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Affordable Alpine Type-E subwoofers add a solid shot of bass to your system without draining your bank account. These subs handle up to 25% more power than previous Type-E models, but still use the same tried-and-true design that's made this line so popular with budget-conscious bassheads.

The SWE-1242 12" subwoofer uses a pulp cone reinforced with Kevlar® that responds quickly, yet is very durable. A Santoprene™ rubber surround controls the cone's extended movement for powerful and accurate low-frequency response. Alpine builds the heavy-gauge, custom-stamped steel frame to stand up to the demands of hard playing, while the sub's extended pole piece is vented to dissipate heat and control distortion.

Priced per speaker

Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.

Product Highlights:

  • 12" 4-ohm subwoofer
  • Kevlar®-treated pulp woofer cone with Santoprene rubber surround
  • dual oversized Nomex® spiders
  • frequency response: 28-1,000 Hz
  • power range: 50-250 watts RMS
  • peak power: 750 watts
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • top mount depth: 6-1/4"
  • sealed box volume: 0.8-1.7 cu. ft.
  • Recommended Q-Logic Box Type: 1, 2
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's a component sub and why would I want one?

A component sub is simply a speaker that's designed to reproduce bass once it's installed in a compatible enclosure. Think about the impact of a movie soundtrack in a big theater or even in your own home HDTV setup. A component sub can add the same kind of power to the music in your car. And a car sub is not all about the boom that you hear on a street corner (although that's cool too) - you can pair a component sub with your choice of enclosure to get bass just the way you like it, from tight and punchy to fat and loose. And once you experience music in your car with a well-tuned subwoofer, you'll never go back.

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Alpine SWE-1242

Written By Anonymous, Chatswoth,GA. on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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I have one of these subs and an old school Orion p12d4 on a 1200 watt ssl amp. The alpine hits the high and mid range bass with the Orion knocking down on the low pitch stuff for deafening combo. Not sure what this thing does on its own but it's one heck of a good sounding sub.


Written By Anonymous, Manchester, NH on Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Definitely hits hard hooked to an alpine mrd m605 (mono block) sounds amazing also have a Boston acoustic G112 sub hooked up to the same amp with it and the pair make some really nice bass together wouldn't have it any other way haha happy slams


Written By Mo, 18103 on Friday, August 31, 2012

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Best subs ever! I have two 12's in the back of my 2010 Chevy cobalt coup and I swear the whole car is gonna fall apart one day! Play some odd future on these and the bass is just to good!

4 in the Jeep

Written By David, Fort Pierce, FL on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I have four of these 12"s in the rear of my '02 Grand Cherokee in a sealed enclosure, wired parallel on a 2-channel amp (200 RMS watts per sub). The sound is incredible, and they have lasted 10 years and counting, despite the torture I have put them through. I listen to very noisy, purposely distorted, super-fast hardcore techno, and when I'm not in that mood, I listen to Digital Bass (Bass 305, Bass Alliance, Bass Boy, Techmaster P.E.B., etc) I can't believe these subs look and sound as good as they did back in the day (early 2000s, I think I bought them in '01 or '02) Absolutely awesome product.


Written By Kentra, Seneca Falls, NY on Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Two of these in the trunk of my PT Cruiser. With the alpine mf450 amp.
with the volume at 20; with the bass at 0 it vibrates the mirror, at 3 it beats
in your chest well, and at 9 its just too loud to stay in the car.

best part about it is, how clear and crisp the sound is, there is No distortion
what so ever. Great buy. Not as loud as the type R, but just as clear.
Same for the Rockford P3.


