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Best Enclosed Subwoofer Systems 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated February 1, 2019
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Maurice TurnerLet’s get started. After more than 48 hours of research, including interviewing two experts and spending 10 hours testing 23 popular enclosed subwoofer systems, I found the best enclosed subwoofer systems of 2018.

The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing. You see I’m an average member of the public just like you and the main reason I decided to publish a review website on enclosed subwoofer systems is because I was looking for one not so long ago.

Best Enclosed Subwoofer Systems of 2018

Not all enclosed subwoofer systems are created equal though. Like choosing clothes or cosmetics, choosing enclosed subwoofer systems should be based on your purpose, favorite style, and financial condition. The above tidbits will bring you closer to selecting enclosed subwoofer systems that best serves your needs and as per your budget. I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency).

Test Results and Ratings

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№1 – Dual Electronics BP1204 12 inch illumiNITE High Performance Studio Enclosed Subwoofers with 1

 
Dual Electronics BP1204 12 inch illumiNITE High Performance Studio Enclosed Subwoofers with 1

Pros
INCREASED OUTPUT CAPABILITY – specialized tuned port with computer aided design and 2.5” Voice Coils vastly increases output efficiency for your subwoofers providing you with consistent low sounding bass
DIGITALLY OPTIMIZED SUBWOOFERS – are carefully crafted for efficient and accurate bass, providing power handling up to 1100 Watts of Peak Power, 600 Watts RMS at a 4 Ohm impedance and Frequency Range between 30Hz – 200kHz for unrivaled sound superiority
Cons
Absolutely no frills
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this enclosed subwoofer systems win the first place?

I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.

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№2 – Dual Electronics SBX6502 2 Way Full Range Enclosed Speakers with 6.5 inch Subwoofers & 3 inch Horn Tweeters

 
Dual Electronics SBX6502 2 Way Full Range Enclosed Speakers with 6.5 inch Subwoofers & 3 inch Horn Tweeters

Pros
INCREASED OUTPUT CAPABILITY – a specialized tuned port with computer aided design vastly increases output efficiency for your subwoofers
DIGITALLY OPTIMIZED WOOFERS – are carefully crafted for efficient and accurate bass, providing power handling of up to 300 Watts of peak power, 50 Watts of RMS power, 4 Ohm Impedance and Frequency range of 45Hz – 25kHz
Cons
Heavier and thicker.
Exterior build could be improved.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this enclosed subwoofer systems come in second place?

This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.

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№3 – Kenwood KSC-SW11 Compact Powered Enclosed Subwoofer for CAR

 
Kenwood KSC-SW11 Compact Powered Enclosed Subwoofer for CAR

Pros
Aluminum enclosure with 8-1/4″ x 5-1/8″ Sub
•Compact powered subwoofer•
•wired remote for control over: volume level, variable low-pass crossover(50-12)
Cons
Fairly expensive.
The least durable frames we reviewed.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this enclosed subwoofer systems take third place?

A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.

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Enclosed Subwoofer Systems Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy enclosed subwoofer systems, right? No!

Component Subwoofers

Recommended for who want to install a personalized subwoofer system in their vehicles and looking for more powerful bass.

The component subwoofer is a speaker without any enclosure. Available in different sizes and power, it provides you with an option to personalize according to your size and power needs. The size varies from inches to 1inches. The bigger the size of the subwoofer, more heavy bass you can get.

Component subwoofers are passive and best option for customization. You also have to buy or design a subwoofer box or enclosure for the subwoofer that fits your car to house the component subwoofer. If you are using a large-sized subwoofer, the enclosures are usually placed in the trunk of the vehicle.

How to Customize a Component Subs According to Your Preference?

Amplifier

A subwoofer is the type of loudspeaker that is designed to produce low-pitched audio frequencies commonly known as bass. The range of frequencies for the subwoofer is typically 20 Hz to 200 Hz. The lower the frequency it can play, the better the sound quality it offers.

Subwoofers are made of one or even more than one woofer, which is a technical term for loudspeaker driver. Subwoofers are useless if they are used without the enclosure and amplifier.

Also known as subwoofer box, it is a box that contains subwoofer. It is another key component of the subwoofer that can make a difference in terms of sound production and power handling based on the type and size used.

There are three major types of enclosures available for car subwoofers.

Sealed: These are used to produce clean and accurate bass sound. The most common type of enclosure is carefully airtight sealed and offers optimal power handling.

Ported: These are used to produce big, boomy sound and bigger output. In the ported enclosures, a vent is used to allow air movement into the box that reinforces bass response. The ported enclosure is also commonly known as bass reflex.

Bandpass: These are not common and only used to produce heavy bass. In this type of enclosure, the subwoofer is placed into the sealed box which is attached to another ported chamber.

The two most common types are sealed and ported. Sealed boxes require more power compared to the ported box so you mostly need an external amplifier that can provide the required power.

An amplifier that acts as a power source for subwoofers is another mandatory part of subwoofers. As subwoofers require more power than ordinary speakers to produce low-frequency sound, the amplifier is what turns an ordinary speaker into a subwoofer by providing the required power. It is the amplifier that increases the power of the source component’s audio signal.

If you are buying a powered sub, it will have a built-in amplifier, but if you are buying a passive one, you have to make sure that the external amplifier matches in power with the subwoofer. An unmatched amplifier and subwoofer pair can damage your system or distort the sound.

Tip: When buying a high-powered amplifier, make sure it is not too powerful for your car batteries otherwise it will drain your car batteries very quickly.

Peak Power

This shows that maximum power a subwoofer can handle with a burst of sound. This is not the indication of the actual power that is only measured through RMS power. When looking for the power required by the subwoofer, look for RMS power ratings.

Tip: It is important that the subwoofer’s RMS Power matches with the amplifier’s power output otherwise it will damage the subwoofer.

Another spec to look for is higher sensitivity rating if you want to achieve higher output (louder sound from less power). Also known as efficiency and measured as SPL (Sound Pressure Level), it is mentioned in decibels (dB) units.

Number of Voice Coils

The best free air subwoofers have dual voice coils for more flexibility in the wiring of car woofer systems. The subwoofers that use dual coils come with separate connections and are mounted on the same cylinder.

The debate about the size of subwoofers deciding the volume of sound production has been considered many times. There are other factors that affect the productivity other than size are enclosure type, sensitivity, and power availability. The ultimate goal is the quality of sound and its volume, regardless of the size.

Polk Audio RC85i 2-Way100W RMS In-Wall Speakers

Relatively easy to install, this is one of the most popular and affordable in-wall speaker models irrespective of brand.

Polk Audio RCi series in-wall speakers are capable of great overall sound performance and are most suitable where higher volumes and great bass response are required. The RC85i uses a rather massive 8-inch mid-bass blue polymer driver with Infinite Baffle tuning, capable of delivering rich bass irrespective of the wall you put them in.

These speakers come with a removable and paintable grill and are timber matched to Polk Monitor, TSi and OWM series speakers.

What you need to know

One issue many come across when design a home theater is surely that of speaker placement, or rather how the many different audio speakers associated with today’s 5.and 7.1-plus multi-channel audio systems are going to impact the overall home theater room decor.

