Here in the Sonic Electronix copywriting department we have a lot of subwoofers coming through. My main job is to describe and write content about these woofers – so it’s common that you’ll find a stack of subwoofers near my desk. I get a bit of time with each of these woofers, and in this series I’ll help tell you some of my favorite subwoofer choices in different price ranges. This entry level series is going to include three different price ranges, and I’ll tell you which one is my overall favorite. I decided to only look at 12” subwoofers, because they’re the most popular subwoofer size.
First and foremost I elected the Pioneer TS-W309D2 Champion Series subwoofer. This subwoofer is one of our more popular sellers, due to its lower price point and relatively high RMS power ratings. This isn’t the only place where this subwoofer shines, however. The reason I elected this subwoofer into the running is because of the build quality at its price point. Spring loaded push terminals weren’t sacrificed for budget reasons, and that’s a huge plus. The basket on this subwoofer is also constructed very well, and also has double stacked magnets. The Pioneer Champions subwoofers have a polypropylene composite cone, and a polymer surround. In my opinion these woofers are an excellent value for their overall build quality.
Second up is the NVX N-Series Subwoofers. The NSW124 is a perfect example of these value driven woofers. These subwoofers are a great option for those looking for more of a sound quality geared setup, but don’t want to sacrifice any overall output. These N-Series woofers feature a 2” KSV Voice coil, an impressively high roll rubber surround, and a polypropylene cone. These woofers are all housed in a stamped steel basket with push pin terminals, and have a very solid overall build. The NVX NSW124 is a great subwoofer contestant under $100, and I’d highly recommend them.
Finally up is the Sony XS-GS120L. This subwoofer almost exceeds our limit here, but stays under the bar. Although it’s the priciest woofer in this contest, it holds its own without a problem. The Sony XS-GS120L subwoofer is designed with very high components generally not found on entry level subwoofers in this price range. A very high quality mica reinforced cellular glass fiber cone is featured on these woofers with a rubber surround. A cast aluminum basket is used on these particular woofers, and it’s vented to allow for voice coil cooling; the basket also includes push pin spring loaded terminals as well. Sony went above and beyond getting these woofers a CEA-2031 RMS power rating of 500 watts. It’s very tough to find woofers that are honestly rated – and these Sony woofers took an extra hit on R&D to make sure that the consumer was getting the most accurate ratings, which is highly appreciated.
A breakdown of the features found on the NVX N-Series
It’s hard to pick just one to top the competition. The Pioneer Champion woofer is an excellent woofer with impressive features such as the double stacked magnet. The NVX N-Series woofer has an extremely high roll surround, which is incredibly appealing to me. The Sony’s honest ratings and high quality cone make it a hard to deviate from as a candidate. If I had to choose one, regardless of price, to install into my personal vehicle – I would personally choose the NVX NSW124. I’m a sucker for that menacing surround and classic cone style. Also the 2” KSV voice coil and unique venting system gives me more flexibility with my amplifier.
Thanks for joining me with this segment of Best Subwoofer under $100. Next week I’ll be coming with a new segment featuring subwoofers in a higher price range. Let us know in the comments what YOUR favorite subwoofer at Sonic Electronix under $100 is!
When improving your car stereo system, you’ll want to choose an enclosure to maximize the woofers performance. There are three main subwoofer enclosure types: Sealed, Ported/Vented and Bandpass. Each has advantages and disadvantages in efficiency, size, distortion, cost, and power handling. Sonic Electronix carries a wide variety of enclosures but specifically I am going to tell you a little bit about sealed enclosures.
While sealed enclosures are usually smaller than other types of sub boxes, they don’t allow any air to escape from the box. Woofers installed in sealed enclosures increase the power requirements and make it more difficult for the sub to bottom out. When the subs movement is restricted, it provides tighter bass and better sound accuracy, giving you less boom and more punch.
Just a couple cons about the sealed enclosure is the decrease in efficiency (loudness) and sound reproduction due to the airwaves being unable to escape as it would in ported or bandpass enclosures. Also, the tightly sealed design doesn’t allow the motor structure to cool down as quickly, causing possible damage to your subwoofer more quickly.
Keep in mind, if the enclosure you have is smaller than the recommended size, the sound will be tighter but more amplifier power will be required to push it. If the sub box is too large, the sound will be distorted and sound horrible.
Ever wonder as to whether or not it makes a difference as to what type of sound system you have in your vehicle that truly fits with the type of music you listen to? Well the truth is that yes, there is quite a significance in sound quality dependent upon pairing up the right equipment to fit into what style of music you prefer to listen to.
Kicker C104 10" Subwoofer
The best car speakers for Hip Hop music should be designated to make your songs sound great. Hip Hop sounds best on a system that has the ability to create good bass notes and strong midrange sound. The bass notes are vital to make sure the beat is clear through the song. The midrange notes will make the lyrics and backup crisp and powerful.
