MTX RT8PT

Road Thunder 120-watt powered 8" subwoofer

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Got a small vehicle but need big bass? MTX's Road Thunder powered subwoofer delivers strong performance from an optimized combination of sub, enclosure, and amp. And the compact cylindrical enclosure offers a great, all-in-one solution for getting good bass from a small trunk or other tight locations.

A rugged 8" sub and unique enclosure
The RT8PT powered sub features an 8" Road Thunder woofer that uses a stiff poly cone and durable rubber surround for reliable performance in the long run. The uniquely shaped cylindrical enclosure is ported in the back for loud, fat bass. Gray industrial grade carpet protects the enclosure, and showcases the MTX logo printed on the side.

120 watts RMS
The rugged amp mounted on the back of the enclosure delivers 120 watts of clean, stable power for convincing low notes. Low-pass filter and gain controls let you adjust the sound to fit your ride and your style, while preamp and speaker-level inputs give you connection options. You can control the bass action from the driver's seat with the included wired remote.

Product Highlights:

  • amplified 8" subwoofer enclosure
  • built-in amplifier: 120 watts RMS power (360 watts maximum)
  • wired remote for control over amp level
  • mounting hardware included
  • preamp (RCA) and speaker-level inputs
  • frequency response: 35-250 Hz
  • variable low-pass filter (50-200 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • dimensions: 10"W x 10"H x 21-1/4"D1 x 15-1/8"D2
  • warranty: 5 years (free repair or replacement for 2 years; prorated replacement for years 3 through 5)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Who needs a powered subwoofer?

To produce bass, you need a sub, an enclosure, and an amplifier, and it can be little tricky to match them all up. A powered sub eliminates all the hassle, as the manufacturer designs the enclosure to house the sub and amp together. This all-in-one solution is especially useful in smaller vehicles, where there's no room to mount a separate amp, or in any vehicle where you need every bit of cargo space. Powered subs range from small, flat boxes that fit under your seat to larger boxes that go in your trunk.

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What's in the box?

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  • Amplified subwoofer tube
  • Two 10-amp fuses (one installed)
  • External Bass Control
  • 20' External Bass Control cable (RJ-25 plug on both ends)
  • 38" Speaker-level input harnesses
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • Two 3/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 4 Flat washers
  • 2 Mounting straps
  • Instructions (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Dutch/ Portuguese/ Italian/ Romanian/ Polish/ Russian)

Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Type Ported
Finish Material Carpet
Grille N/A
Connector Type RCA/Harness
Bi-amp Inputs No
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Material Polypropylene
Passive Radiator ---
Width 10"
Height 10"
Depth 21-1/4"
Second Depth 15-1/8"
Parts Warranty 5 Years (3-5 Prorated)
Labor Warranty 5 Years (3-5 Prorated)
Specifications
Frequency Response 35-250
Amplifier Power (RMS) 120 watts
Maximum Wattage 360 watts
Sensitivity N/A
Impedance N/A
Second Voice Coil Impedance N/A
Crossover Point 50-200

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Features

Overview: The MTX Road Thunder RT8PT is a self-contained, powered subwoofer system that includes an 8" woofer in the ported enclosure and a 120 watt RMS amplifier.

Design: The unit is tube shaped with a flat bottom; the woofer fires from one end and the port and amp are on the other end. Two mounting straps are included to hold the enclosure in place.

Controls/Connections: All the RT8PT's controls and connections are located on the rear panel, along with the amplifier:

  • Gain: rotary knob; adjustable from 100mV to 6V
  • LPF: the low-pass crossover is continuously variable from 50 to 200 Hz
  • Speaker Level Input: Molex plug for use with the included harness
  • EBC Port: RJ-25 port (phone type connection) for the included wired remote
  • Line Input: stereo RCA inputs
  • +12V/Rem/GND: the power, ground, and remote turn-on inputs are set screw terminals; each accepts bare wire up to 8 gauge
  • Fuse: a single 10 amp ATO style fuse protects the amplifier

Remote Bass Knob: A wired External Bass Control (EBC) is included with the RT8PT. The EBC connects to the amplifier using the supplied 20' RJ-25 cord, it's designed to mount under your vehicle's dash within arm's length so its easily accessible to the driver. The approximate dimensions are:

  • Width: 1-5/8" (2-1/2 " including the mounting tabs)
  • Height: 3/4"
  • Depth: 1-1/2" (2" including the knob and wiring)

Warranty

5 Year Warranty Terms: This product carries a 5-Year Prorated Warranty with the following terms:

  • Years 1-2: Products found to be defective in materials or workmanship during the first two years will be, at Mitek's option, repaired or replaced by Mitek at no charge. The warranty period does not renew, but continues on from the original date of purchase.
  • Years 3-5: The purchase price of an item which becomes defective after the first two years and prior to the end of the warranty period will be prorated and credited toward the purchase of a new MTX product. The amount of proration is determined by dividing the original purchase price by the number of months in the warranty period (60), then multiplying the result by the number of months remaining in the warranty period.

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Written By Chris, Iowa on Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Needed bas in my 1999 Chevy K1500 extended cab truck. Options are limited for this truck as there is little room & the custom fit sub box is way expensive. Did some measuring and it does fit under the rear seat on the drivers side. It is snug but the seat does lock down. Hooked it up to a Sony receiver with sub control & WOW. I was expecting a little bass to just fill in. This thing ROCKS! I listen to all kinds of rock music & it's perfect for that. It's more than I neeed & I love it. For anybody with a Chevy extended cab give this a try, you'll love it.

Pros: Big sound from small package. Everything you need in one unit.

