When it comes to picking the perfect subwoofer, the size is a major point of influence. Smaller means less bass output and often a lower price. Larger usually means more booming bass and high sound output.
Car subwoofers come in different sizes and usually range from 8″ to 15″. So how do you know how big you can go? Well, the short answer is as big as you want as long as you’ve got the space in your vehicle, and wallet. The longer answer depends on your vehicle, your musical taste, the amount of bass you want and of course your budget.
12 inch subs are by far the most common subwoofers. They represent the perfect mix of accuracy and loudness, power and price. For the purpose of this article, we’ll be reviewing a few of the best 12 inch subwoofers on the market.
So, without further any ado, onto the reviews…
5 Best 12 inch Subwoofers Reviews
Rockford Fosgate is one of the most recognized brands in the car audio industry. They’ve been in business for a quite a long time, and they’ve mastered the art of providing quality product for a very reasonable price. Their subwoofers are built on tradition of excellence that spans more than 40 years. That’s why you can count on RF’s subs to give your car audio system a real bass boost.
Rockford Fosgate offers three series of subwoofers: Prime, Punch and Power. The “Prime” series are RF’s entry level subs, while the “Power” series subs are RF’s high-end subwoofers. “Punch” series subs represent the perfect mix of power and price. Punch series subwoofers seem to be well-liked, probably because they are in more of a low-mid price range.
The P3D4-12 is one of the best 12 inch car subwoofers under $200 on the market. It’s the best performing subwoofer in Rockford Fosgate Punch series.
The Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12 is a very well-engineered 12 inch subwoofer. It’s designed for deeper, louder bass, featuring a rigid anodized aluminum cone that keeps its rigidity even under heavy bass load. Rockford Fosgate uses an advanced technique to attach the oversized rubber surround to the woofer cone that allows for a relatively larger cone area of up to 25% than competing models of the same size, so this sub can push more air for even bigger bass.
This subwoofer can handle up to 600 watts RMS. The higher the amount of power a subwoofer can handle, the more heat it can generate. For this reason, the P3D4-12 is designed with special venting to keep the internal motor structure cool, so you get consistent bass performance. This P3 sub features an extended pole piece and bumped vented backplate that leaves more room for heavy excursion, so it’ll hit deeper lows without “bottoming out.”
Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12 Specifications
- Size : 12″
- Sensitivity : 85 dB
- Peak : 1200 watts
- RMS : 300 – 600 watts
- Frequency response : 28 – 250 Hz
- Top-mount depth : 6-11/16″
The MTX Audio TNE212D is one of the best dual 12″ subwoofer packages on the market. It’s an ideal solution for anyone looking to add bass to their car audio system without shelling out a ton of cash or going over the top.
The MTX Audio TNE212D saves you from the hassle of purchasing subwoofers, building the right enclosure, wiring and mounting these subs into that enclosure.
The MTX TNE212D combines great subwoofer design with perfect enclosure design to deliver bass that far exceeds expectations. This package houses two 12 inch Terminator subwoofers that can handle up to 200 watts RMS each, say 400 RMS for the entire enclosure.
This sealed dual enclosure is ruggedly constructed. It’s made using extra-strength 5/8″ MDF (medium density fiberboard) which is the preferred material for subwoofer enclosures. And in order to contain the massive low frequencies generated by the subs, the TNE212D uses the MTX 5/8″ board which is relatively stronger than 1/2″ board used by other manufacturers. All in all, the build quality is great and the enclosure looks really clean.
The bottom line is that if you’re looking for big and heavy bass and don’t want to splurge on the most expensive subwoofers, the MTX Audio TNE212D is a great deal for the buck. That aside, we’ve come a cross a ton of people – seasoned audiophiles and bass lovers – who have bought the MTX Audio TNE212D and swear buy it.
P.S : If you haven’t purchased a car amplifier yet, consider one with a bass control knob. The reason being, if you are a normal bass lover and don’t require competition sounding bass in your every day music listening, the MTX TNE212D can be overwhelming at times, so using a bass control knob will make it easy for you to adjust the bass level on the fly and prevent headaches.
