As we all know, factory-installed speakers sound absolutely awful by default, no matter what sound system you connect them to. This is because car manufacturers are trying to cut down on production costs by installing the most basic and inexpensive features. So if you want a good sound quality, you’re going to have to find a good sound system for your car. The first step in setting up a quality sound system for your car is the subwoofer.
A subwoofer is responsible for all the bass and the support that regular speakers need to produce high-fidelity sound?inside the car. This being said, there is such a wide variety of them to choose from that you are bound to make a poor decision unless you know exactly what you’re looking for. To help you through, we put together a list of the ten best car subwoofers on the market today.
This 12-inch Injection PP Cone Woofer has an 800W maximum input power and silver plated terminals among a few equally interesting features. It has a rated input power of 200W which he owes to its high-roll urethane surround capabilities. We should also point out that this particular subwoofer is 100% Kenwood-made, which many of you would know, is an industry-leading brand as far as sound systems go.
The 40CWR122 from Kicker is a 100-500 Watts RMS subwoofer with a peak power of about 1000 Watts. This makes it perfect for cars of any size but especially SUV’s and other large cars. It has a mounting depth of 5-3/5″ which enables you to install it on virtually any car, whereas its surprisingly low weight will make it easier for you to suspend it if you wish. It also has to be said that it features a full-coverage steel basket with minimized mounting depth.
The first thing you notice about this 12″ high power 4-ohm subwoofer is its plexiglass front window which gives it a certain futuristic allure. As for its construction, it features a blue polypropylene cone with a 600 Wats max power handling and specially treated black rubber edge suspensions with a frequency response of 25-600 Hz. It also features a 2-inch aluminum voice coil and bandpass alignment for extra deep bass.
Kicker’s 11S12L74 is a solo-baric subwoofer that uses some of the most innovative concepts and technology in the industry. It features a one-piece SoloKon with full back bracing to ensure extra toughness and no distortion whatsoever. It also has a reliable stitched surround to minimize cone flexing and a heat-dissipating solid pole piece with a high-temp coil wire for extra durability and resistance.
6Kenwood Car Under Seat Super Slim Powered Subwoofer
It may be a slim one, but this particular subwoofer from Kenwood provides just as much bass as larger subwoofers due to its innovative technologies. It is a compact low-profile subwoofer that fits under a car seat or in any tight spaces inside your care that you’re not using. It does need an external amplifier, however, yet it comes with remote bass control and a ground wire harness. As for the power, this subwoofer will deliver 150 Watts of pure bass at any time and in any conditions.
5XXX Dual 12″ 1200W Subwoofer
This is a dual subwoofer pack containing two high-quality subwoofers capable of an 87 dB efficiency and a frequency response of 24 Hz – 1 kHz. Due to their fiberboard construction and durable black carpet, it isn’t likely that they’ll get damaged that easily, nor will they loosen up due to too much bass while their oversized 40 oz Double Stacked Strontium Magnet provides almost 1200W of pure power.
Capable of an 86.9 dB 1w/1m sensitivity, this particular subwoofer from Kicker is among the finest on the market. It also has a maximum power output of 800W and an RMS power output of 400W. It is a dual 4 ohm CompVR subwoofer with a frequency response of 25-500 Hz and a mounting depth of 6-1/4″ which makes it very accessible and easy to install, although its recommended sealed box volume is between 1-4.6 cubic feet.
This futuristic dual subwoofer setup from Dual Electronics uses a computer-tuned acoustic chamber to increase output efficiency. It also has a dual-chambered enclosure with two 12-inch Dual DS subwoofers with an RMS power of 250W each, which builds up a total output power of more than 1100 Watts. We should also point out that it has a nailed and glued MDF construction with added bracing and carpet covering that makes it sturdy and nice to look at.
Equipped with an 8-inch single voice coil, this subwoofer has a peak power output of over 1000Watts. It owes its great power not only to the high-quality of its coil but also to its high-efficiency polypropylene woofer cone that features large-role rubber surrounds. It also features vented polepieces that provide additional cooling, thus increasing the power handling of the subwoofer considerably.
1MTX Audio Terminator Series TNE212D
The TNE212D from MTX is a 1200W dual 12″ subwoofer system like none other on the market right now. We say this because it has a high-fidelity 5/8″ MDF construction and an aviation grade black carpet, features you normally wouldn’t expect from a subwoofer in this price range. Speaking of which, the TNE212D is pretty much the best subwoofer you can get without overspending, which explains why it is so popular to begin with.