Cons: None

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Written By Doug C, NY on Saturday, November 01, 2014

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I bought this for my Jeep Wrangler. It fits great behind the rear seat and sound great.

Pros: Fits and sounds great.

Cons: The RCA jacks are pretty wimpy so I cut them and replaced them with some that are heavy duty

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Written By Anthony, Mt Laurel, NJ on Friday, September 26, 2014

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This was an easy install. I mounted it in my trunk (front of the car). It sounds great.

Pros: Affordable. easy installation, Mounting straps came in very handy. Worked great in my application (size limitations), Crutchfield tech support

Cons: None

Great sound

Written By MTXman, Potsdam, NY on Saturday, September 13, 2014

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This is a great value. I never expected to get that much bass out of a single 8" subwoofer.

Pros: Great price Great sound Easy install

Cons: Little bigger than expected

Excellent surprize!!

Written By GM, Hoffman Estates, IL on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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Went online in search of an economical, tough subwoofer for my Tacoma. After doing the math of $ & space-- arrived at this product - MTX Sub , powered . It custom fit in limited back seat space , as if designed for this model truck. Holy rumble in the jungle Batman!! This product will grab your attention and then some!! Excellent power & deep base response--you will not be disappointed !!

Pros: All of the above

Cons: None yet

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Written By Danny, Dallas, TX on Monday, August 04, 2014

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Great little sub if your looking to enhance the bass especially in a factory set up. Its not overly loud but you can feel it and hear it in the car. If your wanting to be obnoxious and show off what your listening to the world, this is not for you. If you just want quality bass to enjoy in your car and pretty good punch, this sub/amp set up would be a perfect fit.

Pros: Easily replaced the factory sub in a Ford Expedition for more bass and better sound.

Cons: I was big into putting large stereo systems in my trucks when I was younger and this MTX makes me wanting to go larger, louder, and obnoxious again. :)

Good choice

Written By Need my bass, Upstate NY on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Had it for a year now. I can get as much bass as I need. The adjustment knob is perfect. I listen to ALL types of music from oldies to hip hop to classic rock to hard rock. so i'm on that knob all the time. Good choice for the $ and fit behind the seat in my work van. It doesn't shake the neighborhood...but it sounds great in the van.

Pros: Small and works great no problems

Cons: None

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Written By ezez20, Sugar Land TX on Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Sub had good highs but should have low ends.

Pros: Highs are good

Cons: Lows aren't loud enough

Booming Bass

Written By RJ, 92036 on Saturday, July 12, 2014

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The audio system in my 2013 Subaru Crosstrek was lacking a good bass sound quality. So I installed this WTX bass tube! I got amazing bass!! Best I've ever heard! So good I'm upgrading my OEM speakers to CDT speakers!! Now my wife will be able to hear me from a mile away when I'm coming home!!! lol

Pros: Great sound quality!!! Very well made! Awesome Bass tube speaker!!

Cons: To many pros to mention!! :)

The Greatest

Written By msbutler1984, Chalmette, LA on Sunday, July 06, 2014

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My husband loves it

Pros: Love it

Cons: NA

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Written By jose, Newark, NJ on Friday, June 20, 2014

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Very surprised how it sounds for small bass tube.

Pros: Doesn't take a lot space. Nice and clear bass. Would recommend it

Cons: No cons

AWESOME!!

Written By Zack, Panama City, Fl on Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Exceeded my expectations it sounds great I have a single cab ford ranger so this fit perfect behind my seat. Also the tech support was amazing I had some trouble hooking it up so I called and they were able to walk me through and fix the problem. I will be buying from Crutchfield from now on.

Pros: great sound, small and compact

Cons: none

great product and service

Written By shannon of the efts, Harrisonburg, VA on Monday, April 07, 2014

Great product and service! I love the sound and the pro installation. Good experience all around.

Pros: Bass I can feel as well as hear

Wonderful Li'l Sub

Written By Ted, Central Valley, CA on Thursday, March 13, 2014

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I had been searching for a sub for my '98 Mustang. I'm middle aged and didn't want to thump my trunk. I just wanted to round out my bass. After reading other reviews and watching some videos, I settled on this one. Man, I'm glad I did! It perfectly does what I want it to do. It provides enough low end to complete the sound, doesn't rattle my trunk or let others know I have a sub. If you're looking for noise, this isn't the sub for you. But, if you're looking for a decently priced sub that allows you to customize your music, this is the one for you. Completely satisfied.

Pros: Decent size, remote volume, easy to install

Cons: Could be more stable. I had to use some "L" brackets to keep it in place.

High quality great price

Written By Joe L, PA on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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I bought this for myself over 5 months ago use it everyday and still not a single problem. Great deep bass. Plenty plenty loud enough with the 120 watt amp. It may seem small but do not doubt the power of this powered sub kit.

Small but powerful

Written By Anonymous, Boca Raton, fl on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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I am by no means a wavy person when it comes to subwoofers but, for the price this subwoofer does exactly what I wanted. I installed it into my 2012 tc, and it hit with more than enough power... It won't shatter any record but if you are looking something to compliment your sound, this is it...

Absolutely perfect for my suv

Written By Bryce, Harrisonburg, VA on Friday, February 07, 2014

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Easy to install, excellent quality, the bass control is a huge plus, just enough power and it's not even maxed yet

Pros: Easy installation Great sound quality Hits deep notes perfectly

Cons: None

Great Value

Written By BenS, Denver on Monday, February 03, 2014

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Finally, bass in my car. Easy to install and good sound for the price.

Works great!

