A Sub For Any Occasion
Putting Boston Acoustics' G2 sub to the test
The clean, no-nonsense look of the G2 fit in well the understated theme in my trunk, while still hitting harder than your average sub.
Right out of the box, I was impressed with the Boston Acoustics G2 subwoofer. It just looked and felt like a high-quality sub. The G2 offers a sturdy, dual-magnet design, vents for increased cooling to handle high power, and an integrated gasket that makes for a sure seal when mounting it in a box. The simple design means there are no chrome accents, crazy basket designs, or flashing lights — my type of sub.
The double-stacked magnet structure, dual fuses, and spring loaded terminals are signs that these subs are designed to perform.
I chose the 12-inch dual-voice coil setup so that I could wire it for a 2-ohm load and milk a little more power from my amp. Boston makes wiring this sub extremely easy with their SureSet technology. This system uses two fuses mounted on the side of the sub at the wire terminals for selecting your impedance, and offers added protection against pushing too much power to the sub. Most dual voice coil subs simply have two sets of wire terminals, and it's up to the installer to figure out how to wire the system to get the desired impedance. On the G2, there are two spring loaded input terminals and proper fuse arrangement is clearly labeled, so there was no confusion when it came to matching the sub and amp for a 2-ohm load.
The fit and finish on the Boston Acoustics G2 gives it a classy look without being too over-the-top.
I tend to listen to a wide range of music, mostly centering around hip-hop and blues. I'm not a big fan of chest-rattling boom, so I like my beats to be nice and tight. For this reason, I loaded the G2 in a sealed enclosure with an internal volume of 1.0 cubic feet. Boston claims this sub is about as versatile as it gets, with the ability to cover a broad spectrum of music depending on what type and size of box you use. This makes it easy to change the G2's sound by simply porting or sealing your enclosure, almost like having two different styles of sub in one package. I immediately liked the fact that the 12-inch G2 required such a small enclosure, as trunk space is something I value.
The DVC G2 can handle an advertised 300 watts of power continuously, so I decided to go for broke and feed it just that. I started by giving the sub about 200 watts for around 6-8 hours, just to make sure everything was properly broken in. After some light duty, I cranked my amp up to 300 watts to really see if the G2 was up to the challenge. I started with some conservative music, pushing the G2 through the range of bass on The Black Crowes "Amorica" album. The sub responded well, delivering responsive bass that wasn't too boomy. The tight bass riffs on the blues-and-rock styled tracks came through clearly, and the sub added just the right amount of depth to make the music rich and powerful.
Next up was The Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Question the Answers," an album that features a little more up-tempo bass. The tight drum and bass riffs came though clear, and the G2 was able to keep up with the frantic beat on all the tracks. It also did well with the quick transitions in beat on "Sad Silence" with no lag in response and no annoying booming.
The sturdy surround and stiff cone made the G2 reproduce my music with a tight, accurate sound.
Now that I knew the G2 could deliver a tight sound, I wanted to know just how low it would go. I threw Talib Kweli's "The Beautiful Struggle" in my deck and from the first track, the G2 did a great job. "Going Hard" features more of a traditional rock riff, but with a heavy bass line. I was impressed at how well I could really feel the beat through the G2. While it wasn't earth-shattering, it did hit hard enough to please my bass-hungry roommate riding shotgun. I pushed the envelope even more with "A Game," which features a hard-hitting bass line with a more traditional club beat. Again, the G2 was responsive, but didn't deliver the boom quite as much as I would have liked. This is, of course, a matter of personal preference, and it probably could be rectified with a vented box. Overall, the G2 ran through varied bass lines on the album with ease and an impressive range for a sub marketed as "entry level."
Lots of bass while retaining plenty of space: The small, simple enclosure allowed the G2 to make a big impact on my music, while leaving me plenty of room to toss all my gear in my trunk.
Boston's G2 lived up to its billing as a versatile sub. I was impressed with the fact that it was not only able to handle different styles of music, but that it did it well. There are subs out there that can reproduce different types of music, but you give up a little quality to get that range. Not so with the G2. There was little extra room for hitting the extended, deep lows found in some hip-hop, but again, this could be just a matter of changing enclosure styles. There isn't too much more left in the G2 to get that low, trunk rattling sound some people love, but a ported enclosure certainly would have added to the boom factor.
As with any sub, it's a good idea to give it as much power as is allowed by its maximum RMS power handling number. The G2 handled 300 watts easily, and left me wondering if maybe Boston was more than a little conservative when coming up with that number. In any case, the G2 gave me what I wanted: tight, responsive bass that can handle my varied music library. I like the clean, simple looks and versatility, and I can easily see the G2 finding a permanent home in my trunk.