The Best Sub and Amp Combo for Your Ride
Welcome to the Best Sub and Amp Combo Awards!
After spending the last 16 days installing and testing the best 5 subwoofer & amp combos while sweet-talking myself out of a fine because of a disgruntled neighbor, I’m ready to reveal who the winners are. I’ve ranked them considering their bass level, power, ease of installation, and looks.
Finding the perfect subwoofer and amp combo comes down to two things: the available space and your budget. Once you’ve determined these, it will be easy to find the perfect fit. Whether you want a bit thump in the trunk to enjoy your commute, or to shake your soul, I have found the perfect sub for you.
For the past 20 years, I’ve been upgrading car audio, and I simply love seeing a happy client driving away with a smile on their face. So, I’ve decided to share my experience and help you pick the very best solution for your ride. Whether you choose any of the products below, be reassured as you have a winner on your side and will connect with the music.
Now, let’s feel some bass already!
What Will I Learn?
- The Best Sub and Amp Combo for Your Ride
- The Benefits of Buying a Subwoofer & Amplifier Combo Package
- Why You Need an Amplifier
- Subwoofer & Amplifier Combo Vs Powered Subwoofers
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
We have the WINNER!
This is the ultimate subwoofer if you want a plug-and-play device for hard bass. This sub rocks! You will feel the thump-thump in your chest.
This subwoofer has two 12” sub with a 250 Watts RMS built-in amp. Everything is packaged up in a neat box to enjoy the lows. No matter what you throw at it, let it be 15hz, 18hz, or 20hz, this sub can take it. It won’t drown the mids and highs.
Warning: This sub is a perfect excuse for the cops to pull you over, so make sure everything else is legit.
Did I mention it’s affordable? In fact, it’s not just budget-friendly; it’s a steal! No wonder they have stock issues (more on this below.)
I have installed this sub amp combo in my neighbor’s car and their son came in #2 at the school competition. Even though it’s not a competition sub, it can hold its ground.
Bonus points for the looks of this device, which are particularly cool!
Now, here’s why this subwoofer and amp combo hit the top of the list:
It sounds like an earthquake: The basses hit hard and clean, shaking all the windows and the rearview mirror.
Full body massage: If I had known that earlier, I wouldn’t have bought a brand new massage chair!
Plug and play: It’s that easy to install; no rocket science diploma needed.
Although, I’ve found a few drawbacks:
Being a power-hungry sub, it will take a toll on your battery, so make sure you get a capacitor.
Great looks and affordability come at a price. Unfortunately, this combo is also big and heavy.
I’ve installed it in a few vehicles, namely a few Ford Explorer, Subaru Outback, Tundra, Cherokee, Infinity, and Mustang. Each time, the owners were ecstatic.
Overall, this is the best subwoofer and amp combo you can go with. It is perfect for the lows without drowning out the mids and highs. Plus, it’s affordable.
Now, if you can’t spare the space, check out #2 on the list.
Being such a popular sub, it is constantly out of stock. So, if you’re lucky and see one, grab it while you can.
Holy smokes! This sub is a badass. Whether you want a bit of kick for your daily commute or would like to crank it up like a music maniac, you have found your winner with this baby. Best of all, it delivers an amazing bang for your buck without being oversized.
Heads up, though! You can crack your windshield with this woofer. It has happened to a buddy of mine who went overboard with the gain, so be careful.
This sub is part of the Punch series; they weren’t joking when they labeled it. It truly packs a punch. What you get is a nice, cool-looking box with a 12-inch sub and 300 Watts RMS amp. Besides, everything is pre-installed for you. All you need to do is plug in the wires, and you’re ready to enjoy tight and punchy basses!
Here’s why it’s a must-buy sub:
Ultra punchy: This sub is louder than you will ever need it to be. Your ride will boom, and not like those annoying teenagers.
Compact: This sub is small without making any compromises. Indeed, you have more than enough space left in the trunk while getting deep basses.
Super easy to install: Since the sub and amp are packaged nicely in a box, all you have to do is connect the wires, and you have an amazing thump thump for your ride.
However, here are a few drawbacks that I’ve found:
They should’ve done a better job with the Velcro straps. They are not holding it down one bit when you accelerate.
It’s a greedy sub. It siphons a lot of current from the battery. But what can you expect otherwise from 300 Watts RMS?
All my clients were happy with this subwoofer, including the owner of a Jeep Wrangler, Honda Civic Si, 4Runner, Kia Optima, Silverado, Mustang, Toyota Prius, Ford Bronco and Honda Accord.
If you don’t have much space yet still want a more-than-decent bass, then this Rockford Fosgate sub is the perfect option for you. However, you need to be a fast mover as they are flying off the shelves. If you manage to find one, get it instantly, or you might risk waiting for weeks.
#3 JBL GT-BassPro12
If you want to feel plenty of punch and make it sound like you own an expensive system without breaking the bank, then this is the right combo for you.