Written By Bob, Denver on Saturday, January 25, 2014

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I picked up an open box item on the cheap to round out my system as the 5.25 front and 5.5 rear woofers sound nice but would distort a bit when cranked up. I think I have the sub turned up about halfway and it really pumps out the bass, my Jetta has a HUGE trunk so that helps. There is no longer a lack of bass in my car and the other speakers don't have to work so hard - they can now pump out the tight mids and crisp highs they were designed for. If you're looking for a sub to annoy your neighbors and other cars in traffic this one probably isn't the one. But if you are looking to shore-up a thin bottom end then it will probably do the job.

Pros: Price, no brainer install, sounds great!

Cons: None.

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Written By Anonymous, Lookout Mtn., GA on Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Great product for it's size and price

Real Bang for a Buck

Written By M.J, Fuquay Varina, NC on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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This is a very affordable option for a sub in any car. Compact and really packs a punch. Put it in my sons Chrysler and install was simple. Recommend using Crutchfields extra wire harness as quality of included harnesses was poor. Thought about even getting one for my sedan I was so impressed. Biggest challenge was getting power wire through my fire wall existing grommet. All down hill after that.

Pros: Price and performance.

Cons: Included MTX wire harnesses.

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Written By Lisa, Moseley, VA on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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This is actually what my son wanted for his car. It was very easy to install. His father and him installed the stereo and subwoofer.

Great Little Sub

Written By Danny, Columbus, GA on Friday, December 27, 2013

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Purchased this 8" powered sub for my daughter's VW Beetle. Perfect little sub for a little car! Sub hits the lows pretty good! I didn't want something that shakes the car beside you but has enough bass to make my teenage daughter smile :-) The remote bass control is nice too, especially if you listen to several different genres of music. I also purchased an amplifier wiring kit which makes installation a breeze.

Pros: Simple form and function! Provides nice lows (at least in the small car I installed it in). Seems well built. Great price.

Crisp Clean Sound with Sharp Bass

Written By Matt B, Dacula, GA on Sunday, December 22, 2013

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Crisp, clean sound right out of the box. Good solid bass, not gonna rattle your teeth, but perfect for a small/average size car/truck. Fit perfectly in the trunk area of my son's firebird, paired it with the JVC media player (Under $200 for both!)...great combo. Remember to order an Amp Wiring Kit, it is not included. Highly recommend.

Pros: Sound quality, very attractive, price, delivered in 3 days...for free!

Cons: Remember to order amp wiring kit.

Big Bass Small Tube

Written By Sam, Allentown PA on Saturday, December 21, 2013

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Wow this has a lot of bass in my little hatch but it does clip and distort when you really crank it up

Pros: small

Cons: distorts at high volume

Surprising

Written By Eric M, Norris TN on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Very great sound from a small sub.

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Written By Anonymous, Ok on Friday, December 06, 2013

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Just what I needed

Wow!!!! Excellent Value

Written By Jeremy B, Columbus ohio on Saturday, November 02, 2013

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Excellent 8" sub with built-in amp. You can't go wrong with this mtx package!!!!!

Pros: Built-in amp, quality of sub and enclosure.

Cons: This mtx package should not be used in vehicles with trunks.

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Written By Anonymous, Port Charlotte, Fl on Sunday, October 20, 2013

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attractive and high quality

Pros: high quality

Cons: expensive

GREAT SUB!

Written By Dean W, Pompton Lakes, NJ on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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I have sued numerous subs over the years, and I have to say, this is the best bang for the buck in a powered sub I've seen! For the money, the bass I'm getting in my little hatchback is over the top. Given the adjustability (LPF and gain), and along with the control from my receiver, there is nothing this thing can't do. Aside from "competitions", where you try to blast your head off with volume, there is more bass available in my car now than I know what to do with!

Pros: Compact, easy to install (amp on back, 4 connections and it's over), super bass! The flat bottom makes it less likely to roll around, when not strapped in. Great design.

Cons: None that I can think of. for the money, this is the one!

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Written By rob, Boiling Springs, PA on Monday, September 30, 2013

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Great product. Bought for some additional bass for my son's car. It put a big smile on his face when jumped into his car and cranked the stereo up after the install.

Pros: Easy to install

Wow!!!

Written By Greg E, Scottsburg, Indiana on Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Was looking for and inexpensive upgrade to my 2004 Silverado Ext Cab. Reviewed the JL Audio, Pioneer and many others, with that the price that goes along with it. So I stumbled on this speaker read the reviews and though I would take a chance for 129 with built in amp and MTX why not. This far exceeded what I thought I was going to get. 129 dollars I got what JL Audio would have costed me 652. Now for some, money is no object but I couldn't see spending that and I am glad I didn't. this little dude hits hard and sounds good with the variety of music I listen too. I would recommend this to anyone needing that extra thump in the car and not in the wallet

Pros: Small fits under back seat, neat in appearance

Cons: None

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Written By Anonymous, Tuscumbia, MO on Monday, September 16, 2013

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Like it! Compact sub with great sound all in one unit.

Pros: Size,built in amp.

Cons: Open sub. Had to install a grill to protect sub.

Exceeded Expectation

Written By Scott, Portland, OR on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Looks great. Perfect size. Easy install. Sounds better than I expected. If you want your car to sound like there's a gorilla trying to get out of the trunk, it may not be for you.

Pros: Price, Appearance, Size, Sound, Easy Install

Cons: Zero downside. If you want your system to sound like you got 2 18's...go get two 18's!

Had to have another!

Written By Anonymous, Colusa, ca on Monday, September 02, 2013

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2004 silverado great sound so bought another to go on the other side of it!

