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  1. 8 points
    It's been awhile but here's some progress:
  2. 7 points
  3. 6 points
    For the price I give these 5 stars and for an audiophile tweeter I would give them at least 4 stars. Doing mild tuning still and these just get better and better with mild boosts and cuts (.2 db here and there) crossed over at 3750 Hz in kick panels powered off 2 channels of a Zapco Z-150.6. Brings up 20k and does not fluster and is EXTREMELY tunable. I have had SEVERAL other tweeters from Hertz, CDT, Image Dynamics and so far these are the best.
  4. 6 points
    Test fit on the tweets. I have to say these things are stout! Very well designed & assembled. I am very impressed by the build quality on these tweets.
  5. 6 points
    Have to still add some filler for the imperfections before painting.
  6. 6 points
    I come on this site because I want honest information about all things car audio. I am NOT interested in manufacturers pimping their wares, making outrageous claims, and saying anything just to sell more products. I'm sure the owners of BOSS audio tell their customers that their amps CAN do 5000 watts. Thank you M5, no thank you Second Skin.
  7. 5 points
    Welcome to the very first 8” sub worthy to wear the SSA logo. A decade of reknown SSA signature sound that is pure, warm, and precise, while having tremendous output that is now finally availble in the new SSA F8L 8” sub. (Pronounced “Fatal”) Vicious in looks, and pure beef in build, the all new SSA F8L 8” sub is an absolutle tank just like every other SSA sub, but finally in a compact package. Conservatively ratted at 650 watts, right off the bat, you can tell the SSA F8L means business. For the serious mechanical side of the design, the SSA F8L employs a very powerful motor with dual high strength Y35-140 oz magnets protected by a motor boot, yet the inductance is kept in check as the F8L touts a full aluminum shorting ring. To handle some serious power, the 4-layer copper coil is a 2.5” round wire that is 45.9mm high. Keeping everything under control for a wide array of conditions, is a pair of Nomex spiders and a dual layer high roll foam surround. As with all SSA subs, the SSA F8L has a non-pressed pulp paper cone. The large spring loaded push terminals make wiring up easy and quick, while the high tinsel count leads can carry plenty of power to the copper coil. For durable and consistent performance for years to come, the SSA F8L was designed to stay cool under the harsh daily abuse. With cooling spacers allowing extra air flow to the coil and motor, and a vented Aluminum former, you will never have to sweat the thermal limits. Doesn't matter if you are doing an arsenal of subs or a single sub for adding some clean and powerful bass in a small space, the SSA F8L will most certainly get it done. Port this little monster and send it some clean power and you will be hard pressed to hide an evil smile. With out question, SSA F8L is a killer choice in the world of the high end 8” subwoofers. Features: Rms: 650W Cone: non-pressed paper cone with wide roll foam surround Former: vented Aluminum former Voice coil: 2.5inch- 4layers high temperature round wire copper coil with 45.9mm widing height Motor: Y35-140Oz magnets with Aluminum Shorting (Faraday) ring and motor boot Spider: Dual Nomex Spring-loaded Push Terminals Attached high tinsel count leads Cooling spacers Dual 4 ohm Specifications: Fs: 32.1hz Re: 4ohm Qms: 4.31 Qes: 0.27 Qts: 0.25 Rms: 6.7 kg/s Cms: 0.17 mm/N Mms: 143.5 gr Bl: 20.8 N/A SPL: 82.6 db Vas: 9.7 L Rp: 57.0 ohm Lp: 70.0 mH Cp: 496.4 uF Le: 3.16 mH Sd: 201.93cm² Box recommendation: 0.55 cubes @ 31hz (after displacement) Mounting Depth: 6.5"
  8. 5 points
    The tweeters are heavy, they look nice. You want to touch them, like a high end product. Congratulations. Smooth, accurate, more musical than my old Focal tn52. I'm still listening to those new SSA tweets with a good smile on my face !
  9. 5 points
    Some recent photos at Slamology 2017 when we debuted the SSA IC150.4 and SSA IC2200.1 amplifiers. If you are wondering why Scottie Johnson of XS Power is holding the monoblock, that is because there is XS Flex OFC wire inside (see bright blue contrast to red board).
