Cars are almost perfectly designed audio chambers. When you are driving along and you have the proper audio system, you’ll hear all of the sounds that were intended to be heard by the sound engineer and producers. A powerful car audio system doesn’t have to cost a ton of cash in order to get optimal audio quality. If you want to become a true car audiophile, let’s take a look at what it takes to have an optimal car audio experience using a subwoofer.
Subwoofers generate the deepest tones that can possibly be heard through the human ear. It’s in the subwoofer that you’ll really be able to appreciate the differences in tonality that a good piece of music has to offer. The stock speakers that come with your car simply aren’t designed to produce nice sounding low tones because they are inherently small, so if you want to hear the best tones, you’ll need to install a subwoofer. Here are the different types of subwoofer mounting:
- Sealed or Enclosed: This is the most affordable version and also provides an accurate and tight bass for your music. These are a great option for those looking for clarity of sound and audio realism.
- Ported: Ported subwoofers have a vent that’s typically positioned in the middle of the unit. This vent adds extra efficiency to the unit, allowing the subwoofers to play louder with less of a power drain than the sealed or enclosed mounted units. If you like a lot of volume, then this type will be perfect for your needs.
|Car Subwoofers||Best Design Feature||Price||Rating|
|Planet Audio P8UAW 8 inch 800-watt Amplified Subwoofer System||Fitting this under a seat is easy and its bass response is impressive||$106.78||Stars:|
4.5 out of 5
|KICKER 40VCWR122 12" 1000W Loaded Car Audio Subwoofer+Sub Box Enclosure||As a single subwoofer enclosure, this device uses less room||$149.95||Stars:|
4.8 out of 5
|XXX XBX-1200B 12" 1200W Car Subwoofers Subs/Amplifier/Amp Kit/Sub Box Package||These subwoofers have great physical design and excellent performance||$185.68||Stars:|
|Dual BP1204 12-Inch 1100-Watt Illumination Bandpass Subwoofer||These subwoofers also have a blue LED for a really cool display||$131.49||Stars:|
|VM Audio Dual 12" 4800 Watt Complete Car Stereo Subwoofer Bass Package||These Subs are also very weather resistant||$186.99||Stars:|
|Kenwood P-W130TB 12-Inch Tube Subwoofer Party Pack, 1200W Subwoofer Peak Power||This Kenwood product has great power and comes with an amp||$163.95||Stars:|
|Kenwood P-W130TB 12-Inch Tube Subwoofer Party Pack, 1200W Subwoofer Peak Power||While not the most powerful, this unit produced tight, clear sound||$174.47||Stars:|
|MTX Audio Terminator Series TNE212D 1,200-Watt Dual 12-Inch Sub Enclosure||The aviation-grade black carpet that encloses this sub is a great design feature||$149.95||Stars:|
|Mtx TNE212D 12-Inch 1200W Dual Loaded Subwoofers with Box Enclosure with Amp with Kit||This kit has just about everything you need||$219.99||Stars:|
1) Planet Audio P8UAW 8 inch 800-watt Amplified Subwoofer System
This subwoofer is the only undercar or under-seat unit that we’ll be featuring in this guide. These types of subwoofers are typically less powerful than the kind that go behind your seats, but this unit has a lot of great features, especially considering how easy it is to install in your car. Because of this unit’s small size, this is one of the best options for owners of smaller cars who want to experience quality sound.
Function-wise, one of this subwoofer’s greatest features is its auto shut off function. Since these devices use Faraday’s principles, they can get very hot due to magnetic conduction. This speaker has built in phase control and short protection in case your speakers get too hot or experience a short. This feature will turn the speakers off automatically.
In addition to these protections, there is built in bass boost, a subsonic filter that’ll omit frequencies that cause static and fuzziness, and a built in amplifier for true sound quality. All in all, this device provides a lot of performance for a very reasonable $106.78.
2) KICKER 40VCWR122 12" 1000W Loaded Car Audio Subwoofer+Sub Box Enclosure
Our second product is one of the only single subwoofer enclosures in this guide. The KICKER 40VCWR122 12" 1000W subwoofer provides a sturdy experience for those new to the car subwoofer experience. This is probably one of the more rugged devices on the market today; it has a durable medium-density fibreboard construction that can stand up to whatever audio punishment you can dish out. In addition to this, the cone is constructed of polypropylene that stays rigid during bassy sound sessions.
This is a ported unit, so you can get a lot of power out of it without a large amount of energy consumption. The port is actually mounted on the side of this device; this enables the subwoofer to generate more actual bass without accumulating sloppy fuzziness in its tones. Also, on the side is the actual speaker connections; making this a fairly easy speaker to install in your trunk.
Since this is a single subwoofer setup, you’ll find that this device doesn’t actually take up a lot of space, despite its sturdy construction. The subwoofer itself is a full 12 inches and when it comes to actual performance; this sub has 25 to500 Hz frequency response and 2-ohm total impedance.
3) XXX XBX-1200B 12" 1200W Car Subwoofers Subs/Amplifier/Amp Kit/Sub Box Package
Let’s be honest: stylishness goes hand-in-hand with an excellent car audio system. The XXX XBX-1200B 12" 1200W Car Subwoofers has a great design and delivers some excellent performance to boot. When you install them, the first thing you’ll notice about these subwoofers is they’re sporty design. The speaker cones are a bright metallic red in color and are a full 12 inches around.