Pros: Great sound

Cons: None

Good Little Box

Written By Shroom, York, PA on Friday, August 23, 2013

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With having kids I decided long ago to get rid of my over the top system that I had and just went simple. This sub fit the bill perfectly. My Dodge Nitro has limited trunk space and I fill that up for work purposes so something small was what I intended to purchase. Even with this sub being small it sure packs a pretty good punch. Obviously it won't rattle your car as your driving, but you get plenty of good clean bass throughout. I've only got the sub pumping out about 40% and that's plenty for me. Agree with another poster about the red light on the bass control module being quite bright.

Pros: Small and compact. Packs some power you may not expect

Cons: bright red light on separate control module

Great value...punchy sound

Written By jeffdiego, San Diego, CA on Sunday, August 18, 2013

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I put this sub on the floor behind the front seat in my Camry. To me, it makes no sense to put a sub in the trunk. Most of the output will be absorbed or muffled. This thing sounds great right out of the box. Plenty of volume and very accurate musically.

Pros: Compact & rugged. Tight, punchy sound. Affordable.

Cons: None!

Nice lil box

Written By Big Chris, Hampton, Ga. on Saturday, August 10, 2013

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Nice lil box, deep bass, very satisfied. Installed in my 89 Camaro, fits perfectly in the little cubby hole in hatch back. I wanted something small, simply with great sound, got what I was looking, actually more. I didn't know it came with a remote bass control, pleasant surprise. Only con is the box needs a low bypass filter to eliminate vocals from come thru sub. and remote bass unit has a VERY BRIGHT red led light, is distracting at night, should have come with a grill.

Pros: Nice deep bass Remote bass control Compact design Hasn't overheated....yet

Cons: Needs a low bypass filter to eliminate vocals Remote bass unit has a VERY BRIGHT red led light Needs Grill

Good value

Written By D, Killeen,tx on Saturday, August 10, 2013

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For being this price.... It's actually kinda good. i honestly should've went for at least a 10" powered sub but overall I'm satisfied with the unit and the installation wasn't too bad especially since it was my first setup EVER!! Btw ask for Darren ext 4050. Darren went through everything and established that I had a bad grounding. He was very understanding and friendly. so my overall experience with product and service is 4 stars. by the way I drive a 04 toyota corolla.

Pros: Above average bass for price, wired bass controller for driver

DELIVERS!!!

Written By Aaron, Florida on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Overall, this bass tube delivers what it promised, it added low end for my slightly upgraded system in a 2003 ext cab Silverado. Understand what you are buying for this price. A pre-boxed, amplified sub with good looks and great little sound.

Pros: size, amplified, installation, appearance

Cons: a grill for protection over the sub would be the only thing i would change

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Written By Garrett, Albuquerque New Mexico on Sunday, July 21, 2013

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Great sound from a small package. Exactly what I was looking for. I installed it in the back of a Kia Soul. The factory system was not enough, this is great for not having to dish out much money.

Pros: Great sound, easy install, small design, looks nice.

Cons: Haven't found one yet. Good sound for the money.

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Written By Anonymous, Hinesville, GA on Sunday, July 21, 2013

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This product is wonderful. Brought it for my husband and he loves it.

Pros: Very compact for making the music sound better.

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Written By Jay, Fredericksburg va on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Installation was easy. Did not take up too much space in my Toyota Corolla trunk. Definitely added some bass to my system.

Pros: Remote dial for adjustments. Compact. Sounds great.

Cons: No grill over speaker for protection

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Written By CHUCK, ROCK ISLAND, IL on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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THE ONLY THING I WOULD CHANGE WOULD BE THE LED ON THE REMOTE BASS BOOST. IT IS PRETTY BRIGHT. I WOULD MAKE IT LESS BRIGHT OR SCUFF THE FRONT SO IT DOESN'T SHINE SO BRIGHT.

Pros: GOOD BASS FOR THE MONEY. ADJUSTABLE NICE FLAT STEADY BOX. SMALL PACKAGE GOOD SOUND.

Cons: LED TO BRIGHT ON BASS CONTROL

D- to A+

Written By Alaki, Texas on Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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Originaly bought for my 03 Mazda protege, could not here it in the trunk at all I was going to return it but I figured I would try in my 94 Mazda b4000 ex cab pickup...... Sounds absolutley amazing could not be happier.

Pros: Great for trucks, frequency range is perfect very clean bass. Country, rock, jazz sounds great.

Cons: Not for sedans well trunks that is. A lot bigger then I had planned for. Not for rap.

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Written By Jorge, Newport Beach, CA on Monday, July 01, 2013

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I was looking into getting some hard hitting bass on my pt cruise but didn't want something 2 big or over powering I also wanted to save as much space in the truck. Well the Mtx rt8pt meet my requirements but also exceeded in the sound I thought I was going to get. People often mistakes it for12 when they hear the sound it produces. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a small but powerful sub

Pros: Small, easy set up, has mad power for it size

Cons: It's not in your car :p

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Written By kurt, mayville, wi on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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not bad bass for a eight...nice adjustment on amp...but as far as subs go bigger is always better

A good product for a great price.

Written By on1956, Hawaii on Saturday, June 08, 2013

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A very inexpensive sub, but not for all applications. If you want a powerful sub with a great low end the look elsewhere, this sub was made to work in a wagon or truck where space is an issue but will not give you the sound you want if you put it in an enclosed trunk.

Pros: 1) easy install

Perfect

Written By Anonymous, Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, June 03, 2013

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Does exactly what I want.

