When it comes to choosing the best car subwoofer for deep bass there are a lot of options out there, so which one should you choose?
It’s a difficulty that many people face when they start shopping for a subwoofer. So we’ve done the hard work for you by narrowing down your choices to the seven best subs around for bass and sound quality based on price, popularity and performance.
If you choose one of these you’ll never be disappointed when the beat drops!
***Best Car Subwoofer Under $200***
The MTX is a terrific piece of audio technology with several buying options. You can choose from an 8-inch, 10-inch or 12-inch enclosure, and you can choose whether or not to include an amplifier. This Terminator model houses two 12-inch subwoofers and features extremely rugged construction that will protect sensitive audio equipment on bumpy roads.
The dual 12-inch Terminator series subwoofers can handle a total of 1200 W peaking at 800 W, with the recommended power range at 200 to 400 W. This sub station also features a 2 inch aluminum voice coil, a cone made from polypropylene, a frequency response between 37 and 150 Hz as well as a full year’s warranty from the manufacturer.
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This is a great beginner’s setup that’s easy to install with the wiring kit. This is definitely not the best subwoofer out there, but it is a really good option if this is your first audio kit or an upgrade – particularly because the price is so good. Even the amp is easy to hook up.
There isn’t a great deal of power there, but this sub does well on the midrange and low frequencies, so if you’re looking for deep bass and good sound quality at an affordable price this is an excellent choice.
All in all it’s a great option and comes highly recommended, averaging a whopping 4.7 stars out of 5 from over 1,350 independent reviews.
***Best Cheap Car Subwoofer***
Next up, let’s take a look at this starter sub from Boss Audio. This is a single 8-inch subwoofer that is designed to add enough bass to your vehicle’s speakers to make a solid difference.
This is definitely not a high end system – you’re not quite going to get the booming and shaking that you would from a set of subwoofers stored in the trunk. However, if you want to add a decent amount of bass, then this is a great option, particularly as you’ll be spending about the same amount of money as you would ordering a pizza!
The sensitivity of this sub is 83 dB, with the resonant frequency of 49 Hz. The cone is polypropylene, there is a 2-inch copper voice coil, and it comes with a very good platinum warranty that lasts for three years.
This is a small subwoofer that will fit just about anywhere in your car. The depth and width are both 9 inches and the height is about half of that.
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What you really need to know about this sub is that it is small and cheap but powerful. It is built well but you’ll definitely want to secure it well to keep it from knocking around. To prevent any damages, you’ll also have to use it at a lower levels for a few hours to warm it up before enjoying some really deep bass. After the breaking in period, you should be able to go up to much higher volume levels without any problems.
Best cheap car subwoofer for deep bass? Yes, for the price it can’t be beaten.
***Best 10 Inch Car Subwoofer***
If you are looking for a decent-sized sub that is going to give you more bass performance than the models above, this might be just what you are looking for.
This is a high performance subwoofer that measures 10 inches and features 2-inch voice coils which increase output capability and enhance low bass. You can choose from two models, the vented enclosure or the port of enclosure.
The vented enclosure is specifically tuned to give you the best performance, providing up to 500 watts of peak power and 175 of RMS. In addition, it doesn’t suffer from some of the temperature problems that some others are prone to. That’s because of a 2-inch Kapton and a voice coil with multiple layers which prevent overheating.
The construction on this unit is really solid, with top-of-the-line carpeted and solid fiberboard construction. You get plenty of movement inside the sub case which allows for serious sound quality. Plus it comes with a full year’s warranty.
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What you need to know about this subwoofer is that it has an amazing price, really good performance and extremely high quality construction. In addition, the technology driving the sound output is really impressive.
This is one of the best subs out there and will give you everything that you want. The only bad thing is that at 10 inches it might be a bit big for some. If you have a ton of space then you might want this simply because of the visual impressiveness. But for some vehicles it might be a bit of a tight fit.
***Best Car Subwoofer For Deep Bass***
This is probably the best subwoofer on this list when it comes to sound quality, bass and technology. But it is by far the most expensive as well. However, with an 86% approval rating, thousands of happy customers, and an 81% five-star “perfect” rating on Amazon, the price seems justified.
If you want serious sound quality, this is the way to go, and there are a few reasons for that.
First of all, Skar is a well-known brand in the audio industry. They have a reputation for making some of the highest quality audio products on the market today, and the engineering behind this sub is simply incredible.
The range of notes that it can handle is staggering. The primary driver behind this sub is a high-flux, double-stack motor constructed of ferrite that is combined with the 4-layer voice coil to give outstanding performance. This may be the best subwoofer on the market when it comes to sound quality and performance.