Written By 2005dakota, Clarksville. Tn on Sunday, April 06, 2008

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These subs are sick!
Got two wired up to
a Blaupunkt PCA-1350
mono amp pushing 500
watts @ 2 ohms.
they sound clear
plus they hit hard
in my 2005 Dakota
club cab

Alpine SWE-1242

Written By Rudy, Hollister, Ca on Thursday, March 27, 2008

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I just bought these and installed them the other day and they hit hard...great price and great quality, I have not broken them in yet but I still have played it to see how loud it sounds and its great

Great Subs, Great Price

Written By Melissa, Jacksonville, AL on Saturday, February 02, 2008

I bought two of these subs last year along with a Alpine MRP-M450 amp to put in my 2002 VW Jetta. It was the first time I've ever bought/installed a system in my car. These are the best subs money can buy. I've had them for about a year and they are still going strong. I'm about to put them in my 2006 Mustang with the same amp plus a Pioneer DEH-P400UB stereo and 4 Sony GT5725A 6x8's and I'm sure I'll have an ever better sound with a better CD player and better speakers. I highly recommed this sub to anyone that is looking for a great sound with great bass!

Great low price subs

Written By Nathaniel, Salisbury NC on Sunday, January 20, 2008

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I bought these for a christmas present for my son. He loves them! Built our own sealed box. Hooked them to a clarion amp. Great customer service!


Written By no cause i'm in Iraq, HONOLULU HI on Tuesday, October 09, 2007

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When I first saw that crutchfield was having a sale on these woofers I said to myself they are selling these for a low price. They must be terrible or they just don't perform to well. I was wrong I purchased four 12" woofers and they are loud. I have them running off of an 1000 watt amp @ 2ohm stereo and they are again very loud. The first day I had them installed I pushed them hard. I had so much pressure in my little dodge neon my ears hurt for about three days. Things started coming apart inside my vehicle and my mirror fell of my windshield. I would recommend anyone buy these woofers. IT'S WORTH YOUR WHILE

Alpine Type E 12"

Written By Josh, Sidney,OH on Monday, September 17, 2007

Ok, Ok, I was shoppin around and I didnt have much money. I found these Alpine 12's. WOW... For the price they are, they are probably the best bang for the Buck. I put these in a sealed box and I broke them in and, WOW did they pound. I drive a '91 ford escort and Im Bangin. After a while It just didnt sound too loud to me anymore,so, I went and was lookin around for a 15" sub... One of my friends had an extra 15" sub...He said it was an older speaker and he didnt want it. So i hooked it up With the 12" alpines and Im poundin Harder that four 12's. Im runnin an older, But Very Reliable amp...Four channel/300 watts per channel. It aint much but it POUNDS....I dont know much of The 15 or the amp...

great buy

Written By T.J., Lovington, NM on Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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I got 2 of them in a single cab 86' chevy 1-ton welding truck. My biggest problem was obviously space so I had the original bench seat pulled out and a set of bucket seats installed. Then a center console was built that houses the speakers and fires them straight down into the floorpan. It's a sealed unit with 1.2 cubic ft per speaker. They are being pushed by a Kenwood KAC-8103D 300watt mono amp. But wired to create a 2 ohm load which gets a 500 watt delivery out of the amp. They sound great and hit hard. I get little to no distortion at high volumes no matter what I'm listening to and I've even gotten quite a few compliments lately on how clean and well balanced everything sounds. I think I definately got my moneys worth on this deal and recommend them to anyone looking for clean tight bass at an affordable price.

type e sub

Written By jon, pennsauken, nj on Wednesday, June 27, 2007

the type-e is good for the money but there are better subs out there no doubt

Very Nice Subs

Written By SuBsInDuBs13, Chicago, IL on Friday, April 20, 2007

I have one 12" in my 96' Saturn in a Bandpass box. I have a 1000 watt Legacy amp hooked up to it and this sub POUNDS! I just recently got a Type-S and its blows away the Type-E but the Type-E is a very good sub to have.

Still a few problems that need to be worked out

Written By Bryan, Saginaw, Michigan on Monday, April 16, 2007

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I listen to alot of rap and a little rock here and there. They are plenty loud for me but they have the same problem that I had with my 12" P1 Rockford Fosgates. After about 2 min of having them turned up some what loud (not cranked) you start to smell something. It smells like burning electrical. After some research I found out that what I am smelling. Is the copper voice coils heating up very hot. They used to thin of copper to be able to handle 250 RMS. I have changed amps and re wired the whole system. The box is a cutom sealed box built to perfect dimensions for the Alpine type E series. My amp is giving them 278 RMS to each sub so there is no problem there. Like I said they are ok but dont get your hopes up buying these subs. If I were you I would save the money and the hastle and not buy these. If I were to do it all over again i would probley buy a couple of Infinity Reference series. I have Infinity Refernce speakers and amps and so far they havnt let me down.