Perfect!!!!!!

Written By Steve, Port Charlotte, FL on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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The MTXRT8PT was exactly what I was looking for. I needed to improve the sound quality in my Jeep Wrangler and have limited space available. The fit behind the rear seat was perfect. Once hooked up, my system came alive. They produce all of the bass I could ever need. I listen a large variety of music ranging from blues, metal, and rap. They all sound GREAT!

Pros: Size Quality Price

Cons: None

Quality Product

Written By louisk, Guam on Sunday, April 28, 2013

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This sub is excellent. Greatly enhances car stereo, and doesn't take up all your trunk space. It looks great too! This is the second MTX sub that I've installed and I can assure you not the last. I wish I bought my first one from crutchfield! It would have saved me time and money. Their customer service is great, and you can't beat free priority mail shipping. For the price of this sub, what more could you ask for?

Pros: Good sound, compact, easy to install, great price, high quality enclosure

Cons: Hard to think of any.

Perfect

Written By Steven, Charleston, WV on Saturday, April 27, 2013

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I installed this in a 97 Jeep Wrangler. I am running it through alongside a Kenwood KMU-100 reciever and Polk Speakers as well as an Alpine KTP445U Amplifier.

The install did not take long and only one call to tech services. Most of the time was just running the wiring front to back. Grounded it through the passengers seat. I don't have the rear seat in my Wrangler so I just made it an extension of the center console. They are about the same height and are the same color so it worked well and left enough room for the heat to bleed off. With so may things to install behind the dash and along the body all I can say is invest in zip ties. The remote is also a huge plus. I just velcroed it to the front of the center console. This is also how secure the unit to the carpet in the cargo area. Two long strips of double sided velcro seems to have done the trick.

This unit sounds amazing. It is the "fill in" that I was looking for where the Polk Speakers did not have much low end, even though they are great speakers just small. You can more than "feel" unit work even with it firing to the rear of the vehicle. I read some reviews complain that they could not "hear" the bass. All I can think is that they did not adjust the levels or who knows. You can basically turn the unit all the way "down" and "up" as to how much low end it is putting out. As a caveat I listen to metal. It has plenty of double bass and blast beats and this unit bring it all out beautifully.

Pros: You can install on your own Remote in the drivers cockpit The sound and punch is incredible Amazing price.

Cons: Inside the Jeep it is still a foot print but that is not the units fault. Everything is a tight fit. I understand the need to advertise your product but it would be nice to not have MTX stamped all over it. Might as well say "steal me" on it.

Mtx rt8pt

Written By Kade, Mililani HI on Thursday, April 25, 2013

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A good overall powered enclosure for its price. Will not hit the sub-bass notes but puts out nice clean bass. Install is easy and straight forward.

Pros: Compact and light. Remote bass control for quick adjustments.

Cons: A bit punchy. Upper bass causes it to distort quickly.

Hell Yeah!

Written By CC, Portland, OR on Friday, April 12, 2013

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Just Right!!! Works perfect in the mini-van with the new media input deck and some 5 1/4" 3way speaks in doors and 4" x 8" 2ways in back pannels. No big deal running a dedicated power lead to the battery for this self amplified unit. This sub fits perfect under the front of the middle seat of the van. Perfect touch to the rest of the system! I like the remote level control for adjusting bass volume on certain types of music such as: AC/DC, the Crystal Method, Datsik, all the way to Zeppilin! It doesn't matter because it all sounds great with this lil MTX RT8PT thumper!

Pros: Works perfect.

Cons: no protective grill over the speaker. (Be careful I guess)

Great sounding product!

Written By ronnieb, Vancouver,Canada on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Installed in my 07 honda odyssey van and the sound connected to my stock deck is great more than enough bass and the price you just cant beat.......better sound than the bazooka tubes.....thank you daniel from crutchfield!

Pros: small and compact with great sound.....

Cons: none at all way to go mtx

Nice

Written By jnic, Detroit MI on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Big Bang for a little buck! Easy to install and easy to adjust. This unit is nice that it is self contained. Fit well in a small cargo space.

Pros: This unit is small and compact for my application. Nice sound quality for the low power rating. Great addition to a stock stereo system.

Cons: The straps are a bit junky. Would be nice to have a grill cover over speaker.

Bass

Written By JohnM, Mississippi on Monday, April 08, 2013

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Great bass in my convertible, easy to install!

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Love this subwoofer!

Written By Jim, San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, April 03, 2013

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Nice clean bass in a small package. Fit easily behind the seat in a regular cab F-150. Bass is not muddy or 'boomy'. Great addition to my system! Excellent fit and finish.

Pros: Easy to install. Plenty of well-defined bass. Small to fit in confined spaces.

Cons: None so far.

Great Product

Written By Moe A, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Very easy install

Pros: Great sound doesn't take a lot of room

Cons: None

Fantastic

Written By Brandon, Kansas City on Saturday, January 05, 2013

I have had this sub for a year now, and am still pleased. I wanted to add a little depth to my car stereo, and this sub does not disappoint. I wanted something small, self powered, and built by a reputable company. This sub sounds excellent and does not take up a lot of space.

Pros: You can hear and feel the lower frequencies well enough, and not annoy everyone else around you.

Cons: Not as powerful as separate components, but there is more than enough to satisfy.

Rockin

Written By toddt, chillicothe,ohio on Friday, October 26, 2012

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I have a small car so I thought this wud be perfect. I connected it to my stock radio, so I had to tap off my speaker leads. I was worried it would not respond good enough. But it is perfect. More than enough bass. And since I only have 4x6 plates and 4" in dash....the speakers do not have any bass but the MTX creates all the bass needed....it sounds perfect.

