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What is a subwoofer?

A subwoofer is a speaker designed to produce low-frequency sounds, adding bass and full sound to your car stereo, allowing for a complete sound. Subwoofers come in a variety of sizes from rare 6.75” to more common 10”, 12” and 15” sizes that enable you to get the perfect amount of bass for whatever your musical tastes are.

Subwoofer Advantages

The benefits to your sound by getting subwoofers for your car is substantial. While your regular car speakers can produce smooth highs and rich mid-range sound, they will only be able to deliver lackluster lows at best – no matter how great the speakers are. Trying to get bass from speakers not designed to produce it will cause premature speaker failure and poor, distorted sound. Adding a subwoofer or two brings a full bass sound to your system.

Subwoofer vs. Speaker

While standard car speakers are designed to handle high and mid-level frequencies with great ability, when trying to push lower frequencies through the sound can get distorted and lose quality. A subwoofer is designed specifically to handle those lower frequencies, providing your music a full sound for all of the ranges in whatever genres you choose to enjoy.

Subwoofers Design

Most car subwoofers are designed to fit into an enclosed, air-tight box that helps to amplify the deep bass sound they create. These enclosed boxes can vary in size, allowing for a variety of installation situations. All-in-one subwoofers include an amplifier built in and can often fit under the front seat of a car. Larger subwoofers can be installed in a trunk with boxes that can accommodate one or more subwoofers to produce extra bass.

Considerations for Purchasing

If you’re considering a subwoofer or two for your car, there are several things you need to think about. Subwoofers come in a variety of sizes, mostly ranging from 8 inches to 15 inches. The larger the woofer, the more air that is moved, and more bass is produced. Surprisingly this doesn’t necessarily mean the size of the box needs to be larger as well. Today’s subwoofers are extremely efficient versus years past, allowing larger subs to function in smaller enclosures than ever before. However, ported or vented enclosures tend to play louder and lower, but are typically larger in physical size. Sealed enclosures produce tighter, punchy bass, and are typically smaller, but usually do not play as low as vented boxes. Many if not most subwoofers can function in both depending on the sound you desire. Factory and aftermarket stereos do not have the ability to push the power that subwoofers require, so an amplifier will be necessary as part of the installation. We offer a variety of amplifiers and all-in-one subwoofer options, so you can be sure that whatever your needs, we have it waiting for you. Don’t forget you can buy subwoofers here and have them installed at one of our convenient locations!