Well, it is here that in-wall and in-ceiling speakers provide suitable alternatives to free-standing conventional speakers in both the home theater and in multi-room home entertainment.

Up to not long ago, this hidden-sound technology did not perform well especially in multi-channel 5.music listening and home theater applications. Stereo sound has always been much easier to satisfy with in-wall and in-ceiling speaker systems.

But things have changed…

Today, you can conceal specially designed speakers in walls and in ceilings while still enjoying really good quality sound — though not to the same extent as is possible with conventional free-standing speak systems for the same capital outlay.

In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speaker Basics

In-ceiling and In-wall speakers work like conventional speakers except that they do not come with a cabinet. Instead, they are mounted on a specially designed frame to allow the speaker to be canceling in the wall or ceiling. In this way, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers use the wall or ceiling cavity as a large cabinet. This explains why they tend to deliver more bass especially when not mounted in a suitably designed back-box. However, if you are after the best sonic performance with in-wall speakers, it is not recommended to leave the back box out of your equation when planning an in-wall or an in-ceiling speaker installation.

The problem with in-wall speakers is that you will never know how your concealed speakers will sound until you install them. It is true that some ceiling and in-wall speaker systems come with dedicated bass and treble tone controls to help you better tune your speakers once installed with the rest of your speaker setup.

The presence of a back box designed specifically for your selected in-wall or in-ceiling speaker will do a lot more to control your in-wall speaker or ceiling speaker performance. The back box gives you better control over resonance, while maintaining the correct tonal balance with the rest of your home theater speakers; the latter is fundamental to achieve a unified soundfield in multichannel audio.

In-Wall THX UltraLCR Speaker

Equally important is that high-quality in-wall speakers can be especially expensive in comparison to traditional home theater speakers. A case in point is the

Mind you, this Atlantic in-wall speaker is a state of the art speaker. It is a THX Ultra speaker capable of handling 200W continuous power and comes with an enclosed midrange that can be rotated up to 90 degrees and tilted by up to degrees to better direct the sound towards the listening area. The latter is an extremely important feature when working with in-wall speakers as it gives added flexibility to your in-wall speaker placement.

In-Ceiling Loudspeaker

In-ceiling home theater speakers suffer from a major acoustical disadvantage over both in-wall and conventional free-standing speakers, namely that of firing directly at the floor. This acoustical disadvantage would be further enhanced by a bare floor.  Some in-ceiling speakers such as the Polk TC80i shown here use a tilted speaker to direct more of their sound towards the listener.

This floor-firing characteristic limits the use of in-ceiling speakers to general audio applications in offices and whole-house installations rather than in multichannel speaker setups in the home theater. Their use in the home theater is rather limited as rear surrounds rather than as front speakers.

Choosing your Speakers

The process of selecting your in-ceiling or in-wall audio speakers follows on the same footsteps as conventional speakers — especially when it comes to power handling, speaker sensitivity, speaker frequency response, etc.

As with free-standing speakers, concealed speakers come designed with different speaker characteristics to match the requirements associated with the different applications. For example, it is one thing using speakers for the main fronts and another using speakers for the surrounds. In other words, ensure that the speakers you choose are designed for your specific application.

Equally important is where you plan to install in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. Do you have enough clearance to allow for an in-wall speaker installation? Check the speaker dimensions first.

Klipsch RW580300W Dual 8″ Passive In-wall Subwoofer

This passive premium Klipsch in-wall subwoofer comes in an integrated sealed enclosure for best performance. It is a rather expensive subwoofer that is best powered by the specifically designed Klipsch subwoofer amplifier.

PDIWS2Dual 8-inch passive in-wall subwoofer

An inexpensive alternative option that can do a lot towards enhancing the bass in your home theater; this Pyle passive in-wall subwoofer comes with a 250W continuous power rating and has relative good bass response for the price.

The best way to complement the sound of ceiling and in-wall speakers is to use a dedicated subwoofer. Rather, while with full-size free-standing tower speakers, you may do away with a dedicated subwoofer, this is not the case with in-wall and in-ceiling speaker installations. In these circumstances, the use of a dedicated subwoofer helps produce a fuller, more realistic sound.

In-wall subwoofers are readily available though these generally come as passive subwoofers. One such option is the Klipsch dual 8-inch in-wall subwoofer featured on the right. This is a rather expensive premium option but cheaper options such as the Pyle PDIWS2can still do a lot (though not to the same extent) towards enhancing the bass in your room for much less.

However, a free-standing option should not be an issue when it comes to subwoofers.  Most powered subwoofers are small enough to be placed behind your couch. One main advantage of subwoofers with respect to the rest of your home theater speakers is that subwoofer placement is not critical. In other words, you can almost literally hide your subwoofer away from site without affecting sound performance.

Vehicle-specific subwoofers

If you’re looking for something that won’t require you trying to be handy, the Vehicle-specific subwoofer is the best solution. These subwoofers are mounted into a pre-made enclosure that is designed for the particular car model. Also, they are made to match the interior of the car. The downside to these subwoofers, they are not producing big, loud bass.

Enclosed subwoofers

These are a great option if you’re looking for something convenient that will save you some time. Enclosed subwoofers are already mounted into a perfect enclosure for said subwoofer. You will need an amplifier to power it, though. The downside to enclosed subwoofers is the reduced choice options.

Powered subwoofers

These subwoofers are mounted in a compact enclosure and powered by an amplifier. Powered subwoofers sound great, and they are effective when it comes to producing bass. However, as they are mounted into a compact enclosure, they don’t have a lot of power to produce window shaking bass.

Component subwoofers

These are the subwoofers we covered in this article. They are just the speaker itself, without enclosure or amplifier, you are the one who pick out both the enclosure and the amplifier. The component subs come in different sizes, varying from inches to 1inches, and you can choose from a pretty wide variety of subs. These are perfect if you want to personalize your car stereo system.

The size of the woofer

Subwoofers come in sizes varying from inches to 1inches. In theory, larger subwoofers produce louder bass. However, size is not the only factor when it comes to performance, so don’t undervalue the small-sized subs.

Sensitivity rating, type of enclosure and power handling capability also greatly impact the performance. Every subwoofer can produce amazing sound if it is positioned well, and powered well. But if you want something that will shake your car, you should go for the bigger-sized woofer.

Power handling

The two most important ratings are Continuous power handling (RMS) and peak power handling. Peak power is important, but RMS power is the one you need to pay more attention to. RMS represents how much power a subwoofer can handle continuously for long periods of time. Peak power handling tells you how much power a subwoofer can handle for short periods of time, so try not to base your choice on that number.

Impedance

This is the effective resistance of an electric circuit to the current flow, and it is measured in ohms. Most subwoofers are rated at Ohm impedance, but there some subwoofers rated at Ohms and Ohms. One more thing is very important, a subwoofer and an amplifier both need to have the same impedance rating in order to work when combined.

Power Acoustik MOFO 15-Inch Competition Subwoofer

The Power Acoustik MOFO 15-Inch Competition Subwoofer Dual 2-Ohm Voice Coils is by far one of the loudest sounding subwoofer that you will ever install in your car! The Power Acoustik MOFO is a 1inch sub that have a power rating capacity of 300 watts and is fitted with 4-spline patent pending heat sink to prevent overheat. It also features dual Conex Spiders and UV coated foam surround. To get the best out of this sub it is usually recommended that either buy or built a custom subwoofer box that is in line with the specifications available at power acoustics website.

