Originally Posted by hollatchaboy
I wouldn't go so far as to say you could totally get away with no substage with solid 8's in the doors. The 8's wouldn't really be able to play midbass and "sub bass" simultaneously. They would just end up sounding muddy and distorted, and really sound strained from trying to play too many frequencies. When you crossover a speaker it cuts down the frequencies played and puts less strain on it allowing it to play louder and less distorted. If you were to crossover 8's in the doors to play sub bass, then you could run components in kickpods at your feet, but then you're just adding more and more speakers but still not have great midbass like 8's give.
I respectfully disagree as I thought about this sorta thing at length and talked it over with a fellow Tundra owner who works in construction and needs to keep tools-n-stuff under his rear seat. This sort of guy doesn't want a reference-quality system, just something better than stock, and affordable.
If I wanted to do a sub-less setup in a Tundra (knowing full well that you can't ever "replace" a sub), I would the following:
- High-efficiency 8" subwoofers/midbass in the door low-passed at 150hz.
- 6.5" midrange in kick panels (beefed-up Q-logic's, for example) to get better imaging for male vocals, kick drums, etc.
- 3" full-range off the dash for the higher freq. vocals/instruments
You could power all this off one of the new-school small footprint 5-channel amps with onboard crossovers (fully-active) tucked away under the driver/passenger seat.
Even without an upgraded head-unit (get an Audiocontrol LC2i for example), this system would be very affordable, and given the right installation, would sound killer, imo. Best of all--there's virtually no cabin space lost.
Could it stand to have a subwoofer added to the mix to play down to 35 Hz? Absolutely!!!! But sadly, there's not a ton of space in these trucks and for the blue collar folks (which are A LOT of Tundra owners) who transport tools/workers, this would be a great solution.