Subwoofers may give music and movies a whole new level of depth, emotion, and feeling (literally). Vehicle audio systems, public address systems, home stereos/theatres, theatres, and studios all employ these huge bass/sub-bass-focused speakers.
There are a few subwoofer brands/manufacturers that stand out among the many available. So, whatever your needs are, there are a few manufacturers I think you should be aware of that will almost certainly have a subwoofer that will work for you.
The following are the top 11 best subwoofer brands for usage in cars, PAs, homes, and studios:
- Alto Professional
- Polk Audio
Best Subwoofer Brands
Alpine Electronics is a division of Alps Electronics, a Japanese electronics firm.
Alpine specializes in in-car audio and navigation systems, with original equipment manufacturer sales from Honda, BMW, Dodge, and Jaguar accounting for the majority of its revenue.
Alpine, on the other hand, specializes in producing subwoofers for automotive audio systems. They have a large selection of speakers for a number of vehicles makes and models.
The SBT-S10V stands out among the several Alpine subwoofer drivers and systems. The SBT-S10V has a shallow mount and a small wedge-style shape. It’s a 2-ohm system designed to fit and sound well in the majority of vehicle applications without losing quality or power.
Alps-Motorola, a joint company between Japan’s Alps Electric (formed 1948) and the United States’ Motorola, was launched in 1967 as Alpine Electronics (founded 1928). When the Alps bought out Motorola’s part of the company in 1978, it became Alpine Electronics. Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, is the company’s headquarters.
MTX Audio is a consumer audio firm based in the United States that specializes in subwoofers and subwoofer amplifiers. It makes sound equipment for vehicle audio, home audio, marine audio, power sports audio, and live sound applications.
Many of the MTX subwoofers are standalone drivers that may be installed in cars, but the business also offers enclosed subwoofers.
The TS9924-22 JackHammer SuperWoofer(link to check the price on Amazon) is an over-the-top 24′′ square subwoofer speaker from MTX. This subwoofer has a 6.5-inch high-temperature voice coil, 17-gauge aluminum wire, and a unique surround that allows it to achieve 2.5-inch one-way excursion and 4000 watts RMS. The novelty unit weighs over 400 pounds and may necessitate suspension upgrades in some vehicles!
Note that MTX also makes a variety of practical subwoofers, such as the 5512-44, which are inexpensive 12′′ 400 WRMS dual-4 subwoofers.
The company Matrecs was acquired by Loyd Ivey (creator of American Acoustic Labs and Mitek) in 1979, and MTX Audio was born. Mitek Corporation owns the MTX trademark. The company’s headquarters are in Winslow, Illinois, in the United States.
Kicker, based in Oklahoma, has been making professional speaker systems since 1973 when it introduced the Original KICKER, the first full-frequency-range speaker box developed exclusively for vehicles and trucks.
Kicker has built a reputation as a maker of automobile audio equipment since then.
Kicker’s inclusion on this list as one of the best subwoofer brands for automotive subwoofers is unsurprising.
Let’s take a short look at the 41L7102. Kicker’s amazing L7 Series includes this subwoofer. The 10′′ version can handle 750 watts RMS and has a unique square cone that pushes far more air than a traditional 10′′ round cone. Two 2-ohm voice coils provide you with more options when it comes to integrating this sub into your audio system.
Steve Irby developed Stillwater Designs, Inc. and the KICKER trademark in 1980.
The company’s headquarters are still in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA.
Pioneer has gone a long way from its humble origins as a radio and speaker repair shop in Tokyo in 1938 to become a key player in the consumer electronics industry.
It’s understandable that the company has become known for its speakers. However, it is well known for its subwoofers.
Pioneer’s TS-A300B (link to check the price on Amazon) subwoofer is a popular choice. It’s a low-cost, pre-loaded bass-reflex passive subwoofer that may be used in a variety of setups.
Nozomu Matsumoto created Pioneer Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, in 1938. Tokyo remains the company’s headquarters.
QSC Audio Products, based in California, has been manufacturing loudspeakers since 1968. It has since established itself as a leading manufacturer of professional subwoofers.
Power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital mixers, and digital signal processors are among the company’s many audio products. QSC excels at producing PA-style subwoofers for live sound applications, whereas the aforementioned brands mostly focused on automotive audio subwoofers.
The QSC KS118 is a remarkable subwoofer. The 3600 Watt Class D amplifier module in this direct-radiating 18-inch subwoofer allows for extremely high output. It has a crossover that can be adjusted, as well as omnidirectional and cardioid radiation modes (cardioid setup requires a minimum of 2 units).
Patrick Quilter, Barry Andrews, and John Andrews formed the Quilter Sound Company in Costa Mesa, California, in 1968. The company’s headquarters are still in Costa Mesa, and it changed its name to QSC, LLC in 2015.
Alto Professional, a part of the inMusic family of businesses, describes itself as a live performance reinforcement branch.
Audio engineers and artists make speakers, amplifiers, and mixers. They also design and construct all-in-one PA systems for solo, duet, and small group performances.
Alto develops high-quality and intuitive subwoofers for live sound applications, utilizing modern manufacturing techniques and focusing on both audio experts and musicians.
