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Best 10 Inch Subwoofers to Buy in 2018

10 Best 10 Inch Subwoofer in 2018

Imagine this, you’re coming home from a long and tiring day at work, ready to listen to some great music, relax and unwind. So you sit in your car, switch on your music system, set your favorite Metallica album to ‘play’ and wait for that beautiful, majestic wall of sound to wash away all your worries.

But something’s wrong this time…

You can’t hear the bass?! Or better yet, can’t feel it.

And it’s not even the And Justice for All album where it was drowned out on purpose. So you go to your music system and lo and behold, your barely-old subwoofer is fried.

Who’s to blame?

Your friend who recommended it to you? The salesman who convinced you that it was the greatest piece of equipment ever made? The discount store from where you got it? Or perhaps, you, for not doing enough research in the first place?

Either way, now you’re in the market for a new one and barely know what to look for, let alone where to look. But worry not, dear reader. We’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling to find out the best 10 inch subwoofers that are worth your hard-earned money!

Why a subwoofer?

Now, if the above scenario applies to you, then you probably know what a subwoofer is for, in which case we commend thee on your taste in music, good sir/ma’am. In case you don’t, the main purpose of the subwoofer is to produce low-frequency sounds, or in simple words, enhance the bass. One does not, strictly speaking, need a subwoofer. But the difference a subwoofer can make is undeniable. And not just to the bass, the overall richness and quality of the sound are greatly improved. Without a proper subwoofer, you’re going to be missing out on all that heart-pounding bass.

Why a 10-inch model?

Now, the other main question; why a 10-inch subwoofer? The most obvious reason for that is value for money. If you’re on a budget and looking for bang-for-the-buck, a 10-inch model is the way to go. While a larger model would provide a larger volume of sound, it would also require a larger amplifier and cost a lot more. Another factor is space. A larger subwoofer would, obviously, require much more space and possibly might not fit. At the end of the day, it’s a personal preference that matters. How important is bass for you? How much space do you have in your system? How much are you willing to invest in a subwoofer? And most importantly, how much can your system support? These are all questions you need to ask yourself before you make your choice.

PRODUCT NAME CONE MATERIAL POWER RANGE PEAK POWER HANDLING SEALED BOX VOLUME / PORTED BOX VOLUME PRICE
★ JL Audio 10TW3-D4 • Mica-filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround • 100-400 Watts RMS • 800 Watts • Sealed box : 0.519 cubic feet View Price
★ Kenwood KFC-XW1000F • Carbon-glass fiber composite cone with butyl rubber surround • 50-250 Watts RMS • 1,000 Watts • Sealed box : 0.6 cu. ft. • Ported box :: 0.6 cu. ft. View Price
★ JBL Club 1024 • Polypropylene cone • 250 Watts RMS • 1000 Watts • Sealed box : 0.5 cubic feet • Ported box : 1.5 cubic feet View Price
★ Polk Audio MM 1042 DVC • Titanium-plated composite cone • 400 Watts RMS • 900 Watts N/A View Price
★Pioneer TS-SW2502S4 • Mica-injected resin cone • 100-300 Watts RMS • 1,200 Watts • Sealed box : 0.35-0.7 cu. ft. • Ported box : 0.5-0.7 cu. ft. View Price
Best 10 Inch Subwoofers Under $1500
★ JL Audio 10W6v3-D4 • Mineral-filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround • 200-600 Watts RMS • 1200 Watts • Sealed box : 0.628 cubic feet • Ported box : 0.828 cubic feet View Price
★ Morel Ultimo Titanium 104 • Carbon fiber/paper laminate cone • 1000 Watts RMS • 3000 Watts N/A View Price
★ Alpine SWR-T10 • Aluminum cone with Santoprene rubber surround • 300-600 Watts RMS • 1,200 Watts N/A View Price
★ Rockford Fosgate T1S2-10 • Carbon fiber/PMI/glass fiber cone with aluminum dustcap • 500 Watts RMS • 1000 Watts • Ported box : 1.25 cubic feet View Price
★ Alpine X-W10D4 • Pulp/mica cone • up to 900 watts RMS • 2700 watts • Sealed box : 0.67 cu. ft. • Ported box : 1.68 cu. ft. View Price

