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Default Image Dynamics IDMAX15v4D2 - Unboxing and Visual Inspection - PIC HVY

Product: Image Dynamics IDMAX 15" Driver
Model #: "IDMAX15v4D2"
Author: OneSpiritBrain (Michael)
Credentials: Eyes and ears for quality, love for the audible world, love for car audio, passionate love for music production, 6 years working with industrial electricity, and loads of effort put in to being as knowledgeable about car audio as possible.

Introduction:
The IDMAX is well known for it's ability to accurately reproduce sub frequency bass at high output levels. It, along with every Image Dynamic product, is also known to be a quality piece of equipment that one can rely on performing. The IDMAX15 has been in the works for a very long time and it is finally here. On a personal level the IDMAX means a lot to me. It was the first SQ sub I bought after becoming interested in SQ over SPL. I looked for the "best SQ sub ever" and the searched yielded fine results; the IDMAX. It continued to embolden my switch from SPL oriented setups to SQ oriented setups therefor it hold a special place in my heart.

First Impressions:
Holy hell the damn thing weighs a ton...! and the box is huge! Haha no but really the thing weighs 44lbs without the packaging which I'd say weighs at least 10lbs (well exactly 12.5lbs). I am going to commentate the photos which cover most everything so read on.

Posted Technical Specs:

IMP:.. Dual 2 Ohm Nominal Impedance
Re:... 1.4 Ohms DC Resistance
Fs:... 29.9 Hz Resonant Frequency
Qes:.. .65 Electrical “Q”
Qms:.. 1.87 Mechanical “Q”
Qts:.. .48 Total “Q”
Vas:.. 3.67 cuft(104.03 liters) Equivalent Volume
Xmax:. 44 mm Peak Excursion
Sd:... 934.79 cm2 Piston Area
SPL:.. 88.20 dB Sensitivity w/m
BL:... 17.36 Tm Force Factor
Pwr:.. 1200 RMS Power


Speaker Dimensions/Volume:

Speaker displacement:.. 0.26 cuft (7.36 liters)
Mounting Depth:........ 264 mm (10.40 in)
Cut Out Diameter:...... 376 mm (14.80 in)
Screw Hole Diameter:... 394 mm (15.52 in)
Outside Diameter:...... 412 mm (16.22 in)


I'm not going to include the box response curves as one should always use WINSID to calculate curves on a box you build yourself anyway.

Availability:
Got mine here on CACO! The Soundworks (AWESOME SELLER)

Price:
MSRP$679

Okay on to the good stuff!


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The new box looks sharp! Black satin finish with some brief info on the IDMAX and Image Dynamics

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Something I noticed upon opening the boxes was that the spec sheet and foam seals were placed neatly in the box. This testifies to the attitude I believe exists at Image Dynamics where every aspect of what they are doing is important and done nicely and carefully.

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There was actually a third box bigger than these two.

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Everything used for protection during shipment. Beefy!





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Good pic of the unique single layer spyder. Neat material!

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I really love the exclusion of chrome and the black basket! I love the sexiness of this woofer.

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You see how the wings of the emblem on the cone are aligned with the VC leads. That just screams "I CARE ABOUT THIS THING!!!" to me


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Clean glue lines and what seems to be even amounts of glue.



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Here is the beautiful 4-layer flat copper wire wound aluminum(I THINK) voice coil. Coil resistance measured 1.4-1.9ohm
Okay so these are the problems I found. Keep in mind these are NOT cookie cutter pieces of equipment and are handcrafted here IN THE USA by people and not machines.



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These small little chips are all that I could find, hah!

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Okay so the terminal on the left sticks due to the terminal itself rubbing the basket. I would like to fix this. DonH did you do this? hahahahahaha how neat to ask the man who crafted this thing!
Summary:
I am going to go insane waiting to purchase the rest of what I need to get this guy oscillating! No really though, what a piece of artwork! Truly a sexy woofer. The physical quality is apparent and really nice. I am so glad I made this purchase! Now I just have to deal with waiting until tax season to complete this system...!

Please let me know if I made any mistakes and also if I left something out you would like to know about.

Michael
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Sub.....: None........ (DMAX15v4D2 coming soon)
2ch Amp.: Alpine3554 (RA320.2 coming soon)
Sub Amp.: None........ (CT1400.1 coming soon)

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I have always liked the idmax line.
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Yes and DonH has resolved the issue with the terminal sticking! Image Dynamics has some incredible customer service.
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Yes and DonH has resolved the issue with the terminal sticking! Image Dynamics has some incredible customer service.
its under control. and yes i did build this driver and do build them

And Grizzy cool write-up so far. get some listening done too

So when is CACO gona grab some?!?
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loved my IDmax v3 12"...super clean with enough output..preferred it way more in a sealed enclosure personally.
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I never realized these babd boys were 40+lbs. Damn always thought of them as SQ only subs. Im sure the output is a lot more than what I had thought up in my head.
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The 15 is. The 12 is 38 and 10 is 35. The 15 has its own motor. 10 and 12 share the same.
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I've been eyeballing the new 15's for a while. Nice sub.
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I've been eyeballing the new 15's for a while. Nice sub.
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