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Postby 87e30 » Wed May 08, 2013 1:35 am

Anyone here use a Lukebox? I've seen pictures of them and they look pretty decent, but I'm wondering if they could hold up to a high excursion sub being fed by 1200+ clean watts. I have 2 OLD model Audiobahn A2300HC amps that have never been used. The old ones are effing awesome. I've heard bad stuff about the new Audiobahn amps since they were bought by a Korean company. I would like to make use of one of the amps, and was thinking about building a box for one or both of my old model JLAudio 15w3's, but don't want to lose my whole trunk and add all of that weight. Also that amp with those subs could literally blow the trunk lid off of the car.

So then I was thinking about a lukebox. I actually wanted a box for a 12 since a friend of mine has an extra Pioneer competition 12 laying around, but it looks like Lukey only makes them for 10's. I know the old JLAudio 10w3's will easilly take 600 watts and beg for more, but the newer models don't handle as much, so I was considering a 10w7. Dual 4ohm coils would have my amp putting around 1200 watts to the sub. I might just have to keep the gain down a little. Should sound pretty damn good, but will the box explode with such power?

Also where might one be able to buy one of these boxes? Perhaps someone here that has an account on r3v can ask him to offer them for sale here as well? I just read about his box and amp rack shipped for $300 deal from last year. I could definitely do $300 for the pair, but $250 for just the box I definitely could not do.
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Re: Lukebox

Postby 87e30 » Wed May 08, 2013 1:37 am

Whoops, if I had taken the time to look up his site before posting I would have seen the variety of boxes available and the pricing. I still want to know if anyone has ever put any serious power through one of these boxes.
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Re: Lukebox

Postby M20_fever » Wed May 08, 2013 2:21 am

Never had any experience with them, but I'd be surprised if they couldn't handle what your talking about. He's been building those boxes for a few years now and I've only read good things. Question is, why would you put a boat anchor in the trunk of such a great handling car?
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Re: Lukebox

Postby 87e30 » Wed May 08, 2013 2:48 am

I question their durability due to seeing in MANY places that you should use an inexpensive subwoofer. I'm thinking a good sub might just blow it to pieces and wouldn't want to waste the money trying to find out.

I require bass! 'nuff said. :-P

I used to do SPL competitions back in like 2000 and I really miss the feeling of being punched in the back by some good subwoofers.
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Re: Lukebox

Postby Yoshi » Wed May 08, 2013 12:09 pm

what's a luke bocks?
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Re: Lukebox

Postby M20_fever » Wed May 08, 2013 3:11 pm

stereoinstaller on r3v build custom sub boxes to fit e30s.
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Re: Lukebox

Postby Yoshi » Wed May 08, 2013 3:17 pm

ah. explains why I had no idea. Carry on sirs.
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Re: Lukebox

Postby M20_fever » Wed May 08, 2013 10:28 pm

I keep my boom in my truck and my zoom in the e30. ;)
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Re: Lukebox

Postby 87e30 » Wed May 08, 2013 11:36 pm

Just keep it to 1 zoom cuz it's not a Mazda. :-P

I actually bought the boom FOR my truck, but I need some zoom for it before I can put boom in it cuz it has no engine at the moment.

Yoshi that's the second time I saw you ask what a Lukebox is so I know you knew this time. Do you have something against them? Just wondering, any input about them is appreciated.
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Re: Lukebox

Postby Court M3 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:45 am

Nothing but positive reviews on r3vlimited.com
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Re: Lukebox

Postby 87e30 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:51 pm

I'm not rich enough to chance it though. Still quite nervous (even more so) because of the reply I got from him about it when I e-mailed specific questions. No direct answers to what I asked.
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Re: Lukebox

Postby StereoInstaller1 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:17 pm

Hi Guys, this is Luke Fisher, I run a company called German Audio Specialties..

We build BMW audio products here with a completely different attitude. Sound quality and efficiency are our goals.

We recommend smaller, lighter woofers as they are much more efficient and typically have better sound quality.

Our boxes all share one overriding design goal: we seal 100% of the bass into the cabin.

We have several reasons for doing so, with the second being efficiency. You can get as much as 20db more bass using our enclosures. We often hear people saying "I had a pair of 12's in a huge sealed box, your single 10" hits harder!"...and it is true, you really do get much higher efficiency ...simple physics. This also means less weight, less wasted trunk space and requires far less power to achieve far higher SPL.

Our first goal is sound quality. Bass that rattles around your trunk before it gets to your ears will be sloppier, muddier and logically, cause rattles.