When it comes to overall power, these subs are backed by a 1200 watt amplifier that provides plenty of robust beats for your vehicle. We also found that these don’t fail to deliver when it comes to overall volume and power management. As ported speakers, these are very energy efficient and deliver some great sound.
While the frequency response isn’t top-notch, you won’t suffer with too much buzziness with these subs. The subs themselves are powered by 40 ounce double-stacked Strontium magnets that have an efficiency of 87 dB. These speakers come with all of the required wiring as well as the previously mentioned 1200 watt amplifier.
4) Dual BP1204 12-Inch 1100-Watt Illumination Bandpass Subwoofer
As we mentioned when reviewing the last subwoofer: stylishness goes hand-in-hand with an excellent car audio system. Our next subwoofers will make your vehicle look and sound excellent. Dual BP1204 12-Inch 1100-Watt Illumination Bandpass Subwoofer is a bandpass style system that has a Plexiglas enclosure as well as bright blue LEDs that illuminate the music as you cruise.
Internally, these are 12 inch subwoofers that use a computer to increase the efficiency of the sound output. In addition to this, there is an 1100 watt internal amplifier that will help the subwoofer deliver a strong output. The result is a crisp sound experience that is one of the best in this guide. Sound comes out loud and vivacious with an upper limit that can actually crack your glass if you aren’t careful.
These enclosure-style speakers aren’t ported, so you’ll experience a tighter bass response as you play your music. In addition to this, you’ll experience smooth sounds as a result of the 25-200 Hz frequency response. Also, this is a well built product; it has a medium-density fibreboard construction that’s incredibly durable and also features a carpet covering that’s perfect for most cars.
5) VM Audio Dual 12" 4800 Watt Complete Car Stereo Subwoofer Bass Package
This VM Audio unit has a lot going for it if you are looking for a full package offering. While it has a middling amplifier of only 4800 watts, the fact that it’s a complete package could be perfect for some people who are looking for a relatively simple solution that provides improved car audio.
Physically, the subwoofer fits nicely between the fender wells of most vehicles. The actual suspension on the subwoofer cones is very high quality. For the most part, unless you are really cranking it up, you’ll barely notice any movement when you are turning up the bass. The central cones are metallic looking polypropylene, so they look great in most vehicles. The amplifier that it comes with is also relatively small and you can either screw them into a surface inside your trunk or simply place them on wood paneling near the speakers.
Whatever your specific setup, these subs deliver some nice sound via their 12 inch competition units. These subs also have a great direct voice coil surface-cooling system that manages the excess heat generated by the magnetic coils. Frequency response is 35 Hz-250 Hz and these subs sensitivity is an impressive 88 dB.
6) Kenwood P-W130TB 12-Inch Tube Subwoofer Party Pack, 1200W Subwoofer Peak Power
Another enclosure-type, the Kenwood P-W130TB party pack delivers to you all that you need to produce some low frequency sounds. This subwoofer kit comes with a 1200 watt amplifier, a cylindrical enclosure subwoofer that’s also ported, and the wires you need for hookup. As the only sub that is cylindrical on our list, this device fits well in just about any trunk. Due to its unique shape, you’ll also find that for a 1200 watt system, you’ll have plenty of room for other things in your trunk.
Also included with the package is a MOSFET power supply. This power supply is one of the most efficient on the market and is amazingly small. Another great feature of this supply is its ability to be turned on and off without producing any distortion.
To mount this cylindrical sub, Kenwood has supplied some mounting straps, metal brackets, and screws. These allow the sub to be placed in several different ways inside your trunk so that it’s safely positioned.
This subwoofer has a very wide frequency response, so you’ll be able to hear a wide range of sound without experiencing much distortion. Its frequency response ranges from 40 to 800 Hz and has a sensitivity of 88 dB.
7) Mtx TNE212D 12-Inch 1200W Dual Loaded Subwoofers with Box Enclosure with Amp with Kit (Package)
Our final subwoofer is the MTX Audio Terminator TNE212D. This subwoofer is a great dual sub that’s actually one of the largest products that we’ve featured in this guide. You’ll need a bit of trunk space to accommodate this sub’s 14 x 29 x 13 size. The power for this product is very strong; it has an included amplifier that’s perfect for generating a lot of deep, rumbling low tones for your musical enjoyment.
These are another set of subwoofers that use a vented enclosure system that helps them save on energy used while also providing a punchy, volume-rich sound set. The kit that these subwoofers are included in has all you’ll need to maximize the sound profile of your vehicle. These speakers have a frequency response of 24 Hz – 160 Hz, which isn’t the best on the market, but they still produce some relatively buzz-free, clear sound. The sensitivity of these speakers is 86.6 dB.
Achieving the best possible sound in your vehicle is easy with any of the products that we’ve featured here in this list. Each of these subs provides thrumming bass and delivers the oomph that you’ll love to hear in your favorite music.
If we were to select a best pick out of the options we’ve provided, the Dual BP1204 12-Inch 1100-Watt Illumination Bandpass Subwoofer by Dual Electronics makes for a perfect addition to most cars. It is not only a ported device, but also has more than enough raw output power to deliver some deep bass and sound to your vehicle. Couple these features with its Plexiglas enclosure which actually helps enhance the sound and its LED illumination, and you’ll realize that this is an excellent device for car audio.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, then we can find no better unit that the under-seat Planet Audio P8UAW eight inch 800-watt Amplified Subwoofer System. This system may only have 800 Watts of overall power, but its small form factor coupled with its crisp sound quality makes this a great unit for those who are on a budget; this device only costs about $131.