Does this sound decent? v. Car Audio

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  1. hyukki

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    I'm a total newb at this so please correct me if something is wrong. I've been thinking of getting a budget sub since my stock sub blew out... I pretty much decided on:
    1- Alpine Type R 12" 1242D
    1- Alpine MRP-M500
    In a ported box.

    From what I've seen from searches, the type R is a decent sub for the money. I don't want to set off alarms or anything, just enough punch and deeper bass.

    Does this sound good? Should cost around 250 for sub+amp and maybe another 100 for wires+box. Also if everything sounds good, can someone recommend me a cheap ported box? :o
     
  2. twistid

    twistid Banged By Super Models Moderator

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    that's a solid amp, and i love the type-r... they sound great in atrend pro series vented enclosures, if you're looking for prefab.
     
  3. OniMinion

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    It would be just fine. Actually, with the ported it will sound more "dynamic" since you'll hit lower frequency ranges. If you were looking for something that blew the cloths of women as you drove by - then it would deliver. It would be great quality though.
     
  4. hyukki

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    Awesome. Thanks for the help guys. :love:
     
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    What's going in?
     
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    I don't know about lower frequencies, but it will be louder since it's in a ported box. Pretty much the lowest you should be able to hit would be whatever the box is tuned to.
     
  7. hyukki

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    You mean what it's going in?

    A 07 G35 sedan.
     
  8. rkf76

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    go to home depot and buy a sheet of 3/4" MDF for ~$35 and build your own. Doesn't get much cheaper than that.
     
  9. OniMinion

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    I would actually recommend High Density Particle Board or Fiber Glass. IMO.
     
  10. hyukki

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    I thought about it... I could try. :hsd:

    I don't have a table saw so I'd have to saw manually. I'll think about it since I can't buy it right now anyways, I'm moving in a week. :o
     
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    then you would be recommending against 99% of enclosure builders in the car audio world. Almost everyone uses MDF (medium density fiberboard). About the only variation that people use is birch. and fiberglass is just ridiculous for the most part.

    TS - if you're looking for a nice pre-fab, i personally recommend pro-box, and seeing that twistd recommends atrend, then I'd say you have 2 solid choices there.
     
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    if you're going to DIY, at least invest in a circular saw, sawhorses, and a quality blade.
     
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    MDF:

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    High Density Particle Board:


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    I know I'm gonna stick with the MDF recommendation.
     
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    BTW i have that same sub and amp combo in a sealed fiberglass box and I love it

    i bet it would sound 10x better in an MDF ported box. these subs love to be ported
     
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    particle board is a horrible suggestion... in both durablity, and sound quality... that's why it's mostly used now in walmart furniture, and not in speaker cabinets.

    fiber glass is great, if you're trying to get cute... or if you have a awkward space, you're trying to fill with an enclosure.
     
  18. OniMinion

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    Apparently I used MDF and thought it was high density particle board. The high density particle board pic you have looks like it low density particle board.
     
  19. OniMinion

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    Hurray, I just missed totally miss spoke on every thing. I actually used HDF, or High Density Fiberboard (hence why it looked like MDF). I wrote High Density Particle board not really thinking. Good pictures to illustrate the difference, but the resolution is a bit high for the internetz.

    EDIT: My good buddy's trunk has three JL Audio Subs in fiber glass. Fiber glass enclosure FTW. I don't care how much "better" the sound may or may not be. The truth is, the molding ability of fiberglass made his trunk look perfect. My car has a box in the back, but his is built to fit his ride.
     
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    pics are straight from wikipedia. I didn't try really hard to find them.
     
  21. hyukki

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    I just got all the stuff I ordered in the mail so I wanted to install it right away but realized a few problems...

    The fuse that came with the Kicker 4 gauge wiring kit is 100amp. The MRP-M500 has 2 30amp fuses so I was thinking I SHOULD switch the 100a with a 60a?

    Also, the power/ground terminals on the amp are way too small for the spade connecter that came with the wire kit. Would it be okay to get a smaller spade crimp that will attach to the wire while being able to fit the small amp terminal? I read that I should just get a distribution block with a short 8 gauge wire but I want to get it set up as soon as possible and spend the least amount of money as possible. :o
     
  22. kwhitelaw

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    they make 4ga crimp spade connectors that have the spade at .250, which is what I believe your amp takes.

    any decent stereo shop should have them. hell, pm your addy and I'll send you some..

    and yah, you should step down that fuse to match the alpine, imo.

    and i wouldnt bother with a distro block. no need until you add a 2nd amp.
     
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    Wrong
     
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    Please stop. Thanks.



    OP, the Type-R is a great budget sub. They get pretty loud for the money and dont sound terrible, especially in the right enclosure.

    If you go pre-fab, the box twistid reccomended should do you good. If you build on your own just build a box to spec with Alpine's reccomendations.
     
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