Top 8 Best Competition Subwoofers in 2020

Are you on the look out for the best competition subwoofers, but aren't sure where to begin? Well, you've come to the right place.

We've done the research so you don't have to, and we've compiled a handy list of the top 5 competition subwoofers that will truly satisfy your craving for booming, big bass.

And with any luck, you'll find a subwoofer that will transform your car into a mobile disco pumping out groovy mirror shaking bass.

Ultimate Guide to Competition Subwoofers 

DS18 HELLION-15.4D Helion 15-Inch SPL Competition 4,500 Watts Max Dual Voice Coil 4 Ohms Subwoofer, Set of 1
Best Choice
CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D Stroker PRO 4000 Watts Max 2 Ohms/2000Watts RMS Power Handling 12-Inch Dual Voice Coil
Orion HCCA15 12" Car Subwoofer 2000 Watts - Old Model
12W7AE-3 - JL Audio 12" Single 3-Ohm Subwoofer (12W7AE3)
DS18 HELLION-15.4D Helion 15-Inch SPL Competition 4,500 Watts Max Dual Voice Coil 4 Ohms Subwoofer, Set of 1
CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D Stroker PRO 4000 Watts Max 2 Ohms/2000Watts RMS Power Handling 12-Inch Dual Voice Coil
Orion HCCA15 12" Car Subwoofer 2000 Watts - Old Model
12W7AE-3 - JL Audio 12" Single 3-Ohm Subwoofer (12W7AE3)
3500 W Peak, 2000 W RMS
4000 W Peak, 2000 W RMS
5000 W Peak, 2000 W RMS
2000 W Peak, 1000 W RMS
88 dB
85.4 dB
92 dB
86.2 dB
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DS18 HELLION-15.4D Helion 15-Inch SPL Competition 4,500 Watts Max Dual Voice Coil 4 Ohms Subwoofer, Set of 1
DS18 HELLION-15.4D Helion 15-Inch SPL Competition 4,500 Watts Max Dual Voice Coil 4 Ohms Subwoofer, Set of 1
3500 W Peak, 2000 W RMS
88 dB
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Best Choice
CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D Stroker PRO 4000 Watts Max 2 Ohms/2000Watts RMS Power Handling 12-Inch Dual Voice Coil
CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D Stroker PRO 4000 Watts Max 2 Ohms/2000Watts RMS Power Handling 12-Inch Dual Voice Coil
4000 W Peak, 2000 W RMS
85.4 dB
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Orion HCCA15 12" Car Subwoofer 2000 Watts - Old Model
Orion HCCA15 12" Car Subwoofer 2000 Watts - Old Model
5000 W Peak, 2000 W RMS
92 dB
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12W7AE-3 - JL Audio 12" Single 3-Ohm Subwoofer (12W7AE3)
12W7AE-3 - JL Audio 12" Single 3-Ohm Subwoofer (12W7AE3)
2000 W Peak, 1000 W RMS
86.2 dB
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Reviews of The Top 8 Best Competition Subwoofers

DS18 HELLION 12.4D

Despite being a newcomer to the car audio industry, DS18 has been recognized as one of the best car subwoofer brands that produces quality competition subwoofers.

DS18 offers a wide range of car audio equipment including full-range and component speakers, high SPL competition subwoofers, tweeters, amplified subs ...etc. Low quality is by no means a word to be associated with DS18 products, particularly DS18 HELLION SPL subs.

DS18 HELLION subs are some of the best competition car subwoofers out there. They come in 12 and 15 inches, and are rated for 2,000 and 2,500 RMS power, respectively.

They can be bought in either 2-Ohms or 4-Ohms dual voice coils configurations.

These subwoofers are designed from the ground up to handle an impressive amount of power. So, make you they are properly powered if you want to be heard miles away.

If I had to pick some criticisms for DS18 HELLION competition subs, it would be just the price.

Something this good is naturally expensive. Our purpose here isn’t to convince you guys to go out and splurge on the most expensive subwoofer. Quite honestly, these subs aren’t even close to the most expensive subs we’ve seen.