Earthquake Sound TNT-12S 12" Subwoofer
The best speakers for bass are clearly subwoofers or “subs.” 10 inch or 12 inch subs will hit the bass notes that are too low for standard speakers. When you turn up the bass in a car without subs the music becomes distorted and doesn’t sound right. Add the extra bass of a subwoofer, and it sounds accurate to its production. That’s the extra power of the larger speakers coming in to give the bass an extra hit.
JL Audio TR600-CXi 6" Speakers
For midrange, a good set of 6 inch speakers will fill out the system very nicely. This will combine with the subs giving your favorite songs the quality sound you deserve. 6 by 9 speakers are a little more expensive, but they are even niftier than 6 inch speakers and have a little better range. If you can fit it in your budget, they are a great choice.
Pioneer TS-A6994R 6" x 9" Speakers
With these 2 basic components, you’ll be sure to have a great sounding car stereo. If it’s in your budget you might even consider adding a basic set of tweeters, but they aren’t as important because high notes aren’t as common in Hip Hop as they are in other types of music.
Make sure you check out all of our car audio equipment here at Sonic Electronix, and make sure you find the right system that will truly bring out the definition of your choice in music while you are on the road.
There are three different types of subwoofer boxes that you should be looking to consider, depending on what type of subwoofer you get.
Sealed Subwoofer Enclosure
The sealed subwoofer enclosure is described by great transient response, excellent low frequency power handling, and a smaller box size. When a speaker is attached in a box, the air in the box turns to shape a spiral. Yet, sealed systems incline to hurt from complex limit points and lower sensitivity than the other low rate systems. They are usually the subwoofer of choice due to their great response.
Ported Subwoofer Enclosures
A ported enclosure system contains of a driver fixed on a side of a box that has an open area that lets the air in and out of the box. The port is there to tune the closed off space so that the rear wave of the speaker boosts the front wave of the speaker. This tends to results in a subwoofer with higher effectiveness. At lower frequencies, the opening adds greatly to the output of the system. The box design itself is made to perform as a filter to cutting off lower frequencies.
Bandpass Subwoofer Boxes
Bandpass boxes will produce more bass than either of the previous boxes mentioned, but over a thinner range of frequency. Working as a filter, the box blocks lower and higher frequencies, and in most cases a crossover is not needed. These boxes are typically big and provide very accurate volumes. Bandpass boxes also usually cover distortion which at times leads to damaged subs. Bandpass enclosures are very efficient in the band of frequencies that they are tuned to or pass.
Make sure to check out all the subwoofer boxes we have right here at SonicElectronix.com
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research on car audio (being that I am one of the newest team members here at Sonic Electronix) and even though I highly recommend you get this done by a trained professional, there is always an opportunity to learn something new and try it yourself. Stereo systems are at least as simple as most other single accessory electrical systems, but they are still electrical systems. Physically wiring the system is the easiest part of installation. The rest of it is knowing what you’re working with and figuring out what to connect to what and in what way. But once you know what all those numbers and ratings on the amps and speakers mean, the process pretty much explains itself.
First and foremost you need to determine your amplifier’s minimum stable impedance in ohms of resistance. You’ll typically find the stable impedance rating between 1 ohm for a powerful amp and 5 to 10 ohms for a less powerful one. The lower the amp’s stable ohm rating, the more power it can transmit through a single channel without frying. For this blog, I’m going to explain this if I were using an amplifier with a 2-ohm minimum staple impedance.
Now go ahead and check your subwoofer’s ohms of impedance. This works the same way as the amp does; a massive, powerful subwoofer has large coil windings that provide little resistance to power flow and a smaller speaker provides more resistance. This will determine whether you need to wire the subs in parallel or in series. Compare your amplifier’s ohm rating to the speakers. If the speaker ohm reading is lower than the amp’s, then connecting that single speaker directly to the amp output will fry your amp. You’ll need another speaker and you’ll need to connect the speakers in a series circuit instead of a parallel circuit.
Connect a parallel circuit in just the way you’d think ( positive to positive and negative to negative). As long as none of the speakers in your system have a lower ohm rating than the amp, then you’ll want to connect them directly to the amp terminals. This will give you the best chance at nailing down the ground pounding power you are looking for.
Connect the first part a series circuit by wiring the positive lead of one speaker to the positive terminal on your amp. Connect the negative terminal on that speaker to the positive terminal on the next in your series. If you only need two speakers to meet your amp’s minimum impedance, then connect the negative terminal on the second speaker to the negative terminal on your amp.
Wire as many speakers into the series as you need to meet your amp’s minimum amp impedance. Connect them all positive to negative with the positive and negative terminals on the speakers on the ends of your series connected to the appropriate terminals on your amp.
Now do remember that every car is different, so if you have any questions feel free to contact us here and Sonic Electronix and we’d love to help you out. Of course it’s going to be a little intimidating, but please make sure that you never work on your cars electrical system unless you are absolutely comfortable with it.
Make sure to check out all of our subwoofers here at Sonic Electronix, our Subwoofer Olympics Event, and look into starting your next project now!