Get the bang for your buck.
If you’re looking for the best car subwoofer for the money, you’re in the right place we’ve compiled a list of the top picks that you might be interested in. If you’re low on time, we’ll give a quick synopsis of which hone we picked – we ranked the JBL GT-BassPro12 number one purely off the value that it gave for the price that it was at. It’s got a strong, durable body frame, easy to install and plain out a blast to us in the car.
What is a subwoofer
Now if you are new to the car audio world, you may be wondering what a car subwoofer is. Fear not, we will explain it in layman terms. In one sentence if we had to describe what a subwoofer is, we should say that it is a sound system that provides the bass for your audio.
We mainly focus on car audio systems on this blog but note that subwoofers are also found in homes. They make a considerable difference if you are watching a movie with subwoofers on in fact, if you listen to a song with subwoofers and then listening to it again without subwoofers, you should clearly be able to distinguish the difference.
The different type of subwoofers
All things considered, when we grouped subwoofers into their respective groups, we found that there are two main groups. The two groups are the following: passive and powered subwoofers.
We’ll give a quick briefing on the two then we’ll get into the reviews.
Passive subwoofers are connected to an external sound input which makes it perfect for small rooms and living rooms. The sound is reflected around the room makes it a very nice listening environment. We also found them to be the best for cars as they do not drain the battery up as quickly.
On a final note, we found that passive subwoofers are considerably cheaper than powered subwoofers, but if the price is not an issue to you, then you should just pick one that your ears like the most!
Onto the next one, powered units. Simply put, these are the ones that you want if you are picking one for a large room. Something with a lot of volume and area, you would typically go with a powered version.
What we found is that these are much more common in homes than in cars. Reason? Well, it’s because the sheer size of these units makes it not too feasible of a plan to keep in your minivan. Rather, you have much more space in your living room to plop one of these down.
What you should be looking for.
What should you look for when you go shopping for a subwoofer? We’ve listed some of the criteria that we look for in subwoofers – whether its passive or powered, if the model you pick ranks highly with these specs, then you should be good to go.
Size – this is probably the most important spec that you should be looking at as you pick a unit o8ut. This will also depend widely if you are using a subwoofer in your home or if you are looking to keep in your vehicle. Obviously if you are looking to keep one in your automobile, you can not be picking something that will take up too much space or else you won’t be able to fit everyone in.
dB Output – This is something that we highly prioritized when compiling this list. As a bassline (excuse the pun), you should be picking something that is around 20dB to 80 dB, we found this to be a good range for people looking to enhance their listening time.
Power Input – Also make sure you can get a subwoofer with the highest power input. That way when you are jamming out in your car, you’ll be able to turn it all the way up and not have any distortion.
Support for higher frequency – just something else to note, pick a subwoofer model that will be able to handle the high frequency, the last thing you want is your audio system unable to handle the high frequency!
#1 JBL GT-BassPro12
Coming in at first place is the BassPro12 – when we compared value versus price, the BassPro12 outright won the competition.
If you take a look at the BassPro, the first thing you’ll notice is that the subwoofer is enclosed inside an aluminum basket – just like a baby inside a cartridge. (Uh, we don’t know where we got that analogy but it kind of works!) The basket functions as a cabinet for the subwoofers – not only does it keep it safe from the outside but it also allows the subwoofers to go to the max because the volume will be amplified.
The slip stream port on the GT-BassPro12 is a work of art – the port allows the audio to be clear as it gives the subwoofer that great bass without any distortions.
Another feature that we loved on the GT-BassPro12 is the auto-on feature. What this feature does is that it turns the automatically turns the subwoofer on when it receive the electrical signal from the head unit. This not only saves you a few clicks but you don’t have always to be remembering to keep it on.
If you’re looking for something that will give you value for every penny, pick up the GT-BassPro12 today!
#2 Infinity Reference 1262w
If our main pick is out of stock we recommend getting the Infinity Reference 1262w instead – it’s made with a polypropylene cone that not only provides the vibration but also is surrounded by rubber which gives it the support for stability. One of the main things that we found lacking in most subwoofer models is the lack of support around the cone. The cone is by far the most important part so without that supporting body around the cone, it’ll easy break and not provide the best audio content.
Featured inside the 1262w is a dual voice coil cone. Besides having a fancy name, what is this thing? Will it allows you to wire the speaker with another speaker in parallel and have them both run at the same time without needing to bridge them?
Last but not least, we found that the 1262w comes with a limited lifetime warranty – so if you happen to find any manufacturing defects with the unit, simply return it, and they’ll get it fixed up for you. You can also rest-assured that you’ll be sticking with the Infinity Reference for a long time – save more money right?
#3 Kenwood Car Under Seat
For our budget subwoofer, we have the Kenwood – Kenwood is a recognize company in the car audio industry so you should not be surprised that we have them on this list. One of the main things that we loved about the Kenwood is the fact that it comes at such an affordable price but still offer so much.
The first thing that we noticed with the Kenwood is that it is a slim unit. There is no doubt about that. It comes out to 8.25 inches and 5 inches which are perfect if you need this for your car.
The Kenwood is constructed with an aluminum frame – make it both light and durable. So if you are keeping this in your car, you’ll bee easily able to transport the Kenwood in and out of your vehicle and then, if you do decide to stick this and leave it in your car, you don’t have to worry about it getting scratched or damaged over time because it has such a protective outer layer.
Wrapping it up
On a final note, we have to add that it does have a small vibrating core but that does not take away from the fact that it will light up your whole vehicle with that bass. Pick up this affordable model today and get your jam on!
Hopefully, this guide helped you out in your journey in finding an audio system that will take you music game to the next level. In this guide, we went over the main difference between a passive and powered subwoofer. After that, we went over the criteria that we used in ranking the top picks in the market at the moment. Finally, we reviewed the top picks to save you the time and help you narrow down the choices. Best of luck and we know you’ll eventually find something that’ll suit your needs.