High Quality Sound

Written By Michael, Marion, AR on Tuesday, March 27, 2007

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I got a pair of these put in my 1994 Ford Taurus. I custom built my box to the specifications (crutchfield's and alpine's website details are a bit different but I chose the consistent size on both sites of 1.25cu ft per sub). The box was a sealed dual chamber box which the install shop really liked. I actually followed the review on crutchfield's website (just with two chambers, instead of one). Anyways these subs hit really accurate lows and can get insanely loud if you turn it up. I have a Profile 1000M block which matches RMS perfectly with these two subs. Everyone is jealous :P

Worth Every Dollor

Written By Mr. Decatur, Stone Mountain,GA on Thursday, January 25, 2007

I just recived 2 of these subs today with a q logic box and got them installed. Let me say that these subs are worth every dollar. I use to have 2 12'visonik bass package but it didnt hit nearly as hard as these subs hear. I now need too invest in some dynomat for my trunk cuz the subs hit so hard they beatin my trunk ass right now, i have them powered by the MRP-M450 amp and that thing is worth the money as well. Before i got these i didnt believe that subs could knock and shake things of the wall until i bought these things.Cause my old visoniks they werent bad spaekers its just that they didnt come nowhere close to the sound these produce. If u want some heavy bass great quality subs 4 a low price i strongly recommend these things U can turn your cd player all the way up 2 the max and these subs would still play with no type of distortion.I recomend u not turning these up all the way tho unless u have just grown tired of hearing lol.


Written By Henry, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, December 23, 2006

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these subs are loud for the money. they hit very hard. i like them alot and am very satisfied.

Alpine SWE-1242

Written By Shawn, Jacksonville, FL on Thursday, November 16, 2006

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You Get What You Pay For

Written By Kenan, Morrison, IL on Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I bought these subs because of the great ratings and I think Alpine is the best. In my opinion, these subs are okay for the price, but not good for loud, hard hitting bass. I have two of them hooked up to an Alpine M450 in 2 ohms. I'm not dissatisfied, but not satisfied. I almost regret buying them.

Can be Heard down the street!

Written By Richard, Moncks Corner, South Carolina on Sunday, September 03, 2006

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At first I thought these speakers sucked, but turns out I had my new amp *Pioneer 760w* speakers hooked up wrong. Got it right and these things are pounding hard in my 2004 mustang. Girlfriend and my friend said you can feel the bass in your chest, and they were standing outside the car! Excellent subs for the price! Thanks Crutchfield.

Spend an extra $10 and get the Infinity 1242w

Written By E, St. Louis, Mo. on Sunday, August 27, 2006

I bought a couple of these last year before I discovered my beloved Kicker CVR's, and at that time I had the Infinity 1230w's (basically last year's version of the current 1242w; white with a black surround.) I was impressed with an Alpine MRP350 amp I had once and decided to give these a shot, and they didn't have near the "guts" <--(if you know what I mean) of the Infinity's, which is odd since the Infinity's were usually touted as more of an SQ sub than an SPL one.

But basically, the 1230w's smoked the Alpines. Driven with the same amp (a Bazooka BA1500; 500W X 1,) the Alpine's bottomed out pretty badly. My BA1500 was murdering them, which was disappointing since their RMS power rating suggests that they SHOULD be able to handle that much power, but they just can't. At least not at higher volumes with any amount of bass boost applied.

They make that dreaded "I can't handle this" popping sound when given that much power, even in a sealed box. I ended up returning them and going back to my Infinity's. If you're looking for a sub for $100 or less, take my advice: These aren't the ones. Get the 1242w's instead for $10 more.