The TS318S is Alto’s largest subwoofer and is part of the Truesonic 3 series. This 18-inch subwoofer features a 3-inch high-temperature voice coil and a high-efficiency Class-D amplifier with a peak power handling capacity of 2000 watts.
A group of audio experts formed Alto Professional in the year 2000. Alto Professional was purchased by inMusic Brands (established by Jack O’Donnell) in 2010. The company’s headquarters are now in Cumberland, Rhode Island, in the United States.
Electro-Voice is one of the few remaining independent audio equipment manufacturers.
EV is a market leader in professional audio equipment design, engineering, and production, including loudspeakers and live sound systems. Their unwavering commitment to sound quality is reflected in their outstanding subwoofer designs.
Electro-Voice is one of the few firms of its scale that designs all of its own components and has a number of industry-leading loudspeakers.
One of the Electro-Voice subwoofers worth mentioning is the ETX-18SP (link to check the price at B&H Photo/Video).
This model features an 18′′ DVX subwoofer with an integrated FIR-Drive DSP and an 1800 W Class-D amplifier capable of delivering 135 dB peak SPL. The ETX-18SP additionally includes a DSP preset for genuine cardioid performance across its range.
Electro-Voice was created in 1930 in South Bend, Indiana, by Lou Burroughs and Albert R. Kahn. Telex Communications Inc., a subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, purchased the company in 1998. Electro-Voice is based in Burnsville, Minnesota, in the United States.
Since its foundation in 1946, JBL has been developing loudspeakers. JBL Consumer (which focuses on consumer home audio equipment) and JBL Professional (which focuses on professional audio equipment) are the two divisions of the corporation (which focuses on audio equipment for professional settings).
JBL enthusiasts can get their hands on a JBL speaker for nearly any use, including home audio, live sound, and automobile audio because each division makes subwoofers.
JBL’s subwoofer speakers come in a wide range of styles, and the company’s prominence makes it a go-to source for finding exactly what you’re searching for. As a result, JBL has been added to this list!
The JBL GT-BassPro12 (link to Amazon to check the pricing) is an example of a car audio subwoofer by JBL. This 12′′ model comes with a 150-watt amplifier that accepts both line and speaker level inputs (the amp automatically turns off when a speaker level signal is inputted).
JBL was founded in 1946 in Los Angeles, California, by James Bullough Lansing and a partner, and the company is still located there today. Samsung Electronics presently owns the brand, which is administered by Harmon International Industries.
Lansing also formed the Lansing Manufacturing Company in 1927, which was bought out by Altec Service Corporation in 1941 and renamed Altec Lansing.
9. Polk Audio
Polk Audio is a California-based audio device business best known for its home and audio speakers (including its awesome subwoofers).
Amplification, radio receivers, and a variety of other sorts of general audio equipment are also produced by the company.
Polk’s subwoofers are suitable for a wide range of applications, including automotive, boat, home, and studio audio systems.
Polk Audio’s DSW PRO 660 (link to verify the price at B&H Photo/Video) is the company’s largest professional subwoofer. With a 400 Watt continuous intelligent digital amplifier driving its 12′′ Dynamic Balance driver, it is Polk’s most powerful subwoofer.
George Klopfer, Sandy Gross, and Matthew Polk founded Polk Audio in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1972. Polk Audio was purchased by DEI Holdings in 2006, and in 2015, its headquarters were relocated to DEI’s headquarters in San Diego, California.
Since its founding in 1946, Klipsch has become synonymous with high-quality speaker manufacture.
The company offers a wide range of modern speakers as well as a huge number of legacy models that are in high demand in both the new and antique sectors.
Klipsch makes no compromises when it comes to subwoofers, and the same should be anticipated. High quality, public address, personal computers, home cinema, and other applications are among their subwoofer applications.
The Klipsch SPL-150SW is the largest model in the SPL family of high-end subwoofers. A 15-inch spun copper cerametallic woofer, a bass-reflex enclosure, and a high-efficiency Class-D amplifier with 400W RMS/800W peak power are all included in this home audio subwoofer.
Klipsch Audio Technologies was formed in 1946 by Paul W. Klipsch as ‘Klipsch and Associates’ in Hope, Arkansas. Klipsch was purchased by Audiovox (now Voxx International) in 2011. The company’s headquarters are in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the United States.
Yamaha has a long history, dating back to 1887. The Japanese company has expanded into industries such as motorbikes, musical instruments, consumer electronics, and, as the title of the article suggests speakers and subwoofers.
Yamaha offers a wide range of subwoofers for a variety of applications, bridging the performance-cost divide.
Yamaha’s NS-SW300PN is a 10″ square-coil home-audio subwoofer. It has Yamaha’s Twisted Flare Port, an advanced YST II (Yamaha Active Servo Technology II) with a PWM digital drive high-efficiency amplifier with 250 W of output power, and a PWM digital drive high-efficiency amplifier. A front control panel is included with the subwoofer for convenient operation.
Torakusu Yamaha created Yamaha Corporation in 1887 as Nippon Gakki Co. Yamaha’s headquarters are now in the Japanese cities of Nakazawacho, Naka-Ku, Hamamatsu, and Shizuoka.