Pros: fairly smaller, excellent looks and construction

Cons: none

MTX RT8PT

Written By Anonymous, annapolis md on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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I bought this MTX Box to add some extra base to my sys and it sounds great

Good Stuff

Written By Luke O, Leesburg, VA on Monday, April 02, 2012

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Seems great and heard from other people. Havent installed it yet because to do it professionally, costs alot. The local shop wants $200+ to do it. But hope to get it installed soon. Cant wait!

Pros: Inexpensive, big bass. Compact and good looks

Cons: Need to include everything to install it. Installation and wiring costs more than the speaker alone. Thats not cool

Fantastic Bass

Written By nomad3150, NE Illinois on Friday, January 27, 2012

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I use an Alpine CDE-103BT for my head end and combined with the MTX RT8PT I'm getting some fantastic bass sound... The installation with the wiring kit went smooth and by the numbers with no difficulties what so ever... A great combination for anyone who wants decent sub-woofer sound without installing an amp...

Pros: Great sound and easy installation

Cons: a little bit larger than I thought it would be but it still works great!!

Look elsewhere

Written By Ivan, Plano TX on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Professionaly installed as part of a 4 speakers system (coaxial) powered by a 4 ch amp and JVC Arsenal head unit in a LandCruiser FJ80. It is so weak that the installer appologized. I do not listen to Rap or any other type of music full of bass but I do enjoy the fullness a good sub provides and this isnt it. I understand it is only 8 inches but it is mounted inside a wagon type vehicle. No matter which way the installer angled it, we could barely hear it let alone feel the bass. Fortunately this is a hunting vehicle/BOV and not a daily driver. Better to spend a bit more and go with a traditional setup than to buy this product and feel like you just lost $200. I would not recommend to a friend.

Pros: Great concept Nice price

Cons: Very poor power wise. Bass gets drowned by my speakers.

Do not recommend

Written By BenR, Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bought this for my infiniti g35 sedan. The installer guessed that my car must be insulated really well, because you cannot hear the sub AT ALL. It's not that the bass isn't good - you can't even hear it to judge whether it's good or not. I do not recommend this product if you have a sedan. Total waste of money. They should tell you that this is for hatchback/open cab installations only. Boo.

1998 Jeep Wrangler

Written By Mike G, Horn Lake, MS on Sunday, October 30, 2011

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I was looking for a small sub for the limited space in my 98 Jeep Wrangler. I just needed something that would give me a little bass. This little sub delivers. It sounds great. If you are looking for something to disturb you neigbhors look elsewhere. It will get loud and it sounds great though. Highly recommend.

Pros: compact size, perfect for a jeep wrangler. Powerful little sub. Sounds great.

Cons: None

Finally..... Bass in my Jeep Wrangelr

Written By Ron, Magnolia, NC on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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I looked around for a long while before deciding on this powered sub. The first one I received would not work. I called tech support at Crutchfield and they walked me through several tests that verified the unit was not working. I have no previous experience installing anything like this but tech support was great at explaining how and why I doing each test.

Crutchfield had another unit to me in a couple of business days so you could not ask for more than that. Sometimes things are defective so they made it right same day.

This one worked and it sounds great....More than what I was expecting. I would recommend this to anyone looking to fill that bass void but not to "over the top".

Jeep info...I have the inta-truck in my cargo area and the sub sound great. And of course this protects my sub from theft. I was concern trunk would kill the sound but not true...The bass is strong.

Pros: Supplied "fullness" in music I was missing. Compact Feels well built.

Cons: First one delivered would not work (thermal protection mode light was on immediately) Powered remote light is too bright mounted under my dash. It is like a red laser pointer light..too much. Would have been nice to offer (addtional carpet colors)....No big deal.

Just what i expected

Written By Roberto Gonzalez, Bronx, NY on Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Wow! this sub is exactly what i was looking for. It sounds great on my 04 Odyssey and after a little tweeking on my Pioneer's AVIC-D2 settings i was impressed. it gave it a feel of an high end audio system you know the ones that BMW, Mercedes and Acura's come with, you won't wake up your neighbors but inside the car it sounds great!

Big sound, little package

Written By Scott C., Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, September 17, 2011

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I've had a number of powered subs through the years, and this blows all the others away...in every way. The bass from the 8" is unbelievable. The overall size of the package versus how much you get out of it is really amazing. The price will fit virtually any budget, and is an absolute bargain. Installation is an absolute breeze. and you can fit it almost anywhere, except under a seat. I put this in the cargo area of my Isuzu Rodeo and it really doesn't negatively impact cargo space enough to be a concern. With my JVC KDA-615, Kicker KS-400's (yes, 4"), and the RT8PT, any kind of music sounds absolutely perfect...from classical to rap, country to rock. Thank you Crutchfield for the affordable and yet amazing sounding car stereo system!

MTX RT8PT

Written By A Happy Customer, Central MA on Saturday, August 20, 2011

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Nice little sub for the price - used this in two installations so far, for mostly rock/pop listening, in cars that wouldn't accommodate anything bigger (RX-7 and Camaro convertible). The included bass control is great, too, for head units that don't provide sub output level control.

MTX RT8PT

Written By Sell, Osterburg, PA on Monday, August 15, 2011

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Great sound at half the price. MTX wasn't kidding when they named it ROAD THUNDER. It will make your rear view mirror shake. Techno listeners will rejoice.