MTX Audio TNE212D Specifications
- Size : Dual 12″
- Peak : 800 watts
- RMS : 200 – 400 watts
- Recommended power range : 200 – 400 watts RMS @ 2ohms
- Frequency response : 37 – 150 Hz
- Width : 29.63″
- Bottom Depth : 13.5″
- Top Depth : 11.13″
- Weight : 56 lbs.
We’ve reviewed a ton of products from Pioneer – particularly their car stereos and speakers. And to be honest with you guys, we weren’t too familiar with Pioneer’s subwoofers prior to using. Pioneer offers some great subwoofers at more than a reasonable price.
The TS-W311D4 is the best performing subwoofer in Pioneer’s Champion series. It features a ribbed, injection-molded cone supported by a double layer elastic polymer surround for accurate, yet powerful bass.
The TS-W311D4 uses a highly rigid, fully-enclosed, single piece basket, derived from Pioneer’s SPL competition subwoofers, to help minimize the vibration throughout the subwoofer and increase the driving force to the cone, producing louder and powerful bass. Improved stiffness of the basket allows for less sound leaks creating more clear and powerful bass.
The TS-W311D4 features quite high sensitivity rating (95 dB), and is rated for up to 400 watts on continuous basis. So, if your car’s audio system is lacking bass and is sounding a little thin, then this Pioneer Champion sub can remedy that situation, bringing out all the punch and power in your music by filling in the lowest frequencies of the sound spectrum. Throw one or two of these subs in your vehicle, drive them with a powerful amp and they’ll make a night and day difference.
Pioneer TS-W311D4 Specifications
- Size : 12″
- Sensitivity : 95 dB
- Peak : 1400 watts
- RMS : 200-400 watts
- Frequency response : 20Hz – 125Hz
- Top-mount depth : 6″
This is what you can get if you’re willing to shell out a few hundred dollars. This beast is going to be the most expensive pick of the lot by far. It’s one of the best 12″ inch subwoofers in its category.
The X-12 D2 is a very well-engineered subwoofer. It features an ultra-high excursion suspension and frame designs. It’s designed for the lowest level of bass extension possible while maintaining significant low levels of distortion.
The X-12 subwoofer requires a ton of power. It can handle up to 1250 watts RMS, which is really high. That said, you should consider a powerful amplifier that can deliver and send enough wattage to this sub for optimal results. You might also want to consider a car audio capacitor for that amp.
If I had to pick some criticisms for this subwoofer, It would be its fairly steep price tag. However, something this good is naturally expensive.
Sundown Audio X-12 D2 Specifications
- Size : 12″
- Peak : 2500 watts
- RMS : 1200 – 1500 watts
- Recommended Tuning : 32hz
- Top-mount depth : 9.67″
If you don’t want neither to be heared miles away nor to spend a ton load of cash on a subwoofer, then the Infinity Reference 1262w 12 inch subwoofer is a great option to consider. It’s one of the best budget-friendly car subwoofer we’ve come across. And truth be said, It’s a great value fo the buck.
The Infinity Reference 1262w sub isn’t going to turn your ride into a rolling thunderstorm of bass, however it can make noticeable differences. You’ll hear and feel satisfying bass with this sub in your car.
This dual voice coil 12 inch subwoofer features a classy, no-nonsense design, with a high-gloss polypropylene cone enhanced by durable large-roll surround which provides optimum cone-edge suspension and absorbs distortions that may travel up the cone edge, ensuring you get impressive bass performance. The 1262w subwoofer also features plenty of internal cooling to protect the sub’s motor structure and keep it performing at its peak.
Infinity Reference 1262w Specifications
- Size : 12″
- Sensitivity : 93 dB
- Peak : 1200 watts
- RMS : 100 – 300 watts
- Frequency response : 23 – 400 Hz
- Top-mount depth : 6-3/8″