  10. 5 points
    Long time member ... mainly in the Random posts .. and once in a while I have advised or helped a fellow member but this will be my first real build log. Photos will come way later but I'll post up my equipment. Currently own but not installed: PPI DSP88R (might do a mini-dsp instead) Zed mikro4 RF T500-1bd Eric Stevens mini horns SB Acoustics 7" mids (model no. escapes me) 15" Xcon d1 Soon to come: Build a ported box around 4cuft tuned close to 30hz
  11. 5 points
    Is that an attempt to miss lead people to buy things they don't need? Gaslight others much?
  12. 5 points
    I have treated a whole floor with dampener and luxury liner pro. Reinstalling the seats was about the hardest thing, but was not impossible. At worst you will have to shave away the foam right at the seat mounts. Are you attempting to stop road noise, engine noise, or panel vibration? I have a hard time believing that car has much road noise or panel resonation, but would believe the engine noise. I could be wrong, but that is subjective opinion. As there will always be noisier and quieter cars. Please tell me you're not falling for some marketing pitch like "as quiet as a coffin". Because that is not possible, but lowering particular audible sounds is. So if you really want everybody's help I would suggest narrowing in on the what particular noises you are attempting to lower!
  13. 5 points
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  14. 5 points
    I'm going to be an uncle again!
  15. 4 points
    So after 4 months of waiting I finally revived these baby's. It's such a relief and a long wait coming lol. Can't wait to pick up a taramps 8k to push these. And build my box also. These things are super heavy and beffy and beautiful. Really stiff. unfortunately i didnt didn't receive my tshirt or any stickers for that matter that's a bummer I was looking forward to that sick black shirt. And I took out the wooden things that help keep the sub protected during shipping.
  16. 4 points
    And the comment on the spacers, well, I feel the exact opposite. I've seen some other "higher" end drivers that have just used stacked washers. I am happy to see a proper spacer. I think they'd look better if they were black, but FAR from something cobbled together.
  17. 4 points
    Doing some custom tweeter pods for evil tweets for a guy that I work with. Evil 6.5's in the doors and evil tweets in the sail panels. Here's the before pics.
  18. 4 points
    Picking up my door panels from the salvage yard tomorrow. Yes, all four doors. Hoping to start on my dash pods soon housing a four and tweet combo. Think I'm going with eights low in the doors.
  19. 4 points
    I am not sure where to start, but they took a number of queues from a few VERY durable, well established, high end amps. We were not going to throw something so expensive and risky out there that wasn't a dead on certainty that they will be reliable and perform. Benefits are long, as in how stout they are, the board design, the proven tech, the well done heat sink, the part choice, the foot print, the design, the durability, and so on. Yes, I know much of it is seeing these in person to see and feel how nice they are. When we debuted them at Slamology, the reaction was awesome. They are heavy for their size, that is due to the thick heat sink. Heat has not at all be an issue in extensive testing before production. I'm not saying you should change your IA amp, they are great also. These are simply an outstanding option in the higher end amplifier market (see our subs, our mids, our tweets, all high end pieces priced very well that people need to see them perform to see how good they are) and we have priced them very competitively, and they are under ratted.
  20. 4 points
    Had a blast. Was hot as shit, and errrryone got burnt to shit,... but, fun was had by all. Burb ran better than it ever has in every way. Did all events (Psyclone, DB drag (meh) and bass race 599) First in all. Scores where hurt bad on our 30s runs by the hole, but, it did a new high on the burp (meh) , even a few clicks down, ... we couldnt be happier with how its running. On our 30s runs, the engine ran great set at 2k rev....and didnt sound like it was gonna toss a rod out the block at the end. Couldnt be happier with how its all performing, such a good feeling after all the work. Thanks for the look, hope to meet/see some of you in the lanes some day. My favorite thing about it all. Get out, be safe, and just have a damn good time. Enjoy
  21. 4 points
    Thank you sir. I did, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Appreciated Jared, hope all is well. Thanks Travis. Thank you sir. Thank you. Lindsey will want to come along and pick out. Thank you, I appreciate it. 'Tis a big number, thank you. That is what I tell myself. haha Thank you. Thanks, it was a fun night downtown.
