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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 2017, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Underseat sub

Am looking to increase the bass from my Kenwood stereo in the R53. Which underseat subwoofers have owners fitted to their Gen 1 cars? I have a pre-out from the head unit and want to connect to an active sub fitted under the seat.

I am looking at Kenwood and Pioneer units and would appreciate any feedback on these or other speakers.


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Hi nobbyclark. Not got an underseat sub, have one like this http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/jl-audio-cp108lg-w3v3 in the boot. Its neat n tidy and very punchy.

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Hi,
I had an R50 with a great hifi system that sounded awesome which I fitted myself.
The sub wasn't an under seat model, as you can see from my pictures, it's the JL Audio stealth sub specifically designed for the 1st gen Mini.
It has a 10'' driver and sounds incredible and I still had usable boot space!
I had three Pioneer PRS-D800 digital amps, one bridged into mono to drive the sub, the other two driving front & rear speakers.
Pioneer DEH-P88RSll head-unit, Pioneer CDX-P670 6-disc CD changer, Focal 165KR2 front speakers and Hertz HCX690 6x9's in the rear.
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Looks like a neat install. Still looking to go the underseat route as it will involve less panel removal.

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wow looks really cool that's what i looking for to do on mine
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Thanks for the nice comments, I really enjoyed doing it, it came out just like I had hoped.
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Depends on what you want but underseat subs aren't very good compared to a proper 10/12" in a box. A decent pair of 6.5"s in the front and 6x9's in the rear will match most under seat subs I know of. They need to be driven by a decent amp. I used Focal fronts and Genesis P69 subs in the rear. I couldn't improve on them until I went for a JL10W6 in a custom made box and used the P69's to bolster the mid bass. All my experience is based on using reasonable volume i.e. I am no bass head.

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Not really after gut punching bass, just a bit more than the standard speakers can deliver. Also don't want to take up any of the limited boot space, hence why I was looking at underseat units.

I spend most of the time with the volume turned down as I like the sound of the engine/supercharger/exhaust too much!

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