What you need to look out for

Making a list of the best 10-inch subwoofers from the multitude of models and companies out there was quite the task. So many models, so many factors, so many choices. No wonder most people ending up buying the wrong one. But by using the extremely complex algorithm known as human intuition, with a little help from the double-edged sword called past experience, we’ve boiled it down to the following choices which meet the following criteria:

Durability:

Durability is one of the most important factors when buying any product, especially if it’s for a vehicle where it needs to withstand constant bumps. You don’t want your brand new subwoofer to break the first time you drive over a speedbump. Nor do you want it to blow up the first time you pump up the volume a bit (damn you, Cliff/Jason/Rob). Durability itself depends on various factors such as build quality, material, price point, and model purpose. We carefully considered all of this while making our picks so you don’t have to look very hard.

Purpose:

By purpose, we mean how you intend to use your subwoofer. What vehicle do you have and what do you use it for? Do you intend to buy it for your SUV or pick-up truck that you drive around the countryside like a complete mad-man, speakers on full volume and forcing your refined taste in music or everyone (not that we’re complaining; more power to you, good sir)?

Go for the durable ones. Intending to buy it for that sleek, brand new sports car that you value more than your life? Go for the high-end ones with the sound quality to match your car. Need new party speakers for the family sedan so you can escape that midlife crisis every now and then? Go for the more affordable model.

These guides may try to help you in every possible way, but at the end of the day, personal preference and requirement is the factor which should have the final say on what you buy.

Sound Quality:

This one is pretty obvious. You’re making a sound system, it goes without saying that you’re looking for the best sound quality you can find. For subwoofers, the focus is on that all-important bass. The sound quality itself depends on the material, internal circuitry and outer design of the speaker or subwoofer. Getting the right combination to match your needs is key as various models and makers have their own strengths and weaknesses.

Price

Price is another obvious thing to consider while making your purchase. Not everyone is born with a golden spoon and not everyone is ready to fork out hundreds of dollars for buying speakers or subwoofers. For that reason, we’ve broken our guide down to two sections. The first is a ‘budget’ section (if such a thing exists) of products that can generally be obtained for less than $300. The other is the high-end section of products which can only be obtained for more than $300. Be advised, some of these products have prices which are not for the faint-hearted, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Best 10-inch subwoofers under $300

In no particular order, we carefully selected the following 5 subwoofers:

1. JL Audio 10TW3-D4

 

 JL Audio 10TW3-D4

JL Audio is a trusted name in the industry and this model is no different. The JL Audio 10TW3-D4 is a bit of a workhorse that can work magnificently even in confined spaces due to its shallow-mount design. Remember the trusty old pick-up truck or the brand new sports car? This would go perfectly with those.

Technical Specifications:
• 10″ Subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
• Shallow-mount design with small airspace requirements
• Mica-filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround
• Cast alloy basket
• Top-mount depth: 3-1/4″
• Power range: 100-400 watts RMS
• Peak power handling: 800 watts
• Frequency response: 24-200 Hz
• Sensitivity: 82.1 dB
• Sealed box volume: 0.519 cubic feet

Key Features:

• Shallow-mount design: The shallow-mount design of the JL Audio 10TW3-D4 means that it is a robust speaker which can be used in a variety of scenarios and situations. This super-thin 10″ sub puts out big bass, yet only requires minimum air space, so you can use a much smaller enclosure.

• Heavy-duty frame:  The heavy-duty cast-alloy frame only stands 3-1/4″ tall, but provides a stable home for this high-performance bass driver. This means that the 10TW3-D4 easily check the durability box. Be it for a pick-up truck or a sports car, this mid-range subwoofer will provide you with great bass, without requiring great space and at a decent price-point.

 

2. Kenwood Excelon KFC-XW1000F

 

Kenwood KFC-XW1000FAn even thinner model, the Kenwood Excelon KFC-XW1000F is also one for the masses at a very affordable price. This shallow-mount subwoofer requires minimal space and can fit in the most compact of cars. Recently got a hot hatch and looking to beef up the audio system without spending too much? This particular model might be just for you.