Loudest Subwoofer Brands

Because of the huge demand and interest in these types is subs, there are tons of competitive subwoofer brands emerging with different models, sizes and features to satisfy the available and hungry market. One thing that you should however understand is that different factors including the subwoofer box, amplifier system and the overall setup combines to make the perfect subwoofers for competition. So while keeping these factors in mind when shopping around, here are some brands of sub designed to make the loudest noise and buzz;

The underlying difference…

While there may not be that much difference between competition and standard subwoofers, on a closer scrutiny you will begin observing that the former are designed and constructed with bigger structure, weight and are fabricated to produce extra power and bass than the more traditional and standard built subs. also these types have a good mounting depth than the traditional shallow mount subwoofers. and they also come in different sizes including inch subwoofer and 1in subwoofers as well. as hinted earlier, other factors apart from the subwoofer itself plays major and crucial role in determining how competitive and impressive your subwoofer sound output are and one of such factors is the type of custom subwoofer boxes that you have the subwoofer installed in. there are different types of subwoofer boxes with each types having their own strength and weakness. If you seek lots of bass power and volume from your sub with the sound quality not being a factor then you should have your sub installed ported enclosure box.

For multiple subwoofer outputs on your processor

If you have multiple sub outs (which is a rarity right now but becoming more and more common on newer receivers), then your job is a little easier. Simply connect an RCA cable from each sub out of your processor to each of your subwoofers.

Next configure the layout in your processor if given the option. Some processors will allow you to set the sub out to: mono, stereo L/R and front/back.

Use the appropriate setting depending on your layout but also note that

For one subwoofer output on your processor

If your processor only has one sub out connection, you will need a male to female y-splitter (see Processor Y-Splitter picture below) such as the Impact

Acoustics Sonicwave 1-male to 2-female splitter. Next connect each subwoofer to the splitter subwoofer cable choice would be the Sonicwave Series from Impact Acoustics.

Amplified

The passive models do not have their own amplification. They require you to power them, and they use a lot of power, especially when producing deep bass.

Amplified under seat subwoofers have built-in amplifiers. They are easy to install and uninstall. You can use these subs in a rented car because of their portability. Most of them have slim profiles for convenient installation in tight spaces.

Product Highlights

The New Kicker 11HSis finest compact hideaway subwoofer system. It has an inbuilt amplifier with a power rating of 150 watts RMS. Weighing 9.pounds and measuring 13-7/by 3-1/by 9-3/inches, the sub adds some serious bass to your car audio system.

Its compact design is engineered specifically for tight spaces in your car, such as under or behind your car seat. You can even hide it away in the trunk in case you want the bass sound to emerge from the back.

This unique hideaway subwoofer offers a continuous power output of a hundred and fifty watts, and a sensitivity of 9dB at watt for each meter. It consists of both low and high-level inputs, meaning that you can use both factory and aftermarket radio and speakers.

Why You Won’t Like It

One of the best 8-inch subwoofers that you can find belongs to RockFord. This amazing 8-inch subwoofer is simply one of the best because of the features it possess but you don’t have to pay too much for it.

They come in two versions; a or 4-ohm models with 500w maximum power handling and 250 RMS. The subwoofer has Kevlar fiber reinforced paper cones with high-density polyfoam so you know that it is made with quality materials.

It also has high temperature voice coils with Nomex collar as well as a flex fit basket. It allows adjustment so you don’t have to have a hard time doing so. It can also be turned down to 3Hz, but we recommend tuning your box to about 45-50 Hz if you wish to have a better audio experience.

Kenwood KSC-SW1Powered Underseat Subwoofer

This under seat subwoofer is a kenwood powered subwoofer making it all the more wonderful than it already is. It is one of the absolute choices that people generally go for and the features that make it absolutely drool worthy are:

If you’re someone who wishes for a loud bass, one which produces low frequency sounds with utmost clarity and loudness and in a limited space, you pick is definitely Kenwood car under seat super slim powered subwoofer aluminum.

It is not only super slim which makes it easier to accommodate in almost any kind of vehicle but also extremely clear in its sound effects.

Again, the fact that it has an in built amplifier within in to enhance the low frequency music is something that is sure to bowl you over.

The frequency that this subwoofer generally tends to generate or focus on is the frequency ranging between 35hz to 125hz.

It is one such subwoofer that has aluminum finish that not only prevents rattles and other kinds of problems that most subwoofers tend to put you through but also make the whole hassle of maintenance an easier task.

Kenwood KSC-SW1Powered Subwoofer

If you are limited in space or just looking to add some bass to your system, this kit is for you. The Kenwood KSC-SW1is a compact low profile powered subwoofer system that can be added under car seat, in tight spaces or just in your trunk.

Kicker 40TCWRT1010” Underseat Subwoofer

This subwoofer is as popular and widely used as it is because it can be easily accommodated beneath truck seats to perfection. This is basically every truck owner’s ultimate guide to music and the features that make it stand out from the rest of the subwoofers are as follows:

The rest of the subwoofers are not solely designed for the sake of truck accommodation but this Kicker subwoofer, unlike the other subwoofers has been solely designed for trucks.

It is sealed and tightly packaged which makes its sound effects all the more amazing. This is because subwoofers sound the best when they’re completely enclosed within a small space so as to give them enough space to blow out in.

For all the truck owners who have been wailing over the non existence of such under seat subwoofers as would perfectly fit under their seat without being either too small or too huge, this Kicker subwoofer is the answer to their pleas.

Kicker 40TCWRT10Underseat Subwoofer

Slim-profile, CompRT Loaded Enclosures are perfect for pickup-truck seats that hug the back of the cab, with three sub sizes in tight, sealed enclosures. They are the smallest sub boxes we’ve ever designed, but still blistering, true high-performance KICKER woofers and boxes.

With under seat subwoofers being designed for all kinds of purposes and for all kinds of vehicles, cars and bigger vehicles alike, the pick-up trucks hardly have a single kind of under seat subwoofer to suit their needs and since such is the case, here is the Pioneer TSSWX250subwoofer with more features than ever and here are some of its features mentioned with thorough detailing:

This subwoofer, unlike the other subwoofers which claim to be small, compact and light, is neither very small nor easy to carry but it is very much usable if installed perfectly in a pick-up truck, the way it should be.

This subwoofer again has a pre loaded amplifier but in a bigger size compared to the other compact subwoofers.

This, however, is in no way a flaw because this bigger size only helps the truck drivers to listen to the music they o so love in their sweet leisure time with amazing sound effects in a level that the compact subwoofers cannot help you enjoy.

The frequency range that it generally produces is between 25hz to 125hz which is indeed the perfect range for a sound system that large.

Again, it’s great quality and durability makes it the perfect choice for all truck drivers who just have to make a one-time investment and, then get done with all of it.

