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Best Subs & Subwoofers for Car Stereos 2014 Review

Updated on July 22, 2014

What is a subwoofer, and should you get one? The idea behind and advantages of subwoofers are plenty. Subwoofers are speakers dedicated solely to reproducing low frequencies. Be it Country, Hip-Hop, Rock, Metal, etc...

All music has bass and should be listened to with bass. When designed and used appropriately, subwoofers can be extremely effective and very convenient. They can produce massive results by adding volume at sub frequencies, adding a third dimension to your music. Small car speakers have trouble producing enough low-frequency sound to give your music realism and depth.

A subwoofer can make the difference between a good-sounding and a great-sounding system. Whether you are considering building a new audio system, or just adding one (or more) subwoofers to your factory system, this addition will give you the single, most significant improvement. Simply adding even a little bass will make a HUGE improvement. So should you get a subwoofer? I vote yes!

How to Choose a Car Subwoofer

When choosing a subwoofer, there are a few specs you will want to consider. When shopping, you’ll notice a lot of acronyms, if you have any trouble following along, check out this great glossary of definitions.

Power

Probably one of the most important specs is wattage. Even if you're a novice to car sound, you've probably heard people talk about watts. Watts are simply a way to measure power. In the same way that a car with more horsepower can accelerate more quickly and go faster, subwoofers and amps with higher watt ratings can offer you better sound quality and louder performance.

If you're looking for real depth and clarity at any volume, look for high power. Here's an important, often misunderstood point to remember. When we talk about power in amplifiers, we're referring to the power output of the amp. When we talk about subwoofers, we're discussing power handling — how much power can be sent to them.

Impedance

This is measured by ohms. Typical speakers have impedance ratings of 4 ohms, 8 ohms or 16 ohms. This is the property of a speaker that restricts the flow of electrical current through it. When you've chosen a subwoofer, look for amplifiers that will match up to your sub in terms of power rating and impedance.

Frequency Range and Response

This refers to the range of frequencies a subwoofer is able to reproduce, and is measured in Hertz (Hz). So if you really want that deep bass, your subwoofer should have a low frequency response.

Sensitivity

The higher the sensitivity, the less power it will need to produce the same amount of sound.

Enclosure type

In general, sealed boxes give you the deepest, most accurate sound, while ported and bandpass enclosures produce more volume.

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5 stars for Pioneer 10" Flat Subwoofer with Enclosure

Best Subs for you Car Stereo 2013

Pioneer 10" Flat Subwoofer with Enclosure

This is one innovative subwoofer. The Pioneer 10" Flat Subwoofer with Enclosure is a 10-inch flat enclosure designed for compact spaces. It has an ultra-shallow design that allows you to lay it flat. I can stick it behind my trucks seat, or lay it under the rear seat of my wife’s minivan.

Now, I know what you’re thinking; am I sacrificing sound quality with all this talk of compact? The answer my friends is no. Pioneer took time designing this, and it shows. From the angled push terminals, to avoid crimped wiring.

To an air suspension control system with moves and locks air where needed to provide a rich, deep sound. The specs speak for them self, 89db sensitivity, 4 ohms, and up to 800 max watts, you can finally play your music the way it was intended, without any fuss.

Dual Illumination Bandpass Subwoofer

Style, power, and Character. The Dual BP1204 Illumination Bandpass Subwoofer has it all, and will make you the envy of all your friends. A Dual-chambered enclosure, with not one, but two 12-inch DS Series subwoofers.

This baby screams at up to 1,100 peak watts. The acoustic chamber is computer-tuned to increase output efficiency. An awesome feature that really makes this subwoofer enclosure stick out is the blue light show this box will give you every time you use it. Feel free to have a little party from the back of your car.

The “Illuminate” bulb system, allows for creative color-coordinated installations, But don’t worry, if you are ever not in the mood for a dance party, you can flip it off with a toggle switch.

Bazooka BT Series Amplified Tube

Are you a novice car audio enthusiast? It's okay! If you really are really just seeking better sound from your system, but can’t be troubled with finding an enclosure; or the cost of getting a subwoofer professionally installed. In comes your best friend.

The Bazooka BTA6250D BT Series Amplified Tube. This little wonder is a completely self-contained bass monster. This is a six-inch patented bass tubes enclosure design, with an on-board 250-watt amplifier. The best part is I don’t have to make any holes in my seats or trunk, absolutely no modifications are needed.

The sub is securely mounted with the included straps, making removal quick and easy if I need cargo space. No need to worry about amps, enclosures, or speakers, this all-in-one solution is perfect if you are tight on space and don’t want to be bogged down with the technical side of installing new subs.

JBL Reduced Depth 8-Inch Subwoofer

If you are on a budget, but looking to get more out of your sound system, the JBL GTO804 Reduced Depth 8-Inch Subwoofer is a pretty good deal. It’s not going to carry all the bells and whistles of the other subs, but for up to 800 watts of peak performance you are still going to get great sound, and ultimately that’s why I bought subwoofers. JBL has been in the car audio speaker game for a long time, they know how to make great speakers, even in small packages. This one is also a great choice for smaller cars, with its reduced depth; it makes for easy installation in tight spaces. For the price, size, and quality, this is a great fit.

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Best Car Stereo Subwoofers Review

Kicker Comp 10-Inch Subwoofer 4 Ohm

Kicker is a great brand that tries to balance the loudest, best-sounding bass for your buck. To be able to do this, and keep it under $100 is a pretty sweet deal.

The Kicker 10C104 Comp 10-Inch Subwoofer 4 Ohm, is just that, great performance at under $100, a sweet spot in value. This beauty features a proven Kicker construction for long lasting durability, a stiff injection-molded cone, and a resilient, updated steel basket means that it will last.

They don’t skimp on style either, with a yellow double-stitched surround; the system will look as good as it sounds. This isn’t the best subwoofer out there, but it’s not the worst either, at under $100 it is the best value on the market today. Highly recommended.

Pioneer 12 In. Champion Series PRO Subwoofer

This one is for the Professionals. The Pioneer TS-W3002D4 12 In. Champion Series PRO Subwoofer is top of the line. Is it expensive? Yes, but rightfully so.

This bad boy pushes up to a maximum 3500 watts, and It only gets better from there. 90 dB sensitivity, dual 4-ohm voice coil for 2 or 8 ohm operation, a carbon fiber reinforced paper cone for durability. It comes with an air suspension system that allows better sound, to come from a smaller enclosure. Pioneer is the king of quality, innovation, and high performance speaker.

The sound I hear that resonates from these speakers is, well, music to my ears. If you are looking for the best quality, be sound producing and performing speakers, then I highly recommend going with the champion series PRO subwoofers, they really sound absolutely amazing.

Rockford Fosgate P2D2-12 Punch Subwoofer

The Rockford Fosgate P2D2-12 Punch Subwoofer has a lot going for it. Punch subwoofers deliver deep, loud, and aggressive bass.

This is the speaker only, so if you are looking for performance, add multiple subwoofers, and to be able to make a custom install, look no further. It features a 12-inch, dual 2-ohm subwoofer, with Flex fit basket for a snug fit when mounted. The paper cone is Kevlar Fiber reinforced for durability, and it features dual anodized aluminum voice coils, that provide superior heat dissipation.

With up to 800 max power watts, these beauties will purr with rich realistic sound. Rockford Fosgate sets the standard for excellence in performance in the audio industry. Overall, a recommended, great choice.

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