Technical specifications:
• 10″ 4-ohm shallow-mount subwoofer
• Carbon-glass fibre composite cone with butyl rubber surround
• Cast aluminium basket
• Power range: 50-250 watts RMS
• Peak power: 1,000 watts
• Frequency response: 35-800 Hz
• Sensitivity: 90 dB
• Mounting depth: 3-3/8″
• Sealed box volume: 0.6 cu. ft.
• Ported box volume: 0.6 cu. ft.

Key Features:

• Compact design: This shallow-mount subwoofer measures less than 3-1/2″ deep, so you can get creative with your installation. This is ideal for smaller and compact vehicles where space is a major issue.

• Heat Transfer System: The Kenwood woofer features an advanced Heat Transfer System designed specifically for its slim-design to provide proper ventilation to keep the woofer cool. Once again, this is great for smaller, confined spaces. Affordable price-point and razor-thin design (as subwoofers go) make this model an obvious choice for those on budget and space constraints.

 

3. JBL Club 1024

JBL Club 1024

On an even tighter budget and really don’t have another dollar to spare? Not to worry, the JBL Club 1024 has you covered. With the trusted name of JBL which has been around for over 6 decades, this is as cheap as it gets when it comes to good quality subwoofers. Not only that, but the latest Club Series car subwoofers also put the spotlight on versatility, giving you the ability to vary the sub’s impedance with the flip of a switch.

Technical specifications:
• 10″ component subwoofer
• Switchable 2- or 4-ohm impedance
• Polypropylene cone
• Nitrile rubber surround
• Power handling: 250 watts RMS (1000 watts peak)
• Frequency response: 30-175 Hz
• Sensitivity (2.83V at 1 meter): 92 dB
• Mounting depth: 5-11/16″
• Mounting height: 11/16″
• Sealed box volume: 0.5 cubic feet
• Ported box volume: 1.5 cubic feet

Key Features:

• Selectable Smart Impedance (SSI):
A switch on the input terminal allows you to easily change the woofer’s impedance between 2Ω and 4Ω settings. The power handling is the same for either setting; 250 watts RMS/1000 watts peak. This is a neat little trick to show off.

• Durable design:
This sub features a polypropylene cone for enhanced stiffness with a nitrile rubber surround that’ll stand up the abuses of life in an automobile. Meaning you can drive around roughly without any fear of damaging your new subwoofer.
This very-affordable subwoofer by the trusted name of JBL shows that one can compromise on price without compromising on performance and quality.

 

4. Polk Audio MM 1042 DVC

Polk Audio MM 1042 DVC

Up next is one of the latest iterations of Polk Audio’s legendary Mobile Monitor Series subs. This series promises great performance despite being made of lightweight materials at a great price, meaning you can get all the punch of a conventional subwoofer without packing any extra weight. Not only that, but these marine-certified subs are as durable as anything else on the market.

Technical specifications:
• 10″ subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
• Titanium-plated composite cone
• Butyl rubber surround
• Fiberglass-reinforced ABS basket
• Certified for marine use
• Handles up to 400 watts RMS (200 watts per coil)
• Peak power handling: 900 watts
• Frequency response: 28-2000 Hz
• Sensitivity: 86 dB
• Top-mount depth: 4-9/16″

Key Features:

• Dynamic Balance:
Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. This results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.

• Ultra-Marine Certified:
Polk MM Series speakers are built to withstand exposure to moisture and UV rays, so they work well in boats and cars (IP56 rated).
This extremely durable and well-priced sub from Polk Audio proves that subwoofer usage is not just limited to roads and now you can make waves in the sea as well.

 

5. Pioneer TS-SW2502S4

Pioneer TS-SW2502S4

 

Pioneer is another name that has been around for a while now and their products are favourites among audiophiles worldwide. Keeping all the demands of their extensive fan-base in mind, Pioneer designed their TS Series of shallow-mount subs allowing it to bring great bass to vehicles where conventional subs won’t fit, and the TS-SW2502S4 is the epitome of this.