SSL LOPROPowered Subwoofer

This SSL LOPROamplified subwoofer system is more of a boon than you give it credit for. Firstly, the most important criteria for making it to the top list of the best powered subwoofer is that it should be amplified and like every other subwoofer I have listed above, this under seat subwoofer is amplified as well. However, the features that made this subwoofer one of the best ones this year are as follows:

The frequency range of the SSL LOPROamplified subwoofer system is 20hz- 150hz and this is no doubt the largest frequency covered among all the other subwoofers listed above.

Apart from this subwoofer being small in size, it is pre amplified which reduces the pressure of having to install an external amplifier for the same purpose.

The small and compact size of the subwoofer makes it easier for it to be installed in just about any vehicle that there is.

This is the most important feature in any subwoofer because unless it can be used by people owning all kinds of vehicles, what is the use of it?

You also get a remote control to enhance or lower the frequency sounds generated or produced by it effectively.

Under seat subwoofer

Under seat subwoofer is not like any other regular subwoofer and in fact it is better than regular subwoofers in more ways than one. The most common problem that every subwoofer tends to put you through is its disadvantage of being out in the air. What I mean to say, is that subwoofers are best heard and work best when they’re put in enclosed spaces where their sound can be echoed and produced in full capacity.

So, the under seat subwoofer, being under the seat of a car or any other vehicle for that matter, makes the setting all the more favorable for the subwoofers which already have an issue with open spaces in general as well. The under seat subwoofers make the whole musical experience a magical one and unlike the normal subwoofers which are difficult to carry and install, are way easier to carry and install and very much portable if you ask me. Subwoofers are best if they’re light to carry and good to look at, very much like what the under seat subwoofers are.

Compact subwoofer

Now, believe it or not, what people are actually looking for when it comes to every kind of device is it being compact and portable and the Subwoofer, in this regard, is no exception. Every person who owns a subwoofer has always wanted to own one which is not only as beautiful in its use as all the subwoofers are but easier to carry too. This is because most subwoofers take up a lot of space, are in no way compact and take a lot of time to install and these are the things that tend to make people get fed up of the subwoofers.

But what if you get all the qualities of a subwoofer, in a subwoofer which is not only compact and portable but extremely easy to install as well?  Of course you go get it in a jiffy. Compact subwoofers are not just extremely useful for the transportation and portability purposes but also produce better and clearer music if you give it a chance to. Since compact subwoofers are small, they tend to get into any kind of enclosed space with no difficulty which in turn goes on to become its ultimate success because it is in enclosed spaces that the subwoofers work best.

Powered car subwoofer

Powered car subwoofers are such subwoofers which have amplifiers or sound boosters inside them or in the enclosed space where they are to be placed. This is turn reduces the pains of having to install an external amplifier which will in turn burn out much of your car’s power. The powered car subwoofer is therefore easily installed, compact and easy to carry and most importantly, does not require an external sound booster in it which would not only have used up most of the car’s power but also made the entire process extremely expensive.

Normal subwoofers are huge and take up a lot of space in your car but the powered car subwoofers take up minimal space and are lighter and help you carry it with utmost ease and comfort. They again tend to not use up the car’s power as much as the original subwoofers do. They are again easier to install compared to normal subwoofers and far less expensive than them. All these factors tend to make them the perfect pick of subwoofer for people with small cars who do not need excess noise.

Small subwoofer

Small subwoofer is not very different from compact subwoofer. It is as much compact and easier to carry as the compact subwoofer and has all the features that it has. However, the one prominent different that I must mention is the fact that the small subwoofers, unlike compact subwoofers which tend to be portable, are not very portable. They might be smaller in size but equally heavy and difficult to install correctly but one thing that you must remember is that subwoofers of all kind, big or small, tend to give you the best experience of musical hearing.

Amplified subwoofer

Again, amplified subwoofers are such subwoofers which tend to have amplifiers installed within them. This is turn tends to help you in more ways than one. Not only do you not have to install an external amplifier for the amplified subwoofers but also save up on a large portion of your car’s power which would otherwise have become a complete nuisance for you. The amplified subwoofer, is, again relatively cheaper than the normal subwoofers and produce less loud music because of their compact nature and in built amplifiers but again these are the very factors that make it affordable for the common mass.

One thing that everybody is most concerned about, when it comes to subwoofers, it is its price. It is a well known fact that unlike loudspeakers which come in real handy and both cheap and pricey, Subwoofers, especially under seat subwoofers which this article basically deals with, are way more pricey and have a balanced price with no extreme price range differences. However, for those who wish to purchase the best subwoofers under 200, they can gladly go through the list of the top subwoofers that I’ve listed above. This is because apart from all the factors such as amplifiers, compactness and frequency levels the one thing that everybody looks at, while purchasing anything including a subwoofer is its price. This is why I have prepared a list of subwoofers that you can totally go for despite your low budget.

What are the factors that make subwoofers better than loudspeakers?

This article basically deals with under seat subwoofers but one thing that you must know apart from the fact that kenwood subs are amazing, is the fact that subwoofers are way better than loudspeakers and in more spheres than one. Now, before we move on to how they are better than loudspeakers, let me refresh your memory a little. Loudspeakers are such speakers which go on to produce the same music in a higher volume for you to hear to the point of deafness whereas the subwoofers are such speakers which highlight the lower frequency tones and music with utmost brilliance because of its ability to produce lower frequency sounds.

The factors that make subwoofers better than loudspeakers are as follows:

Loudspeakers tend to highlight only what you’ve already been hearing. For example if you’re listening to a particular song, all a loudspeaker can do is rise up its volume to a large extent but a subwoofer, on the other hand, can highlight the low pitch, low frequency sounds with utmost clarity such that you will be able to hear every single lyric and chord with clarity.

Loudspeakers do not reach to the point where fuller sound effect is to be achieved. The subwoofers on the other hand, may not cover a lot of frequency unlike the loudspeakers or the woofers but deals with what it does generate in utmost clarity. If clarity in music and sound is what you give importance to, subwoofers are definitely your pick.

Loudspeakers are not as large in size as compared to the subwoofers but the reason that most people do not know behind the large size of the subwoofers is that for it to generate clear sound, the large size is a must.

A compact pick with muscular bass

The more compact BIC is almost as good as our main pick but slightly pricier and more difficult to connect to some systems.

The BIC America V1020 is pricier than the Monoprice 9723, but it offers much of the Monoprice’s performance in a somewhat more compact package of 1by 1by 1inches. Despite its smaller size, it still produces a nice sense of shake and impact when you play action movies, hip-hop or rock—just not as much shake as the Monoprice 972It also has a tight, punchy sound that makes it suitable for pop, jazz, and classical music. While it has nicer stereo connectors than our top pick, it has only a mono line input, so it may be a little difficult to use with typical computer audio systems.

This good 10-inch subwoofer comes in a slim cabinet that slips behind or under couches, or mounts on a wall.

The Dayton Audio SUB-1000L is built for people who would like to get more bass from their system but don’t have space for a subwoofer. It’s only inches thick, slim enough to slip behind many couches and chairs and even under some couches. It can also be attached directly to a wall using an included mounting system. Yet with a beefy 10-inch woofer and a 100-watt amp, it has enough power to work well in a modest home theater system, or in a stereo system with bookshelf speakers.

