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tricky_tran

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I have been unhappy with the bump in the ELS system and wanted to upgrade the woofer to get a little more umph but did not want to modify the stock box. I wanted some performance upgrade with very little work. So, when Palindrome Labs announced they were working on a kit, I jumped on the pre-order, and it arrived today. I just completed the Stage 1 upgrade of the stock ELS woofer to an AudioControl SPK-8S2 with the Palindrome Labs Subwoofer and Grille Kit. Here is a sound snippet before and after. I honestly feel it sounds a lot better and am happy with the outcome.

Was it worth it? For me, to be able to upgrade with very little modification. Not having to cut into and modify the stock subwoofer box and not having to take up any trunk space for a new box is a win for me. only modification that needed to be done was to replace the stock grille.
(https://balladesports.com/.../de4-de5-integra-type-s...).

This was at Volume 13 only.





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TBCH, I don't like the grille design or that it sticks out so far. I guess they had to do that so the upgraded sub-woofer would fit, but others have been able to upgrade the subwoofer and still use the original grille. Though, I think they did modify the stock box, so I guess that's the trade-off.
 

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Does anyone know the impedance of the stock sub? I noticed the sub you installed is a 2ohm. Just wondering if stock sub is 2ohm or 4ohm.
 

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Yeah that is a steep price without a sub. We're you part of the pre-order discount group?
 

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I have an 8" powered JL Audio that packs a serious punch that was in my old car. However, this time around, i'm looking for a more cleaner OEM+ upgrade without taking ANY space in the trunk.

You say it sounds better, but can you be more specific. Is it tighter, does it reach lower frequencies, or is it just louder (as in more noticeable there's a sub)?


While I love the idea of a drop-in plug-n-play subwoofer, we're still limited with the OE enclosure, ELS amp (50watts @ 2ohms, unknown frequency response to that specific channel) and its DSP. It's one of those things where I think one would need to hear it then decide on a personal level if its worth it.

It appears that Ballade Sports does have a 14 day return window policy, though with a 25% restocking fee, which is quite a bit for a $500 product. I'm hoping someone local gets this for me to demo.
 
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I have an 8" powered JL Audio that packs a serious punch that was in my old car. However, this time around, i'm looking for a more cleaner OEM+ upgrade without taking ANY space in the trunk.

You say it sounds better, but can you be more specific. Is it tighter, does it reach lower frequencies, or is it just louder (as in more noticeable there's a sub)?


While I love the idea of a drop-in plug-n-play subwoofer, we're still limited with the OE enclosure, ELS amp (50watts @ 2ohms, unknown frequency response to that specific channel) and its DSP. It's one of those things where I think one would need to hear it then decide on a personal level if its worth it.

It appears that Ballade Sports does have a 14 day return window policy, though with a 25% restocking fee, which is quite a bit for a $500 product. I'm hoping someone local gets this for me to demo.
it’s about a 45-50% improvement to stock. The bass is tighter and not as raspy.
 

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It's a nice kit but the price is pretty steep. I totally get why; they're not gonna sell this in volume and they have to run a business. This is a nice middle ground as you say for folks who don't want to go all-in with a custom solution.

I think that's where I'm headed though. For the first time in a VERY long time, I'm convinced I'm keeping this car forever, so if I want an upgrade I won't half-step it. I'll probably set aside a good $5-7k for a convincing OEM+ upgrade. My benchmark is the Burmester system in my wife's Macan.
 
 


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