I have owned classic cars for eons and over the years have driven Triumph Heralds, 2cv's (love them - had 3) and several others which eventually rusted away or were sold on to another collector.
My favourite vintage car has to be the humble Morris Minor (moggie) and the various models of this classic. I currently drive a Morris Traveller, 43 years of curvy history in a noisy and squeaky wood-clad shell. Mine is a work in progress on the outside but inside we have laid the back seat down to make it a small van. It has a wooden floor and a tongue and groove kingspan insulated ceiling instead of the manky headlining. The plan was to make it the worlds smallest campervan with room for a roll out bed, cooking stuff and a fire pit shoved under the floor where the spare wheel should be etc. I "was" tempted to shove a mini woodburner in there and a chimney with witches hat but the jury is out on that one!
We are lucky enough to live close to some of the best beaches in the UK - Cardigan Bay and Pembrokeshire are a short drive away, so we spend a lot of time there. I wanted an audio set up that would be loud enough to play when camping out on the beach with my daughter, and for playing loudly en route.
The inside of the moggie has lots of wood lining in the traveller and more so now it has been pimped..... I managed to track down 1960's chrome faced stereo and converted it so that it could connect to a phone or MP3 player. Now I needed some speakers.
Bearing in mind that all classic cars tend to be very noisy compared to modern cars, and that they also tend to be a tad damp inside (understatement), I needed something that would cope with both the racket from the engine and the fact that I could regularly grow several varieties of moss and lichen along the window frames inside the car. I shopped around, found these on offer and put out a word to my mechanic who raised an eyebrow and grunted. In translation, that actually meant "yes".
The stereo was wired in and two door speakers duly purchased. They sat unobtrusively in the front door cards of the moggie and looked very smart. The Kenwood sub-woofer was placed under the dash on the passengers side in an adapted box and I then ran two speakers to the back. Kenwood are a well known brand for electrical items so I was happy to buy this to sit alongside my door speakers and hanging "boat style" speakers in the back of the van part. I did not want to spend a fortune in a car that was still a bit of a leaky colander and this cost me £35.
This subwoofer packs a punch even over the noise of the engine. I do not run them from a head unit yet but that is something I will be looking into when the car is watertight ( if ever). The speaker is sturdy and well made in a black plastic casing and the wires are tightly soldered for durability. The bumph states that this is a 400w speaker (800 peak power ) and even without an amp, this very loud. Pootling along in a creaky old car that makes everybody who sees it smile, the Grateful Dead playing loudly as we drive to the nearby beaches of West Wales is a happy memory of rare sunny days for me.
With excellent volume without distortion and really rich bass, this sub-woofer sits beautifully with the style of music that I like and Reggae has never sounded so good. It definately enhances the sound from my other speakers which have lots of treble in the back, this balances it beautifully and I love music to be bass dominant. This sounds good with all of the music genres that I have tried and even subtle and mellow music sounds spine tingling and moving. I listen to a lot of singer songwriter stuff ( Nick Drake, John Martyn etc) and you can hear the squeaks on the strings of the guitar as it is played up the neck, something that can get lost easily at home. I guess the enclosed space of a car helps with that too.
This however could very easily be used inside the house when mounted in an mdf or recycled speaker casing should you want a loud speaker woofer unit to compliment your existing seperates system.
* Injection polypropylene cone woofer
* Rubberised protection over the wires: great for leaky old cars!
* Maximum sound power of 400 W (800 W peak power) for excellent acoustic sound.
* 300mm sub-woofer suitable for sealed / ported band pass type enclosure
* Well build and strong construction
* Super sound quality, rich bass
* Peak input power 800W.
* Mounting depth 139mm
* Silver plated terminals
* High-roll urethane surround
All in all this was an excellent buy and a great price for something that can create so much noise!
I recommend it fully and this gets 5 stars from the Spiritwood household (and the slightly rusty Morris Traveller )
When you think of quality audio, Kenwood has to be in your top five. For car audio it's top. This model, the KFC W112s is up there with the best.
This subwoofer is a meaty 200 watt with a maximum 800 watt power input. It is styled in black with the Kenwood logo over the cone, and has silver plated terminals for high quality responses.
It's 16 centimetres in depth with a 32.8 centimetre diamater (with a mounting depth of 13.9 centimetres) which weighs in at 4.4 kgs.
My husband found it easy to fit, though there is an excellent guide online to follow, should you need it. In terms of the sound output, (we listen to anything from hard dance to rock, to opera!) the response bandwidth ranges from 28 - 200 hZ with an impedance of 4 ohm. What does this translate to once you're out in the car?
Loud, high-quality sound, that's what! The bass on this subwoofer gets you in the chest like any decent (well eq'd) subwoofer should, and all this without any tinny sound, fuzz or buzz. My husband loves it and I'll often hear the car coming around the corner before I see it!
You can buy the KFC W112S for just under £40 from Amazon including delivery, this is a good price for the Kenwood brand, though you should note that for the same price you can get a 1200 watt 12 inch subwoofer by JBL (a less well known brand). I haven't tried it and get great results with the 800 watt Kenwood, but it's always best to shop around until you have found exactly what you need.
For us it is excellent and another hit by Kenwood who in our eyes can do no wrong when it comes to audio of any kind! This sub is sure to last us years and will be moved between vehicles if necessary. We love it! So yes, it is highly recommended - if you want a bit of 'kick' to your bass, then the Kenwood KFC W112s is a great sub which won't break the bank but will deliver. Five out of five.
for this price you really cant go wrong!!!
bought mine a while ago now and they are still going really well!! the base is tremendous althought there is not much frequency!!
upon purchasing these i found they were terribly easy to set up so even the novices could use these!! at the time of purchase i was on a bit of a budget being it my first car so i was not expecting a lot for the price but i was extremely happy when i heard the sound that came from them. now i am in a better financial position but have kept these speakers and have even bought another set for my new car!! my friend has recently bought expensive speakers and one has blown already and they were a nightmare to install! and i also think that the sound qaulity is jot as good as kenwood!!
the only downside is they do not look very flashy but hey the sound makes up for that over and over again!!!
really good buy!! and would definately recommend to not ony poeple on a budget but everyone wanting good sound!!!
I cant rate this enough. The Kenwood name says it all before you even buy. For this price the woofer really kicks bass. Its cheap enough to be classed as entry level but once in action it shines. The frequency range is not that wide but what it does handle it handles well. It is a doddle to fit but could do with gold plated terminals for better sound conductivity. If your looking for a speaker that thumps but does not take up to much space this is the one to go for. Put it in a ported box with 150 watt amp and let it rip. It kicks like an angry horse. Running it off a head unit alone produces very good results that would not be normally expected. Easy on the pocket, easy on the eye and good quality. What more could you want these days. Proper boy racer stuff!