Listed below is a list of 22 car subwoofer brands worth mentioning. The most important part when you’re looking to invest in a subwoofer is to make sure it can perform well enough to meet your requirements but also lasts.
You don’t want to have to buy another one in a few months’ time because you blew it up! The biggest thing to remember is personal taste though, the decision is with you!
Starting out very strong with my own personal brand of choice. Alpine subwoofers are for the serious headbangers who love a good bass. The quality of the products cannot be underestimated. My choice out of the Alpine R range would definitely have to be the Aphine SWR-12D2-Type -Rz. The key features are stiffness and durability. This is due to the subwoofer having a cleverly designed Kevlar cone which increases the bass sound because it’s so stiff.
It’s also a very powerful subwoofer. It can handle 300 to 1000 watts RMS power and 500 watts per coil means it has a peak output of 3000 watts. What a beastly sound.
This is certainly a premium option and you won’t be left short on quality. Have a look at the Alpine R subwoofer range below and see for yourself!
If you know anything about Boss, you know that they produce excellent electronics. Another awesome and highly rated product is Boss’s subwoofers. The designs on them are great to start off with and they are relatively affordable. You can find a really good one for around $60.
My selection out of the Boss range would be the Boss Audio P126DVC. This really is a good all-rounder as you can pick up low-frequency sound reproduction easily. Mix that with some subcussion and you’ve got excellent sound quality. It has a peak power of 2500 watts which is good as well as 1250 RMS which is also great.
It has all the makings of a really high-standard subwoofer that’s designed to last. It’s important to have a look at what you want though and Boss have an excellent range for you to have a look at.
Cerwin-Vega is another well-known brand that produces excellent subwoofers. They’re known for their pioneering and innovative stance although the range does vary in quality. If I was to buy a Cerwin-Vega subwoofer, I would stay on the high-value side as some of the cheaper subwoofers aren’t the best.
Loud? Check. Clean sound? Check. Affordable? Check. The CT Sounds subwoofers are purposely designed for loudness. The small, compact design means that it can be put pretty much anywhere you want. Seen as it’s only $80, it’s probably one of the best value subwoofers for your money.
My selection would be the Strato 8-inch D2. This little beast comes in with a max power output of 900 watts and 450RMS which is extremely impressive considering it’s only 8-inches. Just note that if you use this constantly at max power, the quality will fade over time.
DS18 are very similar to the Cerwin-Vega subwoofers, they’re designed to be small and compact but also a lot more powerful. This one comes down to personal preference so I would recommend you have a look at the difference between the two.
Capable of a peak output of 900watts and 450RMS, my selection would be for the Z8 Elite 8-inch subwoofer. It responds really well to fast-paced music with high quality with a good sensitivity rating of 85.2 dB. It’s really and adaptable for any situation you might it for.
With the Earthquake brand, it’s very difficult to outline what subwoofer is best. This is due to the amount of variety that they offer. Whilst I can’t offer you an outright recommendation, if an Earthquake Sound subwoofer is something you are interested in buying, feel free to have a look around the website and download a full manual. If I was forced to pick though, I would recommend you have a look at the DBXi range.
Focal have a reputation for quality. They’re often considered a premium brand, so you know that you’re getting quality. Take your time when working through Focal subwoofers because the range can be quite confusing.
My selection though would be the 11 – inch 27KX. With a peak power output of 1200 watts and an RMS of 600 watts, you’re getting serious quality from the product. With a sensitivity of 85.4dB, it’s pretty good at dealing with changes in the bass.
Whist being a good space saver, you do need to consider that it will generate some serious heat due to the 4-Ohms impedance. Just make sure that this is properly accounted for if you feel that this is the subwoofer for you.
Not the best in terms of power output, but Infinity has gone for a more subtle approach. A feature of Infinity subwoofers is their high sensitivity rating. This ensures a good and clean sound that adjusts really well to changes in any scenario. Also, they’re really excellent with different appliances too.
In a decent price range for good quality, it is certainly something to consider if your serious about having a good subwoofer.
JBL is another electronic company that provides a lot of variety. They’re known for producing excellent quality at low-end frequency even though most of the products they have don’t quite reach the 20HZ frequency mark. Also, the sensitivity is also one of the lowest on the market, so you are definitely buying a quality product.
