Subwoofer Buying Guide

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Adding a subwoofer to your car audio system will allow you to get that extra bass that will help enhance your listening experience. Often times without one, you could be missing out on a lot of that low frequency sound in your music. A subwoofer will allow you to blast the bass in music like Rap/Hip-Hop or EDM and even hear the more subtle bass guitar in alternative. No matter what your music taste is, a subwoofer can be beneficial to your music.

Subwoofer Size

Before you purchase a new subwoofer, there are some things that you need to consider. The first thing you need to consider is what size subwoofer is going to be best for you. We have a great article to guide you through what size would be best for your music taste. Some of the most popular sizes that we offer are 8, 10, 12, and 15 inches. Each specific size will be beneficial to your taste.

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Type of Subwoofer

The next thing you have to consider is whether you want an enclosed subwoofer or a component subwoofer. An enclosed subwoofer contains an internal amp. This makes this option much easier to install. This option also saves space and is easier to install as opposed to component subs. Component subs rely on an external amp to power it. These take up more space and can often times be more costly. However, there is a noticeable difference in overall sound quality. This option is far more customizable to your needs. They are also more tedious to install because you have to build the enclosure and properly wire them.

Type of Wiring

Another thing you have to consider is series vs parallel wiring. We have an entire article on this subject that will give you a more in depth understanding of the differences between the two configurations. This brief excerpt does a great job explaining the key differences:

  • Series doubles the Ohm load reducing RMS power
  • Parallel cuts the Ohm load in half increasing RMS power

Ohm is the measure of resistance and there is never a “best” option except for what your amplifier thinks is best. Ensure your subwoofer and amplifier can handle the Ohm load you are wiring to.

Subwoofers to Buy

One of our most highly rated subs on our entire website is the JL Audio 13W7-D1.5. This is a 13.5inch series subwoofer with 1500W RMS power. Our customers were blown away by the clarity and the remarkable sound quality of the W7 series. A more affordable option would be the NVX NSW122v2 12″ Dual 2-Ohm Car Subwoofer. We actually offer a package that contains two of these 12-inch subs for only $119.98. They offer 700W total RMS between the two subs. At this price you will not find better sound quality. They come in at an entry level price without sacrificing the overall quality. One enclosed subwoofer option is another NVX sub. The NVX QBUS8v2 is an 8″ Under Seat Powered Subwoofer Enclosure with an integrated amp. This subwoofer offers 100W RMS. This enclosure will give you that extra low-end boost for an affordable price and it can all fit snugly beneath your seat. The other major bonus of this product is that it is super easy to install and the kit comes with everything you need to properly install it.

 

There are countless other options available. Make sure to visit our website and check out something that will fit your preferences. Also, check out our blog for more buying guides and how to’s.

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