How we picked

Top row: Polk PSW111, Pioneer SW-8MK2, Yamaha YST-SW01Middle row: Monoprice 14567, Polk PSW110, BIC America V1020, Yamaha YST-SW21Bottom row: Monoprice 605999, Monoprice 973(our top pick), Dayton Audio SUB-1500, Onkyo SKW204.

How we tested

I started with a roughly 10-hour listening session in which I auditioned all of the subwoofers in the same acoustically treated listening room I’ve used to test more than 100 other subwoofers over the past 1years. I have run countless tests and measurements in this room, had many manufacturers set up their subwoofers in it, and, at one point, even had a scientist from Harman International come over to run tests in my room using as many as four separate subwoofers. I know this room’s characteristics (and how they affect speaker performance) extremely well.

To make sure the subwoofer volume levels were set correctly, I first used the Denon receiver’s built-in test tone and a RadioShack sound-pressure level meter to get the setting close. Then I used TrueRTA spectrum analyzer software, a Focusrite Scarlett 2iUSB interface, and a calibrated Earthworks M30 measurement microphone to check the level of the subwoofers relative to the level of the sound coming from the speaker using TrueRTA’s built-in pink noise generator.

After my listening session, I deleted three subwoofers from the test because it was clear they were underperformers. Then I brought Geoff and Lauren in for different testing sessions. For them, the test was blind. I hung a thin black drape to prevent them from seeing which sub was playing and didn’t share the subwoofers’ identities until they’d given me their opinion and ranking of each sub. They used music of their own choosing, and each of them also watched a bass-heavy action movie scene (the opening of Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones or the brontosaurus chase scene from King Kong).

The subwoofers were tested in the same location in the room and concealed behind thin black fabric so Geoff and Lauren wouldn’t know which models they were hearing or what they looked like.

I concluded by running a set of measurements on each subwoofer to confirm our findings. We typically don’t rely on audio measurements at The Wirecutter because they so often fail to tell the whole story of why one product is better or worse than another, but I have found that the CEA-20measurement standard does provide an accurate and easy-to-understand baseline assessment of a subwoofer’s performance.

In its simplest form, CEA-20presents just two numbers, one for a subwoofer’s average maximum output in decibels in the middle of the bass range (63, 50, and 40 Hz) and another for the average output in the lowest bass range (31.5, 25, and 20 Hz). I also ran the measurement at 80 Hz. (These measurements represent the output on the ground at a distance of meter.) The higher the number, the louder the subwoofer will play, and the clearer it will sound even if it’s not cranked to the max.

Pull Quote

The Monoprice 972subwoofer was not only the best value of the bunch, but for two panelists it was also a favorite among all of the subs regardless of price.

The CEA-20results for the 972were impressive. In the mid bass, from 40 to 6Hz, it scored 115.dB compared with the 114.dB for the Dayton Audio SUB-1500, 114.0 dB for the BIC V1020, and 108.dB for the Dayton Audio SUB-1000L. In the deep bass, from 20 to 31.Hz, it scored 99.dB compared with 102.dB for the Dayton SUB-1500, 96.dB for the BIC and 97.0 dB for the Dayton SUB-1000L. Though it’s a bit of a toss-up between the 972and the SUB-1500; remember that the 972is much smaller and less expensive.

The Monoprice 972sounds terrific for its price, and its curved sides make it look slightly nicer than the average “big black box” subwoofer.

The 972is one of the few subwoofers we tested that includes inputs and outputs for speaker connections and line-level connections. This isn’t a real big deal, because in this case it doesn’t make any electrical difference whether you connect the cables separately, or just force both sets of cables into the same connectors (as you have to with, for example, the Pioneer SW-8MK2). But it is more convenient.

For a subwoofer, the 972even looks sort of nice, with curved sides and a detachable fabric grille covering the woofer. At 1by 17.2by 17.inches, it’s not small, but it’s also not so huge that it’s hard to fit into an ordinary living room.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

The 972may be too large to fit into smaller spaces such as home offices and bedrooms. The speaker cable connections on it are flimsy; one of the plastic clips popped out when I was testing it, but I was able to get it back into place.

Since we first posted this article, we have learned of complaints about the 972in this thread on the Slickdeals site. Some users have reported receiving scuffed or damaged units, and some have complained that the subwoofer produces inadequate volume or excessive hum. To investigate these issues, we purchased an additional sample of the 9723, using a friend’s credit card and shipping address so that Monoprice wouldn’t know that the subwoofer was going to us. The purchased sample arrived in new condition, and its measured performance closely matched that of the review sample. You can read more about this test in this blog post.

We expect that most, if not all, of the user complaints about hum and volume are due to setup issues, so we have expanded our How to connect a subwoofer and How to adjust a subwoofer sections to address these concerns.

Compact Form Factor

Sealed subwoofers typically have a smaller overall cabinet size and footprint, allowing easier integration into the listening environment with minimal visual impact to the décor. This makes the sealed subwoofer a natural choice in mixed media (movies, music, gaming) entertainment systems so common in today’s living rooms.

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How to upgrade your car’s subwoofers and amplifiers

We’ve previously spoken about how to upgrade your car’s head unit and speakers. In this article We’ll go deeper and set you up with a next-level audio system, complete with separate amplifier and a subwoofer.

What we can’t do is guide you step-by-step on how to install it all – there is a lot of work involved, including removing interior panels and carpet, wiring up fuses and grounds, running new power and speaker cables, mounting the amp and sub, and then tuning it all so that it sounds schmick. Now, these things can be done faster and neater (and with a warranty) by professionals, so we recommend deferring to them rather than undergoing this yourself.

If you’re a mad-keen DIYer, though, you can find plenty of guides online, including this article from Crutchfield or this YouTube video by Geek Squad. We’d also recommend looking for forums specific to the make or model of your car to help with any specific cases.

Subwoofers

When purchasing subwoofers, you can buy the driver (speaker) and buy/build the box separately, or buy a ready-made sub already fitted to a box. The former allows more flexibility in fitting the sub in your car (and the opportunity to create a bigger, better box if room permits), whereas the latter allows for a no-fuss drop-in solution. Note that drivers will have recommended box sizes/specs, so be sure that your chosen (or built) box meets those specs, lest you be neutering its performance.

Enclosure Specifications

For those who don’t have a clue on the importance of a subwoofer box enclosure, it is important to know that the type of enclosure you mount your sub in, will to some extents determine the overall sound produced. That said there is a plethora of varying box enclosures and the most ideal for your car should be based on your exact needs.

Bandpass enclosures – these types of enclosures have been specifically designed for the maximum slam. Basically, its design entails a dual-chambered box consisting of a sealed chamber and a ported one. In such a setting, your sub is mounted in the sealed chamber where the sound waves are then directed towards the port. The sound emerging from the ported sound is extra loud even though within a narrow range. The aggressive sound produced is categorically ideal for those that enjoy reggae, rap, and hard metal rock.

Ported enclosures – such boxes pack a vent designed to enhance low-frequency response. This simply means that you get maximum output compared to sealed enclosures, regardless of the set amp wattage. They indeed produce powerful, heart throbbing bass than most enclosures, hence making them ideal for heavy metal and rock. You will, however, need to have sufficient space in your car as they tend to be large.