DS18 HELLION-12.4D Specifications

  • Size (inches) : 12"
  • Power Handling         
    • RMS: 2,500 Watts 
    • Peak: 4,500 Watts 
  • Frequency response : 43 - 3.8 KHz
  • Sensitivity : 88 dB
  • Impedance : Dual 4 Ohms
  • Warranty : 1 year

PROS

  • These speakers hit hard and low
  • Super Powerful (prepare for some neighbor complaints!) 

CONS

  • Hefty Price Tag! 
DS18 HELLION-15.4D Helion 15-Inch SPL Competition 4,500 Watts Max Dual Voice Coil 4 Ohms Subwoofer, Set of 1
  • FOR FANATICS AND AUDIOPHILES: This Hellion is a 12" SPL Competition Grade Subwoofer. See display picture for more specs
  • AMAZING POWER: 4,500 Watts Max Power and 2,500 Watts RMS Power
  • HIGHEST QUALITY COMPOSITES: 3 150Oz High Strength Magnets, Black Aluminum Dual Voice Coils
  • CONFIGURATION FREEDOM: This Helion comes in 4-Ohms Impedances
  • WARNING: You might piss off all law enforcement entities nearby

CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D

CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D is one of the best competition subwoofers on the market. All things considered. And, assuming you've got enough cash to throw around, it's the most badass, crazy, giant 12" dual two ohm coil subwoofer that you can buy.

This beast is designed with one specific thing in mind: competing at the highest levels of the SPL competitions. It's rated for 2,000 watts RMS. It's built on an industrial strength cast aluminum basket, and features a high performance triple stacked magnet motor assembly that's attached to the aluminum basket with bolts and adhesive.

Moreover, its overhung voice coil allows for ultimate internal cooling and enhances sub's reliability under extreme conditions.

The CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D features a dual spider design for improved linearity and maximum cone excursion. And to ensure a maximum current transfer, the woofer comes with integrated eight-gauge copper cables, which are internally connected to the heavy duty woven tinsel leads.

All in all, the CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D is a very well-engineered competition subwoofer that's made for some serious action. The only downside we can reasonably think of is the price. the CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D is pretty expensive.

CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D Specifications

  • Size (inches) : 12"
  • Power Handling
    • RMS : 2000 watts
    • Peak : 4000 watts
  • Sensitivity : 85.4 dB
  • Top-mount depth : 10-1/3"
  • Recommended Enclosure Type : Ported / Vented/ Sealed
  • Warranty : 1 year

PROS

  • Made out of high-quality and industrial-strength components 
  • Ginormous magnets 

CONS

  • Quality control issues have been reported by numerous users 
CERWIN VEGA SPRO122D Stroker PRO 4000 Watts Max 2 Ohms/2000Watts RMS Power Handling 12-Inch Dual Voice Coil
  • The legendary STROKER PRO name returns as a limited edition subwoofer to commemorate Cerwin-Vega's 60-Year Anniversary!
  • The new STROKER PRO utilizes a heavy industrial strength textured basket frame that is positioned on top of the high density triple-stacked, triple segment magnet.
  • To reinforce the elevated motor structure on to the enormous magnets, side profile steel mesh straps are compressed and connected to anchor this massive subwoofer.
Orion HCCA Competition

Orion is another great subwoofer brand that offers top-notch competition subwoofers. There subs seems to hit the sweet spot for a lot of guys.

They seem to be well-liked, probably because they are more of a middle-high price range. Orion HCCA subs are the best competition subwoofers under $500.

They come in 10, 12 and 15 inches.

Orion HCCA subwoofers are very well-engineered.They feature a proprietary Tri-Radius high roll balanced surround that is made of high density expanded polyester foam for improved linearity and controlled cone excursion.

Their cones are made of paper/fiber blend which is extremely rigid yet lightweight making the subs very efficient and responsive.

Orion HCCA15 Specifications: 

  • Size: 12" 
  • Power Handling 
  •       RMS: 2000 watts 
  •       Peak: 5000 watts 
  • Frequency response: 22 - 100 Hz 
  • Sensitivity: 87.4 dB 
  • Top-mount depth: 11-9/16" 
  • Recommended Enclosure Type: Ported / Vented/ Sealed 
  • Warranty: N/A

PROS

  • Lightweight 
  • Affordable 
  • Efficient and responsive
  • Available in 3 different sizes 

CONS

  • Very Power-hungry 
Orion HCCA15 12" Car Subwoofer 2000 Watts - Old Model
  • Power Handling: Peak: 5000 watts / RMS: 2000 watts
  • Polypropylene cone woofer
  • Rubber tri-radius symmetrical surround
  • Dual flat conex spiders with loop stitched tinsel leads
  • Enhanced voice coil cooling systems
Power Acoustik MOFO

The Power Acoustik woofer is what you might call a beginner competition subwoofer. It's relatively low on price compared to others in this category, but at the same time is actually pretty good quality.

