Originally Posted by black_friday
I am gonna go as close to a db drag box as I can without losing all sound quality.
And here is a key to subs. If your goal is vibration at levels of sound impossible for the ear to discern (Hearing is a tricky thing and you cant hear Mghz that low, but the vibration synced with what you do hear makes you assume you actually hear it) I digress; than ya, Boxs will attenuate this end of music.
I listen to music that keys on guitars and synth keyboards that wail at the other end of the audio spectrum and clarity at louder volumes to enjoy it is crucial. Sub Boxes tend to defeat this and in every system I ever heard, detract from this genre of music. Artists like SRV, Clapton, Hendrix, Malsteen, Slash, Zack Wilde, Page, Kirk Hammet, Beck, etc. dont compose, record, or engineer music designed to replicate signals condusive for sub boxes. So what you are trying to compare is apples and oranges. For my tastes a free air, lower powered sub between the rear speakers is ideal. It brings out what the OEM system cant replicate without sound quality loss. I found myself turning down the volume of the stock system and easing the equalizer setting after installing the sub and further helping quality.
I see so many systems built for "shock and awe" that for other than pound, basically suck for clarity, quality, and signal/noise ratio. If that leaves you grinning, itz all good. For myself if I want to intimidate, I rather turn my wheel slightly to to left at a light and leave rubber chunks against a ricers driver'* door. Then nitrous and wave bye bye. Listening to Deep Purple'* "Highway Star"