Sealed enclosures – the housing consists of an airtight chamber designed to facilitate powerful bass in unmatched precision. The response is not somewhat boomy but has great power handling. Even though it requires more power than a ported enclosure, it is quite compact and ideal for smaller vehicles.

Voice Coils

Typical car subwoofers come sporting a single coil design that is slowly becoming outdated going by the latest trends in audiophiles. Dual voice coils are creeping in and gaining more popularity by the day, more so for car owners that seek flexibility when wiring together their preferred sound system. In essence, DVC subwoofers pack dual distinct coils – each with its very own connection ports – mounted on a single cylinder which is then connected to a common subwoofer cone.

Component Car Subwoofers

In your quest, you will likely come across component subs which are in fact the most popular out there. Basically, it is just the speaker by itself without an enclosure – which is mandatory for it to perform optimally. Component subs come in a wide range of sizes, – from the smallest 8-inch sub to the largest 18-inch subwoofer – impedance, voice coil setups, and power. This, therefore, allows you to choose from an infinite array of choices, so as to pick the most ideal that complements your comprehensive system in the seamless fashion. If you are just making a debut in car audio systems, going for a component subwoofer would be in your best interest.

Enclosed Car Subwoofers

If you have set aside a good amount of money for your car’s subwoofer, enclosed subs are definitely the way to go. Unlike component speakers which come without any form of housing, these subs come sporting a pre-mounted enclosure box specifically designed to not only accommodate the speaker but also get the most out of its potential. This, therefore, eliminates the necessary need to buy a separate enclosure (which may not work as well as you would want), or need to design and build one yourself. The downside is that the choice of enclosed subwoofers is limited compared to their component counterparts.

Powered Car Subwoofers

Are you overwhelmed by the infinite number of subs and amplifiers available on the market and simply want a comprehensive package once and for all? It would then be in your best interest to go for a powered sub. Basically, a powered sub packs a woofer and inbuilt amplifier in a one simple box enclosure meaning you end with only a single piece of audio accessory to install. The main downside with powered subs is that even though they are effective at producing quality bass lines, they tend to have a smaller amplifier and drivers that may not provide the heart-throbbing bass you may be looking for as a bass head.

Shallow Mount Car Subwoofer

These products are basically designed to be portably mounted in a shallow space within your car hence not taking up much space; without compromising on the bass performance expected from any woofer worth its salt. There are a plethora of benefits pegged to installing a shallow mount subwoofer such as its lightweight nature and enhanced portability. Shallow mount subs also allow you to easily remove and install them when a need arises. However, with the enhanced portability comes a slightly lower performance compared to larger component subs. Also, the fact that they can be easily dislodged makes them highly prone to damage. See our review of best shallow mount subwoofers.

Competition Car Subwoofers

If you are a real bass head that often daydreams about having the loudest car system in the world, it is worth mentioning that competition subs have been specifically designed for you. Competition subwoofers basically defy all rules and standards by packing immense power, extraordinary bass and a hefty weight that may as well take up all the space in your trunk. As the name implies, they are competition grade speakers designed for use in competitions. In fact, they come complete with re-cone kits to allow you to fix them just in case they get damaged – which is highly likely in competitions. In short, this is not your ordinary sub even though it can be used for everyday listening. Our review of best competition subwoofers.

Under Seat Car Subwoofer

Under seat car woofers are becoming common by the day, and this can be attributed to their compact and portable features. As the name implies, these subs come packing a sizable pre-installed enclosure that fits comfortably beneath your car seats. They are very easy to install, besides the fact that they can be removed in a hurry when a need arises. However, they are not ideal for those after ground shaking bass as their power and size simply can’t match up to larger component subs. See our review of best under seat subwoofers.

Wrapping it up

Basically, finding the perfect subs to boost your car audio arsenal isn’t a mean feat as you have learned. It requires sufficient knowledge on the varying features and models, alongside making an informed decision based on research. In a nutshell, you are better placed finding your ideal sub by following the guidelines listed throughout this context and other information in our on-going series of the best car audio products on the market.

Cone Materials

Similar to a speaker cone, a subwoofer cone is made of synthetics (such as Highly Oriented Polyolefine), composites (such as injection-molded quartz or aluminium), or treated paper. While paper may not tend to be durable, it has the ability to respond more quickly compared to other materials simply because of its light weight. All the above-mentioned materials, however, sound good. You just need to do a little experimentation with various sounds to determine which subwoofer material is best suited for your needs and preferences.

Treated Paper 

While the material may seem flimsy and cheap for a subwoofer cone, it is actually among the best materials available. Since it is lightweight, paper has a faster response time than other cone materials. Various substances can be used to treat paper to enhance cone durability, and help prevent damage brought about by moisture as well as other environmental factors. Paper is prone to moisture damage because fungus can thrive on its fibers if the conditions allow it. With proper treatment, however, paper can be an ideal material for use in subwoofer cones.

Carbon Fiber Paper – A popular coating for paper, carbon fiber helps increase rigidity, resist moisture and temperature changes, and improves sound quality.

CSX – Also known as composite/sandwich cone, this is used by some manufacturers to ensure minimal decay and ensure precise sound for their products.

Polyglass – These is made of tiny (as in microscopic) glass microspheres that is used to coat over lightweight paper to improve its stiffness and enhance the cone’s performance.

Kevlar Paper – When combined with paper fiber, helps produce a cone that is more durable and more rigid than just paper.

Polypropylene

Although another lightweight subwoofer cone material, polypropylene is a lot more rigid than its paper counterpart as it provides more protection through a coating that can resist moisture, mold, and mildew. Some users prefer the material because of its neutral sound. Other subwoofer materials, to a certain degree, add to the sound; polypropylene does it minimally. It is likewise among the cheapest materials used for subwoofers.

Aluminum and Magnesium

These materials are both used for subwoofers and speakers, but aluminum and magnesium tend to perform better when used in subwoofers than in most speaker types as the materials can cause resonance in higher levels that can significantly affect the speaker’s sound quality. This, however, isn’t an issue with subwoofer cones as the subwoofers produce very low frequency sounds. Compared to aluminum, magnesium is deemed to be slightly better simply because it is more rigid.

A common metal material in bulletproof vests, Kevlar has also been used in subwoofers and speakers for several decades now. It is strong, flexible, and lightweight – all desirable qualities for an ideal speaker cone. When used is subwoofers, Kevlar provides better sound dispersal. This is because it has the ability to preserve its shape even with constant exposure to stress.

Enclosures

The bass sound produced by your car audio isn’t contingent on the subwoofer alone. A tightly-constructed, strong enclosure is a must for your sub to perform at its best. Without an enclosure, you can’t achieve full bass as the sounds coming from the rear of the speaker cancels out certain low frequencies generated at the front-end of the speaker.

Sealed boxes – The enclosure is airtight. It is ideal for playing music that requires accurate, tight bass. With a sealed box housing your subwoofer, you can expect excellent power handling, deep bass extension and flat response that is not necessarily boomy. Because this type of enclosure requires more power compared to ported boxes, it is recommended to use an amplifier that can provide sufficient wattage to achieve optimal performance.

