BMW Z3 Model 80S

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The Model 80S subwoofer system features an 8" subwoofer in a sealed enclosure designed for the Alumapro Alusonic 8, a high-quality subwoofer capable of producing some serious bass. The enclosure installs in the factory subwoofer (or storage compartment) location in between the seats. The Model 80S offers incredible bass, great power handling, and smooth frequency response.

Customers speak, we listen: we've updated Model 80S includes numerous improvements over the original Model 80. It has been redesigned for and now includes the Alumpro Alusonic 8 subwoofer - a stellar performer in this small sealed enclosure - and the grille is included. The vinyl covering is now stapled & glued. Additional damping material and sealant have been added. The enclosure wall thickness has been doubled for greater stiffness. And both the enclosure and speaker mounting hardware and methods have been improved. The best is now even better!

Will it Fit?

The Model 80S will fit any Z3 Roadster that came with factory roll hoops.

What's Included:

  • Model 80S enclosure
  • Alumapro Alusonic EX 8 Subwoofer (optional)
  • Mounting Hardware, Grille, & Damping Material

What You'll Need:

  • Amplifier - 100-250 watts
  • Amplifier Wiring Kit

Specifications (Model 80S enclosure):

  • Construction: Advanced Molded Composite
  • Internal Volume: 0.32 Ft3
  • Speaker Mounting Depth: 4.4"
  • Speaker Cutout Diameter: 7"
  • Speaker Overall Diameter: 8.7"

Specifications (Alumapro Alusonic EX 8):

  • Power Handling: 150 watts RMS/250 watts max
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Frequency range: 35-350 Hz
  • Fs: 35 Hz
  • SPL: 83 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Xmax: 10 mm
  • Vas: 0.75 Ft3
  • Qts: 0.69

Installation Instructions

BMW Z3 Model 80S.pdf

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What other subwoofers fit the Model 80S?

The Model 80S is designed for the Alumapro Alusonic EX8, and it's parameters are ideal for this enclosure. We can not guarantee fitment or performance with other woofers. However, if you are determined to use another subwoofer any subwoofer that will fit may be used - check the Overview tab for dimensions and specifications for the Model 80S. Other widely available, quality subwoofers that customers have reported fitting include:

  • Diamond Audio D3 8"
  • JL Audio 8w3v2 (Discontinued)
  • JL Audio 8w0 (Discontinued)

Why is the Model 80S louder, cleaner, and better than a subwoofer placed in the trunk?

Since the Model 80S is located in the cabin with the driver/passenger, it needs less power, creates fewer rattles, and has more even frequency response than a subwoofer placed in the trunk.

  • Volume - Doubling the distance between listener and speaker quarters the acoustic power delivered to the listeners ear. A subwoofer in the trunk is at a minimum twice as far from the listener as the RoadsterSound enclosures. So without even considering the biggest obstacle to a trunk mounted subwoofer - all the metal and insulation between trunk and cabin - you'd still need four times the amplifier power and speaker power handling to produce the same volume.
  • Rattles/Vibration - Ever sit at a traffic light next to someone with loud bass and even louder rattles? That's what you'll sound like with a subwoofer in your Z3's trunk. There is a lot of metal and insulating material between the trunk and the cabin, and it makes getting sound out of it difficult. Inevitably, you end up creating a significant amount of rattling and vibration in the process. The end result is embarrassing, and for most folks, unbearable.
  • Frequency Response - Sound can't pass through objects. It either passes around them or, if there is no path around the object, it vibrates the object which in turn vibrates the air on the other side and makes sound again. This is a large part of how sound gets out of your vehicle's trunk. Aside from the volume implications noted above, this wreaks havoc on your low end frequency response. A given solid object, be it a piece of sheet metal or a hunk of rubber, will not vibrate with the same ease across all frequencies, leaving your frequency response on the other side as bumpy as the Rocky Mountains.

The Model 80 speaker points up...won't all the sound be lost into the air above?

Short Answer: No, not at all. Low frequency sound is omni-directional - it travels outward evenly in all directions. The sound reaching the listeners ear from the installed Model 80 is identical to the sound that would reach the listener's ear if the speaker were pointed directly at the listener's ear. It's not intuitive, but it's true, and it remains true whether the top is up or down.

Longer Answer: To be more specific, all frequencies of sound can be directional or omni-directional. What determines whether or not sound is directional (think: beamed rather than radiated) is the ratio of the speaker's diameter to the wavelength of the frequency being produced. As the diameter of the speaker begins to approach the wave length of the frequency, the sound gradually begins to become directional. At a speaker diameter of 6 times the wavelength, the sound becomes an almost laser-like beam. At sea level, sound travels at about 1120 feet/second. So at 20kHz (20,000 cycles/second, the upper limit of human hearing) sound has a wavelength of about 2/3 of an inch. This means that with a tweeter as small as 3/4" (the diameter of many tweeters), the sound produced at 20kHz is already becoming directional, and with a speaker as small as 4" the sound is a laser-like beam. In contrast, at 50Hz (50 cycles/second) sound has a wavelength of over 22 feet. For sound to be relatively directional at this frequency you'd need a subwoofer 22 feet in diameter, and to create a beam of 50Hz sound you'd need a subwoofer over 130 feet in diameter! Try fitting that in a roadster.

You can test this yourself with your home theater (or home stereo with subwoofer) and a test tone CD. Place the speakers in the middle of a relatively large room (so that reflection isn't a large factor). Alternately play both low frequencies and high frequencies and walk in a full circle around the speakers. You'll notice that the higher frequencies drop off quite quickly as you approach the side and then rear of the speaker. However, once you get to test tones that are played exclusively by the subwoofer (80-100Hz and below) the sound is just as loud directly behind the subwoofer as it is in front of it. NOTE: You may encounter noticiably louder or softer areas that don't seem to relate to whether you are in front of or behind the subwoofer. These are standing waves. They will appear in an area parallel to a wall (assuming a rectangular room) and evenly spaced about the subwoofer (assuming the sub is in the center of the room). These are areas where the distance between the spot and the wall is an even multiple of the wavelength of the frequency being produced, and are a result of sound waves either combining or cancelling each other out.

Will my roadster's enclosure sound different with the top up/down?

Unfortunately, yes. This is a fact of life with convertibles. The roof, walls, and windows of a vehicle actually create a kind of speaker enclosure that serves to amplify low frequency sound. A good way to think of it is to imagine sitting inside a large speaker cabinet rather than outside. When the top is lowered, the elimination of this "enclosure" is exacerbated by increased road and highway noise. The Integral Audio FactoryFit™ enclosures compensate for this in ways the OEM sound systems can't - by having great low frequency extension and high power handling.

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