Great Product

Written By Larcoc, Miami, FL on Sunday, August 07, 2011

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added a great amount of bass to my system, sound great with any type of music. very easy to install I did it myself. works great with my sony head unit and my sony 75 watt speakers in the front and 60 watt in the back. this subwoofer completed my stereo system. it sounds clean and boomy but strong and accurate depending on the type of music. my friends love it and they want one too. I recommend this product to anyone who wants a subwoofer that isnt extremly loud but loud enough to make your seat shake. for people who love great sound, not for people who want to be heard from a distance.

MTX RT8PT

Written By Tim, New Holland, PA on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Great product. Easy to hook up and nice kick without being overdone!

Bang for the Buck

Written By BillC, Orlando, FL on Saturday, July 09, 2011

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Bought this unit for my 350Z and it works better than I ever expected. By using the HPF in my Clarion deck, and adjusting the RT8PT to higher range, it gives good audible bass without rattling my 6 1/2" speakers. It's perfect for small spaces and the install is less demanding than separates. It comes with Bass Booster remote which is handy for lower volumes. Best powered sub that I've seen!

Great product.

Written By Iron Gullet, Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, June 18, 2011

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This bad boy rocks my socks. It works well and adds nice low end when you need it, but doesn't crowd out the rest of the music, making for great composition overall. I bought an old used Bronco and upgraded the head unit, door and rear speakers, and thought it needed a little extra. This little powered bass tube fit the bill. It fills the enormous cabin of my vehicle with just the right touch of low end thump, and really punches in tight bass notes appropriately. I went on a thousand mile road trip with this as a component to my cars audio system, and even at 70 mph in a cabin with little noise isolation the clarity was startlingly good. I'm used to a 2,000 watt bass system I installed in a Jeep Cherokee, and while that system could punch you in the gut, I don't feel it did as good a job as this unit in providing efficient clean sounding bass that added to the music. Even when my larger system was tuned to match the music, it couldn't hold a candle to the way the MTX performs.

Awesome

Written By foulkedrummer, Perrysburg, OH on Monday, June 13, 2011

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Great powered subwoofer! It does a great job using the High Level Input signal. Very powerful, and super crisp sound. When I got it and first hooked it up, it sounded very weak and the signal wasn't clear at all. But, it turned out to be a semi-bad ground hook up (not enough total voltage flow). So with that quickly changed *thanks to Crutchfield*; the sub works perfectly!

Good product

Written By JamesWRX, South Texas on Wednesday, June 08, 2011

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This product does exactly what is it supposed to do. Don't expect it to wake up your neighbors when you come home, but it does bring the bass to life in your music. I barely have the knob turned up to half way on the sub itself and it's plenty loud, it shakes my mirrors. I've very happy with the product, it doesn't take up very much room in the trunk of my WRX and its not so overpowering that it causes annoying rattles everywhere.

excellent bass in a nice package

Written By Marshall, NC on Saturday, May 07, 2011

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This sub puts out plenty of bass for normal listening and is small enough that
it can be tucked away at the top of most trunks leaving plenty of room for
packages. The remote volume control is a nice touch for those whose head units
lack that feature but wisely enough isn't required for those like me with built
in sub controls.

I also find the sub to be aesthetically pleasing. It's grey color is subtle and
matches my cars interior. The sub is the perfect size to center behind the back
seats allowing enough room for the bass to resonate, and the strap design and
quick connections allow it to be removed if need be.

Do you want bass that the neighbors will hear? This sub gets to that level but
barely. Do you want bass that fills the music out but can still knock you off
your seat when you want it, then this is the perfect sub for you. why spend more
just to have to turn the volume way down after all.

MTX RT8PT

Written By Joe A, Hatfield, PA on Sunday, May 01, 2011

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great sound and bass for the money. sounds good in my open top jeep where i
dont want to leave expensive stereo components in with the top off. Highly
recommend for the money

MTX RT8PT

Written By Anonymous, Greensboro, NC on Monday, March 07, 2011

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This little sub has a good quality sound. It does not hit as hard as some bigger
speakers but it fit my needs perfectly. I did not want to take up much space and this little
number fits the bill. If you are tight on space or just don't want to use all of your space
with speakers then this is a great alternative. I would recommend this to anyone that
wants to add good quality sound to a small area.

If it works in a Jeep.....

Written By Jake, San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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I've gone through three diff powered sub setups (clarion, 2 kenwoods) before I
found this one. Basically if it will deliver tight punchy bass in an open top
Wrangler doing 65MPH it will do well in almost any car. I wholeheartedly
recommend this if you like tight, punchy, rock style bass. If you want boomy,
rattly, rap style bass then this isn't for you.