Ported boxes – A ported box uses a vent, known as a port, for low bass response reinforcement. For any given amp wattage, it provides more output than a sealed box. Some people say that sounds coming from a ported box is ideal for heavy metal, rock, and other hard-hitting music genres. Ported boxes provide deeper bass than what sealed boxes can offer. To accomplish that, however, the ported box must be bigger than its boxed counterpart.

Bandpass boxes – A special variation of the ported box, a bandpass box is intended for the ultimate slam. It is mounted inside a box with two chambers – one ported, and the other one sealed. The sound waves emanate from the ported side. The port reproduces extra loud sound within a narrow range of frequency. Because it is extremely efficient within that given range, it tends to “boom.” The aggressive sound produced by a bandpass box is best for reggae, rap, and hard rock. However, not all subwoofer types work well when enclosed in a bandpass box. Thus, it is best to consult a product information specialist to be on the safe side.

Free-air subwoofers – In a free-air system, woofers are board-mounted and attached at the back deck or installed against the backseat inside the trunk. Serving as an enclosure for the subwoofers, the car trunk isolates sounds coming from the speaker’s back, addressing the issue of sound cancellation that usually affects subwoofers without enclosures. A free-air system is a space-saver and its frequency response is flat. Use only subs that are intended specifically for free-air use. Without a box, it is easier to install, but it typically comes with much lower power handling levels than boxed models.

Important Specs to Consider

Power – If you are after a “booming” system, be ready to supply a lot of power. Pay closer attention to the device’s RMS power rating, and not on the peak power rating. The RMS rating indicates output or continuous power handling and is more realistic than the peak power rating. The subwoofer’s power handling must be a match for the power output of your amp.

Power handling performance – Sensitivity or the measure of efficiency is the power handling indicator that is considered as the most important. The sensitivity rating is measured by decibel outputs at 1m from the sub, using 1w of power. Keep in mind that the required power to produce a particular volume is decreased by half for every 3dB sensitivity increase. A subwoofer with a 90dB sensitivity rating, for example, uses only 25w. Continuous power handling is another important rating. It shows the maximum power the sub can handle within a given amount of time without getting distorted or damaged. Peak power handling, on the other hand, indicates the upper power limit that the sub can endure for short bursts, which is typically a song’s crescendo. The ideal car subwoofers should be able to handle a significant amount of power in an efficient manner. This can be demonstrated by how well your system can play a window-shattering playlist.

Frequency range – The frequency range lets you know how low your woofer can play. Remember, however, that the woofer’s actual performance depends on numerous variables such as the type of enclosure that houses it.

Enclosure type – The type of enclosure that your subwoofer is mounted on affects the quality of sound produced. Generally, sealed boxes offer the most accurate, deepest sounds, while ported and bandpass varieties provide more volume.

Quantity of voice coils – For car audio enthusiasts who demand flexibility in their sound system wiring, the dual voice coil (DVC) subwoofer is very popular. While a conventional subwoofer only has one voice coil, a DVC utilizes two distinct voice coils. Each coil has its own connections that are mounted on a cylinder that is hooked up to the same cone.

Impedance – Many subs come with ohms impedance ratings, though and 8-ohm, as well as DVC subwoofers have started to become prevalent on the market. Once you have decided on a subwoofer model, find a matching amplifier in terms of impedance and power rating. It should be relatively easy to find a match since there is an abundance of amp types today. This will make sure that the subwoofer you have selected will perform at its finest.

Rahul Ghosh

Rahul is one of the original members of the ExtensivelyReviewed team. Born in Chennai and living most of his childhood in Kolkata, he originally moved to the United States for school and earned his electrical engineering degree at the University of Central Florida, graduating with honors. Rahul enjoys reviewing the latest electronics and gadgets.

Wireless versus Wired Subwoofers

Subwoofers have some inherent flexibility in terms of where they can be placed.. Given their relatively loose position in the greater sound system, know that you can connect a subwoofer to your amplifier without a physical wire running between the two, if you’d like that sort of setup. But there is one thing to keep in mind: Wireless subwoofers aren’t completely without wires. They do need a power cord. “Wireless” refers to the subwoofer’s relationship with your receiver, as there is no need for a direct, physical connection between the two. That’s pretty much the only difference between wireless models and traditional, wired connections—aside from the fact that wireless models tend to be a bit more expensive. Klipsch sound bars come with wireless subwoofers, and Klipsch also makes an adapter you can use to convert many of our standalone subwoofers into a wireless unit. Which to choose? Appraise the layout you have in mind for the space you have, count your dollars, be honest about your bass needs (in other words: admit you really want a subwoofer), and get the model that works best for you.

Multiple Subwoofers

Having multiple subwoofers will make the low end sound more full and consistent throughout the room. In that case, a wireless connection can greatly simplify the process of linking your receiver to multiple subwoofers. With a wired connection, you may run into difficulties if you have more subwoofers than outputs on your receiver. In that case, you might have to “daisy chain” your subs, which is certainly not a bad thing, but it is a situation that would be avoided with wireless connections.

Power Source

Since wireless subwoofers don’t have a hardwired connection to the receiver, they won’t receive any power from it. That means they need to provide their own power in the form of an amp installed within the subwoofer. And while that can limit their location somewhat, there are typically several power outlets throughout any given room, sometimes even in the floor.

Not all subwoofers have amps, though. Those without amps are known as passive subwoofers because they receive power from an exterior amp or an AV receiver. Those with their own amps are known as powered subwoofers which are the most common type of subwoofers.

Down Firing and Side Firing Subwoofers

Two subwoofer design types are down firing and side firing subwoofers. As their names would suggest, in down firing subs the driver is pointed downward, and in a side firing model it is pointed to the front or to the sides.

Sounds at bass frequencies are known as being nondirectional. That is, the ear cannot perceive from which direction they are coming from. As a result, the discernible difference between front firing and side firing models is next to none. Other types of speakers – say, typical floorstanding speakers – are usually placed very deliberately depending on where the listener is apt to be positioned. That is not exactly the case with subwoofers. In fact, it may be difficult to tell where exactly the bass is coming from. That’s not to say that where a sub is going to be positioned doesn’t make a difference.

Klipsch and Jamo subwoofers both offer deep response, high high output and low distortion – attributes that make them a very desirable, high performance lines.

Component Subwoofer

A component subwoofer is the speaker itself. This needs to be mounted inside of an enclosure in order to perform properly as well receiving power from an external amplifier. Component subwoofers can range in size, typically from 8-1inches. They have a wide variety to choose from when it comes to size, impedance, voice coils, and box installation options. If you’re building a custom system, this is the best choice.

Enclosed Subwoofer

This is a subwoofer that already comes in an enclosure, but still requires an external amplifier for power. Although this limits you when it comes to the number of speaker and box type choices you’ll have, it makes the process just that bit simpler for those who aren’t concerned with building a custom setup.

Powered Subwoofer

A powered subwoofer is essentially a subwoofer kit that comes with everything you need. This is when you purchase a subwoofer that comes in an enclosure with a built-in amplifier. These subwoofers tend to take up very little space in your car, but offer no real options for customization, and won’t always produce the best bass output possible.