There are a lot of good reviews talking about how people are surprised by just how hard these subwoofers hit.

With the MOFO you'll be getting 2700 watts max power with 1350 watts RMS. Again, it's not the greatest but pretty decent for the price you'll be getting them for.

This specific competition subwoofer comes in 12 inch and 15 inch configurations. It has dual 2 ohm voice coils as well.

A great thing about this Power Acoustik is they've implemented their heat sink technology into it. They've installed aluminum dust cap fins to help alleviate heat.

Power Acoustik MOFO Specifications: 

  • Size: 12" 
  • Power Handling 
  •     RMS: 1350 watts 
  •     Peak: 2700 watts 
  • Frequency response: 22 - 100 Hz 
  • Sensitivity: 89 dB 
  • Impedance: Dual 2-ohm 
  • Top-mount depth: 75” (3/4”)  
  • Recommended Enclosure Type: Ported / Vented / Sealed 
  • Warranty: N/A

PROS

  • Hard-hitting 
  • Affordable
  • Available in 12-inch and 15-inch configurations 
  • Aluminium dust cap fins for better heat dissipation 

CONS

  • Has a tendency to blow when driven hard to its specified power rating
JL Audio 12W7AE-3

If you're looking for a great all around competition subwoofer, this model might be your best bet. The 12W7AE-3 has outstanding balance, producing absolutely amazing sound quality.

There's a lot of technology in this subwoofer that you won't see in any of the competitions ones.

JL Audio has patented technology in their W7 series Subwoofers which include:

Dynamic Motor Analysis - DMA Optimized Motor
This is a suite of modeling systems that are geared toward different issues that arise with speaker motor linearity.

According to JL Audio, helping to fix these motor linearity issues substantially reduces distortion creating a tighter, cleaner bass output.

W-Cone
The W-cone is JL's design for an optimized cone. It helps to create better "stiffness" all while using less material. The W shape also helps with torsional rigidity which in turn keeps the voice coil aligned.

Elevated Frame Cooling
The design for the cooling using an elevated frame helps get cool air straight to the voice coil through holes directly above. According to JL Audio, this helps enhance both sound quality and power handling.

OverRoll Surround
This is simple a specific design of the subwoofer where they utilize more space that is otherwise lost with conventional competition subwoofers.

This helps create more space for the cone to fully function.

JL Audio 12W7AE-3 Specifications:

  • Size: 12" Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
  •         Peak Power: 2000 watts
  •         RMS Power : 1000 watts
  • Single Voice Coil
  • Sensitivity: 86.2 dB
  • Impedance: 3 ohms
  • Top-mount depth: 9-1/2" 
  • Warranty: 1-year

PROS

  • Flagship product 
  • Made in USA
  • Can be driven hard  

CONS

  • Expensive – puts a massive hole in your pocket!
12W7AE-3 - JL Audio 12" Single 3-Ohm Subwoofer (12W7AE3)
  • 12" Single 3 ohm W7 Series Subwoofer
  • Plateau-reinforced spider attachment
  • Radially cross-drilled pole piece
  • Top Mount Depth: 9-1/2"
  • Cutout Diameter: 10-1/2"
Skar Audio ZVX-12v2

The Skar Audio ZVX-12v2 is a powerful 12-inch SPL subwoofer that features a competition-grade paper cone with high-roll foam surround, as well as an advanced airflow cooling design, that guarantees precise and clear bass performance, even at its peak power of 3,000 watts.   

The combination of its triple stack magnet design, as well as 3-inch and 8-layer copper voice coils helps guarantee that the ZVX-12v2 performs well even under high temperatures.  

What is perhaps the best quality of the ZVX-12v2 though is that it is quite affordable.   

Despite boasting competition-grade performance, the ZVX-12v2 is sold at less than half the price of its competition. 

