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Old 05-31-2006, 09:32 AM   #1
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Under-the-seat Subaru subwoofer

Not sure if anyone cares, but if you're looking for a compact subwoofer that will fit under the seat of your 4Runner, you may want to consider the Subaru factory subwoofer. It is rated at 120 watts and adds quite a bit of range to an otherwise boring factory car audio system. After hearing my girlfriend's new Subaru Outback audio system with this little subwoofer, I may pick one up for myself. They go for around $110 on ebay.

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Old 05-31-2006, 09:34 AM   #2
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thats an interesting idea
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:05 AM   #3
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Is this a self-powered sub, or do you need a seperate amp?
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How big is the box?

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The unit has a built-in amplifier and based on what I've read on the some of the Subaru forums, those with aftermarket headunits are still able to use the Subie sub. haha--say that twice; "subie sub."

I will measure the box but certainly it will fit under the driver's seat.
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Thanks for this info. Just purchased it on eBay for $99 shipped. Not bad. I'll write a little review once it's installed.

Btw, if any of you need pinout info for this sub, visit this site: link.
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someone should buy my scion HU to go with it
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wow, that was fast! You don't mess around.

I will try and get measurements from the Outback tonight.

BTW, totally off-topic, but this is such a sweet car. 250 hp turbocharged flat-4, AWD, 5-speed manual, black on black leather interior...all things that make me happy.
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on the weekend i was in an sti with 27k in parts, 500hp at the crank, it was dangerous fast
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Thanks for this info. Just purchased it on eBay for $99 shipped. Not bad. I'll write a little review once it's installed.

Btw, if any of you need pinout info for this sub, visit this site: link.
Head's up for people looking to mess with this... from the ScoobyMods link:
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...and the speaker is NOT a paper cone. It needs about 6 volts of input signal to produce full output with the gain set up full. It's be easy to modify that for another 5-10db of gain so it could be driven from preamp outputs, but I'd also have to change the load resistors, as it has about 680 ohms resistance and will load down a preamp output drive.
That means it wants to see SPEAKER levels at the inputs, not LINE levels.

Most head units will be pushing line level out of the "SUBWOOFER" jack on the back.

You could parallel the sub into your rear speakers, but with a 680ohm input impedance, that's going to drastically reduce the output level from the rears. It also means that you'll lose any crossover and highpass filter control that may be a part of your head unit.
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it's a POS...

i sat in a wrx with their upgraded sound package and i dont it's worth.

the only thing powering this is a single harness to the oem headunit. so i dont know much of the 120 watts you are really getting with this...
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I had one in my Pathfinder. IMO, junk. Get a Basslink.
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It won't compare to a basslink however it sounds considerably better than what's in my 2000 4Runner now. I need every bit of space for roadtrips (the times I want to listen to the stereo most), so it's an under the seat sub or nothing for me.

I am short on time at the moment but will read midiwall's post later.

Dimensions as promised: 10 x 8.25 x 2 inches.
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It won't compare to a basslink however it sounds considerably better than what's in my 2000 4Runner now. I need every bit of space for roadtrips (the times I want to listen to the stereo most), so it's an under the seat sub or nothing for me.

I am short on time at the moment but will read midiwall's post later.

Dimensions as promised: 10 x 8.25 x 2 inches.

Dude, seriously- go with a JL Stealthbox if all you want is some extra oomph without losing serious space. You'd be surprised how good they sound in 4Runners. Used to sell them all the time because they didn't sacrifice usable space. Will run you about $4-500 but well worth it. And less painful than f'ing with impedance matching for that Subie thing...

http://mobile.jlaudio.com/products_s...hp?fit_id=1421
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It won't compare to a basslink however it sounds considerably better than what's in my 2000 4Runner now. I need every bit of space for roadtrips (the times I want to listen to the stereo most), so it's an under the seat sub or nothing for me.

I am short on time at the moment but will read midiwall's post later.

Dimensions as promised: 10 x 8.25 x 2 inches.
I'm in a kinda same situation. This subwoofer will go into my wife's van. And with a two-month old on board and the stuff that goes along with him when we travel, a subwoofer that takes a large amount of space is just a luxury we can't have.

Sure it probably wouldn't compare with or would be junk if compared to other subwoofers, but like paddlenbike said it would be better than no subwoofer at all. I can't really say anything for a fact until it's installed.
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I considered the JLaudio but then I loose convienient access to the rear storage compartment where I keep my tow hitch & pins, tow strap, code reader, rags, etc. I also managed to stuff the area under the rear seat with jumper cables and yet more recovery equipment, so if I loose the rear storage, this stuff will have to sit out. Under the driver's seat is the only room I seem to have.

There is another alternative, the Clarion SRV303:


Just want to add a little punch to your bass without a lot of booming and shaking? Clarion's SRV303 powered subwoofer combines a 7" speaker with a built-in 64-watt amplifier in a super-compact ported enclosure. It'll go places where a normal sub won't fit (under the front seat of your small car, for instance), and it'll add new impact and authority to your system.

The low-pass filter lets you adjust the bass to fit your vehicle, while the phase switch maximizes the sub's performance. You can hook up this versatile unit in any car, thanks to its preamp- and speaker-level inputs. And, if you like to adjust your bass on the fly, the control panel is detachable and comes with a 16-foot cable for remote use.

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die-cast aluminum ported enclosure
7" subwoofer
detachable control panel with cable (contains gain, crossover, and phase controls)
built-in amplifier (64 watts RMS/120 peak)
preamp- and speaker-level inputs
low-pass filter (selectable at 50/75/100/120Hz)
frequency response 30-200 Hz
13-5/8"W x 2-15/16"H x 9-1/8"D1 x 9-1/8"D2
warranty: 1 year
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Here's is what I just installed last week.
When adjusted properly, it fills out the sound pretty well.
It will not attract attention at a stoplight.

I may cover the MDF with carpet if some falls in my lap.

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^^^
Kenwood KSC-SW1. Nice. It gets good reviews on Crutchfield's website. I wrote down the dimensions to see where I can squeeze it. I may relocate the tire jack and see if it will fit under the rear seat.

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I installed a few of those kenwood selfamped subs. If you dont ask much output from them, they get the job done. However dont expect concert level volumes (or anywhere near that)...
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Everyone talks about putting those small subbs under the front seats, but I want to know if an amp will fit under the front seat. I have a '06 4runner and there are small air ducts under the front seats. I am just looking for some place to hide the amps. Oh, by the way, I am thinking of going with the JL stealthbox.
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