JBL has packaged a great 12-inch subwoofer with an amp that delivers 150 Watts RMS. This baby is loud and powerful, giving you an excellent mid-range.
I’ve just finished installing it in a car. And as I was testing it out, my neighbor walked by asking if I had installed two 12” in the trunk. He was surprised to see that there was only one!
This all-in-one package comes with a remote so you can adjust the bass to your music and taste. You can all have these, plus an easy installation, for an amazing price.
Here’s why this sub is a must-have:
Even my soul feels it: It’s not only powerful and hard-hitting, but you will also feel new notes that you had never felt before.
Nice looks and easy to install: This sub looks fantastic. It’s a plug and play device that doesn’t require any guesswork.
Workhorse: This sub is built to last. It comes double-boxed, and the grille protects the sub from damages, so it can last for a long time.
Although, check out the drawbacks to see if they are a deal-breaker for you:
I’ve noticed that the lows aren’t that clear on this sub, although it goes unnoticed for most people.
The picture is deceiving as the sub is bigger than it seems, and it’s heavy. So hopefully, once installed, you don’t have to remove it.
I can say it’s quite popular because I’ve installed it in several vehicles, such as a Jetta Sportwagen, Ford Ranger, Civic EX, SI, Tundra, BMW 229i, Mazda 6, Lexus G S460, and VW Beetle, and people have fallen in love with the new sounds in their cars.
This sub is a great option if you want a decent bump in the trunk. You can’t go wrong with it. Although, there’s one catch; they are sold out very fast. So, if you want to enjoy great bass, get this sub as soon as it hits the shelves.
The Benefits of Buying a Subwoofer & Amplifier Combo Package
There are plenty of perks that come with installing a subwoofer & amplifier combo in your car. The first, and perhaps the most important is that the subwoofer & amplifier combo takes out the guesswork when it comes to pairing a subwoofer with an amplifier. In these packages, there is also enclosure included which is another thing you don’t need to worry about anymore.
Since the system has already been configured for you, you simply need to find some space in your car and then mount it. If you don’t get a full package like this, you need to find an enclosure that fits the subwoofer as well as an amplifier with the correct wattage. Many times, a package like this is also cheaper than buying the parts each by themselves.
Why You Need an Amplifier
The subwoofer is designed to help your car music system get a better handle on low-level audio profiles, especially bass sounds. However, the head unit (receiver) cannot deliver enough juice to satisfy your power-hungry subwoofer.
That’s where a powerful amplifier comes into play. A dedicated amplifier supplies the extra power needed by the subwoofer to boost bass sounds. Getting a subwoofer but not an amplifier is like trying to surf the web without an internet connection, it’s not working.
Subwoofer & Amplifier Combo Vs Powered Subwoofers
Some subwoofers have the amplifier built-in and this is called a powered subwoofer. This type of subwoofer can be good to get if you have very limited space in your car and don’t think that you have space for an external amplifier.
The downside with them is that the amplifier is usually not as powerful as an external amplifier. Sure, it will do its job but if you are really looking for that oomph that a subwoofer can give, a powered subwoofer is not the way to go.
If you want to learn more or find the best powered subwoofers, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
What’s the best subwoofer and amp combo?
By far the best subwoofer and amp combo is the MTX Audio TNP212D2 Terminator Power Pack Subwoofer System. Through the years it has prove itself to be the most reliable and the best from all the car subwoofer brands.
What are the best amps for subs?
The best amps for subs are typically sold in a combo package. So make sure you pick the right amp for the sub s. For example if you have a rockford fosgate sub it’s a good idea to check out what kind of rockford fosgate amps are available. They don’t tolerate different brands all that well.
Does it matter what amp I get for my subs?
The get the best car audio quality you need to get the best powered amp. The more power you can deliver to your head unit the better it will perform. The high quality is achieved at peak power. Typically you’re looking at mono amps (mono amp) or 2-channel amp.
What do I need for the best car audio quality?
For the best car audio quality, you will need a decent head unit or car stereo. The car speakers are a must as well. Forget about stock because they can’t deliver what you’re looking for. When it comes to the car subwoofer you can choose the 10 inch subwoofers or the 12 inch subwoofers.
Which competitor didn’t make it on the Best Subwoofer and amp Combo list?
There are many that could have been included on the best sub and amplifier combo list. Here’s a short one which didn’t make it: mtx audio, jl audio, kenwood ksc. The kenwood ksc was dropped on the very last second for something much better.
What kind of technical details should I check with car subwoofers?
With car subwoofers, you have to always check the: peak power, voice coil (voice coils), power ratings, power handling, rms power, rms rating, frequency range and the wiring options. Some car subwoofers offer bass level control (bass boost and bass sound). A car subwoofer can be considered as passive subwoofers if it’s the right one like type r subs. Other stuff to check are rubber surround polypropylene cone, dual voice, ported box, sound pressure level, cooling system, compression terminals.
Last Updated on May 18, 2021