Skar Audio ZVX-12v2 Specifications 

  • Size: 12" 
  • Power Handling 
  •     RMS: 1500 watts 
  •     Peak: 3000 watts 
  • Frequency response: 22 - 100 Hz 
  • Sensitivity: 83 dB 
  • Impedance: Dual 1-ohm 
  • Top-mount depth: 9-1/2"  
  • Recommended Enclosure Type: Ported / Vented / Sealed 
  • Warranty: N/A

PROS

  • Much more affordable compared to similar-specced competition 
  • Premium sound quality 
  • Intense and loud bass 
  • High RMS rating 

CONS

  • Construction quality leaves a lot to be desired 
  • Ideal performance can only be achieved with a subwoofer box 
Skar Audio ZVX-12v2 D2 12" 3000 Watt Max Power Dual 2 Ohm SPL Car Subwoofer
  • 12-inch Dual 2 Ohm SPL Car Subwoofer
  • Peak Power: 3,000 Watts | RMS Power: 1,500 Watts
  • Massive Triple Stack Magnet & High Temperature 3" 8-layer Copper Voice Coil
  • Competition Grade Paper Cone and High Roll Foam Surround
  • Advanced Air Flow Cooling Design | Fs: 44.0 Hz, Xmax: 29mm
Massive Audio HippoXL124

Manufactured by one of the bigger names in the car audio industry, the HIPPOXL124 from Massive Audio is one of the company’s best offerings.   

Built to withstand abuse, the HippoXL124 comes equipped with an oversized surround. This is then supported with a 12-inch non-pressed paper cone with fiber-reinforced kevlar. Because of this, the HippoXL124 handles its 2,000 watts of continuous power like a champ, especially since it can peak at as high as 4,000 watts.   

Massive Audio also fitted the HipppoXL124 with a 350oz double stack strontium magnet structure on top of high-voltage tinsel leads, as well as reinforced fibreglass weaved dust cap with heavy-duty direct input wires connecting directly to the voice coils.   

Last, but definitely not the least, the HippoXL124 uses a textured cast-aluminium basket that’s designed for heavy-duty use.   

The basket, in particular, is what provides the HippoXL124 with a solid enough of a base when in use. At the same time, it helps reduce resonance by a significant margin while also helping the subwoofer weigh less.  

Massive Audio HippoXL124 Specifications 

  • Size: 12" 
  • Power Handling 
  •     RMS: 2000 watts 
  •     Peak: 4000 watts 
  • Frequency response: N/A 
  • Sensitivity: 86.3 dB 
  • Impedance: Dual 4-ohm 
  • Top-mount depth: 7.8”  
  • Recommended Enclosure Type: Ported / Vented / Sealed 
  • Warranty: N/A 

PROS

  • Built and designed for heavy-duty use 
  • Double stack strontium magnets 
  • Solid structure 

CONS

  • Massive 
Car Subwoofer by Massive Audio HippoXL124 - SPL Extreme Bass Woofer - 12 Inch Car Audio 4,000 Watt HippoXL Series Competition Subwoofer, Dual 4 Ohm, 3 Inch Voice Coil. Sold Individually
  • SOLD INDIVIDUALLY | GREAT SOUND BUILT FOR COMPETITION: With a 350oz Double Stack Strontium Magnet Structure, Heavy Duty, Rugged Industrial Textured Cast Aluminum Basket, Over Sized Mirror Image Dual Poly/ Nomex Spiders the Hippo XL Series is one of the most popular Subwoofer Series used by countless high end Car Audio enthusiasts for big sound and high scores.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE CAR AUDIO SUBWOOFER: The HIPPOXL124 Subwoofer features Dual Impedance Black Anodized Voice Coil Former with Kevlar Spunlace, Kevlar Fiber Reinforced Non-Pressed Paper Cone with Industrial Textured Finish, and Red Stitched Edge to the Cone's Edge for Added Strength.
  • AMAZING DEEP BASS FOR ITS SIZE: This 12-Inch Subwoofer handles 2000 Watts RMS Dual 4 Ohm to 4000 Watts MAX, 3 Inch Voice Coils. It's truly a Great car Subwoofer at an affordable price!
  • CRANK UP THE VOLUME: Are you looking to upgrade your Factory Subwoofer? With our Black Anodized One Piece Pole-Plate for Added Motor Force, Heavy Duty Direct Input Wires Connection to Voice Coils, Reinforced Fiberglass Woven Dust cap for High Power Applications, it's guaranteed to work better than the rest! Compare us to Pyle, Alpine, Kicker, JL, and you'll hear the MASSIVE difference!
  • MASSIVE AUDIO QUALITY GUARANTEED: Since 1999, Massive Audio has been an industry leader in high performance audio products. Massive Audio laid its roots in high quality audio reproduction through in-house engineering and a dedication to customers.
Sundown Audio X-10 V.2 D4

