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Old 12-04-2014, 09:16 PM
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Default Opinion...12W3 or Orion HCCA

Looking for some opinions from you guys.


I currently have two JL 12W3's and have the opportunity to trade them for a single HCCA 12. Although I enjoy the 12W3's, I have been slightly underwhelmed by their low end performance and overall punch.

I am more of an SQ guy and wondering if the single HCCA will perform better overall and give me what I've been missing. Do they have any musical/SQ qualities or are they pure SPL?

What are your opinions? I will obviously need to upgrade my amp if I get the hcca as one of those can handle more than the pair of 12w3's.




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I love my 15" hcca
Did great on lows and got decently loud
Didn't sound too bad either
I don't think you will get much if any in sq or spl
It will probably drop lower but it's hard to say

I would stick to the 2 12's unless you plan to upgrade to two hccas and a decent amount of power
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I had a 12w3. I would hear the HCCA in a proper box and judge for yourself.

I would choose the HCCA over anything JL if it was a situation where I would get them for free and could not sell either of them to buy something else.

Although I do not have any experience with the HCCA, I've had 5 different 12"s in the JL custom box built to spec and they all sounded much much better than the JL.

What amp are you running now?

The HCCA is rated at 2k, and I have a 2k 12" that sounded good on about 1200w rms, but it could definitely take much much more, and didn't sound any louder than a 900w-1200w rms 12" I had...so there is that.

If you don't have a few batteries or HO alt to power the HCCA, it's not going to really shine and you will probably think it's not that loud compared to the 12w3's.

Keep in mind, everyone likes different things. I prefer my $55 RD-12 over a JL 12w3...enclosure and your vehicle have a LOT to do with your interpretation of a sub.
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I too had a 12w3....1st version, and was gonna do 3 in my vehicle. those plans fell thru.

What version 12w3's? I would do the trade if the HCCA is in good condition.
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What version w3 u got and what version hcca is it? Old school or new?
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