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Helix PP7E Compact Sub

Vented enclosure with two 7" subwoofers

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    PP7E subwoofer with PP50DSP processor

  • Helix PP7E Compact Sub

    Subwoofer in Helix upgrade system

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by Buck Pomerantz
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Bass made for the Plug and Play system

Helix makes the PP7E subwoofer to deliver great bass when you upgrade your vehicle's factory sound system with a PP50DSP processor and amplifier. The PP7E rocks with twin 7" subs in a vented enclosure that's compact enough to fit in most vehicles, yet strong enough to broadcast some impressive bass.

Proprietary cable included

The PP7E comes with a 15.75-foot PP-SC4 cable that connects the sub to your PP50DSP processor. You'll need the cable to connect this enclosure, since its two subs contain four separate voice coils, each powered by its own amp channel in the processor.

Helix Plug and Play upgrade system

The Helix PP7E subwoofer works with the PP50DSP
processor and a vehicle-specific harness (not shown).

Highlights:

  • subwoofer for Helix plug and Play system upgrade
  • two 7" DVC 2-ohm subwoofers
  • vented enclosure
  • includes 15.75-foot (4.8 m.) PP-SC4 cable for connection to PP50DSP
  • power handling: up to 200 watts RMS (400 watts peak power)
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • 10-11/16" x 12-1/4" x 11-7/16"
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

  • Ported hatchback style enclosure with two subwoofers installed
  • 16' PP-SC 4 cable
  • 4 Steel grille rods

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Features

Overview: The PP 7E subwoofer is designed as an easy addition to the HELIX PP50 DSP plug and play digital signal processor/amplifier. The included PP-SC 4 cable connects the proprietary input terminal on the PP 7E to the subwoofer port on the PP50 DSP. The PP50 DSP powers the PP 7E subwoofer and is required for its use.

Driver Size: HELIX describes the size of the two subwoofers as 7" on their web site and on a sticker on the back of the enclosure. On the packing box they are described as 6-1/2". The speakers' frame diameter is similar to 6-3/4" car speakers.

Impedance: Both subwoofers have dual 2Ω voice coils. Each of the four voice coils is wired separately to the proprietary Molex input terminal.

 
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3 out of 5

Insufficient Bass Range or Volume

Written By ahthurungnone, Jackson, MI on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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- Did I notice an improvement in bass volume? Yes. However, the bass adjustment must still be above nominal to really hear it. - Did I notice a difference in range? Yes. However, you can tell that these small speakers have a very difficult time reaching below the 80dB range. As the pitch drops, so does the volume. this system automatically filters out sounds below 100dB and saves these lower notes for the sub. - Conclusion: All my other car audio systems are entirely pre-amped and typically cost 4 times the amount of this system. With that said, the ONLY reason to go this avenue is if you MUST save the stock stereo. Otherwise, you are much better off to purchase a new head unit, amps, and aftermarket subs and speakers. The sound will be clearer and the bass much more responsive. In addition, the separate bass speakers are barely enough to fill a small truck cab. If you installed the sub in a car trunk, you couldn't probably hear it whatsoever.
Pros:
Ease of Installation, Size
Cons:
Volume, Range
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By SteveG, Colville, WA on Monday, September 30, 2013
 
I love this sub, it offers clear sound and is so easy to install. I love the fact that the specialized cable keeps the power and audio neat and clean looking.
Pros:
Easy to install, clear sound, sturdy box
Cons:
Not enough amp selection due to the pro proprietary cable.
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4 out of 5

Great sound!

Written By Rick, Barre, Vermont on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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I would recommend this to a friend. I purchased the Helix PP50DSP and later added this subwoofer. I had a lot of problems with the PP50DSP, which I wrote about in my review of that item. This subwoofer provides solid punch to the low end.
Pros:
Reasonable cost, great sound, and easy installation with the plug and play harness.
Cons:
This product will not cause damage to your trunk from overpowering sound vibrations. People will not notice that your vehicle approaching from ten miles away. If you are looking for something like that, you will not be satisfied.
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1 question already asked

I have an 2009 ford fusion sel with 8 speaker audiophile sound system (factory) would this hook up to my factory cd player and still have the factory subs and amp work? [ cody  Mar 30, 2014 ]
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  • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Staff  Mar 31, 2014 ]

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