The 8 Inchers.
All things considered, 8-inch subwoofers are some of the smallest subwoofers available in the market. From 12 inch to 8 inches, we could get in a huge heated debate on whether the small or large subwoofer is “better.” Again, it all depends on your preferences and specific needs, but for this guide, we’ll be focusing on the 8 inch. If you’re in a time pinch, here’s the summary – what we recommend is getting the JL Audio W3V3 series– this is the best 8-inch subwoofer that we could find on the market.
Large or Small Subs?
We could go to Starbucks, grab a coffee and debate over this topic the whole day. But here’s what we found, if you have a spacious room or vehicle, hands down we would recommend getting a large sub. Otherwise, if you are in a compact space, you don’t have a choice but get a small sub. Even with a small sub, we found that if you power it up correctly and install all the right enclosures, the bass that you’ll be able to provide will be far better if you didn’t have a sub in the first place.
Larger subs are great and all because they can pump out more energy into your listening environment – the obvious tradeoff they have is the sheer space that it takes up in your room or automobile. The small sub can be fitted in those tight spaces, or underneath your seat which his perfect if you have a small minivan and packing kids in the cap.
#1 JL Audio W3V3 Series
The first one on the list is the JL Audio W3V3 Series – this is an American manufactured sub that comes with a lot of added feature for a few bucks. What we loved about the W3V3 is its value/ price ratio: it offers durability, unique features, and reliability for a competitive price.
First, let’s take a look at the material that goes into building the W3V3 – it’s mineral filled polypropylene cone is not only made to withstand the withering over time but will provide you with a great bass as you are on the move.
Another great feature that we found on the W3V3 is the heat management feature – it’s just as it sounds. So when you’re stuffing a sub in your vehicle in the blazing sun, you’ll want it to have something too protect itself from the scorching sun. Thankfully the W3V3 has just that – the heat management feature redirects the heat away from the internal motor structure which makes it live a little longer and reduces the distortion you may hear while you’re blazing your songs.
The only downside we could find with the W3V3 is that it’s sensitivity rating is below the average – this means that it’s ability to convert power to watts is sub-par (excuse the pun). Now, this won’t be a big deal to most people, in fact, most people won’t even notice the difference, but for all your audiophiles out there, this is just something to note.
#3 Infinity Reference 860w
If our main pick is out of stock – we recommend getting the JL Audio W3V3 instead – it’s a sub that’ll have your jumping up and about in your car. The bass on the GTO804 is simply amazing.
One of the first things we look at when we even begin reviewing a product is a company itself. We looked at the history of JBL and noticed that they’ve been in business for a few years now. Check! We notice that they also have a variety of other products which means they know what they’re doing. Ok, the company is fine, what about the product.
Comparing the price of the GTO804 to everything it offers, was a great ratio. Take a look at the cone on the GTO804 – it’s not only an aesthetically pleasing looking thing of art, but it’s a polypropylene cone that has a wide rubber supporting it. A durable AND good looking cone? Sweet! Next, we found that the GTO804 has an integrated vent that makes sure the GTO804 functions at full capacity in the blazing sun. It’ll be able to stay call even if you forget to turn on the A/C in your car!
If you need a quality sub – pick up the GTO804 and start jamming out to the latest pop music when it comes on the radio.
#2 JBL GTO804
If you’re in a money pinch and need something that’ll last you for the time being – get the Infinity Reference 860w, this is one of the cheapest and inexpensive subwoofers out there. For something under a hundred bucks, we don’t think you’ll be able to find something as good as the 860W. For the price and the quality that the 860W provides, simply get this and when you need to upgrade, upgrade.
What’s so special about the 860W though? If it’s so cheap, doesn’t it mean its complete crap? Not quite. What we loved about the 860W is that it is made with material that gives it the durability and performance that we found lacking in other cheap subs.
Take a look at the rubber around the cone. That gives it the stability that we were looking for. If you were looking around, you’d be hardpressed to find another cheap 8-inch subwoofer that has that same feature. In fact, we don’t think you will. The lightweight polypropylene on the 860W also you to easily transport it in and out of your car.
If you need something with a low-price tag, pick up the 860W today!
Wrapping it up
We hope this guide of the top 8 inch subwoofers has helped you out – we understand that not everyone has the time to go through all the subs in the market which are why we took that time (to hopefully help you save some time!). If you’re looking to get a decent bass for your vehicle, you’re either going to have to find a pricey sub or one that is cheaper but still has the quality. This guide has those hidden gems where the sub isn’t too expensive but also has the quality to back it up.
If you need something smaller, we have a guide on shallow mount subwoofers if you need something small and inexpensive.
Best of luck on your journey in finding the cheap but quality 8-inch sub, we know you’ll eventually find one!