Totally agree with you. I use x-over and eq to get my sub where I need. Usually use a very very low frequency for the x-over with a 12db instead of 24db slope which means the sub will gradually taper up into the higher frequencies which makes it mesh well with the speakers. Works better than setting a higher frequency and a sharper slope. I havn't been a bass head for years... like 10 years. Used to be big into have a huge sub in my car but high end fronts and huge front amps took precedent. I always got the stuff for below cost (less than what a retailer pays for it). So the last system I bought was a single W7 and a 1000.1 about 10 years ago. I ended up converting my previous subwoofer Infinity Kapa Perfect Dual Voice Coil Variable Q into a home subwoofer as many people have used that driver for home subs. It allows you to change the Q of the subwoofer by completely removing the vent and changing it to smaller or larger vents therefore allowing you to really make the enclosure you truly want. I bring it out once in a while and play around with it but it mostly sits in the closet I have since fallen in love with a different subwoofer.
Whats amazingly STUPID is that the room correction trys to set my sub x-over to an extremely high frequency (300HZ) and I have complained about that to the manufacturer of the processor and it seems a lot of people with passive subs are having this issue so I had to get an active x-over for it otherwise I would have had to disable any room correction applied to the subwoofer. They are supposedly trying to patch this issue in an upcoming firmware but
Totally used to love having huge bass in the car though
takes me back to my late teens and early 20s. I kind of lost interest in the entire thing when a car of mine that had a lot of gear in it was completely gutted while at a body shop. They left some of the most expensive parts not knowing what they where including 2 alpine sound processors. But stole everything else including the speakers, tweeters, tore my rear passenger panels off to find out I DONT USE REARS LOL, stole my batter and integrated battery block even took the valve cover, wheels, capacitor, amps, subs whole 9 yards. It was after that I purchased a simple system from JL and BA which where 2 of the companies I could get gear for nothing from. Still have that stuff and have the sub turned so low you can barely tell it is there.
Home audio has become my passion it is so much easier to get sounding perfect and not likely to be stolen. So unlikely to be stolen that my house was broken into when I lived in florida they stole so much stuff that they had to steel 2 huge pillow cases to carry more stuff with yet they left all of the high end audio gear behind and only knocked over a pair of really nice speakers denting the wood. Other than that only mainstream electronics you could get at circuit city. Thieves are stupid sometimes... had some carny folk case a store I worked at and they ended up stealing several flat panel displays when if they had just brought a dolly and got away with 1 equipment rack they would have stolen 100,000k in gear instead of a bunch of glass TVs that surely broke in the back of the pickup truck they used.
4 8s though holy cow! that will be punchy as hell. I have designed quite a few systems around JL 8W3s and even W0s and they sound great. We usually used 3-4 depending on the amplifier the person was willing to buy. A single 10w7 is more than enough for me though
. Small subs cost a lot to drive but it's worth it once you hear them