The car audio field can be bewildering if you don’t know what you are looking for. It is evident that car subwoofers play an essential role in improving sound. That extra bump can make listening to music more fun and interesting. It gives your music some depth while making your car audio system the envy of your friends and family.
If you have made up your mind to buy a subwoofer for your car, then finding the best on the market can be a complicated process. And to make matters worse, you simply can’t pick a subwoofer at random.
However, having a rough idea of the factors that make a good subwoofer at the back of your mind, you can make an informed purchase. That is the purpose of this article. After reading this, you will be able to choose the best subwoofer for your car. Let’s look at the things you should consider.
When it comes to buying a subwoofer, it’s true that size matters. For car owners interested in bone-shaking bass, then a big subwoofer should be your top choice. A smaller subwoofer is more ideal for those who prefer more subtle bass. The bigger the cone, the more air it will be able to produce. Therefore, the first factor you need to consider is the size of a subwoofer.
2. Compatibility with Your Car
The second thing that should be on your mind is compatibility. Note that it’s not all subwoofers that are manufactured the same. There are others that will require a higher power which some cars might not be able to produce. To know if a subwoofer is compatible with your car, consider the following.
This is what we were talking about above. Sensitivity is the amount of power a subwoofer requires to produce a certain volume. Before you go shopping for one, note down the amount of power that can be produced by your external amp.
· Power Handling
Power handling refers to the amount of power needed to power a subwoofer. This is why you should confirm if a subwoofer’s RMS power is compatible with the amplifier’s RMS power. This is the main reason why an amplifier should be bought alongside a subwoofer.
3. Where to Put It
Although this may sound like a basic concern but you do need to ask yourself where you are going to put it. All cars have trunks, but it’s not all that can snugly fit a subwoofer. For those interested in a big subwoofer, you should ensure that it can fit. Take measurements of your boot and use them to find the perfect size.
4. The Type of Subwoofer
When you look up subwoofers online, you will notice that there are three different types. All of these types have their pros and cons. Knowing the different types can help you make a choice on which one is best for you. The three types include;
· Vehicle Specific Subwoofers
This type refers to subwoofers made to fit the exact model of your car. Specific Vehicle subwoofers can be made for trucks, SUVs, saloon cars and hatchbacks.
· Subwoofer Driver
It is the actual woofer and needs to be mounted inside a subwoofer. This type needs to be powered with an amplifier. A subwoofer driver measures between 8 and 15 inches.
· Powered Subwoofer
It’s similar to the above only that it combines both the amplifier and subwoofer. It’s perfect for those with small spaces on their boots. The only problem is that it limits the amount of bass produced.
5. The Type of Enclosure
Earlier, we discussed how size determines the amount of bass you can get from a subwoofer. Another factor that contributes to bass production is the type of enclosure. The enclosure is simply the box that houses a subwoofer. There are three main types which include ported, sealed, and bandpass.
A sealed enclosure is the most popular choice because it gives a deeper bass. You will be surprised at how much bass can come from a small subwoofer in a sealed enclosure. Ported and bandpass are okay the only problem is that they are loud but not deep. You can expect to hear your subwoofer ‘farting’.
If you can’t make your mind on the best enclosure, then you can opt for an unenclosed subwoofer. These are mounted on a board in your trunk. And your boot acts as the enclosure.
6. Wattage and Power
Let’s look at the more technical factors associated with choosing a subwoofer. You will also need to consider the wattage and power. For bass to be produced, a lot of energy is required. The loudest your sub will go is known as peak power, whereas RMS power rating is the overall power at a certain volume.
We advise that you look for a subwoofer with a broad wattage rate between its peak power and RMS. Also, consider one with a high wattage but stay within your budget.
This is the range of sound produced by a certain unit. In matters regarding frequency, you should aim for a sub on the lower end of this scale. Enclosure can also sharpen the frequency of a subwoofer.
Something as simple as the materials surrounding the cone greatly impacts the sound quality produced by the subwoofer. Rubber is the best material to surround the enclosure. The likes of paper produce low sound quality.
The last thing you should consider when choosing a subwoofer is its installation. The only problem is that most cars don’t come with a pre-mount to securely hold the sub in place. You might consider buying a subwoofer that comes with its complete installation kit. This should include an enclosure as well as mounting brackets. If you have the time, you can watch a tutorial on how to make a subwoofer enclosure.
Finally, you will need to weigh out on which is the best place to install your subwoofer. This can be at the backseat or the trunk. The benefit of the latter is that you save up on a lot of passenger space.
Choosing the best subwoofer for your car need not take up so much of your time and resources. With the above guide, you can know what features to look for in a subwoofer and get one that meets your requirements. Don’t forget to conduct enough research before making a purchase and only opt for subwoofers from reputable brands.