Technical specifications:

• 10″ 4-ohm shallow subwoofer
• Mica-injected resin cone
• Power range: 100-300 watts RMS (1,200 watts peak power)
• Frequency response: 20-125 Hz
• Sensitivity: 91 dB
• Mounting depth: 3-1/8″
• Sealed box volume: 0.35-0.7 cubic feet
• Ported box volume: 0.5-0.7 cubic feet

Key Features:

• Best for an enclosure
The TS-SW2502S4 features an oversized cone made of mica-injected moulded resin that moves more air and delivers accurate bass. The sub works best in a small sealed enclosure, making it ideal for fitting those tight spaces in today’s smaller vehicles.

• Double Spiders
The oversized cone structure is also fitted with double spiders. These increase power handling and generate a more accurate, louder bass. A typical sub uses a damper to control the woofer’s cone excursion. These double spiders are more efficient as they need less power to move the cone while producing superbly detailed and low distortion bass.
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Best 10-inch subwoofers under $1500

Once again, in no particular order, best subwoofers under $1500 are:

1. JL Audio 10W6v3-D4

JL Audio 10W6v3-D4

First up in the more expensive models is the JL Audio 10W6v3-D4, which delivers knockout low end with incredible accuracy. This 10″ subwoofer uses a tough, mineral-filled polypropylene cone that offers incredible strength without the extra bulk that can slow woofer response, offering the complete package when it comes to subs.

Technical specifications:
• 10″ Subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
• Mineral-filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround
• Satin black cast-alloy basket
• Power range: 200-600 watts RMS
• Peak power handling: 1200 watts
• Frequency response: 22-200 Hz
• Sensitivity: 82.7 dB
• Top-mount depth: 6-15/16″
• Sealed box volume: 0.628 cubic feet
• Ported box volume: 0.828 cubic feet

Key Features:

• Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA):
DMA is JL Audio’s proprietary method of improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, the 10W6v3-D4 motor remains linear over a long excursion range, and also maintains a stable fixed magnetic field in the gap over a wide power range. The result is reduced distortion, faithfully reproduced transients, and tight, clean, articulate bass.

• Floating Cone Attachment Method (FCAM)
JL Audio’s patented FCAM technology is an innovative method of bonding the surround/cone assembly to the voice coil/spider assembly. This assembly technique ensures proper surround geometry in the assembled speaker for better excursion control and dynamic voice coil alignment.
This brilliantly-engineered sub from JL Audio comes with a lot of bells and whistles that more than make up for its relatively hefty price-tag.

 

2. Morel Ultimo Titanium 104

 

Morel Ultimo Titanium 104

This award-winning subwoofer from Morel is an absolute monster when it comes to subs and costs an arm and a leg as well. Got lots of money to burn and have absolutely zero compromises when it comes to bass? The Ultimo Titanium 104 was made for you.

Technical specifications:
• 10″ 4-ohm component subwoofer
• External voice coil
• Carbon fiber/paper laminate cone
• Titanium voice coil former
• Power handling: 1000 watts RMS
• Peak power handling: 3000 watts
• Sensitivity: 86 dB
• Top mount depth: 6″

Key Features:

• Rigid Reliability
This sub’s composite cone gives you the best of both worlds – the musicality of paper with the durability of carbon fibre. Housed in a heavy-duty stamped steel basket, this cone achieves the rigidity you need for strong bass output while retaining a warm, natural sound.

• Ultimate Power
Handling up to 1000 watts RMS, this Ultimo Titanium delivers high-fidelity bass that stays true even when you push your system hard.
While most people would be driven off by the preposterous price-tag, this sub offers a combination of power and sound quality rarely seen in a single product and is well worth the money for those who are looking for the absolute best bass experience.

 

3. Alpine SWR-T10

 

Alpine SWR-T10

This shallow-mount sub from Alpine offers great air-movement, and hence, bass, despite taking up much less space than its regular counterparts. All of this due to a special ‘spider’ design that is sure to satisfy Alpine fans everywhere.

