Are you really MEH at the W7?i'd take the BL.. one its cheaper with similar specs and probably can handle more power.. TWO- if you blow it, you can recone it.. three- everyone has HAD the w7's.. MEH..
I mean if you have the cash get the w7.. but for ME.. the bang vs buck just isn't there. No doubt the w7 is a fine built sub with numerous prototypes built within it.. but being its so mainstream and sold at ever car audio shop around the land, of course the price is gonna be high. THUS why I was MEH about it... not that it doesn't perform good. But if i'm paying.. $600-$700 for a new JL 13.5 w7? You have me mistaken. For that much I might look into a DC LVL 5 18" or even a IA DP 21"Are you really MEH at the W7?
The recone price is high, but is worth paying for, I used to laugh at the prices of JL until I experienced it first hand selling Caraudio for a living for the past 3 years. Now I am all for JL... I have customers bring me Slash V1's & w7's that have given them many years of solid use, and amazing SQ - totally worth the replacement. JL won't be going anywhere or selling out anytime soon, causing warrenty issues... The same can't be said for a majority of internet companies - not knocking just being real... I have used it all, zapco, dd, image dynamics, ascendant audio (chad era before the FI buyout) jl, kicker, jbl, fi, re even custom made RE subs from David before they sold out, us amps etc etc... Every company has its highs and lows, and you get what you pay for... But JL is by far hands down the most consistent and reliable audio company out there... Many companies have tried to replicate the W7 - or even over built subs JL and bleh don't deserve to be in the same sentence (less the WX line - BLEH) - this is coming straight from a mouth that bashed and lol'd at JL for years, until I gained first hand experience. JL's customer service is second to none. I am the biggest Zapco and Image fan their is but look what has happened to them, look at JL - 42 new products for 2012 - all improvements over the last - and major improvements on the best SQ sub green paper can buy the w6v3 is here... JL must be doing something right, bash them all you want on price, but in the end you get what you pay for...
I have used it ALL many a time, putting my old school svc idq8's in the doors of my 95 this week. Pairing them with my cd3ultra horns mounted on full bodies. I am very well aware of the w6's performance. My daily is receiving 2 12 W6v3's ported. Yes the v3's, no longer v2 =) My old daily had a 15 FI Q on an MD2D around 6cuft net @ 32hz. DD in it prior to the Q, so on and so forth... I use what I sell, by owning it so I can show a customer why this sub is worth the outrageous msrp is... So a 13w7ae is coming in July, on a 1200/1v3. If I were still managing that shop that sold Image, I would have 2 idmax 12's, but since Eric left meh and I am back at gasp a *mainstream* shop I am even more excited to buy a 13W7 or two.... Active setup on eclipse 8053, arc & zapco for mids/highs powered by an externally regulated Ohio generator alt. I wouldn't switch my old school ID front stage out for anything, maybe to try some ZR800's in place of the IDQ's to compare but thats it...I don't believe anyone who responded claimed to be a car audio expert. I'll tell you, first hand, JL's are overpriced. When buying retail, you can get your hands on a much better sub for less money. Honestly, The FI Q would be one and an ID Max is another, if you can still find Eric Stevens-built ID, although I don't think the company he sold to has redesigned anything...yet. The W6 is a much better SQ sub than the W7. The W6 is actually regarded as one of the better SQ subs on the market. It's probably the only JL I'd own, assuming I could get it for under retail.