There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to car subwoofers, so how do you choose the best one?
That’s the difficulty that many people face when they start shopping for subwoofers. Luckily, we’ve done all the work for you and narrowed down your choices to the seven best subwoofers around right now.
This 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.
Some of the features that this MTX product boasts include two 12-inch Terminator series subwoofers that can handle a total of 1200 W peaking at 800 W, with the recommended power range at 200 to 400 W. This subwoofer 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 on the subwoofers.
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Here is what you need to know about this subwoofer: it is a great beginner setup that’s easy to install with the wiring kit. This is definitely not best subwoofer out there, but it is a really good one if this is your first audio kit or upgrade – particularly because the price is so good. Even the amp is easy to hook up. There’s only one channel and one positive and one negative speaker terminal. There isn’t a great deal of power there, but this subwoofer does well on the midrange and low frequencies.
All in all it’s a great option and comes highly recommended by over 1,350 independent reviewers.
Next up, let’s take a look at this starter subwoofer 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 professional system – you’re definitely not going to get the booming and shaking that you would from a set of subwoofers that you might store in the trunk. However, if you just want to add a decent bit of bass, then this is a great option, particularly because you’ll be spending about the same amount of money as you would ordering a pizza!
The sensitivity 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 from the dealer 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 subwoofer is that it is small and cheap but powerful. It is not the most durable of items, so you’ll definitely want to secure it well to keep it from knocking around. You also have to use it at low or medium levels of volume for a few hours to warm it up to prevent any damage to the speaker. After the breaking in period, you should be able to go up to much higher volume levels however.
Best car subwoofer? Well, for the price it can’t be beaten.
If you are looking for a decent-sized subwoofer that is going to give you more performance than the model above, then 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, this subwoofer does not 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 subwoofer case which allows for serious sound quality. Plus, this subwoofer comes with a full year’s warranty and a guarantee of high quality construction.
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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 something to be impressed with. This is one of the best subs out there and will give you everything that you want. The only bad thing about this subwoofer is that, at 10 inches, it is a bit big. If you have a ton of space then you might want this simply because of the visual impressiveness. But for some vehicles this might be a bit of a tight fit.
This is probably the best subwoofer on this list when it comes to sound quality 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 subwoofer is simply incredible. The frequency range of notes that this subwoofer handles is simply 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 simply give outstanding performance. This may be the best subwoofer on the market when it comes to quality and performance.
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What you need to know about this subwoofer 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 subwoofer for you. However, if you are concerned about budget, you might want to choose a lesser priced 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. Still, if you truly want the best technology and the most incredible performance, this will give you exactly that.
Besides, this EVL is really great looking. You can set it up as a showpiece because between the red EVL spider logo and the deep black of the unit itself, it is truly a work of art visually.
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 performance and at a fair price, plus, this sub has the benefit of looking great, with a low-profile, sporty design and a very aesthetically pleasing look.
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 your subwoofer safe from heat damage, electrical shorts and overloads.
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This subwoofer 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 of this subwoofer 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.
This Rockford Fosgate subwoofer is named “Punch,” an apt name since that is 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 already includes everything that you are going to need to get the bass installed in your vehicle.
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 subwoofer 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 subwoofer gives you adjustments that allow you to set up 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.
It is 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 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. However, you do have to warm this sub off before you start going after those high volumes and 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 subwoofer 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 rond basis. If you like performance and still want to pay a fair price for a subwoofer, then you might want to go with this one. Get a couple of them and place them into an enclosure of your choice.
The bottom line is that there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to subwoofers for your car, and you will 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.
Well hopefully that’s given you 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?
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