub when I was looking to purchase and I thought the Focal was superior. fWIW.
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Old 11-04-2016, 03:44 PM   #5
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DD Audio. Best subs around.
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