  22. 4 points
    First 3x is now 7 days away. The rear is looking great, best ever actually. Fun time is now amps and wiring a coming. (well probably have about 4 seconds of testing on it before the show, but meh,.... were really solid on points from finals last year, so, all shows will be "test/tune" time for us through out the season. Fug it.....
  23. 4 points
    Some pics of the Continental Divide I took last night! its the snowy ridge in the far distance for anyone that doesn't know what they are looking for. And to the left a little from the first one. And to the right from the first one. This ones not zoomed in, but is all three from above in one shot. These ones aren't part of the Divide, but still cool. (and massive) One zoomed in a little. This one is the right peak in the photo above, only from a different mountain top about 30 miles west. And these are the mountains behind the one above, taken from behind this mountain.
  24. 4 points
    Loving my front stage! Been listening to Prince, Earth Wind & Fire & live recordings lately.
  25. 4 points
    Still waiting on pods to be wrapped, small amount of progress:
  26. 4 points
    They just arrived tonight!! First few orders will be shipping tomorrow.
  27. 4 points
    Sorry I have been slacking, the car has been painted and now heading to the dyno for tuning.
  28. 4 points
    I was informed we should have them by May 10th. I will update more as I have more info.
  29. 3 points
    I was actually in the middle of writing a post about how I had reached my breaking point with Harvey a couple weeks ago. I made the (probably correct) decision to not go down to Baytown the weekend the hurricane hit, but my heart was breaking as my friend were out there helping people in the flood waters and I was just going to work like it was no big deal. I would have had to miss work because I would not have been able to make it back, but who cares. With the help of a friend, I decided that I could help by setting up donations in San Antonio and taking them down the next weekend. In a couple days I was able to get a 12ft enclosed trailer and fill it to the brim with donations. The donations ended up going to a local neighborhood and the rest to a local church. I was able to help a few families clean their house and help one of my best friends family gut a small "shop/apartment" to try to rebuild. There house was destroyed, so they just tried to get things out.
  30. 3 points
    Even at 97 nothing can keep him from driving his tractor at the steam show!
  31. 3 points
    Had a video up but youtube blocked it due to copyright restrictions..... ran passive for now until he buys a new amp to unleash the evil!
  32. 3 points
    First kitchen knife and first damasus, made from 1095 and 15n20 steel. Lots of hammer swinging on that piece. Once the power hammer is up and running it should go much quicker for him.
  33. 3 points
    Yes, and shrinking the box will reduce the peak in output around tuning and flatten your frequency response. This does come at the price of reduced peak output though (before you add more power). Sizing a box is is all about balancing the trade off between getting max peak output (a large box) and getting a smooth frequency response and good sound quality (with a smaller box). There isn't a single "best" size. It's always going to depend on what kind of performance is most important to each person.
  34. 3 points
    You said it's for you, but you keep talking about what your wife wants. . .
  35. 3 points
    Thanks!!! Here is a few more.
  36. 3 points
    Greetings and salutations beings of the internet. I come bearing random thoughts ramblings and a build log. This will be version 3 of my 2004 suburban. The setup: Sony XAV-701HD Stevens Audio Full Size Horns Beyma 8BR40 8" Mids Arc PS8 Bazooka MGA series Amps Stereo Integrity DS4 18 sealed 6cuft This is also the simplest iteration. I employed the KISADUWDATTDT method: Keep It Simple And Don't Upgrade When Done And Tune The Damn Thing. Just a little FYI the horn install happened a few years ago. This a compilation of a build that spanned a few years. Up first are the horns. You've seen one you've seen them all but just in case here is a pic. I designed in CAD and had CNC plasma cut some brackets. I did a little prepping of the horn bodies before installing. Here is the passenger side mocked up in place. The final install. For those who can get enough pics here is a link to more: http://s1005.photobucket.com/user/onebadmonte32/slideshow/The rebuild/horn update Stay tuned for moar updates.
