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SQ, power handling, style, excursion, low-end extension, versatility, adequate in small sealed enclosures.
Very rare, requires very large & carefully designed enclosures for maximum output.
I've been installing since 2003 & own TJ Mobile Audio, a small local install shop, and I must say this is one of the nicest sounding 12" subs I've heard in a while. I designed and installed several systems with 10" Xtant subwoofers in the past, and was always impressed by the power handling & smooth frequency response of their 10s. About a year ago, I saw a 12" Xtant on eBay, and snatched it up.
This speaker is not designed as an SPL woofer, but it can go very loud. When I demo my system, I am frequently asked how many subs I have in the trunk, no one suspects a single 12.
I've been impressed with the speaker's versatility - I've run it in sealed boxes as small as 1.0 CF, and ported boxes as large as 3.4 CF, always with satisfactory results. A note for those who might build large ported boxes, you will need a very long port to achieve proper tuning. The port in my 3.4 CF slot-ported box is 48" long to achieve the desired 28 Hz. tuning. Anyone complaining about degraded output in high-output boxes needs more practice.
As for power handling, I've been running mine at 900 watts RMS for a year, with no problems whatsoever. 500 watts RMS would be adequate, but I would not recommend any amp smaller than 450 watts RMS. You need tons of clean power to get the most impressive SQ and SPL out of this speaker.
Now, good luck finding one, these are becoming increasingly rare. All I can find anymore are 10" Xtants, supposedly Xtant has a new product line but their website states "there are currently no dealers available." Come on Mitek, or MTX, get your act together! Don't let a legendary line like Xtant die!
Last I checked, Xtant will recone any damaged woofer for about $130 or $140, a steal given the original $400 price tag.
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JL W7, Alpine Type-R