Best 2000 Watt RMS Car Subwoofers [TOP PICKS]

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DS18 EXL-XX12.2D wins this roundup of best 2000-watt RMS subwoofers due to its availability in 12” and 15” sizes, range of capabilities, and having the upper hand over all other 1000 watts or 2000 watts RMS subs in terms of refinement, aesthetics, and precision.

However, you cannot underestimate the other subwoofers on the lost. The 2000-watt RMS subwoofers reviewed below are categorized into 12” and 15” subs to ensure that you pick the right subs for your vehicle.

12-Inch 2000 Watt RMS Subs

Our Pick

Massive Audio HIPPO XL 122

Peak Power: 4000 W
RMS: 2000 W
Frequency Response: 44.71 Hz

Massive Audio had one specific goal in mind while designing the “HIPPO XL” Series subs. It wanted a “Big Bottom,” sub. The upgraded HIPPO “XL” subwoofers have caused a stir among the herd that now wants to be heard.

The “HIPPO 122 “XL” has been modified to include 350 oz. high energy double-layered Strontium magnets soldered to a specially milled over-sized rear plate. This design helps to reduce heat generation in the dual 2 Ohm Black Plated 3″ VC Formers, which are reinforced with space-age Kevlar Spinlace.

Non-pressed paper cones that are Kevlar Fiber reinforced have been sewn in “Red” into the larger surrounds of HIPPOXL 122. The sewn hard-wired high power tinsels connections are embedded into the solid 10 gauge copper speaker wiring on the soldered twin Poly Nomex Spiders.

All of this, along with the 4000 watts peak power handling and 44.71 Hz frequency response that minimizes distortion, makes the HIPPOXL 122 our top pick amongst the 12″ subs reviewed here.

Runner Up

DS18 EXL-XX12.2D

Peak Power: 4000 W
RMS: 2000 W
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 1.6 KHz

The DS18 EXL-X12.2D can be categorized as a competition-grade subwoofer; it is amongst the best 12” subs available today. The EXL-X12.2D underwent extensive R&D to perfect its appearance, power, and adaptability. There are not many subs that can match the EXL-X12.2D in terms of refinement, aesthetics, and precision.

The EXL-XX12.2D delivers all of the power you’ll need while also handling low frequencies like a proper 12″ sub. It will turn you into a bass freak.

The EXL-XX12.2D offers a whopping 4,000 watts peak power handling and 2,000 watts RMS handling capability, and once you hear it, you’ll understand what massive, deep bass is all about.

The Sub offers a variety of wiring options and adaptability, including Parallel, Series, and Independent wiring. While most subwoofers have just one voice coil, the EXL Series has two, giving you a lot of options when it comes to wiring your system.

To assure excellent quality, the EXL-XX line of subs features a treated foam edge, a black aluminum frame, black aluminum voice coil cover, a glass/paper fiber cone, and DVC. All of this helps the EXL-XX12.2D to finish runners up on our list of the best 12” 2000 watts RMS subs.

Bang for the Buck

Sundown Audio X-12 v3 D2

Peak Power: N/A
RMS: 2000 W
Frequency Response: 37.235 Hz

The X V.3 series was built from the ground up to set the new benchmark in this price range for low-frequency / compact ported box subwoofers. Due to its very linear design, the Audio X-12 v3 D2 is truly a unique subwoofer. It’s made to have the least amount of bass extension possible while keeping distortion to a minimum. It is a real low distortion, high amplitude bass emitter, not a high-intensity SPL woofer!

The customary “punchy” upper-bass spike in the frequency range that happens with standard subs when driven to high amplitude does not exist in X-12 v3 D2 due to the very low amount of suspension-generated distortion.

To put it simply, the frequency response of the X-12 v3 D2 series does not alter much over its whole excursion range, resulting in a consistent and flat output at any volume level. You’re unlikely to go back after experiencing and re-listening to all of your favorite songs on a low distortion speaker. And all this is available for an affordable price, which makes the X-12 v3 D2 the best value for money 2000 watts sub.

Also Great

Rockford Fosgate Power T2S1-13

Peak Power: 4000 W
RMS: 2000 W
Frequency Response: 19 – 250 Hz

The Power T2S1-13 sub employs the VAST cone connection method of Rockford Fosgate to boost radiating cone area by up to 25%, permitting the 13″ cone to produce some significant low-frequency pounding.

