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Re: 2008 Toyota Sequoia KISS Build Log
Time for an update! In the everlasting quest for SQ bliss, it is time to finally replace the last remaining component from the first iteration of this build: my beloved Image Dynamics IDQ10v.2 subwoofer. This sub sounds so good in my application that I really didn’t think I would ever replace it. And I was tempted several times by a Morel Ultimo 10, JL 10TW3, Sundown SD-2, and Stereo Integrity BMmkIV. But each time I was ready to pull the trigger the IDQ just kept pulling me back in with its musicality and transparency. On many occasions SQ people that have heard my truck over the last 5 years have told me that I had excellent sub-bass to mid-bass transition. I owe an awful lot of that to how well controlled the IDQ is. The Fs of the IDQ is something like 21Hz, insanely low for a 10. It works in enclosures from .3-.6 cubes and sounds amazing. It is truly my favorite sub– actually it’s a tie with my Infinity Beta 12s which will get buried with me, lol. I’ve had the IDQ powered by amps from Zuki, Lunar, Steg, and Tru and it handles all of them with ease. Just a great, great, sub.
Anyway, so what sub finally made me pull the trigger and uninstall the IDQ after 5 glorious years in my passenger footwell?? It was pm’s with Eric Stevens over a year or so and meeting / conversing with Matt Borgardt since CES this year that brought me on board for the OnCore SM10! So I didn’t really leave the ID lineage. This SM10 is like an IDQ10 brought into modern times and given performance-enhancing drugs. I’ll just say I’m a very happy fella. Initial listening impressions below the pictures.
In case you forgot, my sub is here:
Here is the IDQ in all her glory:
And the packaging for the OnCore SM10. It is shipped mounted to a board!:
Several comparison shots vs. the IDQ:
Now some of the SM10’s beefy ass. This is a heavy little sub:
My only critique at this point is that I wish the binding posts had a little larger opening. It was tricky to get true 12GA wire in there without fraying. It sure beats the .250″ spades on the IDQ though:
It fits into the mounting hole I made for the IDQ without modification, yay! The screw holes from the IDQ could not be reused because the SM10 has a larger O.D. In fact this thing measures more like an 11″ sub than a 10″ one. (sounds like it too ):
…and done. Please excuse my dirty floor mat.
Initial listening impression: WOW!!!!!!!! I thought I had quality bass before, but this is just unreal. Even my wife was impressed, and she’s an old-school hip-hop bass-lover (she’s the one driving around with the Beta 12s everyday, lol). The IDQ had mean kick and punch, but below 32Hz or so was there, but not there. I was really relying on cabin gain. Now the SM10 seems to have pushed the low-end frequency response down by 20Hz and I’m getting punch and extension. I was feeling my pants legs move in ways I haven’t felt since…wait, what was I saying? Oh… In no way have I ever heard something classified as a 10″ sub sound quite like this.
Alas it’s not broken in yet, so I’ll hold off on my critical review for a few weeks, but my first impression to Matt and the team at OnCore is .
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