Vehicle-Specific Subwoofers

These subwoofers are designed to fit in certain vehicle models, with the idea in mind of saving as much space as possible. They are often designed to fit in a vehicle-specific unused space, allowing them to be installed without intruding much into the interior room. These aren’t always the best choice when you’re looking for the best performance, but it varies from model to model.

Enclosure

Subwoofers require an enclosure in order to move air effectively. An enclosure or “box” allows for air pressure to build, creating stronger sound output. There are two main types of enclosures, sealed and ported. Sealed enclosures tend to deliver more precise and accurate bass while ported enclosures are especially good for high volume performance.

The power of a subwoofer is rated in RMS wattage which measures the amount of power the subwoofer can take before risking damage. The idea is to make sure that the RMS wattage rating of the subwoofer and the RMS wattage of your amplifier (measured in terms of how much power the amp can produce) match each other as closely as possible.

For example, if your subwoofer has a rating of 200 watts, your ideal amplifier would have a power output rating of 200 watts. This ensures the safety and longevity of all of your components.

Impedance

Measured in ohms, impedance refers to the resistance of a circuit to the flow of electricity. Most subwoofers are rated at ohms, but 2-ohm, 8-ohm, and others are becoming more popular. Without needing to understand electrical concepts, just keep in mind that like with the power rating, you want the subwoofer and the amplifier to match as closely as possible.

Frequency Range

Measured in Hz, frequency range tells you what sort of sounds a subwoofer is capable of producing. The most important number to look at is the low end; the lower the number is, the more the subwoofer can do deep bass.

While most people focus primarily on the size of the subwoofer, it is not the most important factor to consider. However, after considering the type of subwoofer, the enclosure, and the power that you want, size does come into the picture.

When you have the space, bigger is usually better; however, a correctly-installed small subwoofer can add a tremendous performance upgrade. It’s usually much better to stick with a higher quality subwoofer that is smaller, as opposed to getting the largest you can afford/fit into your vehicle.

Size of the woofer

If you’re looking to get a sub floor system which could play loudly and low, then distance is just not an issue, then we recommend going to your biggest size available. Otherwise smaller sub will get the job done if they truly are precisely powered and installed in the right enclosure.

Built materials

Consider looking to get subs with rubber surrounds. Foam surrounds may also be good, however perhaps not nearly as fantastic as rubber. However, do not purchase subs built with inexpensive materials like urethane, such materials will change not just the quality of the sound that your sub will produce, however it will easily falter.

Pioneer TS-W3003D12″ inch Subwoofer

This unit comes with a massive magnet which is combined with a double spider design to increase true linear motion (something which each subwoofer needs). To get the absolute best performance, Pioneer urges using

To find the absolute best performance, Pioneer urges using a 0.8cubic foot sealed box OR, a 1.7cubic foot ported box. Run an amplifier out of ranging from 450 and 900 watts at two ohms.

Kicker CVR1212″ inch Subwoofer

Frequency response speeds are between 2and 500 Hz (a considerable jump from one other best car subwoofer we reviewed), sound and volume sensitivity is right across 86.dB. From innumerable consumer feedback, this particular model by Kicker hits quite difficult. We highly advise using a mono amplifier ranked between 300 and 600 watts RMS at ohms.

Polk Audio DB1040 10″ inch Subwoofer

Moving down to an infinitely more casual subwoofer, Polk Audio DB1040 is ideal to get a non-violent Sound-System. In 10″ inches in size, this subwoofer hits lots difficult for your money. Compare it to its rivals, and in the majority of situations your decision is with this subwoofer.

This particular woofer includes a single voice coil, equipped with a dark dynamic balance plastic composite cone. Peak handling power is ranked at approximately 540-watt amps, even while the constant running power is currently at 270-watt amps RMS.

Non-Directional Bass

Bass is naturally non-directional to the human ears. This usually means that no matter the location at which this equipment is installed, the more bass sound appears to emerge from throughout the car. This can not only avoids listening discomfort, however, also gives you a great deal of options as to where to install the subwoofer.

Here’s Some Of The Most Common Subwoofer Sizes On The Market:

To summarize, whenever choosing a sub for the car or vehicle, you have to consider several things. To begin, the degree of music that you would like to listen to, kind of music, along with confinements of this location. 8″ subwoofers are excellent for leveling out a sound platform while some 15″ will wake up the neighbors. Your best bet is your 10″ or even 12″ subwoofer.

Bear in mind, each one of the top-rated best car subwoofer require an great amplifier. Checkout All the Best Car Amplifiers, and also the Best Subwoofer Amplifiers for information about choosing an amplifier which will fulfill the specs of your subwoofer.

RMS WATTS AND PEAK WATTS

When breaking down a subwoofers power requirements and specification, the first thing to check in is RMS Watts and Peak Watts. RMS wattage outlines the sum of power a subwoofer could handle and output to a continuous basis.

Similar to some power lifters rep maximum, Maximum wattage is actually a dimension of their maximum output signal of the subwoofer until it breaks down and is busted.

Why choose under seat powered subwoofer

One of the main reasons most people pick a powered under seat sub that goes under their seat is because they take up very little space and are hardly noticeable unlike a big bulky subwoofer box that’s going to take up your whole truck. Another great thing about powered subwoofers is that most of them have built-in internal amplifiers that power the subwoofer compared to external amplifier that power subwoofers that usually go into your truck.

All in all, having a good car powered subwoofer under the seat can save you lots of money by avoiding buying a subwoofer, box, and an amplifier.

Kenwood slim subwoofer

This Kenwood slim powered subwoofer that is designed to fit right under your seat is one of the best available on the market right now. It has a built-in customer amplifier that has a max power of 150 watts and a 7watt RMS. This is plenty of power that will give you the bass your car speakers can’t.

This slime powered subwoofer for cars and trucks also includes a wired remote that allows you to control the low-pass cross, selectable phase control and input frequency levels. This remote comes into handy so you won’t have to reach under the seat each time you want to change these controls.

Kicker 11S12L712-Inch 1500W Ohm Car Subwoofer

The Kicker subwoofer is a square shaped subwoofer that features impressive design and looks, as well as superb performance. It delivers powerful output since it contains one square piece cone with aluminum alloy basket. It has a strong polypropylene cone with santoprene surround that allows output force handling.

The Kicker subwoofer features dual high-temperature voice coils that improve your amplifier to deliver high-quality bass. This car subwoofer can deliver up to 1500 watts power handling capacity, due to its materials that disperse heat efficiently. To sum, this product can give you better performance, a louder sound and efficient handling.

JL Audio 12W3v3-1Inch Single ohm W3vSeries Subwoofer 12W3v3

The JL Audio subwoofer is proven to deliver the appropriate performance for medium power applications. The brand is known to incorporate several exclusive techniques that enhance reliability and linearity. Also, this is best used with 150 watts to 500 watts power range amplifier. In addition, peak power handling can reach up to 1000 watts.

The exterior of this subwoofer is also impressive. It features a mineral filled polypropylene upper cone, as well as the metallic JL logo that makes it look more sophisticated. It also offers the Nitrile Butadiene Rubber or NBR surround.

One major advantage of getting the JL Audio subwoofer is the patented cooling technology. It allows minimum compression; thus preventing the possibility of burning up.

 

 

 

 

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

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