When most people think of subs they think of tooth-rattling bass that can be heard for blocks. While this is certainly a fair assumption, there’s a lot more to a good quality sub other than whether or not it can make you feel as though your head is going to explode.
CT Sounds are one of our favorite brands. Not only do they produce reasonably priced subs and other audio gear, but their products have a reputation for both quality and durability, especially when it comes to their subs. Because of this, we were excited to take a closer look at their newest model, the Meso, which is so much more than the average subwoofer.
The Meso ten-inch car sub comes with a two OHM voice coil and dual connectivity terminals that are located on each side of the Y35 triple stacked graded magnet. If you’re looking for an affordable, instant way to upgrade your car’s audio system, then look no further than the Meso.
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CT Sounds Meso Car Subwoofer Review
Overview and Features :
This fifteen-hundred-watt sub features a max three-thousand-watt power capacity and comes complete with a large three-inch voice coil.
The sub incorporates Y35 triple stacked ferrite magnet, which is attached to the sub basket via a durable casing.
According to the manufacturer, this model can easily handle high-powered frequencies and it still won’t run into any distortion.
If you’re shopping for your first audio system and you’re disappointed to learn that you need more than just a right and left speaker for high-quality sound, then click here to check out our buyer’s guide, where you’ll learn everything you need to know about car audio sound and quality systems. Additionally, before you buy a sub, such as this one by CT Sounds, it’s important to determine if this model is compatible with your current system.
CT Sounds at its Best :
CT Sounds are known for their high-quality woofers, but they’ve really outdone themselves with the Meso. If you feel like your audio system is falling flat, the Meso can enhance your bass and can provide rich, full three-dimensional effects that will totally change how you listen to music in your car.
Performance and Placement :
The key to excellent sound isn’t just a good sub or perfect subwoofer testing. Ensuring that the amp is strong enough to power the driver is important as well. The range of this sub blends well with your main speakers.
In terms of installation, you’ll have to determine where to place the sub based on the type of vehicle you own. If you have a truck, most truck owners opt to install the sub behind the driver’s seat.
Keep in mind that the placement of the Meso can have a dramatic effect on sound quality. Placing it in the corner of the trunk is a common strategy for car owners because this position will produce more bass, plus it tucks the sub neatly out of the way.
Installation and Wiring :
If you’re a beginner, then the maze of connections for the sub can be intimidating. In most cases, the single sub in connection is the easiest method.
This is a component, unpowered sub that lacks a built-in amp as a power source. This means you’ll need to hook it up to an external amp in order to draw current. You should purchase an amp that’s around the same watts as this sub. If you have an amp with a higher wattage you can turn down the amp. A decent amp that’s around fifteen hundred watts should offer more than enough power for this model.
You’ll need to use some standard tools to mount the sub to an enclosure, to set up your audio system. The sub is mounted via mounting screws and by connecting the leads to the terminal cup. There are plenty of choices regarding how to wire the sub. For max output, you can wire it in parallel, or series for a higher impedance setup.
With a ready-made enclosure, this sub can be installed in just a few minutes.
If you’re going with a basic sub installation here, and nothing fancy, you’ll need to consider the different wiring possibilities before you get started.
A Two-channel amp will provide a couple of outputs for two speakers. This doesn’t mean you need to purchase another sub for the setup. But to be safe you need to remain aware of the load capability of your amp and the impedance of the sub. These factors will help you choose the best wiring option for your set up.
While the sub itself is important, the type of enclosure you choose for the Meso will also have an impact on sound quality. The enclosure is what will contain the sub. For this model you’ll have three options: bandpass, ported and sealed.
A sealed enclosure is the best choice if you want a bass that’s exceptionally deep. Bandpass and ported enclosures usually don’t provide bass that’s quite as deep as what you’ll get from the sealed enclosure, but ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference and can also heavily depend on your budget.
Rockford Fosgate P3-2X12 1200 Watts Dual Rms Subwoofer Enclosure comes equipped with subs and an enclosure in one, so it’s also cost-effective. But overall, the Rockford Fosgate setup can’t quite compare to the deep bass sound the Meso can offer with the right type of enclosure. We recommend going with a sealed enclosure, just be prepared to pay a higher price for this type of setup.
The Meso CT Sounds subwoofer is perfect for any setup, if you have the right amp and enclosure. This is why doing your research before you buy a new sub is so important.
This model received plenty of positive feedback from audiophiles who have experience with sub setups and installation. Overall, it offers a solid, rich, dependable performance that you won’t get from competing models in this price range. We gave this model a rating of four out of five stars.