Soundstream Stealth 13" Slim Subwoofer - $599
Some of the veterans of the car audio industry remember when amps weren’t 2? long and subs weren’t 60+ pounds. Over the years, amplifiers and subwoofers got bigger and bigger. Why? Because that is what the market asked for. Nowadays, people are asking for smaller products that do not take up the whole trunk.
New technologies allow us to do this and still retain the quality of the monster sized products.
Subwoofers do not have to be massive to be able to reproduce the bottom octave frequencies. And with some of the newer vehicles on the market, there is little to no room for subwoofers. For example, many people drive full-size crew cab trucks these days to pull their toy haulers. While some of these trucks may have some room under the seat, some do not. The room behind the seat will not accommodate a typical subwoofer, not even an 8” . Hence the reason for the trendy shallow mount woofers… Call me crazy, but I would rather have a strong 8” sub than a week 10” or 12” sub. In some cases, even an 8” will not fit. Shallow mount woofers have been out for a couple of years now and most come in at about 3” -4” in depth. The new STEALTH-13 is a 13” subwoofer that is a mere 2” deep! When there is only 3” -4” of space behind a truck seat, no sub any deeper than 2” will fit.
But the cool part is the way the driver was engineered. Basically, there are 3 design goals when engineering a new subwoofer… Efficiency, low frequency reproduction and low required air space. You can focus on any 2 of these and sacrifice the 3rd , or you can sacrifice a bit on all 3. Since this driver is not intended for SPL competition, we decided to sacrifice the efficiency a little bit. How much of a difference does this make? About 1-2dB as compared to a typical driver, which is basically inaudible. We engineered this driver to play VERY LOW in TINY BOXES! Obviously, if we cannot fit a large subwoofer, we do not have a ton of air to play with. The STEALTH-13 13” sub will play lower in enclosures smaller than any other sub on the market. Most 10” subs require .5 -1 ft ^3 while most 12” require 1 -2 ft ^3. We suggest using this sub in stuffed Acoustic-Suspension (sealed) boxes. In ½ cubic foot (1/2 the size of a typical 13” subwoofer) the driver will yield an F3 (3dB downpoint) of 41.1Hz. In 1 cubic foot, the F3 is 33.05Hz. During testing, the STEALTH-13 yielded smoother, lower bass than average 12” drivers in 2 cubic feet tuned to 22Hz!
The skinny monster boasts a unique, custom cast aluminum basket, solid aluminum cone, NBR Rubber Surround, and a 5” voice coil. Power rating is specified at 200 watts so you do not need a huge amplifier to get great bass in minimal space.
In a nut shell, we’ve come up with another gem that yields phenomenal sound quality, but this time, in miniscule spaces. “Up front” bass in the floor board or kick panel? Door subs? This is the sub for you!