Sony on the comeback trail
2010 Chevrolet Aveo5
Ease of Use
I wasn't sure what to expect, since I never really use any subs smaller than 10's (usually 12's-15's) but this sub in a sealed .39 cu.ft. box (with a little quilt-batting on the internal walls to break up standing waves) running off of an old school Sony XM-604EQX's bridged rear channels (4 ohms; about 160 watts rms), this thing sounds like a really good SQ-oriented 10. Quite frankly this little guy amazes anyone who hears it. I demo'd the car when it was finished to a friend who used to run a car stereo shop and judged at SQ competitions back in the 80's-90's (the "golden era" of car audio) and he was impressed with the accuracy and that it could still hit the lower notes with authority. He was around when Sony switched everything to the Xplod marketing, did away with the high end stuff (Mobile ES) and started to go cheap on quality. He remarked that this sounds as good as some of the old high-end stuff. GS seems to= the new ES? Sony is making a comeback with the GS line and is killing off the Xplod motif altogether. Good move! The install: Head unit is a Sony XAV-68BT. It's a sound quality set up in my daughter's car. With some old school Sony Mobile ES Xplod XS-HF58's up front. Have the sub crossed over at 160 to help with the blend with the smaller 5 1/4 mid-basses up front in the doors, and the tweeters in the stock locations. Stinger RoadKill was used as sound deadening throughout doors and in the rear hatch area. Factory rear 4x6's were deleted; sub fire
Pros: very good sound quality but still has great low-freq extension (in sealed) good power handling for an 8 low airspace requirements looks quality and is aesthetically pleasing excellent value
Cons: not for me, but some may be looking for more SPL out of this size sub...in that case, you need to look at something ranging from an Alpine Type-R to the JL Audio 8W7AE-3.