American Bass XFL 1544 Review
Bass is not meant to be heard; it’s created to be felt.
This is what I learned from a good friend who made it a life to learn about sound and music.
If partying with a huge crowd is your thing, feeling the bass is even more important. When all attendees have their chest thumping, you know you have the right subwoofer.
But you probably noticed that 8-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch subwoofers are not enough to make the participants feel these very low frequencies. This is where the 15-inch subwoofer comes in.
Who is a 15-inch Subwoofer for?
If the maximum bass output is what you need, probably because of your job as party audio guy, a 15-inch subwoofer is your best bet.
Because of its big cone, a 15-inch subwoofer does not have a problem producing long resonant bass. So if you love listening to R&B, dance, or rap, or you simply enjoy feeling that extra bass, this size is probably what you need.
If you, however, are a metalhead or a country lover, you should go for the 10-inch or 12-inch subs.
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What Should You Consider in a 15-inch Subwoofer?
If you’re decided to get this size of a driver, you have to take note of the following considerations:
- Available space. Most vehicles have a maximum space for 12-inch subwoofer drivers. So if you are planning to step up your bass listening game, you have to give up more space in your car for this baby.
15-inch may not be too big deal, but you have to think of the enclosure you have to build or buy for it to sound nice. Of course, the bigger the driver, the bigger the enclosure requirement. This then leads to bigger space occupied in your car.
- Materials. Because a 15-inch subwoofer is designed to play the low lows, its driver and all the accompanying materials should be able to endure big movements. Cones and surrounds should not tear up easily. Coils and all the internal organs should have excellent heat dissipating capabilities.
- Specs. While performance may be measured by how long the materials last, the sound quality is determined by the product’s specifications.
Some of the primary specs you have to check in a 15-inch subwoofer are wattage, impedance, sensitivity, and frequency range. The secondary ones include the number and type of voice coils.
- Enclosure. When getting a 15-inch subwoofer, you should not settle for the driver size and specs. This sub, no matter how big and powerful, will sound bad if your enclosure is bad.
If you are after volume-you know, the “I’m coming, neighbors, you’ve gotta know I am” type-go for the ported or vented enclosures.
But if you're the “I want my bass to sound clean and tight” kind of guy, go for the sealed ones.
Presenting the American Bass XFL 1544
American Bass’ XFL1544 is the 1522’s more “impedant” subwoofer brother. It has a dual 4 ohms voice coils while the latter has dual 2 ohms.
XFL1544 is a competition subwoofer; hence, you can expect it to be loud and powerful. But aside from these two, this 15-inch subwoofer also features materials that are designed to last. Some of which I will be discussing later in this article.
Meanwhile, here are its complete specifications as listed on American Bass’ website:
Dual 4 ohms
< 300 Hz
- High sensitivity
- High power
- Uses durable materials for the cone
- Has relatively wide frequency range
- Reasonably priced
- May sound distorted in some enclosures
American Bass XFL 1544 Features
- Carbon-Kevlar enforced paper cone
The first feature that impressed me is the type of material used in its cone. As I mentioned earlier, bigger subs need big movements for them to hit the lowest possible frequency. And big movements require durable materials.
The good thing about paper cones is that they can absorb moisture from the air. This capability is good for the damping characteristics and the mass changing in a subwoofer. Also, because the paper has low mass yet are stiff at the same time, this diaphragm material is designed to produce quality sound.
But since paper is known to tear up easily, it needs reinforcement to ensure durability. In XFL 1544’s case, the reinforcement comes from carbon-kevlar. The latter is a known component of bullet-proof vests.
- High sensitivity
In my previous article, I discussed why sensitivity is a matter of importance in subwoofers. The lower the sensitivity, the more power it requires to reach the sound quality you want. This may result in more unconverted heat, which may end in subwoofer overheating.
An ideal speaker sensitivity is at least 88 dB. This measurement is considered average while anything above 90 dB is considered good to very good.
XFL’s 1544 has 91.3 dB, meaning you won’t have to worry much about heat not being converted to sound. Also, it means you can play your favorite dance music louder.
- High RMS power
For bass to sound according to how you want it to sound, it has to move a hefty amount of air. This movement calls for monstrous power.
Because the 1544 has 1000 W of RMS power, feeling the lowest frequency possible does not put so much stress on the entire subwoofer composition.
The drawback of having a high-powered sub, however, is that you are required to get a powerful amp, which usually comes with a heavy price tag.
- Wide frequency range
Although subwoofers are expected to play frequencies 80 Hz and below, it’s still a nice feature if they can belt out Hz more than that.
The 1544 can play as low as 16 Hz (probably even less) and can go as high as 300 Hz. Most subwoofers are only up to 200 Hz.
However, note that the frequency range is not enough basis that a sub can play low frequencies well. You also have to consider other elements such as the resistance.
American Bass XFL 1544 Reviews
The XFL 1544 has a high rating on Amazon and other review sites. The reviews are also mostly positive despite the fact that this sub is not highly advertised.
If you are to read the other reviews about this product, you will rarely see a critical one. If you do, it could probably be the installer’s lack of subwoofer knowledge.
Too bad, this sub’s site doesn’t put much emphasis on the capabilities of this subwoofer are.
American Bass XFL 1544 Alternatives
If a competition sub rated at 1000 W is too much for you, you can go for other subs with lower RMS power. They may not be as loud, but they can surely make your chest thump hard enough.
What’s more, low powered subwoofers do not require expensive high-powered amps.
Some of my recommended 15-inch subwoofers are these:
With an RMS power of just a quarter of XFL 1544, this 15-inch subwoofer works best for low-key, small group music listening.
If you love listening to extra bass all by yourself or with a small group of friends, this may do the trick for you.
If 250 W of continuous power is too low for you, VD-15 D4 may be your next bet. At 500 W, it may be just what you are looking for.
Also, if space is an issue, this sub has that covered because this is a shallow mount subwoofer, with a mounting depth of 6.92”.
Still not happy with 500 W? How about 600? Yes? Then P3D2-15 Punch P3 may work for you.
This sub uses a number of materials to ensure durability and sound quality. One of which is the VAST feature which ensures you get more cone than the rubber surround.
If you’re not sure a 15-inch subwoofer is the one for you, check out my guide to choosing the best car subwoofer.
Although 15-inch subwoofers are not really a necessity, they make our party more thumpy and lively, especially if it’s a gathering of a big crowd.
When using American Bass XFL1544 in your dance marathon, you can be assured that everyone feels the bass with its high RMS, high sensitivity, and wide frequency range. Add to that the fact that this 15-inch subwoofer is made of durable materials, making it last for several festivities.
So go ahead and check this beast out. Then you can go bassing ever after.