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!
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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 the stiffness and the durability. This is due to the subwoofer having a cleverly designed Kevlar cone which increases the bass sound because its so stiff.
Its 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 wont 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 are 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 are another well known brand that produce 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.
My recommendation out of the Cerwin-Vega range would be the V465C. This is a high-quality product with sound quality at the forefront of its design. Able to handle 100 watts of constant power, that’s relatively effective. But the most impressive thing about the V465C is its sensitivity rating. Coming in with a strong 9.4 dB, the sound quality certainly doesn’t suffer.
One thing youll need to consider though is the frequency range. It suffers from a narrow frequency range of just 55Hz which means that if you listen to heavy bass, you might want to look at other alternatives.
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 its only $80, its 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 its 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 a 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 premium brand, so you know that your’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 a RMS of 600 watts, you’re getting serious quality from the product. With a sensitivity of 85.4dB, its 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 have gone for a more subtle approach. A feature of Infinity subwoofers is in 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, its certainly something to consider if your serious about having a good subwoofer.
Have a look at the range and see what you think.
JBL are another electronic company that provide 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.
My recommendation would be CLUB WS1200. It has a peak power output of 1000 watts and a RMS of 250 watts. Those are excellent specifications. Even more impressive is the sensitivity. It has a 92dB sensitivity rating which is one of the highest on the market.
JL Audio are 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.
My recommendation would have to be the HO110 – W6v3. It runs an impressive RMS of 600 watts as well as having an easy to manage 2-Ohms impedance. This means that it won’t get as hot as some others might do. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy the sound that it produces.
Kenwood subwoofers are really unique because of the variety of size 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 youre 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 is pretty decent. Even though its 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 Audios 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 range before deciding.
However, I think the best subwoofer would definitely be the GTX120. With a peak output of 1400 watts and 700watts RMS, performance certainly isn’t an issue. It comes with a really strong 120oZ magnet too which further enhances performance. The best part though? Its only 10-inches so its really portable and versatile.
Now, this depends on what music/audio you’re actually going to be listening too. 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 youre looking for a high performing bass subwoofer, there are better alternatives.
NVX focus almost exclusively on the car market. I recommend you have a look for yourself as there is extra detail that you might need to know before purchasing a NVX subwoofer, so I’ll link you to their website to see if you can find the most suitable one for you.
Pioneer are known for producing decent subwoofers for their value. There isn’t too much to separate them form 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.
My recommendation out of the Pioneer range would be the TS-A2000LD2. It comes with 700 watt max power and 250 watt RMS. Not bad but could do better. The sensitivity isn’t bad either at 83 dB. So, if you’re looking for maybe a short-term solution with decent quality, this might be the best bet for you.
Polk Audio subwoofers tend to be rather good. Theres 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 difficult brand to describe. The issue with them is that the products that they make a generally good, but they 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 are a reputable brand that definitely put 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 favourite is the P3D4. This is what the company was practically built off. Some of the pros are its 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 theres no issues with performance or build quality.
Skar Audio produce 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. Varity 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 build care and quality is 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 of 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 foe the T5.102. With an impressive max power of 1800 watts and 900 watt 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 are a company on the u and they are definitely a company I would keep my eye on.