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4 questions already asked

For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Sep 14, 2014 ]  Staff
Yes, you need to run power to the amplifier from the battery. This product comes with some wire hook -ups, but doesn't come with all the necessary cables. I'm glad I bought the separate wiring kit recommended by Crutchfield. -PANovota [ PETER A  Apr 06, 2014 ]
I AM ASSUMING THAT "RC" YOU MEAN "RCA" PORTS. THOSE ARE FOR THE SIGNAL TO THE BUILT-IN AMP. AND YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE A POWER AND GROUND CONNECTIONS TO THIS UNIT. ALSO A "SWITCH ON" WIRE. USUALLY USE THE BLUE WIRE FROM AN AFTERMARKET RADIO. IT MAY SAY POWER ANTENNA. AND THIS DOES NOT COME WITH CABELING. THEY DO SELL AMP INSTALL KITS. I REALLY LIKE THIS UNIT. IT IS A GOOD DEAL. [ CHARLES  Apr 04, 2014 ]
Installation is just like any aftermarket amp. You will need to run its own power supply. An adequate amp wiring kit should be under recommended accessories. [ JOSHUA  Apr 04, 2014 ]
No, you will need to buy a small amplifer kit, you need to hook it to the battery with fuse and have a heavy ground wire. The sub itself does not come with any wires or rca cables. [ CHAD  Apr 04, 2014 ]
Yes you still need power run from the battery to the sub and will have to purchase an amplifier wiring kit seperately. The only thing I remember coming with this subwoofer was the high level wires and the long cord for the remote bass control. I had this for a short time in my honda hatchback and it sounded ok. I ended up switching to a JL audio sub and amp because it was a deal I couldn't pass up on Black Friday. [ JOSE F  Apr 04, 2014 ]
Yes, you will need to run a separate power cable to the battery. This is included with the MTX. It is isolated and has a fuse inline. You will also need to run the wiring from the stereo to the MTX. These are special speaker wires and are sold separately. [ RANDALL  Apr 04, 2014 ]
No unfortunately this amp/sub does not include the amp kit, You will need to run an amp power kit an 8 guage kit will be perfect With a good solid ground 99% all amp kits include all the wiring Needed to wire in an amp, you may need to get some ring terminals To harness to the battery and for a good solid ground. Crutchfield Should have everything you need to install an amp. Hope this helped. [ DAVID  Apr 04, 2014 ]
Yes you still have to run power from the battery to sub. The wires do not come with the sub. Crutchfields have a few different wiring kits for the subs. [ ED  Apr 04, 2014 ]
You will still need a sub wiring kit. The RCA's will make the installation easier though. [ STEVEN  Apr 04, 2014 ]
They put out a lot of sound. They are pretty loud. I have a pretty loud system and this pushes all the bass I need no matter how loud I am playing my music. You will be happy with one if your looking for great sound. If you need extreme bass (very deep) for hip hop don't buy 2 just go larger. [ STEVEN  Jan 24, 2014 ]
IT COMPLIMENTS A FACTORY SYSTEM PRETTY WELL. IT IS NOT 2 12"ERS BY NO MEANS. BUT I LIKE IT AND I CAN PUT STUFF IN MY TRUNK. NICE UNIT FOR THE MONEY. [ CHARLES  Jan 23, 2014 ]
Depends on your vehicle, I put one in my truck 94 mazda extended cab sounds full and rich with bass I also tried it in my 03 mazda protege in the trunk and could not hear it all all, you might consider a 10" or 12" powered sub if your putting it in a trunk or a large truck. Hope I could help. [ DAVID  Jan 23, 2014 ]
I found that one is fine for my 4-door sedan (in the trunk). [ PETER A  Jan 23, 2014 ]
I would think 2 of these would be overkill in any thing outside of a suburban or very large SUV. The unit really packs a punch for an 8" sub. [ MICHAEL  Jan 23, 2014 ]
That would not be overkill. However. I would suggest with going with a single higher powered 10" sub. The mtx has nice punchy base but can't reproduce very low tones due to its size. A small Rockford fosgate in a sealed box needs very little airspace and can reproduce lower tones. This setup is great for a factory add on. But if you are considering two of these then I can tell right now it will not produce the bass you are looking for. [ JOSHUA  Jan 23, 2014 ]
One is plenty in my extended cab GMC 1500. [ MATT  Jan 23, 2014 ]
I am currently running 2 of these ,, Def not overkill.. but mutch fuller sound than only 1.. [ DAVID G  Jan 23, 2014 ]
One works just great in my daughters Celica [ ED  Jan 23, 2014 ]
It depends how much bass you want? I think you would be happy with just one. [ WAYNE  Jan 23, 2014 ]
I to wanted a grill but didn't really look for one very hard as the position in the back of my Jeep liberty pointed the sub at the back door. So no issues so far. By the way this i a great little sub and i really like it. Thanks [ BRETT  Apr 20, 2014 ]
I used a ten inch kicker grille I got online it worked great cause on this I didn't care about looks or anything. Worked great blocked hockey sticks, wood for camp fires ect. [ KYLE P  Dec 17, 2013 ]
I got a nicely made 8 inch grill on-line.I believe it was around a buck (may have been on clearance).Put it on the woofer with a few dabs of liquid nails.I agree...odd that they didn't have one on to begin with! [ JEFF  Dec 13, 2013 ]
Naw bo you can't buy one for it but just go down to the hardware store, buy some 12 and 24 Guage wire, bend it with some pliers to make a cover, tie the 12 Guage together with the 24, paint it black or whatever floats your boat and and screw that baby on there. Make sure you drill pilot holes and don't go for screws longer than a 1/4 inch. Takes about 1 hour. [ DILLON  Dec 12, 2013 ]
THEY SELL A GRILLE FOR IT I'VE HAD MINE FOR LIKE 8 MONTHS AND HAVEN'T DAMAGED IT YET. AND I HAVE A LOT OF CRAP IN MY TRUNK. [ CHARLES  Dec 12, 2013 ]
Hey Gary I have been running this sub now for 6 months and I am very satified with the performance. Very surprised at the bass this 8" sub puts outs. As for the grill, I have it stuffed under my rear seat in my truck so this is not an issue for me. I am sure this you can find a 8" sub cover for it. [ MATT  Dec 12, 2013 ]
I have not seen one for it but you might be able to cit a universal grill on it though. Hope this helped. [ DAVID  Dec 12, 2013 ]
Check Online. I found a couple 8" metal speaker grilles. Should be able to be adapted to this woofer. [ CLAYTON  Dec 12, 2013 ]