  37. 3 points
    I made some kick pods that can actually be kicked, but I won't appreciate it if you do it intentionally during a demo. This is the vision with the little Beyma 8BR40 in place. Layed up some glass. Made some kick ass rings with some simple steel mesh grills. I'm using some threaded wood inserts and 8-32 button head cap screws to hold everything down. After some blood, sweat, and many many many tears I got some pods made. After a fresh coat of rubber undercoating I mounted the pods to the kick panels. The final install More pics can be seen here: http://s1005.photobucket.com/user/onebadmonte32/Suburban V3/Kick Pods/story Moar updates coming up.
  38. 3 points
    Hey, I don't hate rap but I do hate bad rap. One other warning. You were discussing a 3 way before and the 80prs will only do a 2 way. Means without adding more processing you cannot do a midbass, midrange and tweeter. Btw, I also don't expect you want to be in my camp...but I came from yours but am just old now. I would never recommend you do what I do but don't want you to have the growing pains I did either.
  39. 3 points
    All right first, don't let the octave thing confuse you. One octave up or down is simply a double or half the frequency. So an octave below 100Hz would be 50Hz and one above would be 200Hz... then 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12,800. The number doesnt actually matter, it's simply half or double. 1/3 octave is the point the human ear will pick up a change in pitch/tone. For our purposes today we will use the scale that will appear on your crossover and your Eq. I believe that head unit lets you select 1/3 octaves. Starting at the bottom 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 500..... 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3150, 4000, 5000, 6300, 8000, 10,000, 12,500..... you'll see the span between numbers gets larger the higher you go, but there is no more "information" in that large span then in the small span. There are basically three notes in each octave. So on to how this pertains to speaker selection. The tweeter being the most finicky so will start there. A tweeter with an FS of 1250Hz, Will not like to be crossed lower than 2500Hz. One with an FS of 1500Hz, won't like being crossed lower than 3.15K. One with an Fs of 1000Hz, Will dig low and play comfortably at 2000Hz. Now a true mid range speaker will have no problem playing up to either of those points, (and beyond) and still sound good . A speaker that is considered more of a midbass will also play up to those points, but will sound poopy. So if you were looking at a speaker that is more of a true midbass, you all want a tweeter that can dig low. Same with a subwoofer, it may be play up to 500Hz, but will some poopy anywhere after 80Hz. Now on the personal preferences and what I think you would like. Let's start at the subwoofer, I will assume Jay has his crossed at 80Hz, and five has his crossed and 50Hz. And I know I have mine crossed and 63Hz. The reason Jay has his crossed high is he is mating to mid range speaker, and wants the most "weight" he can from the subwoofer. There is less detail in chopped and screwed and rap music. The reason five would cross his at 50Hz is he is after more clarity and smoothness than weight, as jazz is very smooth and detailed. Next I will assume Jay has his mids crossed it 100Hz, and five has his crossed at 63Hz. Jays mid range speaker will be more head cracking, if it's not trying to play low notes that are covered by the subwoofer. We will Assume five has a mid that is considered both a midbass and mid range. One that plays smooth across the whole frequency band, and is not peaky in the mid range. Fives midbass/midrange will sound smoother than than subwoofer, and not play head cracking in the mid range. On to the tweeter. I will assume Jay has his crossed that 3.15K, and fives are crossed at 2K. Jay already has his mid range covered, and is more after ear blistering highs. Jay most likely cares less about soundstage and more about loudness. Again five probably cares more about clarity, detail and soundstage. Just like between the subwoofer and mid, fives tweeter will play more detailed and clear then the mid at the same frequencys. Also the tweeter is the part of the equation that can be moved around the car, to achieve a better soundstage. I would personally think you are probably leaning more towards Jay's camp. Five has ridiculously discerning ears, listens at a more moderate level than most and he hates rap. I fall in the middle because I listen to just about everything, from too short and easy-e, reba McEntire to Randy Travis, Otis redding to Elton John and slayer to lamb of god. One other Added note, a speaker will handle double power each octave higher it is crossed. Jays speakers will play lower, but handle more power to get loud crossed higher. Hope that helps. Let use know what you think.
  40. 3 points
    They are always swamped. Beyond swamped in fact. Just a price you pay for buying US products.