P.S. Before anyone responds to this by saying something like "that reviewer is nuts, I have a 900W amp driving these and they sound fine", consider that not every amp that has a wattage total pasted on the top of it can truly deliver that amount. The BA1500 is CEA-compliant, whereas a good number of amps are not. Make sure you know what your amp is truly capable of before buying these or any subs. A "true" CEA-compliant 900W amp would blow these things apart. Peace.

heavy bass

Written By southhockey5, Warrington on Thursday, June 29, 2006

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You can't go wrong with this sub. Incredibly heavy and accurate bass. I have one in my Grand Prix running 140 rms. My one friend said he has trouble breathing when the HU is at 24. Another one of my friend asked what subs I have in my trunk and i said one 12" inch Alpine and he said it sounds like 2 and that it hits extremely hard. One great sub. Can't wait to get a second one and a more powerful amp.

Great performance for the price

Written By Niehn, Kansas City, Mo on Saturday, May 13, 2006

I have 2 of these in a Q-Logic .75 cubic foot sealed enclosure being powered by 2 Alpine MRD-M605 amps (1 for each Sub). Let me tell you these things slam. I think I have found just about every loose part on my car becuase of these subs. These entry level subs hit very hard and for the price they cant be beat.


Written By Jake, Rochester NH on Tuesday, May 02, 2006

This sub is amazing. i had two sony explodes(not to say anything bad about sony, they're good subs) but i decided to step up. i got two of these hooked up to the same 600watt 2 channel amp as i did the sony's and just one of these alone pounds louder harder and is clearer sounding than both of the sony's did combined. In a bandpass comp box nothing can compare to these subs. Amazing performance for an even better price.

Alpine SWE-1242

Written By Levente, Columbus, OH on Monday, April 10, 2006

If you would like to know exactly where your car has loose parts, then turn this sucker up. I'm currently running 2 off an Alpine MRP-M450 amp, and let me tell you, if I turn the base up, my Type S speakers can't be heard anymore. This sub is the real deal, don't be fooled by the price, if you like bass then this is one to seriously consider.

Great Sub!!

Written By Joshua, Woodstock, GA on Monday, March 27, 2006

This sub is awesome for its price. I have two of them in my Tahoe, and it sounds awesome! Great sub for the money!

Good Sub

Written By Tony, Raleigh NC on Monday, March 06, 2006

I have two of these in my tempo runnig of a 1000 watt crunch amp and about 250 rms to them. when crank the volume up the whole car shakes even the headlights. So you what bass buy these.


Written By Drew, Boone, NC on Thursday, February 09, 2006

I have one of these in the back of my 99 Frontier and its sounds awesome. Its hooked up to a MTX Thunder282, bridged putting out 280 watts RMS. Couldn't be happier. Would recommend this setup if you are looking for big bass, but not too expensive.

Alpine SWE-1242

Written By Kendall, Katy,Tx on Thursday, January 26, 2006

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I had the old model of this sub and it was ok and then i bought a new one and had to buy 2 more.So now i have 3 of these badboys ina mits. eclipse powered by a 2500 watt mono amp.Its so loud already im afaid to even brige the amp.Ill pull up to a light and people will try to tell me to turn it down. I set off car alarms everywere. This is one great sub.

Awesome Woofers!

Written By Jamie, Erie,Pennsylvania on Sunday, January 22, 2006

I bought 2 of these woofers in January with the Type-2 pro-logic box which is ported. I highly recommend this box or get the specs and build one your self. I have a US-200 (200watts rms) and these subs are amazing. They have awesome bass reponse with very little or no distortion. Make sure u have a good clean amp. A good clean amp usually runs about $1 for every watt. Some amps claim to be 500 watts and only cost about $200. I can guarantee it's not a true 500 watts. So be careful when u buy an amp. Also make sure your head unit is a good one with the pre-out voltage is atleast 3volts or higher. The voltage will make a difference in the sound quality that comes form your amp to your speakers. I would recommend the Pioneer-DEHP80MP cd player. It has 3 pre-outs that are 4-volts each. U can fine tune all your amp settings from this deck eliminating a crossover cause it has on built in. Hope this info helps u. From one basshead to all others keep it cranked. Remember "If It's Too Loud, Than Your To Old"


Written By metalmatt, St Charles, MO on Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I have 2 of these in a Q logic box powered by a MRP-M350. I couldn't be happier with them. Blew my rear view right off! I dig these over the Type R's. Great buy!