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What you need to know about this sub is that it is hands down the best on our list – and the best that we could find. If price is no object then this is the sub for you.
However, if you are concerned about budget, you might want to choose a cheaper unit from this list and still get extremely good sound quality.
Only the discerning ear will be able to tell the difference between this and a couple of the others listed here. But if you truly want the best technology and the most incredible performance, this will give you exactly that.
The EVL is also a work of art visually, which doesn’t hurt. Size ranges from the compact 6.5 inch option, through 10, 12, 15 and up to an 18 inch model.
Best car subwoofer for deep bass? Yes!
***Best 8 Inch Subwoofer***
If you are looking for a subwoofer that is not going to break the bank, but performs almost as well as the most expensive ones on this list, then this is your guy.
This is the perfect midrange model, with amazing deep bass performance and at a fair price, plus, this sub has the benefit of looking great, with a low-profile, and sporty design.
If you have a smaller car and cannot fit any of the big subwoofers that you want, but still want incredible performance that the small models cannot give you, then this is the perfect solution. With a thin profile that could easily fit anywhere in your car, combined with a futuristic look and top-of-the-line performance for a midrange product, this is truly one of the best offerings on this list.
It features a MOSFET PWM power supply with both low and high level inputs, super bright LEDs that signify power and protection, variable bass boost and low pass filter as well as full control over the input gain in protection circuits that keep the sub safe from heat damage, electrical shorts and overloads.
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This sub has a ton of features and it looks great too. The flat design allows you to place it anywhere and still get amazing bass sound throughout your entire vehicle and for several blocks thanks to the 600 W that are being pushed through the amplified 8-inch output.
What truly adds the cherry on top is the fact that you have all of that control right in the palm of your hand. This sub comes with a remote control that allows you to get the perfect sound for every song you listen to.
Best 8 inch subwoofer for deep bass? Definitely.
***Best 12 Inch Car Subwoofer***
The Rockford Fosgate is nicknamed “Punch,” which is apt as that is exactly what it delivers. This is another premium model that most people will not be able to differentiate from the Skar EVL, reviewed above.
This is a really powerful 12-inch subwoofer, even though it is only pushing 300 watts, and what is really great about this system is that it includes everything that you are going to need to get lovely crisp bass in your car from the start.
The P300-12 is all about simplicity, and is intended for those who want to quickly add quality bass to their system or simplify their current setup, which might have wires and devices scattered throughout the vehicle. This ‘woofer features a closed loop design that ensures proper communication between the sub and amplifier, keeping everything within the enclosure and pumping out pure bass sound through the output.
You get a detachable power and ground connector, auto shutoff functions, protection against heat and electrical problems and an engineering design that only pulls the current that it needs – which is a very small amount.
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Finally, this sub allows you to adjust the settings until you find a set up to produce the perfect sound. The high-output woofer is controlled with a remote that allows you to set the bass level, as well as adjust the bass boost equalizer.
It comes with a one year warranty and the guarantee of a high-quality product. Just excellent!
***Best Compact Car Subwoofer***
It’s important to note up front that this is the sub driver only. You will have to get your own enclosures for these, but any properly sealed enclosure is going to do the trick. In fact, these Pioneers have a reputation for staying within the enclosure, even while other subs are rattling the dashboard.
This is a super low-key subwoofer that is going to give you some amazing bass performance. What is more, the price is excellent, especially for such a well-known brand. Pioneer has been making great audio equipment for a long time and this sub is no exception.
In fact, this is probably the best performing subwoofer that you are going to get in this class, and for a budget option, this stands with the big boys on this list; features a voice coil cooling system that improves the durability of the sub and pumps out amazing bass sound.
You will need to warm this sub up before you start going after those high volumes and deep bass that carries for blocks. You should use low sound at first – at least for a few hours – and then you can switch to medium; wait a few days before you start cranking the volume right up though.
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This is not the lowest-priced sub on this list, but it is definitely the one that outperforms the other budget options that we have featured, making it arguably the best car subwoofer on all round basis.
If you like performance and still want to pay a fair price for a sub, then you might want to go with this one. Get a couple of them and place them into an enclosure or two of your choice.
It’s the best compact car subwoofer we could find.
The bottom line is that there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to choosing a subwoofer for your car that can provide great sound quality and clean, crisps bass. You’ll usually have to decide what is going to be the most important to you – price point or sound quality.
However, with the ones on this list, you get the best of both.
If you pushed us, we’d go with the Boss Audio sub for price, the MTX for popularity and the Skar for performance.
