I would like to give my impressions of a Stereo Integrity's 12 Mag v3
because that fact is there isn't much out there for the new re-released
model. I am by no means an expert in audio but I have gotten to listen to
many main stream sub setups like the JLW7, W6, TW5, all of Alpines
offerings, Fi BTL and Team subs, Skar Audio's offerings, Soundqubed, and
Memphis Audio as well. The JL W6 being the most comparable.
Now for a little background, I have had this sub for a couple of months now
in my 97 Acura CL which is my daily driver and it is blending great with the
rest of my equipment in this car. I went more towards a budget build finding
deals were I could and trading some equipment for other pieces as well.
Source unit is a Clarion CZ702 running to an Audio Systems X-Ion 70.6. On
the first 4 channels of the 70.6 I have HAT Imagine 6.5 set and the 5 and 6
channels are bridged together running the SI 12 Mag v3. All of it is being
ran active with the CZ702 and man I can't be more happy with the $100 spenton that head unit.
Now for the 12 Mag v3, this subwoofer is fantastic. I have it in a 1.75 ft3
enclosure tuned to 33hz off of 380wrms. I am totally blown away with how
natural sounding and transparent this sub can be and how rowdy it gets the
next. Now I loved my 12W6v2 and before owning the Mag v3 I still consider
that sub to be in my top 3 of all time cause I beat the hell out of it and
it just took it like a champ now I'm not so sure.
Now for a little breakdown.
Listening habits: Rock/classic rock mainly and R&B when my wife is in the
Atomship- Agent Orange, around the end of the song there is a huge bass linein this song and actually sounds like a 40hz test tone. I use this to see
how well a sub can produce that tone at a high volume. Its surprising how
many can't without sounding strained specially going right into kick drums
immediately after. Mag v3 handled it perfectly.
Guns and Roses-Civil War, just a great classic rock song that isn't bass
heavy but I have found on less quality subs they can really stand out in the
song and make it sound sloppy. The Mag v3 just kept up with kick drums and
really re-enforced the mids to sound really natural, like being at the
Lorde- Royals, bass line can sound really odd in this song with a lesser
quality sub again the Mag v3 blended effortlessly
There are so many other songs out there but those are the ones that stand out to me the most.
Performance: The Mag v3 is every bit the sub that the W6v2 was.
Price: I don't think I could ever justify the price of the W6 again while
the Mag v3 is on the market, it's a third of the price!
Verdict: I don't think I could recommend a better subwoofer if space isn't
an issue, the enclosure is large and that maybe is the only downfall to this
sub, but I would be willing to sacrifice the room. For the folks out there
that have bass head tendencies like I do but also like a clean sounding sub
this is the ticket. Thanks for reading and all comments are welcome.