When people ask me how they should start upgrading their stock car audio system, I always suggest getting a new subwoofer first. Adding a subwoofer is the best way to enhance a car audio system by unlocking the audio frequencies that were previously missing. Finding the best car subwoofer for your vehicle can be a difficult decision because there are so many choices and there are several ways one can install the subwoofer wrong. This page is dedicated to the best series of car subwoofers for particular applications.
Best Budget Car Subwoofer
Subwoofers don’t have to be expensive to sound good. In fact, a lot of affordable subs actually sound great thanks to the refinement of loudspeaker technology over the past 20 years. Technology and designs typically found just in high end woofers are now common in budget subs. My personal favorite budget subwoofer is the Kicker CompVR series. It is a solid subwoofer with a great sound.
The Kicker CompVR subwoofers are a standard for low cost, quality bass. They have been revised many times over the years as Kicker has found new ways to improve the sound and reduce costs. These aren't the most unique subwoofers, but they are great for those just getting started and not wanting to spend too much money on subs. They are available in 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch, and 15-inch sizes. With a RMS range from 350 watts on the 8-inch to 500 watts on the 15-inch, these subwoofers don't need a large amp to power it. That helps keep the quality bass in budget.
Best SPL Car Subwoofer
If you are familiar with the Orion HCCA series of subs, then this shouldn’t come as any suprise to you. These subs are nasty loud and have ruled the SPL circuit for quite some time. They can handle insane amounts of power in a RMS, Peak, or Burp fashion. In case of a blown woofer, Orion makes recone kits that can easily be changed in the field. If you are looking for massive SPL from a massive subwoofer, the Orion HCCA has my vote.
The Orion HCCA subs are the perfect SPL competition subwoofer because everything about this woofer is huge. Huge power handling. Huge magnets. Huge enclosures. Huge bass.
Best Sound Quality Car Subwoofer
For those that want insanely accurate sound from a subwoofer, I present the Morel Ultimo subwoofer. This is a absolutely brilliant subwoofer that looks as great as it sounds. The fine craftsmanship and legendary sound engineering from Morel bring a woofer that produces precise, detailed, and natural bass. Among all the technology in the Ultimo subs is a stand out 5.1″ voice coil that really brings the bass to life.
The Morel Ultimo subwoofer is a award winning sound quality subwoofer that is carefully engineered for accurate sound replication. IT is available in 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch subwoofers with RMS ratings ranging from 800 watts to 1000 watts.
Best SQL Car Subwoofer
For those that want the best of the SQ and SPL worlds are SQL subwoofers, a perfect blend of quality bass and sheer loudness. Leading the pack of SQL subwoofer are the famous Image Dynamics ID MAX subwoofers. These were originally designed by the acoustic engineering legend Eric Stevens as a powerful sound quality sub and have proven themselves time and time again to the car audio world that they are capable of incredible, accurate bass.
As one of the most popular SQL subwoofers ever created, the Image Dynamics ID-MAX subwoofer is an excellent choice. They are available in 10-inch, 12-inch, and 15-inch sizes and have RMS power handling ranges from 1000 watts to 1200 watts.
Overall Best Car Subwoofer
My list of top subwoofers can’t be complete without a mention of the RE Audio SEX woofer because this is the best overall subwoofer available on the market. Not only do these subwoofers sound great, but they can pound. They are thirsty for power and can take a ton of it. In fact, it is common for RE Audio SEX woofers to be given twice the RMS in a daily driver because the drivers can handle it and still sound fantastic. In terms of price, loudness, and overall quality of bass, the RE Audio SEX subwoofer line is the best overall subwoofer series available today.
The RE Audio SEX subwoofers are the perfect blend of price, sound quality, and powerful bass. They are available in 10-inch, 12-inch, and 15-inch and all have a recommended RMS power handling of 750 watts.