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700W 12" Chaos EXXtreme Series Single 4 ohm Subwoofer

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Boss Audio Store Boss CX122 12" Chaos EXXTREME Series Subwoofer

The CX122 Chaos EXXTREME Series 12" Subwoofer by Boss Audio has a peak power rating of 1400 watts and a RMS rating of 700 watts. This sub will produce some earth shaking bass and is constructed with a custom tooled polypropylene cone and a butyl rubber surround. This woofer is also equipped with a 2" Voice coil and a 30 oz magnet structure. Add some bumps in your trunk and enhance your cars stereo system with this Boss Chaos Exxtreme Series Subwoofer.

General Features:

  • 12" EXXTREME Series High Power Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 1400 watts
    • RMS: 700 watts
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Custom tooled polypropylene cone provides stability and durability
  • Butyl rubber surround for high amounts of excursion
  • 2" High temperature aluminum voice coil
  • 39 oz Magnet structure
  • Frequency Response: 25-3000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 94 dB
  • Mounting Depth: 4-1/8"
  • Cutout Diameter: 11-3/4"
  • Xmax: 5.99mm
  • Authorized Platinum Internet Dealer
  • 1 year Sonic Electronix, and 2 years Manufacturer's warranty

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Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
Chaos Exxtreme (Boss)
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
12"
Peak Power Handling
Peak power handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle during a brief musical burst. The RMS power range figure is a much more reliable rating for determining the speaker's power requirements. The Peak power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
1400 watts
RMS Power Handling
The RMS power is the amount of power the speaker requires to operate safely and properly. RMS Power Handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. We recommend powering your speakers or subwoofer with 80%-120% of its recommended RMS rating. The RMS power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
700 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Dual voice coil subs have more wiring flexibility than single voice coils subs; however, single voice coil subwoofers provide easier hookup options for wiring multiple subwoofers in parallel or series. You may also run a dual voice coil (DVC) sub in parallel, series, or combination. A quad voice coil has four voice coils and is equal to two dual voice coil subwoofers as far as wiring goes.
Single
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
The load value (in ohms) that the speakers present to the amplifier per voice coil - the amount of resistance to the current flow. This is a key specification as subs wired in parallel or low impedances can create problems with your amplifier and potentially void all warranties. We encourage you to ask our support department prior to purchase if you do not understand which impedance level will suit your application best.
4 ohms
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
25 - 3000 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
94 dB
Xmax (millimeters)
Typically measured in millimeters, the Xmax value is the measure of a speaker cone's maximum excursion in one direction while maintaining a linear behavior.
5.99 mm
Subwoofer Design
This is the design of the subwoofer or the opening of the subwoofer enclosure. Each design has it's own benefits, whether it is a square, circle, or oval.

Round/Circle: This is the typical and common subwoofer design. They have a round cone and are a circle in design.

Square: These woofers are able to achieve a greater cone area in a smaller space. Because of the greater surface area, some square subwoofers will be louder than a round subwoofer of the same size.

Round / Circle
Main Cone Color
This is the color of the speaker's or subwoofer's cone.
Silver
Woofer Composition
Lightweight woofer cone materials are essential for efficient operation. Poly cones produce exceptional sound and are sturdy against various changes in temperature. Paper cones are very efficient, and when treated for moisture resistance, will perform at a high level. Poly refers to polypropylene, which is thermoplastic or fibers that are polymers of propylene. IMPP refers to injection molded polypropylene, a commonly used process and material in speakers.
Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
A speakers surround is part of the suspension system. The surround protects the cone and prevents it from being displaced as it flexes out from the basket. It is usually made of a durable material like treated foam or rubber in order to withstand the strenuous job of producing bass frequencies.
Butyl Rubber
Subwoofer Grille
Most subwoofers are able to accommodate a universal grille; however, some subs include a grille and others have a specific, optional grille available for purchase separately. If "yes", then the subwoofer includes a grille. If "optional (sold separately)" the matching grille will need to be purchased in addition to the sub.
No
Re-Cone Kit Available
Some higher end subwoofers have replaceable cone assemblies. In case of a blown woofer, a recone kit allows for a simple replacement, as opposed to purchasing an entire new subwoofer.
No

Recommended Enclosure Specifications

Recommended Enclosure Type
This is the recommended type of enclosure that the subwoofer should be installed into. Some subwoofers are specially designed for particular enclosures.

Sealed: These enclosures completely enclose the air inside the box. These boxes produce a tight bass.

Ported/Vented: These enclosures have a slot of air to escape from the box. The result is a sound that has more "boom".

Bandpass: These are a combination of both sealed and ported enclosures. They can be very efficient, but require tuning for the best response.