1 awsome sub

Written By JD, Big Lake, Alaska on Sunday, December 04, 2005

This is 1 LOUD sub.It also sounds better than others twice the price.I bought mine in march 2005 and it's still pounding clean and hard.Hooked to it now is a cheap amp that pushes about 200 watts bridged RMS,but i'm getting a rockford that will push 250 watts RMS.I built my owne(sealed)box,the biggest the owners manuel said I could.If You buy a box,get the type 3 Q-logic and this sub will POUND HARD!!!I think my setup is just as loud as my frends 8 inch kicker L7 ran at 300 watts.Buy this or any alpine sub and you will be happy(just remeber to match with an amp between 200 and 300 watts RMS power and you won't blow it).

alpine 12

Written By sala, wyoming,oh on Friday, October 07, 2005

i have these alpine's hooked up to a 1000 watt kenwood amp ,and these thing are incredible. my mom said that can here me all over the neighborhood with these speakers. i highly recommend these subs to anyone who just starting off with a bass system

Best Subs for the money

Written By Bobbake4, Plymouth, MI on Monday, October 03, 2005

I bought these subs about a month ago and at first i had them hooked up to a sony 1200 watt amp but they sounded bad cause there wasnt enough power but then i got a new kenwood amp 900 watt max power and they sound great the best subs i ever had. really clear and can handel the power great.

Very nice.

Written By Pat, Souderton, PA on Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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I've recently installed these in my friends 2000 malibu and boy do they bang. These subs loosened his bolt that holds his rear view mirror and that thing rattles right off. There amazing if you can power them right. They are power hungry subs and for some reason idk but how people say they have the alpine 350 it is not loud at all he boughtthatamp and I talked to a sales rep at crutchfield and they say if you have it passed .5 gain it could burn the coils. With my amp these things bang. I highly recommend these things to anyone and since i heard these things im going to be getting 2 pair for the back of my jimmy. :)

Very nice subs

Written By M-tizzle, goose creek, sc on Wednesday, September 21, 2005

I have 2 of these 12" subs in a 1991 jimmy hooked up with a 920 kenwood amp in a sealed box and 1 farad cap, they sound great even through all of the frequencys. weather i play rap, rock, classical or otherwise they are great speakers and for the price you just can't beat it. i am planning on adding 2 or 3 more to my truck. I set off too many car alarms to count. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

great sub for the price

Written By zac, NewMartinsville,WV on Friday, September 09, 2005

I bought a pair of these subs and hooked them up to a alpine m-350 amp and,these thing slam.I put them in a Q logic box.these are great subs for the price.They rattle my whole truck.I cant turn them up all the way and sit in the truck.I only have my amp turned up half way.I am very pleased with them.GREAT SUBS.

amazing bass for the price

Written By Matt, hadley, ma on Wednesday, August 10, 2005

I bought a pair of these during Crutchfield's Christmas sale, and considering I only had to spend $100 for two of these, you cannot find a better deal for the amount of bass this things produces. I've got them hooked up to two Profile amps and according to my brother you can hear me coming a minute before I even get in the driveway. These won't provide earth-shattering bass like a Type R or X might, but they'll still make your car, and your head, bump. If you don't want to spend a lot of money on subs, these are the perfect choice for you.

these lil suckers

Written By zackary gallagher, phx on Saturday, July 09, 2005

hey i have two of these subs hooked up to a v12 alpine mono block pushin 600 watts rms more or less, i think these are alright subs but am not that happy with my decision i think i am replacing them with boston g2's in the near future