Sundown Audio is one of the fastest rising names in the car audio industry and this is thanks mostly to product offerings such as the X-10 V.2 D4  

The X-10 V.2 D4 is not your typical product from a little-known company. It’s not cheap, by any means. However, upon closer inspection, it’s easy to see why Sundown Audio decided on the price point of the X-10 V.2 D4.   

Designed from scratch, this 10-inch subwoofer comes with a frame and design built to withstand as much as 1,500 watts of power. It has a triple-stack 8.66-inch diameter motor structure with generous clearance. Not to mention, the 3-inch diameter 4-layer CCWA coil is wound on thick aluminium for added enjoyment.   

You can use the X-10 V.2 D4 in both small and larger enclosures.   

Either way, you’ll be getting your money’s worth, and then some.  

Sundown Audio X-10 V.2 D4 

  • Size: 10"
  • Power Handling
  •     Peak Power: 3000W
        RMS Power: 1500W
  • Impedance : 4 Ohm
  • Sensitivity : 82.7 dB
         Mounting Depth (mm): 226

PROS

  • Powerful in every sense of the word
  • Can be used in both smaller and larger enclosures 

CONS

  • You’ll need an equally-powerful amp to make full use of its power 
X-10 V.2 D4 - Sundown Audio 10" 1500W RMS X Rev 2 Series Subwoofer
  • X-10 V.2 D4 - Sundown Audio 10" 1250W RMS X Rev 2 Series Subwoofer
  • Depth: 8.88"
  • Cut-Out: 10.01"
  • Gasket OD: 11.65"
  • 1" = 25.4 mm

Top Competition Subwoofer Brands

There are tons and tons of great car subwoofers out there. However, when it comes to competition, and when you're dropping upwards of $800 on a subwoofer, you want to make sure you're getting the right one.

Finding a trustworthy brand that makes great, reliable competition subwoofers is the key.

The are also many other factors that you shouldn't under-estimate when it comes to competition subs, including choosing a powerful amp, building or buying the right enclosure, and setting up the subwoofer correctly inside your car.

Considering all these factors together will help account for differences between a good-sounding and a great-sounding stereo system.

Without any further adieu, here are some of the best competition subwoofer brands that you can rely on.

  • Orion
  • RE Audio
  • DS18
  • CERWIN VEGA
  • Kicker
  • JBL
  • Rockford Fosgate

Competition Grade VS Standard Subwoofers

Car subwoofers come in various designs, sizes, and shapes. It can be an overwhelming experience to pick up the right subwoofer for your vehicle, but what's the difference between standard subwoofers and competion subwoofers?

Well, they are more or less the same.

However, unlike regular subs, competition subs are designed from the ground up to be able to handle high power/wattage and produce more impactful booming bass. They're much bigger and much heavier, which makes them best suited for audiophiles who want to be heard miles away. Additionally, competition subs are very pricey.

While you can get a regular subwoofer for under $200, sometimes even less, competition grade subwoofer are priced at over $500, easily.

Final Thoughts 

This is not by any means a comprehensive list. There are also tons and tons of great cheap competition subwoofers out there. However, we did want to give you a few good options. The competition subwoofers we listed here represent different price points, designs, and styles.

Whether you are a serious SPL contestant, a serious warrior in the weekend SPL wars, or just an audiophile who likes to turn it up and enjoy that loud and booming bass from time to time, a competition subwoofer is the way to go.

Sure the subwoofers cost an arm and a leg, but the competition is fierce, and they are the only way to stand out of the crowd. Now how loud do you want to go?

Last update on 2020-10-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API