Ported / Vented
Sealed
Minimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
2.0 cubic feet
Maximum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
2.0 cubic feet
Minimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
3.0 cubic feet
Maximum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
3.0 cubic feet
Top-Mount Depth
The depth when installed on top of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the bottom of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
4-1/8"
Cutout Diameter
The actual diameter of the hole you will need to cut out if you are creating a new mounting location for this speaker, or if you are mounting a subwoofer in a box.
11-3/4"
Shallow Mount Installation
This means that the subwoofer/speaker is designed to be installed in areas that do not have a lot of space. Shallow mount subwoofers are typically found under a seat or behind the seat in some trucks.

Shallow mount speakers will typically have a mounting depth of 2" or less, while shallow mount subwoofers will typically have a mounting depth of 3" or less.

No

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
3 years
Labor Warranty Duration
3 years
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
57%
4 Star
32%
3 Star
4%
2 Star
4%
1 Star
4%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.4
Value
4.8
Features
4.1
Design
4.5
Usability
4.9
Big R

Detroit, MI

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Not bad

May 28, 2011

Not the greatest sub in the world but also not the worst. I got one of these in a ported box being powered by a good Alpine amp. It hits pretty hard but you wont be shaking peoples houses riding down the street. Honestly for the price I can't really complain its a good sub if your just looking to add a little bump in your ride without spending a fortune.

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Josh

Los Alamos, NM

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Good Sub

March 26, 2011

I would definately decommend this sub for any application. I am running it on a tiny amp my friend is letting me borrow for the moment (120 watts) and i was thinking it would be maybe as loud as the little 8 incher i had previously had in my car. I was mistaken. It is louder than some of my friends cars, and is running on almost a twelfth of the power it can handle. I am very happy with this sub. I had to replace my rearview mirror because it was shaking too much.

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Juan

wilkesboro nv

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Great value

August 31, 2011

Buy its wonderful

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Carl

Utica New York

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Great Value.

November 5, 2014

This speaker is really great, I have one 12inch BOSS Chaos Sub paired with a BOSS RIP 495 Amplifier , I would highly recommend these speakers. This review is after a full 30 days of use.

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Christopher

harrison arkansas

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Buy!!!!!!! There Awsome

March 7, 2012

I Bought 2 of these subwoofers and ive got them paralleled on a boss ce-1250 1250 watt amp i bought on here! Let me tell you!!! They pound the crap out of my 96 ford escort lx. My uncle which lives about a block away says he can hear me clear as day in his house!! I would definitely buy more of these!!!

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Cuwee

Scottsdale, AZ

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Great Value!

October 27, 2011

I bought this sub for a temporary because of the price. I had two Rockford Fosgates 2000watt units, one blew. I put this Boss sub in and its hitting harder than the one fosgate that's left.

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KJ

Charlotte nc

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BOSS CX122

August 29, 2011

This product Sounds real good to me I have mine running off an 1000watt AutoTek Amp for the time being. I 've had plenty of people askin me do i have two 15's all the time... I would Recommend this product its worth the try You will enjoy it

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Ryan

Florence, SC

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Good bang for your buck!

October 13, 2013

I purchased these subwoofers and they perform excellently! Awesome price, too!

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Steven

Ararat, NC

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Hit Hard

September 11, 2012

I recommend these boss subwoofers. They are a great value and they really hit hard when paired with a good amp.

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Boss man

Hugo, Oklahoma

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Beating down your block

July 16, 2012

Great sub. All my friends like it, and you can hear me coming a block away.

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b-series ryder

Salisbury, NC

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ok

March 21, 2012

Product was installed into a bandpass enclosure. I don't recommend doing that. Specs said its ok but didnt perform to my expectations. Would like to have tried it in a different enclosure. It may have preformed better.

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Larry

Citra florida

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Bosscx122

January 2, 2012

This is a great speaker I would recommend it to anybody.

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scotty

Montgomery, Alabama

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good buy!

May 25, 2011

This is not the loudest sub I have ever heard but it produces a good amout of bass! For the price I would definitely recommend this! I have 2 of these hooked up to a 1500 watt mono block SSL amp and it hurts some of my friends ears and others say it is loud. My girlfriend heard me comin from over a block away while she was inside her house! Great sub for price!

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ChiTown64

Chicago, IL

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Love this Sub

December 3, 2014

Bought this sub 2 years ago along with a 1000 watt Rms monoblock amp in a custom made ported box in my 97 eagle talon and you can hear me down the street coming. All my friends are surprised and calls it the "magic" sub bc they think its 2 15s =D

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Zeus

Hartford, Connecticut

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Great Value

January 2, 2013

Boss CX122 has been a wonder to have & still is to this day. I'm happy with the product.