Technical specifications:
• 10″ 4-ohm shallow-mount subwoofer
• Aluminum cone with Santoprene rubber surround
• Cast aluminum frame with radial finned heat sink
• Frequency response: 28-200 Hz
• Power handling: 300-600 watts RMS
• Peak power: 1,200 watts
• Sensitivity: 83 dB
• Top-mount depth: 3-1/4″

Key Features:

• Segmented Spider Design
The revolutionary Segmented Spider Design provides the excursion and performance of a tall subwoofer despite the shallow-mount. The Type-R Thin subwoofer uses Alpine’s patent pending Pass-Through Gap Geometry, allowing the unique Thermoplastic Elastomer Segmented Spider to completely pass through the motor structure, allowing for massive output even in such a shallow frame.

• Gasket Cover
Alpine uses a Concealed Mount Gasket System to cover the mounting screws for a clean look. The black rubber gasket ring comes already installed on the woofer and needs to be removed before drilling the mounting screws (not supplied). The gasket ring then snaps back into place once the woofer is mounted.
This sub is a must-have for die-hard Alpine fans and offers a very unique combination of design and performance.

 

4. Rockford Fosgate T1S2-10

 

Rockford Fosgate T1S2-10

Next up is the Rockford Fosgate T1S2-10, another member of the small-package, big-sound club. Rockford Fosgate understands the need for great bass, and their Power Series T1 slim subwoofers deliver jaw-dropping performance without taking up a lot of space.

Technical specifications:
• 10″ 2-ohm component subwoofer
• Carbon fiber/PMI/glass fiber cone with aluminum dust cap
• Injection molded foam surround
• Vertical Attach Surround Technique (VAST) increases cone area
• Patent-pending motor technology
• Handles up to 500 watts RMS (1000 watts peak)
• Sensitivity: 83 dB
• Top mount depth: 3″
• Ported box volume: 1.25 cubic feet

Key Features:

• Klippel Verified
The Klippel distortion analyzer, a device that uses a laser and sophisticated software to do large-scale analysis of drivers in motion, lets Rockford Fosgate optimize the sub’s motor structure, voice coil alignment, and suspension to yield the best possible performance.

• SYMS
Unlike a traditional motor assembly, Split Yoke Motor Technology (Patent Pending) moves the magnet inside the voice coil. This design allows greater excursion than typical shallow subwoofers.
Another sub with a lot of technical bells and whistles, the Rockford Fosgate T1S2-10 is sure to wow everyone who comes within close proximity of the awesome bass it offers.

 

5. Alpine X-W10D4

 

 

Alpine X-W10D4 best 10 inch subLast, but definitely not the least, seeing that we didn’t order these in terms of quality, we have the Alpine X-W10D4. This is another great sub by Alpine who have redesigned their X-Series subwoofers to deliver even more impressive performance and this one is no different.

Technical specifications:
• 10″ subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
• Pulp/mica cone
• Large HAMR rubber surround
• Cast aluminum frame provides a rock-solid platform
• Handles up to 900 watts RMS (450 watts per coil)
• Peak power handling: 2700 watts
• Frequency response: 24-200 Hz
• Xmax: 28mm
• Top-mount depth: 6-3/4″

Key Features:

• HAMR
The woofer features a High Amplitude Multi Roll (HAMR) Surround made of rubber, that allows a large linear excursion and greater SPL. The HAMR design allows extreme excursions without sacrificing valuable cone area.

• Dual Progressive Spiders
The dual progressive spiders have integrated tinsel leads to ensure reliable and consistent control of the tinsel leads and eliminate any mechanical noise or interference often seen in high excursion cone designs.
The second sub from Alpine to make our list, the X-W10D4 is yet another subwoofer that offers quality bass and is sure to incite some envy among other, less privileged audiophiles.

CONCLUSION:

So there we have it. That rounds off our list for the best 10” subwoofers that you can buy. We hoped it helped you in making your pick, or at least narrow your list down to a few choices, stay tuned for more on the best products that are worth your hard-earned cash.

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Justin Parker

Justin Parker is a 26-year old blogger. He is a Software Engineer who loves Blogging. He likes to test out different products and to write reviews on it to help others in choosing the best product from the market!

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