Written By civic96lx, Carmel, IN on Friday, July 08, 2005

Oh snap, the sub be tite and off the chain. I play rap and hip hop on this sub and does it do an outstanding job doing it. The sub is durable and the thing is just tite. I recommend this sub for anyone starting out or get a couple like my bro is doing for the car hes getting. he can't even drive yet and hes figuring out how to make a system for his car from this site! GET THE SUB SO TITE! ABSOLUTLY AMAZING SUB RAP OR NOT! GGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT IIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These things pound

Written By Vinny, Saratoga Springs, New York on Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Very impressed, very loud, i have 2 12's hooked up to an Alpine Mrp-M350 amp in my Ford Explorer Sport Trac and you can here them blocks away. They are so loud that the other day i was pulled over and was givin a warning cause of the loudness. Highly reccomend these to everyone.

Simply GREAT!

Written By Greg, waterford, MI on Sunday, June 05, 2005

These subs are amazing for the price i have them hooked up to a power acoustic 1000 watt amp and they hit very nice. I have them in a Q logic sealed and ported box and they are amazing i wouldnt ask for anything mroe

These things pump

Written By GhettoLife, Green Bay, WI on Sunday, May 01, 2005

I bought 2 of these subs and put them in my Volvo station wagon and they hit hard. I have them hooked up in a sealed box to the MRP-M350 Alpine amp. They have a very clean sound. I wouldn't say I'm underpowering them but I know that if you hooked up a bigger amp or possibly 2 of the MRP-350 (1 amp per sub) it would pump louder. I'm for sure not disatisfied with how they sound with one amp powering both subs considering I'm not really sure what more power you would really want from your subs, but if you want to these subs could handle more. For $150 for both subs it was definitely a steal. I love my 12 inch pounders : )


Written By big wil, Aiken, SC on Thursday, April 28, 2005

hey i just bought these speakers from my local audio shop and i am very impressed with the results. i have 2 being pushed by a 900 watt amp and wow they thump SUPER HARD!! i would say that this is a very good buy for any body.

Nice Bump

Written By CourtJest187, FRISCO,TX on Tuesday, April 26, 2005

I just put 2 of these into my mazda 626 running them on a Kendwood KAC 800 watt amp and they bump for get a nice clean sounding bass and a good quality speaker for the price you pay!!!

I am impressed!

Written By Mark, Seattle, Wa on Tuesday, April 19, 2005

I am a very new to car audio. I did a lot of research on what would fit with my personality and my car. I listen to Techno, Dance, Trance, and heavily remixed music. It was important that I get a sound that was nothing less then great. I also wanted a product name I could trust. I purchased one of these woofers and hooked it to a Sony XM-D500X 250W x1 Amp (mono amp). I drive a 00 Ford Focus 4dr sedan. I also did the install myself (again I am VERY NEW to car audio). I was so pleased at the detail Alpine puts into there products. The subwoofer has a nice rubber gasket that covers those ugly screw heads and gives an excellent finish look.

The only reason I gave it 4 out 5 stars is this. Being so new to the car audio world I would have liked more from Alpine on how to mount the subwoofer, and some mounting screws, at the least offered the size screws and type.

Would you believe that I checked 100's of web sites (litteraly), and no one offered anything more then "Now mount the subwoofer the the box." well duh!

Other then that is was easy as 1,2,3.


Written By Jim, Framingham, ma on Sunday, April 03, 2005

these subs are nasty i have them in a sealed box hooked up to an alpine mrv-t420......they hit hard!!!i recommend these for anyone quality at a wicked good price

what i call BANG for the buck!

Written By David, Edinburg, TX on Thursday, March 31, 2005

This is my first set of subs and let me tell you that they hit HARD. Theyre in a custom ported box and hooked up to a DB platinum series PD300 amp...nuff said!! Theyre in the trunk of a little 2 door grand am and the thing shakes and rattles like crazy!!

These Subs Are Perfect!