  41. 3 points
    I would hate to see you trip over a dollar to pick up a dime. Or in this case trip over several thousand dollars (and several days of labor) to get a couple hundred dollars worth of benefit. I have done things at both extremes of spectum, and was happy with the end result both ways. How, you may ask. Because I knew exactly what I was after, and took my time making a game plan. I knew what "satisfied" looked like before I started. I didn't just throw everything including the kitchen sink at it hoping end result would make me happy. My advice would be focus on where the annoying sounds are coming from, and see if you can minimize them. If it is an interior panel, place your finger on it. Does this sound stop or get quieter? If you feel like the noise is coming from the fire wall, place a heavy blanket in the floorboard. Does the sound get quieter? If you feel like the noise is coming through the doors, put some cushions against them. Etc. Wash, rinse, repeat. Start with the most annoying noise and work from there. If you are due for new tires, now would be a great time to check which ones have the lowest noise rating. Short of very cheaply made cars, I have found most only need treatment in a few places. Anymore I just plan on doing a full treatment on the doors as the mid basses are in there, and quite a bit of road noise can seep its way in there also. After that I place pieces of foam behind any plastic panels that are vibrating. (what your finger is mimicking, when you're pressing on them, only from the backside) If the minimum you listen to your stereo at is 75-80 dB, and the road noise is 70dbs....your golden! If it helps you sleep at night to go to the extreme, by all means go that route.
  42. 3 points
    What's in the box:
  43. 3 points
    One leaves another shows up...
  44. 3 points
    ^^^ He's right, the outputs of that amp are internally connected so each + and - are the same thing. Wire it like he said, matching the diagram below, err, well, above. I hate doing this stuff on mobile devices. http://www.the12volt.com/12voltimages/2_1ohm_dvc_1ohm.gif
  45. 3 points
    Decided to do some more removal of the interior and Im glad i did. Removed the center console. Then worked on the pass side floor board which revealed a few things. Some one left their Pioneer AVIC unit under there and I figured out why my radio reception was horrible. My factory antenna was hooked up to the dead Pioneer unit. Also the antenna plug that I was plugged into my radio was actually my power antenna that I didnt even know I had...or if it even belongs to my car lol. Shit was comical. They stuffed it in the pass side molding and pulling it out was like a rabbit in a hat trick. No wonder my shit is so fucked up This kinda gets me excited tho. I can see what's goin on and the vision of the build becomes a lil more clear. Hell I might even take the back seats out and put in a wall
  46. 3 points
    Just out of my experience, the design you have on the port has yielded you a very poor output. With the numbers you put up & equipment, you cou do far better with a simple redesign of your enclosure. The port design is killing your output. With a dual common chamber you should never increase then decrease port area as you have done in the design. Modeling the design with such a dramatic change in the flow on the port is next to impossible to accurately model. You should keep the port equal throughout in the design and you will put up higher numbers on output. I managed going from 146 up to a 150 on 2-15" Icon (3500rms @ 32hz) just by redesigning and testing about 6 different enclosure designs. Change the internal net volume and port volumes, then adjust tuning to accommodate you vehicle peak. After that, model the enclosure to find a comfortable preference on the tuning to accommodate your response graph.
  47. 3 points
    They treat me great. Answer my phone calls, texts, and emails. Try this one if you haven't. Support@ficaraudio.com You should get a reply with in 24 hours. Maybe check your junk folder also.
  48. 3 points
    Damn, Jon and Justin?!
  49. 3 points
    Morning RK, If you would like to try/have an JL Audio Clean sweep I have one of those you can have. https://www.crutchfield.com/S-qvIxLKXiJNc/p_136441DSP/JL-Audio-CL441dsp-CleanSweep.html I was going to use it to integrate with my Ford escape so I could retain my steeringwheel controls and sync functions also. Long story short I ended up just installing a double din head unit. I don't mind giving it away as when I was younger car audio peaked my interest and from it I learned all about electrical, like power, AC/DC watts, ohm (resistance), capacity (batteries and caps) and now Im a system integrator all because of car audio! so I wouldn't mind helping out! if you would like it drop me a PM w/ your address and I will send it out soon
  50. 3 points
    Yeah, I will probably leave them alone. The black looks good, but the contrast of beige/black stands out while driving and can be slightly distracting. Definitely took some getting use to. I am using an e3io CarPC via Optical to a Mosconi 6to8v8 dsp.