I'm currently running a pair of 15" Punch power DVC's but I guess I'm just bored with them and looking for a different bass setup.
What other old school subs should I be looking for?
Brands and such maybe from the 90's era of car audio.
Maybe more SQ oriented than the Powers?
I have an Xtant mono channel of a 3300c that I can utilize, up to a Rubicon 1002 for power.
I'm just kind of at a loss for subs though.
I can't remember anything else from that period...
The subs mentioned were geared more for spl than sq IMO. Out of all the subs I've heard back in the day these are my favorite:
JBL GTi series - These are very hard hitting, accurate, musical, and loud. Really the best of everything. They like 200-300 watts. The bad thing is that they require large ported boxes. They do well in infinite baffle too. I have a 1000GTi and it is my favorite sub.
Rockford Fosgate Audiophile - I have a couple of the first get 10's. They are very musical. The first gen 10's need 1.2ft ported enclosures, but the 2nd gens like smaller sealed boxes. They don't take a lot of power though. One day I will try mine in an isobaric setup.
Oz Audio - The "superman" subs were super clean and musical. Very smooth sound and you can't hear the air movement on the cone. I want to get one for myself at some point.
1st gen Kicker Solobaric -Very efficient. Very small enclosure. Super hard hitting. Likes a lot of power. Not as musical as the others, but super tight and accurate.
I had never associated JBL with SQ... I'll look into those.
Those Rockfords are hard to come by and if I recall they fetch a pretty high dollar but I'll keep an eye out.
The Solobarics I remember, if you are talking about the ones that came out with the concave dust.cap and swirl logo design. I kind of always wanted some of those as a kid.
Never heard of Oz Audio before.
How about the Alumapros? I think they were called Alchemy or something?
Yeah, JBL usually stands for "Junk but loud", but the old GTI's are the exception. Those made the biggest impression on me and are still my favorite.
The Audiophiles are hard to come by and are probably my least favorite out of the ones I mentioned.
Here is a link to a Oz Audio sub: VERY RARE OLD SCHOOL Oz Audio subwoofer 250H SuperMan logo 10" New In Box!!! | eBay
I'm sure others can chime in on how good these subs are.
If you want something that had tremendous output and be accurate....and believe me I only say this because thats what they're known for since any sub can be made to play accurate with the correct enclosure.....Soundstream Exact series.
And of course the JL W6...excellent subs that are very similar in performance to the Exact series.
I'd like to add the Boston Acoustics Pro series to the mix as well as the Orion Carbon NT's.
I was going to mention the Lanzars, but others beat me to it. Old school Lanzars LPs used to show up all the time on feeBay a couple of years ago, I used to buy them NOS at a great price and horde them only to sell to friends, but they are hard to find these days.
I'll bump this one up by saying that Alumapro subs are an excellent SQ choice. The alchemiy subs are a top notch SQ driver and are some of my #1 favorite subs of all time. They are really hit and miss because they do not get loud enough for most people, but it will be hard to beat their SQ when properly installed.
I'll second that, I'm running a Boston Pro 10.5LF pair; nice for rock fans, they're amazingly fast with a good double-bass heavy rock track. If you're looking for SPL, maybe not so much. I'm over 30 now though so they're perfect for me.
Loved my 15W6 trio back in the day also. Didn't happen without pics so boom goes the dynamite, welcome back to 1998: