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JL Audio, Alpine and Rockford Fosgate’s Top Rated Car Subs

In the car audio industry of today, consumers have hundreds of choices when wanting to install a subwoofer into their vehicle. At times this can be a bit overwhelming when selecting a quality car subwoofer. So how exactly should one choose a subwoofer? For some it’s by manufacture or by cost, for others it’s by word of mouth or reviews that have been written by other consumers. For a select few it’s something that they have actually heard before and just want that same sound and performance in their vehicle. We will be discussing 3 of the best rated subwoofers in this industry. These car subwoofers provide unsurpassed quality and performance in any environment and in any vehicle. They are the staple and backbone of their respective companies and are what set the standard for any other company in order to compete at that level. A single of the mentioned subwoofers will give you more than enough bass to compliment any audio system.

JL Audio 12W3v3-4

JL Audio 12W3v3-4
JL Audio’s 12W3v3 12” W3 subwoofer is rated at 500 watts RMS of continuous power and is one of the best rated subwoofers in its category. True to JL Audio’s high standards this subwoofer provides tight and efficient bass. By delivering cool air directly to the voice coil, the thermal power handling is increased and compression effects are reduced. This is accomplished by the use of Elevated Frame Cooling technology, making the subwoofer more efficient and reliable. In order to increase sound resolution and reduce distortion a DMA Optimized Motor System is used, that delivers consistent motor force over a long range of stroke and input power. The JL Audio features many other technologies that increase performance and bass response; it is because of this that this subwoofer is rated above the rest.

Alpine SWR-1243D

Alpine SWR-1243D
Alpine’s SWR-1243D 12” Type R subwoofer is rated at 300-600 watts RMS of continuous power and is able to produce some booming bass. One of the most overlooked features is the one sided push terminals that make installation and wiring simple and clean. With the use of a double stacked strontium magnet the woofer is able to gain 20% more motor force which provides louder and cleaner bass. The use of a Compound Radius Curve motor structure, creates an even magnetic field which then decreases distortion and increases overall power handling. Along with an airflow management system that directs air across the heatsink to avoid overheating, Alpine’s Type R subwoofer delivers some of the best bass output for a subwoofer in its category.

Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12

Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12
Rockford Fosgate’s P3D4-12 12” Punch P3 subwoofer is rated at 600 watts RMS of continuous power and is called the “Punch” series for a reason. Its Vertical Surround Technique (VAST) allows for a 25% increase in radiating cone area, which improves nominal efficiency and maximum output. The anodized aluminum voice coil former allows for efficient heat dissipation from the voice coil. This minimizes subwoofer failure and improves performance. By stitching tinsel leads directly to the spider, Rockford Fosgate is able to improve longevity and reliability by reducing fatigue and possible shorting within the subwoofer. As a CEA-2031 compliant subwoofer, the P3 is able to handle the RMS power rating without blowing, making it a much more accurate subwoofer that provides all the bass you can handle.

Staff writers at Sonic Electronix are experts in their field. In addition to a complete in-house training program, these experts typically have many years of hands-on experience in their specialty. Some come from car audio installer backgrounds, while others come with extensive retail experience.
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