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I picked up a Death Penalty from focuson20s/dmac since I had immediate regrets about not picking up one from the B&B sale. He had picked it up from the B&B sale (I believe through SSA) a couple weeks ago. He stated it was new and once I received it I confirmed it had never been mounted. Note: This is no reflection of anyone's customer service as I purchased this 2nd hand.
These issues likely could very well be resolved in a different situation, but in my opinion a top tier car audio manufacturer shouldn't have these types of issues in the first place.
Well fast forward to today after receiving it earlier this week and I have time to really inspect this beast and pop it in the car. I noticed the magnet boot wasn't fitting well and took it off.
Excess glue all over the place including between magnet wedges and between the top plate and some of the wedges. I was ok with it at this point. I can scrape off excess glue.
As I was rotating it I noticed the wedges appeared inconsistently put together. I would imagine since they use the same magnet shape it wouldn't be too difficult to make a special type of shim to keep the magnets more aligned when assembled, but ok I could see implementing this motor structure having its share of difficulties getting everything lined up. Finally, I rotate and see something that truly depressed me. Medium sized chips in one of the ferrite slugs, one edge looks like a baby beaver mistook the slug for wood.
I'm generally not a huge stickler when it comes to stuff like this, but IA is supposedly top quality. Not to mention the tag that comes attached to their subwoofers states "All Incriminator Audio subwoofers are hand built and hand finished to the highest precision tolerances and specifications."
If I had bought it direct and much less for the normal price I would have made a fuss since I consider the motor to be B-Stock. There is a chance maybe this is one DP that just slipped through since I imagine they are up to their necks in orders. I imagine there wouldn't be room for as much issue with the other traditional ferrite offerings they provide. I personally wouldn't worry much about DRs or Judges if you're reading this, but multiple spaced wedges definitely ups the probability for QC issues.
Now onto the positive - The soft parts appear very well put together and the actual subwoofer design is definitely menacing.
It's got some heft to it and it definitely feels like it's tough SOB. I'm looking forward to listening to it over the next few weeks. It's going to be ran off a Cactus Sounds PF 300.1 so should be getting enough power to get moving. I'll make a separate review once I've listened to it for a couple weeks.
2016 Scion iM
- Bone stock for now