The carbon or glass fiber cone keeps everything stable even at elevated SPLs, allowing the subwoofer to manage up to 2000 watts RMS.

The interior construction of the T2 adds to its outstanding performance. The triple-stacked fragmented motor design and 4-inch voice coil ensure that bass keeps booming even in harsh settings, and the aluminum diecast chassis incorporates heat sink fins for optimal thermal dissipation.

The T2 is an upgrade on the Rockford Fosgate’s subs and it might be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Also Great

Rockville Destroyer 12D2

Peak Power: 8000 W
RMS: 2000 W
Frequency Response: 37 Hz – 1K kHz

The Rockville Destroyer 12D2 is a one-of-a-kind sub. It offers a massive 8000 watts peak power handling capability alongside its 2000 watts RMS capacity. Voice coils that are four layered and wound with aluminum are featured in the Destroyer 12D2 sub.

The cones on the subs are extremely rigid. The Destroyer 12D2’s subs are heavier and thicker than other subwoofers on the market, allowing it to handle more power than the competitors.

The sub also features 300 Oz Y35 Magnets that are triple stacked. You can get better performance from them than the majority of 400 oz. magnets.

Additionally, a single-piece Chrome T-Yoke with Stamped Logo improves excursion and boosts the BL score.

In the subwoofer, Rockville uses the finest grade black adhesive that can withstand extreme temperatures, allowing it to manage even more power than it is rated for. This sub’s cast aluminum basket has a black sanded surface, making it incredibly effective and light. Overall, the Destroyer 12D2 is a great option for those looking for a high RMS sub.

15-Inch 2000 Watt RMS Subs

Our Pick

DS18 EXL-XX15.2D

Peak Power: 4000 W
RMS: 2000 W
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 1.6 KHz

The DS18 EXL-XX15.2D 15” sub is exactly the same as the DS18 EXL-XX12.2D 12” sub reviewed above. The only difference is that it is 15” in size instead of 12”. The functions and capabilities of this sub are exactly the same as the 12” sub.

Since Massive Audio HIPPO XL 122 does not come in 15” sizes, we have chosen the EXL-XX15.2D as our top pick amongst all the 15” subs reviewed here for all that it offers.

Runner Up

Sundown Audio X-15 v3 D2

Peak Power: N/A
RMS: 2000 W
Frequency Response: 37.235 Hz

The Sundown Audio X-15 v3 D2 15” sub is exactly the same as the Sundown Audio X-15 v3 D2 12” sub reviewed above. The only difference is that it is 15” in size instead of 12”.

The functions and capabilities of this sub are exactly the same as the 12” sub. Since Massive Audio HIPPO XL 122 does not come in 15” sizes and the EXL-XX15.2D moves by default to the top spot, we have chosen the X-15 v3 D2 as our runner up amongst all the 15” subs reviewed here.

Also Great

Toro Tech – Force15S

Peak Power: 4000 W
RMS: 2000 W
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 250Hz

A 15-inch dual 4-ohm car stereo sub, the TORO Force15s offers 2000 watts worth of RMS power and has peak power handling capabilities up to 4000 watts. It is CTA compliant to ensure it can manage the rated power.

The Force15S sub-features 350oz Strontium Ferrite Magnets that are double stacked and designed for extreme power.

Other capabilities of the sub included a voice coil that is four layers and built for withstanding extreme temperatures, a black anodized finish T-yoke design that ensures improved cooling, non-pressed paper cones that are Kevlar Fiber reinforced, triple Poly Nomex Spiders and foam surround with EROM Hi-Tech capability that ensures adaptability and power.

All of this helps the Force15S to finish on our list.

Also Great

Rockford Fosgate T2S1-16

Peak Power: 5000 W
RMS: 2500 W
Frequency Response: 19 – 250 Hz

The Rockford Fosgate T2S1-16 sub is exactly the same as the Rockford Fosgate Power T2S1-13 sub reviewed above. The only differences are in size and power.

The T2S1-16 is 16” in size instead of the 12” of the T2S1-13. At the same time, the T2S1-16 has a slightly higher power rating than the T2S1-13. It has 2500 watts RMS rating compared to T2S1-13’s 2000 watts RMS and 5000 watts peak power handling against the latter’s 4000 watts peak power.

However, it maintains the rest of the capabilities of the T2S1-13 and is thus regarded as another great 15” 2000 watts RMS sub.

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