Top 10 Rated Car Subwoofers

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Top 10 Rated Car Subwoofers
The only thing better than a huge subwoofer is seven of them. (Inside sound system image by Dmitry Sosenushkin from

While "best" is a fairly subjective term, one thing that almost all bass enthusiasts can agree on is that bigger is always better. Bigger power, bigger thump and bigger speakers are the traditional goals of car audiophiles, but you can't forget about sound quality too. Sure, you probably won't hear any subtle nuances with 10,000 watts of bass making your eyeballs vibrate, but it's nice to know it's there.

Polkaudio DB1222

This sub is all about the details. Quality construction and attention to detail help this dual, 12-inch enclosed set-up make the most of whatever wattage you throw at it.

Lanzar MAX15D

These 15-inch subwoofers are sold individually and without enclosures, and are rated at 1200 watts each. They feature a non-pressed paper cone, rubber suspension, and bumped and vented structure.

Pyle PLSQ10D

The Pyle PLSQ10D is a square, 12-inch subwoofer capable of handling 1200 watts. The Pyle's only real trade-off is its less-than-ideal shape.

Bazooka BT1214

The Bazooka is a 12-inch sub enclosed in a cylindrical housing, which makes it more directional than other designs. If you're looking to broadcast powerful bass in a fairly narrow arc, then this speaker might have your name on it.

Pioneer TS-W308D2

In terms of boom for the buck, this 12-inch unit is a true "Pioneer." Its 1400-watt capacity is outstanding for its size, and the 20 Hz low end is comparable to anything else out there.

Pyramid PW877X

There's something to be said for moderation. Pyramid's relatively small 8-inch subwoofer can only handle 200 watts sustained/400 watts peak, but its compact size and budget price means you can use several to help spread the sound load.

MTX Jackhammer 22

On the other hand, moderation is overrated. Or so say those who lay out the investment required to purchase the legendary 22-inch MTS Jackhammer. This cannon can handle 3,000 watts sustained/6,000 watts peak with a frequency response of 20 to 150 Hz.

Clarion SRW8000 32"

For a while, the 32-inch Clarion was the biggest subwoofer in the world. The "8,000" in its name refers to its sustained power output (12,000 watts peak). This ground pounder is a bargain compared to the far less powerful and more expensive MTX.

Audiobahn AWT34

If you have a 15,000 watt nuclear powerplant in your car and absolutely have to have the biggest on what's left of your block, then this is your earthquake machine. Currently the biggest (as of 2010) conventional speaker in the world, this thing may rip your system apart with its only-elephants-can-hear-it 10 Hz of low-end frequency.

TRW 17

Coming from the same government labs that brought you antigravity and alien autopsies, the TRW is a quantum leap in speaker technology. Although it may look like a 1930s desk fan, this innovative design uses its metal fan blades to create a huge cone of vibrating air, which turns anything it touches (including the bodywork of your car) into a giant speaker. This cutting-edge speaker can generate as low as 1 Hz (sic) of frequency range; the first units will find their way to the general public and Snoop Dogg's Monte Carlo in 2011.

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