Written By Peter, Lancaster, OH on Wednesday, March 30, 2005

I purchased 2 of these subs from Crutchfield, and let me tell you this was my greatest purchase from them. These subs are so loud that my neighbors constantly complain that my music is way too loud. I have them wired up to a 2000 watt amp. They are only running on 500 watts though. The extra power was too much for them and they sounded like they were going bust only after a minute of playing. My friend does installation on many cars and he has heard and owns many car systems, and he told me that mine was possibly the best one he has ever heard. When I park outside the windows in my house vibrate emensly. Let me tell you, if you want ear drum busting loud subs, then these are the exact subs that you want to get.

awsome sound

Written By Josh, Temecula, Ca on Friday, March 25, 2005

I bought these subs on crutchfield after I had heard them in the store and when I heard them in the store I couldnt get over how tight and detailed the bass was. That was the thing that sold me on them. It wasnt just sound, it was clear, clean sound. I put them into a sealed 1.3 cu ft enclosure that my friend and I made. Unfourtunately just when I bought them my amp went out and my reciever has an optional built in low pass filter that I engaged and now (until i get a replacement) they are hooked up sraight into the reciever and they still hit really hard (with somewhat less quality sound) however I would still definitely recommend getting an amp for them. I love these subs!

$250 Performance at a $90 price tag!

Written By Raymond, Baltimore, MD on Thursday, March 24, 2005

I had 2 of these installed in a sealed Q-Logic medium size box. They were hooked up to the $200 Alpine 350 watt MONO Subwoofer amp and the subs were wired in parallel for a 2ohm load. This setup gave each sub 175 Watts RMS of power. These subs hit HARD and Accurate! This setup could be heard all the way up the street! It rattled the windows in my house when I parked out front.
Highly recomended! You will not be dissapointed!

When I bought this speaker, I didn't know what to expect

Written By Ken, SE Florida on Friday, March 18, 2005

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Knowing Alpine was quality stuff (And Crutchfield would take it back if I didn't like it) I figured I'd give it a try for the price. I mounted it in a QLogic type 1 sealed box and hooked it up to a Profile 300 watt amp (Both of which I also purchased here). Let me tell you, this thing POUNDS in the trunk of my GT convertible! I could not beleive the performance from this speaker. I would have paid twice the price for this performance. Needless to say, I'm keeping it and am VERY satisfied.

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What's in the box?

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  • One 12" subwoofer
  • Type-E Subwoofer Application Guide (English/French)
  • Warranty card
  • Customer Care Registration card

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Enclosure Compatibility
Manual Correction


Kevlar Reinforced Pulp Cone: This Alpine Type-E subwoofer has a Kevlar reinforced pulp cone. Kevlar adds strength and tear resistance to the woofer cone while maintaining the benefits of a pulp cone design.

Santoprene Rubber Surround: The high-excursion 3/4" Santoprene rubber surround is durable and resistant to the elements, resulting in a very reliable performance. The surround is specially designed to resist deformation that is common in woofers with wide surrounds. This design gives the surround more control over the woofer cone to reduce distortion and possible driver failure.

Dual Progressive Nomex Spiders: This subwoofer has dual Nomex spiders for added stability and mechanical durability. The custom progressive roll gives the woofer a longer, more linear stroke with maximum centering and restoring force. Special edge control design and Nomex construction provide excellent tear resistance, strength and long-term reliability.

Gasket Cover: Alpine uses a Concealed Mount Gasket System to cover the mounting screws for a clean look.

Custom High Strength Steel Basket: The frame is custom stamped from high strength steel.

Bumped Back Plate and Extended Vented Pole Piece: This woofer combines a bumped back plate and an extended pole piece, giving it a nearly 1" peak-to-peak cone excursion. This extra long cone movement provides a higher bass output.

Enclosure Compatibility

Sealed Box Volume: The sealed box sizes recommended by Alpine range from 0.8 cu/ft to 1.7 cu/ft.

Manual Correction

Frequency Response: The manual lists the frequency response as "Fs-1 kHz" (Fs=Free Air Resonance frequency). According to Alpine, the actual frequency response is 28 Hz to 1 kHz.

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