Friday, August 19, 2016

Incriminator Audio Lethal Injection 10 Inch Car Subwoofer Review

When it comes to car stereo subwoofers, not all are created equal.  Most are designed to handle 200-300 watts RMS.  Some can handle up to 500 watts RMS.  Few can handle more than that.  Enter the Incriminator Audio Lethal Injection.  It is a 10 inch car stereo subwoofer that can handle a ton of power.  Not just 300, or even 500 watts.  The Incriminator Audio Lethal Injection 10 inch subwoofer can handle an incredible 1,000 watts of power.  And that's RMS, not peak!

Features and specs:

·  8 Spoke Black Cast Basket
·  3" 4 Layer Aluminum Voice Coil
·  Double Black Progressive Spiders with Woven Tinsel Leads
·  Injected Pulp Matrix Fiber Reinforced Cone
·  Dual Layer Foam Surround
·  7.25" 140 Oz Double Magnet Structure with Black Nickel Finish
·  352 Oz / 22 Pound Motor Structure
·  Interlocking Aluminum Spider Spacer Assembly
·  CILD² - Center Interlocking Dustcap
·  ADC - Air Driven Cooling
·  Nickel Plated Push Terminals
·  Wrap Around Rubber Gasket
·  1000 Watt RMS Rated
·  DVC 2 ohm or 4 ohm

The Incriminator Audio Lethal Injection subwoofer came in a basic box, but was well protected. Materials used in the construction was mostly metal with some foam and paper. The huge magnet is nickel finished. The metal frame is cast. The cone is an injected pulp matrix fiber. The surround is a double layer treated foam. The quality of materials used was very good. The fit and finish was also very good. I liked the push terminals, which helped make wiring it up very simple. You can tell it is a very well made sub, that can handle a lot of power. Also included was the owners manual, and Incriminator Audio stickers.

For the listening tests, I wanted something challenging from different genres.  And I decided to go more old school.  ZZ Top is a classic, so we used their song Gimme All Your Lovin, along with New Order Blue Monday, which is also a hard hitter.  And of course a subwoofer challenge wouldn't be complete without using a bass disk.  For that I also turned to old school Techmaster PB: Activate, and Time To Jam.  Last but not least I also wanted something for the more pure audiophiles, so that all bases are covered.  For that task we included Also Sprach Zarathustra.  It's most popular for the intro scene of 2001 A Space Oddessey.  

The listening tests were done in a 1.75 cu ft ported enclosure tuned to 33hz, and was done in two parts.  The first part was for output with an SPL meter, and the 2nd part was done for sound quality.  With there being a wide range of cabin gains, depending on the vehicle you have, we did the listening evaluation in our test room.  Just keep in mind with these SPL numbers, that they will be even higher in your vehicle due to the cabin gain.  Now with all that said, lets get it on!
 First up is the output test.  ZZ Top: Gimme All Your Lovin managed 101db.  New Order: Blue Monday reached 111db.  Techmaster PB: Activate, and Time To Jam, got up to 120db.  And Also Sprach Zarathustra achieved 103db.  

Now it's time for Part B of the listening test, for the sound quality listening.  ZZ Top: Gimme All Your Lovin, the beats were deep with very good authority and impact.  New Order: Blue Monday, the very fast beats were precise, with high impact.  The motor controlled the cone very well, with no hint of muddiness.  They provided very good in your chest punch.  It also had nice deep smooth low end extension with lots of output.    Techmaster PB: Activate, and Time To Jam, the sub played very deep with lots of output.  It hit really hard, and provided a ton of excursion which appeared to take the driver close to it's limits.  But these tracks are a challenge for any subwoofer.  Also Sprach Zarathustra had good sustained low rumble that was smooth.  And I was able to make out the impact of the mallet on the tympani, with its good resolution.

The Incriminator Audio Lethal Injection is one well put together subwoofer.  But it is more than just build quality.  It performs very good as well.  From the massive motor to the strong cast basket, it is designed to play loud for years.  Based on it's design, features, quality, and performance, the Incriminator Audio Lethal Injection has earned our Highly Recommended Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at Reference gear used in the review included Kenwood DNN990HD receiver, Audiocontrol DQSX Electronic EQ and Crossover, Vibe Audio Black Death Bass 1 Class GH subwoofer amp, Install Bay 100 Amp Power supply.