Thanks to their compact size and low mounting profile, shallow mount subwoofers can be mounted in a wide variety of applications and vehicles where standard subwoofers won’t usually fit. If your vehicle is already equipped with a factory-installed subwoofer, chances are it’s a shallow mount sub.
Despite their compact design, shallow mount subwoofes can add a solid deep bass foundation to your music. However, don’t expect these subs to turn your ride into a rolling thunderstorm of bass.
So, what are the best shallow mount subwoofers on the market?
There’s no one-size-fits-all shallow mount subwoofer that’s perfect for everybody. Some people need an 8 inch shallow mount subwoofer, whereas others need a 12″ inch shallow mount sub. Whatever your interests are, these shallow mount subs broadly represent our current favorite low profile subwoofers.
Best Shallow Mount Subwoofers:
Pioneer offers a decent line of shallow mount subwoofers of different sizes and design, so whether you’re looking for a direct replacement for a your factory-sub or a low-profile subwoofer to mount under the seat. Pioneer has got you covered. Their shallow mount subs range from 8 inch to 12 inch.
They’re designed to provide wider installation options for a wide range of vehicles. Pioneer’s TS shallow mount subs can also be used in free-air applications.
Additionally, if you want to save yourself from the hassle of buying a subwoofer and its enclosure separately and matching up the sub with an appropriate enclosure, Pioneer also offers Pre-Loaded Enclosures with 8 inch, 10 inch and 12 inch subwoofer.
Despite their low-profile, Pioneer’s TS Series shallow-mount subs can add a decent bass to vehicles where conventional subs won’t fit. These subwoofers use an oversized cone structure that provides greater cone and gasket surface without changing its standard external dimension, combine that with their highly rigid cones made with MICA injected molded resin, and you’ve got subs that can move more air and thereby produce louder and deeper bass.
As for power-handling, Pioneer’s TS Series shallow-mount subs can handle a decent amount of power on continuous basis – the bigger the subwoofer, the more power it can handle – The chart below shows the specifications (power-handling, sensitivity, frequency response) of each subwoofer.
Rockford Fosgate is another great car subwoofer brand that offer some quality shallow mount subwoofers. Rockford Fosgate has been in business for quite a long time and have mastered the art of providing quality products for more than a reasonable price.
Rockford Fosgate offers several shallow mount subwoofers ranging from 8 inch to 12 inch. These subs come in 2 and 4 ohm dual voice coils configurations.
Rockford Fosgate’s P3 shallow mount subs come from a long line of high-performance subs that deliver real quality bass. These subs make it easier to get impressive bass performance in smaller or hard-to-fit vehicles.
These subs use dust cap and anodized aluminum for the cones making the woofer light and easier to drive, yet rigid enough to maintain its shape under heavy load. The cones in these subs are supported by M-Roll Santoprene™ surround which provides excellent excursion for maximum output while being durable enough to last.
The only downside we can reasonably think of is the sensitivity rating of these subs which is a little bit low compared to similar subs in the same category. The Rockford Fosgate P3 8 inch, 10 inch and 12 inch shallow mount subs feature 82 dB ,83 dB, and 85 dB respectively.
Rockford Fosgate P3SD2-12
Rockford Fosgate P3SD2-10
Rockford Fosgate P3SD2-8
This is what you can get if you’re willing to shell out a few hundred dollars. The 10TW3-D4 is one of the best 10 inch shallow mount subwoofer that JL Audio has to offer.
This super-thin 10″ inch subwoofer is optimized for small enclosures and features a tab-ear mounting design to maximize its cone area within its mounting footprints. The JL Audio 10TW3-D4 can handle up to 400 watts RMS, and can deliver very nice bass.
This JL Audio low-profile sub is designed to operate in very compact enclosures, yet put out enough bass to make noticeable difference, making it ideal for challenging applications requiring excellent bass output and fidelity.
The JL Audio 10TW3-D4 features a tough polypropylene cone that won’t flex under heavy load. This cone is supported by heavy-duty, durable rubber surround to keep to cone centered and allow for a high excursion.
Additionally, its heavy-duty cast-alloy frame that only stands 3-1/4″ tall, provides a stable home for this high-performance bass speaker.
Our only complaint about this subwoofer is its weak sensitivity rating of 82 dB. Sensitivity rating refers to the amount of sound a subwoofer can yield from the power applied to it – the higher the sensitivity rating, the better the sound quality is.
For optimal results, you’ll want to send this sub up to 400 watts RMS. Its dual 4-ohm voice coils make it a perfect match for a mono-channel amplifier.