I HATE rattles...if you like that stuff, go buy a Caprice or a Charger, leave me out of it!

Typically, even in a car that is nearly 140db@25hz, there are no rattles inside or out. Clean, clear, crisp, dynamic, full range sound is our goal here.

A wonderful side benefit is the sound stays in the car. Meaning, I can pull up to a light next to a cop, and if the car is closed up I can still have my music LOUD and they will never know.

For those that are into "LTW", we offer a single 8" LTW version. Yo can build a high-performance, great sounding system that weighs under 30lbs TOTAL that still has that tight, snappy bottom end.

For those that do want huge boom, we make a special order 15"...last year at the E30 Picnic, you could easily hear that 15" across the entire grounds. There was 140 watts on bass at that point..yes, ONE HUNDRED FORTY watts, no typo...some little $59 POS Pioneer amp made HUGE thunder, well north of 140db, well under 25Hz with excellent low frequency resolution.

Our most popular box by far is the E3010, we have shipped well over 500 of these. There are reviews, pictures and testimonials all over the web, our FB page is a good place to start.

We offer subwoofer enclosures for the E21, E28, E30, E34, E39 and now, E46. We offer well over 30 products and will be developing new products as long as BMW makes new cars!

We also have just started building a passive crossover network to allow replacement of the factory amplifier in later model BMWs, starting with the E34. This will eventually be adapter and "tuned" for most all BMWs newer than the E31! The sound quality is staggering, with a level of detail, clarity, resolution and power handling far superior to just about any aftermarket speaker system.

Oh, here is a pic of that:

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In fact, we will be having an "Audio Showdown" at 5er West, comparing our $350 crossover, $250 box and a $60 woofer against $1400 front speakers and a $400 sub. I am absolutely confident, having installed hundreds of similar systems in the same car...our $350 crossover using the stock E34 speakers will blow it away in every category including SPL.


So, as far as our prices...we build an ultra high quality product. These are hand built, carefully glued and stapled (NEVER use screws to build cabinets in MDF, never!) high quality MDF, with all seams sealed with 100% silicone. We offer a product built to a far higher standard than any car stereo shop could at anywhere near our prices, yet cost effectively enough for the average person to afford. The technology we use is far superior, the design fits flawlessly and performs far beyond what is expected. However, the price for our level of quality is higher than the typical "pre-fab" nonsense. If that is too much for your pocket, or if you just want to try building your own, hit me up, I am happy to help. We are all about supporting the DIY person, as most of the time their failed attempt leads to yet another sale, once they see and hear what we do, plus, we are DIY people too so we like to help!

Typically, an E3010 and amp rack are around $450, shipped.

For those that like a beautiful trunk presentation, we offer our amp racks. These are LED illuminated, fan cooled enclosures intended to cool and protect your amplifier...the fact that they look so cool and improve your trunk lighting is a wonderful side benefit! We offer these for most all of the cars and boxes we do, with a notable exception of all the Tourings and our E308LTW. We do offer an amp mount, but it is just a fitted panel.

Here is a crappy shot of my E34 trunk. Yes, this is an M5 trunk kit in an M20 powered E34, don't judge me! I still have no clue why this nearly perfect color match looks so far off in photos, but IRL, it is nearly perfect. As these photos show, I am no photographer!

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You can see there is still debris on the floor, this came out so nice I wanted to post a pic immediately!

So, just a little info about the "lukebox"...the only question I have is who the hell named it that!

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Re: Lukebox

Postby StereoInstaller1 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:21 pm

87e30 wrote:I'm not rich enough to chance it though. Still quite nervous (even more so) because of the reply I got from him about it when I e-mailed specific questions. No direct answers to what I asked.

Typically, I am known for very direct answers to all questions...if it was in the last 10 days, your mail may have been lost due to a hard drive failure and my being unaware that our emails were NOT being backed up as they were supposed to be.

HMU again, or post here or on our FB page...I will make sure to answer your question completely.

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Re: Lukebox

Postby Ryki » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:37 pm

Now that's something I would look into! Great post here and I hope you stick around to enjoy some of the members and maybe help our electrical forum a little : )
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Re: Lukebox

Postby StereoInstaller1 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:47 pm

Ryki wrote:Now that's something I would look into! Great post here and I hope you stick around to enjoy some of the members and maybe help our electrical forum a little : )

Absolutely!

If I am not here enough, feel free to email me at sales@germanaudiospeciaties.com or my personal email, which should be linked here via the forum.

I know it sounds trite, but I really do enjoy helping others.

Thanks!

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