Car Subwoofer Review

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Why Buy Car Subwoofers?

If you’re reading this right now, you’re likely looking for a car subwoofer. Maybe you’ve discovered a need for loud, pounding bass that rattles your car’s frame. Maybe your listening experience needs a little boost from a thick layer of accurate low notes. If you’re like us, you’re looking for the best of both worlds. Whatever your reasons may be, our review site will help you find the best car subwoofers for your needs, but before you jump into our reviews, there are a few things you should know. Read on for guidance on choosing the right subwoofer for your system. Take a look at our highest rated subs, the JL Audio 10W3v3, the Alpine SWR-1023D and the Rockford Fosgate P3D210. For more information on subwoofer boxes, take a look at our articles on car subwoofers.

Car Subwoofers: What to Look For

Whether you’re looking to blast heavy metal or just perfect the low tones in Bach’s fugues, many of the same factors come into play when buying car subwoofers. In our reviews of the best component subwoofers, we looked at the sub’s power, the quality of the sound it produces, and how well-supported it is by its manufacturers. Whatever your musical tastes may be, these car subwoofers will enhance those crucial low notes with exceptional clarity and power.

Specs/Performance
In this category, we looked primarily at the power that these subwoofers are capable of producing. This power can be measured in several ways, including: frequency response (how quickly the sub responds to input signals), RMS continuous power (the number of watts a sub can handle for extended periods of time), and the dynamic peak power (the maximum number of watts the woofer can handle for brief periods of time). Along with these factors, the Sound Pressure Level (SPL) measures the efficiency by which these subwoofers can convert input wattage into sound.

Sound Quality
To rate these component subwoofers on sound quality, we did what anyone would do; we hooked them up to a sound system and tried them out. We tried different tracks, looking to see how well the subwoofers reproduced low sounds in every genre from sharp, short bass drum hits to long, fuzzy bass notes created electronically. We listened for accuracy in this category, noting how long it took the sub to respond when a note ended and how clearly the sound was reproduced.

Help & Support
For this category, we examined everything about the manufacturer from the warranty they provide for their car subwoofers to how informative the FAQs sections and user manuals are. Ordering component subwoofers can be a challenge, so information on how to wire them correctly or specifications on the types of enclosures you will need is important. If you have questions, we also looked to see how easily these manufacturers can be contacted, either by email or telephone.

At TopTenREVIEWS, we’ve researched and tested the best auto subwoofers on the market to find the most powerful car audio subs with the highest quality sound. So whether you’re in search of bass that will rattle your car to its frame, or you just want the most accurate sound that modern machinery can produce, you will find what you’re looking for with our car subwoofers review.

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Impedance (Ohms) 2/4 2 2 2/4 4 2/4 2 2/4 4
Mounting Depth (Inches) 5.93 5.875 6.25 8.5 6.75 6.669 7 6.661 6.375
Frequency Response (Hz) 25-200 26-200 29-250 18-100 25-200 25-200 25-200 20-150 24-350
RMS Continuous Power (Watts) 500 600 400 750 400 400 700 800 375
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