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  1. SS Teacher

    Need advice on new install.

    Since you asked for opinions... I'd stick to a 1000 to 1500 watt amp so you don't have to do too much to the electrical and get a 15" in a ported box. Since the box is super important I'd pay for a box design and buy one of SSA's subs (I LOVE my XCON, but they don't make them anymore). Also, you might be able to save some money and pick up a used amp on Craigslist or OfferUp. Good luck on your bass quest.
  2. SS Teacher

    Dayton DSP-408

    The Stetsom is TINY and if fits my needs. Plus, i tend to horde car audio
  3. SS Teacher

    Dayton DSP-408

    I wish these were out before I bought my Stetsom DSP. I like the Stetsom, it meets my needs, but shipping took forever and the plastic body feels a little cheap, not to mention the Dayton is $50 less.
  4. SS Teacher

    Pop goes the tinsel

    No, I have plenty of clearance. I checked out the tinsel and the one that broke is discolored and the spider is burnt. I guess the tinsel burnt? Weird...
  5. SS Teacher

    Pop goes the tinsel

    The tinsel completely ripped apart right at the area where the shrink wrap stopped. I didn't take pictures and I've already cut out the cone and cleaned up the basket for the recone, sorry. I've never had an amp (I don't think I'll count the cheap PPI) that ran over a 1,000 watts, nor have I ever run a ported box before; I have no doubt something was off on the settings. I'm going to read a few articles and/or watch a few videos before I reset the settings. As to the unloading question, I can't see the sub as the enclosure (which SSA designed (and I LOVE)) is downward firing to keep the sub safe from prying eyes and stray kayak paddles. It sounded great, louder than ever before, and then the tinsel popped.
  6. SS Teacher

    Pop goes the tinsel

    The 2+ year old coil looked just as beautiful as the coil on the recone I ordered! Love, love, love my XCON.
  7. SS Teacher

    Pop goes the tinsel

    I was playing "Clearest Blue" by CHVRCHES and it was pounding, in a moment of foolishness, I pumped up the sub out volume on my HU and the sub was putting out some serious bass and then nothing. My fears were confirmed when I pulled the XCON 10 yesterday and saw the broken tinsel lead. I knew I didn't cook the coil as I didn't smell anything, in fact, the coil looked perfect. I do NOT want to do this again. I've had the XCON for over 2 years now and it's in a box designed by SSA. I've fed it with a Rockford Fosgate T-500 bd, then a PPI Black Ice 5000 (1700 watts rms @ 2 ohm (per manufacturer (yes, I know that number is grossly over inflated)), and finally on a Rocford Fosgate T-1500 BDcP. I know the 1000 or so rms @ 2 ohm didn't stess the sub thermally, but it has a subsonic filter set at 28hz and my box is tuned to 33hz. Could that have played a role in the failure? I picked up a PRV 1200 watt at 4 ohm amp for a great price. Would I be better off using the PRV because I can set the subsonic filter to 32hz? My recone is dual 2 so I can run it at 1 ohm on the T-1500 for about 1800 RMS, or I can run it at 4 ohm on the PRV at 1200 watts. I know I wouldn't be able to hear the difference with that little of a power difference. Advice? Oh, I fully understand not to push the sub output on the HU past flat! Hahahahahaha
  8. SS Teacher


    Welcome to the BEST car audio forum on the planet.
  9. For $200 I got a Stetsom STX2436 sound processor. It's bluetooth and I control it from an app on my phone. The crossovers are the best part with slopes from 6 to 48 db, programable frequencies, and a multitude of crossover types (butterworth, etc). It does have limited eq features however, only 11 bands graphic and 1 programmable parametric. Also, it's only 2 channels so I'm running my Evil tweeters and Evil mids (LOVE the results) but I have no eq controls on my XCON 10".
  10. SS Teacher

    Which glue for a recone?

    Thanks guys, I'll check it out!
  11. SS Teacher

    Which glue for a recone?

    I'm reconing my XCON. I was going to have The Speaker Exchange do the work, but after they told me $80 an hour for labor and it could take 2 hours I've decided to do it myself. Problem is I didn't order glue from SSA because I wasn't expecting to do the work. Does Lowe's or Home Depot sell a glue that would work? Thanks
  12. The SSA store sells box designs. I am very satisfied with the one they did for my XCON 10".
  13. SS Teacher

    Help with updating my sound system

    My $.02... Don't waste any money on rear fill, with a properly set up front stage it'll only muck things up. Alpine amps are great, so are Rockford Fosgate amps. This is a car audio forum and many seek to try the smaller, less commercial equipment, but mainstream companies can and do put out some good stuff, especially amps. All the PRV mids you listed are 'pro audio" drivers. Their purpose is to get LOUD with relatively little power. The compromise they make to achieve this is limited frequency response. Pro Audio drivers typically lack midbass and unless you cross your subwoofers off at 120hz, you'll have very noticeable gaps in the frequencies covered. To go active you'll need to bandpass your midrange drivers, i.e. lowpass and highpass. There are a few amps that can do this, as well as a few head units, but your best bet is to get a sound processor. Many guys on this site use the mini-DSP which is full function and very affordable. I don't have a PC and really wanted to make adjustments easily so I went with a Stetsom STX-2436 because it was $200, tiny (I have a Jeep Wrangler with very limited space), and a bluetooth app that controls the unit. This was my first active system (previously I was a component guy) and I went with SSA Evil tweets and Evil mids. I'm still making adjustments, but I'm very happy I went the active route.
  14. SS Teacher

    2002 Mercedes C230 kompressor coupe

    I'm running the same setup except for an 10" XCON and a RF tT1500bdcp!