JL Audio is known for producing good, versatile, multi-purpose subwoofers. The best quality throughout the range is their ability to keep quality sound up as well as producing excellent output. It’s the ideal sort of subwoofer for someone who perhaps wants something more discrete.
Kenwood subwoofers are really unique because of the variety of sizes they offer. Some are exceptionally small but produce excellent sound and quality whilst others are pretty standard size subwoofers. They are also very affordable as some have a market price of around $100 which is really cheap for the quality you’re getting.
I would certainly recommend the KSC-SW11 as this is the smallest and most unique available. It can be placed in different areas that you wouldn’t expect such as under car seats or in the corner of your house and the sounds are pretty decent. Even though it’s decent, the bass sounds aren’t particularly great especially at lower ranges.
Have a look for yourself but I would encourage you to have a look at the whole range if the KSC-SW11 isn’t something you would consider.
Kicker subwoofers are known for their performance-orientated design. Yes, there may be better brands, but the thing about Kicker is that they are really affordable, quality performing, and will last a lifetime.
My choice from the Kicker range would be the 12-inch CompC. Strongly built and with a good enough 300RMS and 4-Ohms impedance to match, this is the subwoofer of choice if you are willing to compromise a little bit of quality for durability. This is definitely a good money saver!
Massive Audio aim when producing subwoofers to get the best performance out of as little space as possible and they certainly make a good go of it. They have a huge variety of subwoofers for the car as well as home use which is a big plus. I would encourage you to have a look at all the ranges before deciding.
Now, this depends on what music/audio you’re actually going to be listening to. The key thing to remember with an MTX is that the sound quality is extremely good but with bass, they aren’t the best. So, if you want something that is more for sound rather than bass then I would recommend you have a look. But if you’re looking for a high-performing bass subwoofer, there are better alternatives.
NVX focuses almost exclusively on the car market. I recommend you have a look for yourself as there is an extra detail that you might need to know before purchasing an NVX subwoofer, so I’ll link you to their website to see if you can find the most suitable one for you.
Pioneer is known for producing decent subwoofers for their value. There isn’t too much to separate them from the majority of standard subwoofers although they do perform well when matched with their TS-A series of speakers. The design is nice too, rather than them being big and bulky, they’re quite slim and sleek to look at.
Polk Audio subwoofers tend to be rather good. There’s no question about their reliability and durability. An issue with them is that they tend to be quite big and bulky, so they aren’t the most practical of subwoofers to have.
Power Acoustic is a somewhat difficult brand to describe. The issue with them is that the products that they make a generally good, but have more cons than pros. My personal opinion would be to look elsewhere because they tend to be bulky, hard to mount, and heats up quite a lot. They don’t have much variety either. Have a look at the website and maybe they might be what you like?
Rockford Fosgate is a reputable brand that definitely puts quality over pretty much everything that they do. Some of the products that they produce considered to be some of the best on the market. With a lot of variety to choose from, you won’t be left short for options either.
My personal favorite is the P3D4. This is what the company was practically built off. Some of the pros are it’s really ridged, a newly designed cone to allow more air in it so it can produce a deeper base as well as having car shakingly good performance.
Sundown Audio have found a really good place in the market that not many other companies have chosen to go for. They are generally considered to be really good SPL subwoofers with a large variety to choose from. The quality of the products tends to be solid too so there are no issues with performance or build quality.
Skar Audio produces some outstanding products, but their main selling point is the unique design. They offer something little different that perhaps you won’t get with another brand. Variety isn’t an issue either, with their products going from 500 watts up to 5000 watts. Pretty good stuff.
I would recommend the VXF series. This is a wonderfully performing subwoofer. Boasting a pretty ridiculous peak power of 3000 watts and 1500 watt RMS, the sounds of the bass will be fantastic. Not only that but the building care and quality are there too. Have a deeper look into it yourself and see if this is the one for you!
Soundstream have been hitting some high-performance goals in recent years and their products keep getting better and better. They boast an impressive range of subwoofers, all at varying degrees of performance and durability.
Out of this huge range, I would definitely go for the T5.102. With an impressive max power of 1800 watts and 900 watts RMS, it performs to a really high standard. It also has a sensitivity rating of 83.5dB which isn’t bad considering the power performance, but this could be better.
Soundstream is definitely a company I would keep my eye on.
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