It’s all well and good highlighting the best car subwoofer brands on the market but what about installation, maintenance, testing and tuning? Well, in this troubleshooting section we’ve set out some brief answers to the most common questions that we get asked in this area.
Q – Car Subwoofer Installation – How Do I Do It?
A – We’ve written a full post about this here, but in summary you’ll need to: get a wiring kit; disconnect your car’s battery; thread the power cable from the battery to your subwoofer; connect the signal wires to your audio system; connect the earth wire; mount the sub; and connect everything together.
Here’s a handy clip to help you with this:
Q – Should I Get An Underseat Subwoofer?
A – It’s not a bad idea at all. In fact many people choose to go down this route. There can be several benefits to getting an underseat subwoofer. The most notable is the space saving benefit. If you can find a good model built inside a sealed enclosure with self-amplification you should be able to enjoy some great deep bass without the box taking up any extra room at all in the cabin.
Having a subwoofer under your seats also has security benefits as opportunist thieves are unlikely to know of its existence. The other key benefit is that they are usually quite affordable.
Q – Car Subwoofer Tuning – How Do I Do It?
A – First you need to adjust the crossover, which is the point at which the bass notes start to kick in (so it’s very important). You want this set at just less than the frequency where your speakers fall away (check your user guide or experiment manually). After setting the crossover set the gain by turning your sub down until you can no longer hear it. once you reach this point turn it back up again ever so slightly until the bass kicks in. Check out this post on LifeHacker for further help.
Q – How Can I Tell If My Sub Is Blown?
A – First grab a multimeter, detach the voice coil from the positive and negative terminals and clip then to the corresponding terminals on the multimeter. If the multimeter shows some electrical resistance in the voice coil circuit you can be pretty sure that this element is not blown and move on to testing the cone. If however the multimeter shows is no electrical resistance in the voice coil circuit you’ll need to replace it.
After taking the cover off of your sub you can test the cone by placing your hands firmly on opposite sides and pressing gently to see if there is any movement. The cone is designed to move, so if it doesn’t you have a problem.
Finally, you can test the sound on your sub manually by turning your audio system to a low volume to start with, increasing it slowly to a mide range, whilst listening to the sound quality. Any distortion (or lack of crispness to the bass) is often an indication of a blown sub. I continuous rattling sound is another key sign.
Q – Car Subwoofer Wiring – How Do I Do It?
A – See the answer on installation above and the associated link to our full post on this.
Q – What Is The Best Subwoofer Box Design For Deep Bass?
A – It’s generally accepted that a sealed box is best if you’re looking for a crisp deep bass. A completely sealed box will generally produce cleaner bass than other designs, but it will require more power so you’ll need an amp to accompany it. Some vented boxes can produce better deep bass than sealed boxes, but these are likely to be much larger in size and therefore a less viable option for most cars. A sealed box enclosure should be fine 99% of the time.
Q – How Do I Make A Car Subwoofer Box?
A – We’ve put together a handy little step by step guide for you here.
Q – Car Subwoofer Placement – Where Should They Go/Face?
A – There is no right or wrong way to place your subs. Assuming that you are installing them in the trunk you will need to carry out your own testing, with the subs facing toward the driver, sideways and away from the driver to get a feel for which setup produces the best deep bass. The make up of your car and its trunk will have a big part to play in which direction your sub needs to face for maximum bass. Try positioning your subs facing in different directions whilst playing a 35-40 Hz bass tone through the sub with the car windows all closed. The position that produces the cleanest, fullest bass is where you should place your subwoofer.
For a few ideas take a look at this interesting thread on Piston Heads.
Q – Car Subwoofer Not Working – What Should I Do?
A – Follow the testing advice under the FAQ above on how to tell if your sub is blown. If that doesn’t work you’ll need to speak to a specialist.
Q – What Is A Car Subwoofer Kicker And Do I Need One?
A – This isn’t actually a technical term – there is no additional element that you can add to your setup to give it an extra kick or a boost – it is in fact the name of a high performance car audio brand that has been around since the seventies.
Q – Can I Get A Car Subwoofer With A Built In Amp?
A – Yes, many subs now come with a built in amplifier. The Sound Storm reviewed above (which we consider to be the best 8 inch subwoofer around) is a great example.
Hopefully that’s given you some food for thought.
Have you tried any of these? If so how did you get on with them? Which one do you think is the best car subwoofer for deep bass?
Let us know below.
Want to know the difference between a passive and powered subwoofer? Check out this great article by Lifewire.
You might also be interested in our article on the best car speakers with bass.