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denis

palm coast, FL

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Nice bang for the buck

October 3, 2014

Got 2 12s in my truck they hit and hard sound nice

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AdamDG

Beaumont, TX

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Great Buy!

August 4, 2012

This product is very cheap but it put out major bass! If you want a setup with 2 or more subs then i highly reccomend this sub!

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dreamchihuahua

Montesano, Wa.

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Excellent value

May 31, 2012

I highly recommend the Boss CX122 sub. I got a great deal, and was very surprised at the level of performance for the price. It sounds better than a sub that I purchased a few years ago for 3 times the price.

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Val

CA

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Bang for your buck

May 30, 2012

For the price you pay, this sub is good. I have a Hifonics amp wired at 4 ohms that puts out 650 RMS and this sub can handle it.

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James

Saint Louis, MO

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Good for the money

March 15, 2012

This sub is good for the price, but surely doesn't compete with the more expensive subs. This sub isn't as good as my previous Orion XtrPro 1000W 4Ohm sub, but it does have excellent sound for the money. If you're on a budget, this is a good deal. It looks nice at a glance, but the feeling of it is cheap.

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G

MN

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good sub while it lasted :)

March 14, 2012

This is a loud subwoofer but dont last long. I had 4 12's hooked up to a rockford fosgate t1500bdcp which is really 1937 rms on the birth sheet, at only half gain in a custom fiberglass box in the back of my navigator and they were hittin hard. Too bad they only lasted 4 days. Thats what i was expecting anyways i knew they were gonna blow but just wanted to see how long they would last and yea it was not much haha way overrated sub.

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christopher

Harrison, AR

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AWSOME!!!!!

January 25, 2012

I definitely would recommend this sub. Got it in the mail today unwrapped it had everything that goes with it, looks great, sounds awsome, i definatly dont regret buying this. I got another one commin in the mail pretty soon.

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Break Em' Off Kustomz

Beaumont, TX

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Great BUY!

December 25, 2011

I thought these subs were weak but to my suprise they beat hard and take a lot of punishmet. Would reccomend to anyone looking for great sound.

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Val

Cali

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Satisfied

November 29, 2011

I bought this sub because of the price. I blew my last sub and wanted a quick replacement for my budget build I'm doing. I've got just one of these and I've got 650 watts RMS running to it and I was actually quite surprised on the sound. You won't be shaking your door panels or trunk off but for what you pay, its worth it. Note that I've got this running in a 94 Corolla.

If you're looking to be heard from a block away or to show off, you'll probably want to buy something else, but if you're looking for something cheap that will produce some decent bass that you can 'hear' and feel a little bit, then I recommend this.

PS I reviewed this the day I got them and installed them. I cant say anything on durability yet but I'm hoping they last.

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Julia

tehachapi, CA

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Love these!

February 16, 2014

Great speakers, they look great and sound great! Gonna have to buy a bigger amp!

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MrZachB23

Cabot, AR

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Great subs!

July 17, 2012

Don't require a lot of airspace and they hit really hard. Great product for the price.

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sam

Sycamore, IL

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cx122

January 6, 2013

I own a regular cab short bed truck and bought this because i wanted a 12 that wasnt too big to mount behind my seat. i have it in a test box on my seat right now for break in procedure and dam does it sound good. right now im runnin a pioneer 820 watt amp to it bridged and the amp is about halfway up. It pounds! building a custom box for two of these subs and a amp from here too very great buy. thanks Sonix!

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zachary

melbourne, FL

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boss

May 17, 2011

i wasnt really happy with this sub it puts ou a little bass it's only for my center concole and i got 4 12's behind my colsole and i dont know just doesnt really do anythang it's good if your wantin a little bump but not if your lookin to show off

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CARB Compliant, 5/8" MDF Shallow Sub Enclosure Lined with Polyfil.

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12 oz. Can of Adhesive Spray

Spray adhesive used for adhering carpet to subwoofer boxes without bubbles.

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Gold Plated Dual Terminal Banana Plug Connector

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4 Ft of 1/4" Thick Black Heat Shrink Tubing

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1mm All Purpose Solder

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Universal 12" Subwoofer Grille

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1 Boss CX122 Subwoofer

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

2 Boss CX122 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp - Bridged

3 Boss CX122 Subwoofers

4 Channel Amp

4 Boss CX122 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

2 Channel Amp

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

4 Channel Amp

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Whats the best amp for a single Boss CX122?
matote on Dec 25, 2014
Best Answer: I have two of these and I run a Boss AR1600.2 with them but for just one you should run a Boss CX502.
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

CX122

UPC

791489113977

Weight

10.50lbs

Internal SKU

cx122

Internal Product ID

33849

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Boss CX122