Top 10 Best Rated Subwoofers 2021

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For music lovers, listening to music is more than just hearing the words. The bass is the most important part of any stereo set-up which is why the subwoofer sells so well.  Sure, you can survive with just your regular speakers, but try one out and you’ll understand the addiction.

Excellent subwoofers can transform low-end music into something straight from the best studios. Much like most other electrical instruments bigger means better and the more expensive the device, the better it tends to be. For those of us with limited budgets however, it is best to carefully pick out the subwoofer with the best value.

We have compiled a list of the top-rated subwoofers for 2021 from all price-ranges; from low-end to premium choices.

Best Subwoofer 2021

1. Klipsch R-120SW

R-120SW is packaged with an all-digital, 400W amplifier that gives a deep, clean bass response.  IMG woofer enhances the sound in any audio system to insane levels without any equipment interference. The low-frequency response is kept high because of the durable and lightweight woofer cone.

Its MDF cabinet improves the accuracy of sounds by retaining the majority of vibrations to give a top-notch performance.

Pros

  • Stylish look
  • Powerful bass
  • Accurate sound reproduction
  • Crisp and clear sound
  • Not affected by interference
  • Can combine with various speaker types

Cons

  • Not low enough
  • It is insufficient for professionals

2. ELAC Debut 2.0 SUB3030

Debut 2.0 is powered with a 500W, RMS amplifier and a 12-inch driver that produces an incredible bass. At a 1000 peak, ELAC delivers the bass output to surpass most competitors. Despite its remarkably low price, it possesses iOS/Android compatibility for easier use.

The sound does not go as deep as it could get, which is why it is not recommended for professionals. But the detail and accuracy of the produced sound are crazy perfect.

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Extreme power
  • Front-firing
  • Sound quality is unbeatable
  • Cheapest
  • Android/iOS app

Cons

  • The sound could be deeper
  • Not for professional use

3. Alpine SWR-12D2 Type-Rz

SWR-12D2 measures 12-inch in diameter in an idyllic box that needs an enclosure since its bare. Trademarked Santoprene forms the surround and a Kevlar-treated pulp cone for extra durability and stiffness. Its frequency response which ranges from 24Hz to 200000Hz is ideal to produce whooping pulsations of bass.

It is powered by an unbelievable RMS, 1000W amplifier with an 84.7dbi sensitivity and 3000W peak power. Alpine is packaged with over-sized 2-ohm dual voice coils of high-temperature resistance.

Pros

  • Crazy powerful
  • Bass is insane
  • Reasonable price
  • Rugged, solid design
  • Fantastic and accurate sounds
  • Suitable for professionals

Cons

  • Too powerful for small rooms
  • Does not come with an enclose

4. BIC America F12

There is much to be said about BIC’s latest attempt at breaking into the top five, the majority of which is good news. America F12 comes with a patented Venturi vent that renders the horror of port noise inert. The controls are simple and intuitive to use while the crossover is adjustable.

What BIC offers in F12 is rare; a great subwoofer at an affordable price.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Five-year warranty
  • Sound quality is good
  • Bass output is also unexpected
  • Innovative noise reduction technology

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Warms up fast
  • Suitable only for beginners

5. MTX TNE212D

For the TNE212D, MTX has taken care of all the logistics involved in enclosing it for more portability. This means that it is easier to install since it is also packaged with installation kits and a mono amplifier.

The amplifiers are powered at 200W, RMS each for a total of 800W peak. TNE212D weighs a lot less than expected because of its polypropylene dust caps which also add durability too it. Also integrated is Spider Plateau Venting (a mechanical cooling processor) for reducing heat-ups.

Pros

  • Incorporated cooling
  • Reasonable price
  • Durable but lightweight
  • Dual 12-inch subwoofers
  • Easy installation and operation
  • Comes with the full kit
  • Rugged with strong sound performance

Cons

  • Too low-powered for professional work
  • Noisy operation

6. Yamaha NS-SW050BL 8-inch 100W

Although somewhat boxy, its small profile, modern look, and smooth features may be what you need for your home theatre. A tight and clear bass is produced by the innovative Twisted Flare Port to ensure smooth airflow.

There is hardly any speaker impedance problem because YST II compensates dynamically to reducing it. NS-SW050BL can thus be considered an excellent addition to the studio systems.

Pros

  • Powerful reach
  • 200kHz max frequency response
  • Fits most speakers
  • Rich bass
  • Can easily hold most speakers and families.
  • Cheap

Cons

  • No cables
  • Too quiet for larger rooms.

7. AudioEngine S8 8-Inch Powered Sub-Woofer

S8 is one of the best subwoofers of 2019 because of its MDF cabinet (front-ported) and dual-line input options. It is the perfect size for a small house as it easily matches the bookshelves. While not a great beauty, there’s something to be said about the stylish hole in it.

Since everyone has gone wireless, to no great surprise AudioEngine makes this model without wires too.

Pros

  • High-quality
  • Stylish
  • Cheap and compact
  • Crisp sound
  • Suitable for small rooms
  • Volume control is separate

Cons

  • Lacks energy-efficiency
  • Rattles at the lowest bass
  • Insufficient for large halls

8. BL CT-Bass Pro12

Pro12 has an already processed enclosure that fits like a glove and is optimized to provide the best bass at efficient costs. GT Bass Progressive Spider is used to control cone motions to enable CT-Bass’ excursion listening.

Its amplifier runs at 150W, RMS, peaking at 450W and it has a vented pole piece for cooling.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Crazy sound quality
  • Integrated cooling solution
  • Built-in amplifier
  • Easy controls
  • Has a tailored enclosure
  • Impressive power

Cons

  • Heats up fast
  • Not good for professionals

9. Dual Electronics BP1204

Pros

  • 1100W peak power is plenty
  • Dual 12-inch subwoofers
  • Integrated crossover
  • Computer-aid system
  • Ventilated heating
  • Affordable
  • Accurate bass response
  • Impressive for professionals

Cons

  • Heavy and too powerful for beginners
  • Heats up quickly

10. Pioneer TS-W254R

Pros

  • Insane power at 1100W peak
  • Cone is seamless
  • Low price and weight
  • High-power handling
  • Quiet operation
  • Mega-sound
  • Just 10-inch in diameter

Cons

  • Too small for most
  • Noisy
  • Runs hot too fast

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