Monday, September 3, 2018

Massive Audio Boom 88 Powered 8 Inch Car Subwoofer Review

I love car stereo. And I’m a bit of a bass head. I grow up using dual 12’s in my car. Not only did my whole car shake, but people heard me coming down the street. I have since converted to 10’s. I no longer want people to hear me coming, or know what I have. But that much bass isn’t for most people. Factory car stereo systems have come a long way. But they still don’t have much bass.

For many, they may think that extra bass, more than what came with the factory radio is not needed. I agree that a ton of bass isn’t for everyone. But look at it this way; imagine going to a movie theater to watch a movie, and the subwoofers were not working. The whole experience would be lacking. Bass does add to the experience. For those who don’t need or want a lot of bass, but want to add to your music enjoyment. There is a simple solution. Enter the Massive Audio Boom 88.

Features and specs:
  • 8" driver
  • 4 Ohm 400 Watts Max Power
  • 200w x 1 RMS
  • 0 - 12dB @50Hz
  • 250mVrms ~9mVrms
  • 50Hz~150Hz @-3dB
  • Class A/B Built-In Amplifier
  • Built-In OEM Hi Level Inputs
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Heatsink
  • Hi-Fi Capactior Filters for Cleaner Sound Reproduction
  • Variable Low Pass Crossover: 50Hz ~ 150Hz @ -3dB
  • Ground Loop Isolator
  • Reverse Voltage & Over Voltage 5 Way Protection
  • 13.4" x 9.8" x 2.8"
The Massive Audio Boom 88 came in a nice black box with features and specs printed on the box. Opening the box revealed a well protected subwoofer sitting well protected in custom cut out Styrofoam. Pulling out the Massive Audio Boom 88, I was very impressed. Materials used in the construction was mostly aluminum with some plastic on the controls. Quality of materials used as well as the quality of construction is very good. And it felt very solid in hand. Also included is the owners manual, mounting screws and bass remote.

I love the design of the Massive Audio Boom 88. All of the connections and controls are on one side, the all aluminum design is well made. With the built-in OEM Hi-level inputs, it's simple to splice into your factory wires if you don't want to have to deal with the RCA's. And I love the brushed aluminum top plate. The sides are ribbed for cooling and the woofer is top facing. And with a power rating of 200 watts RMS, 400 watts max. That’s a good amount of power for an 8 inch sub. It has the makings for great performance. Let’s see how it actually sounds.

AC/DC Back in Black: Kick drum had nice low end extension and a very nice punch. It played nice and deep, with good authority.

New Order-Blue Monday : The beats really shined! In the intro, they were very quick, hit like a hammer, and were both dynamic and really crisp and clean with great pitch definition, and spot on with out missing any beats or any signs of muddiness. The following beats really extended the depth, and still played really clean and with lots of authority and impact.

Techmaster PB – Activate: the bass here pushed it ot it’s limits, but it still preformed well. Bass beats were extended, played very deep, but still played with good authority and just a little bit of muddiness. This track is brutal on standard subwoofers, but the Massive Audio Boom 88 hung in there and played nice output and depth, moreso than I expected.

I must say I was more impressed with the Massive Audio Boom 88. I’ve never been interested in the small under seat powered sub. I knew I would want more. But Massive Audio takes that design…massive! The Massive Audio Boom 88 performed much better than expected. It filled the vehicle with nice low end extension. It wasn’t bone rattling, but it did the job. For someone like me, it’s perfect to put in the family car, so I can enjoy some bass when driving that vehicle. My wife, also a musician, loves it. It provides some nice low end bass, but isn’t too much. If this is how you like your bass, go now. The price is currently only $100 on Amazon! It would be a good deal at $200. Based on it’s design, features, quality and performance, the Massive Audio Boom 88 has earned our Highly Recommended Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at Reference gear used: Kenwood Reference Series DDX9905S, Audio Control DM-810 Processor, JL Audio 6 channel amp,  German Maestro 3-way component speaker system. And I think Ferris Bueller said it best after the end credit of that movie; “You’re still here? ..... Go.” For only $100, go, and buy it now! Here's the link: