Every level of your music needs to be on point to create the best listening experience possible. That said, full sound is missing in a lot of modern audio setups, and bass can fix most of that. Add a subwoofer to your car to take the whole sound system to the next level. Learn more about your options to pick out the best possible subwoofer for your needs and budget.
What Does a Subwoofer Do?
Most people think a subwoofer’s only purpose is to provide the kind of bass that can shake the entire car. The truth is that’s only part of what a subwoofer can do. A quality subwoofer will make the low notes in your music sound better at every volume to create a clean, clear audio mix that’s true to the artist’s original recording, giving you the full range of sound you’ve been missing. Beautiful bass will make any type of music sound better, so pick one that goes well with the way you normally listen to music in your vehicle.
How to Choose a Subwoofer for My Car
The first thing to consider when you’re selecting a subwoofer is how big you need it to be, and how you’re going to fit it into your vehicle. Generally speaking, bigger subwoofers will create deeper bass, and smaller subs faster, punchier bass, so size does matter. That said, space is also a concern. To get the most bass you can, choose the biggest subwoofer that will fit into the amount of room you have.
It’s important to have a good enclosure to contain any size of a subwoofer. Some subwoofers are designed to work without an enclosure in your trunk, but most of those are low power factory options. It’s important to get a proper box for the space you have. There are three main types of enclosures to consider depending on the effect you want:
- Sealed Enclosure – Sealed boxes will create punchy bass that doesn’t come with rattling sounds. This keeps the low notes clean and accurate, but drops off on the lowest frequencies.
- Ported Enclosure – A ported box can typically make the bass louder than a sealed enclosure, and play much lower as well, but it will not play as fast, affecting the accuracy of the sound at higher notes.
- Bandpass Enclosure – A bandpass box is the loudest option in certain frequency ranges, but it doesn’t keep the fidelity in deeper notes. This has the lowest sound quality of the options.
Finally, think about the technical specs of your subwoofer, like frequency, sensitivity, power and electrical resistance. Frequency refers to how low of notes a subwoofer can hit. The power handling capabilities, sensitivity, and electrical resistance (aka impedance) of your bass all need to match the rest of your system, so it depends on your amplifier and wiring.
What Class Amplifier Is Best for Subwoofers?
If you’re going to add a subwoofer to enhance the bass in your car, you’ll almost definitely need to add an amplifier as well. The one that came with the stereo in your car isn’t equipped to power the level of bass your new subwoofer can output. You can find one channel/monoblock amps that are specifically designed with controls to handle the bass signal. Match the class of your amplifier to the specs of your new subwoofer to make sure it’s the right combination.
The RMS wattage rating of your amp should be about 75% of the RMS wattage rating of the subwoofer. This ensures it’s sending the right amount of power to get the most out of your new bass machine without destroying it. Synergy is key. If you’re not sure how to match wattage across the two components, consult with your local audio experts, or upgrade both the amp and the subwoofer at the same time to get a good fit.
Car Subwoofers Installation at Audio Express/ Quality Auto Sound
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