The Three Most Common Sizes of Subwoofers

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Most of us know exactly how we want our stereos to sound. It’s not just a matter of being loud, and turning up the system’s volume. But we know that capturing the right amount of “thump” and clarity is going to need a subwoofer. While we understand that a subwoofer carries a heavy bass-load, relieving the car’s speakers, we still need to select the correct size subwoofer. Yes, there are different sizes for different needs. The following are the three most common size subwoofers:

8-inch subwoofers
This size is typically best suited for the sound enthusiast who isn’t looking for a sub with a lot of low frequency power, but still has enough punch for bass to sound good. This small standard-sized subwoofer can actually be found in some stock sound systems. It will simply give a clear bass reproduction while protecting speakers from distortion and damage. The factory installation of the 8-inch subwoofer may very well be a highlight of your purchase. It’s the smallest of all subwoofers with the ability to give a nice bass sound. Space in the vehicle will not be compromised because of its small size. There are aftermarket 8-inch subwoofers that can deliver surprisingly strong bass for their size.

10-inch subwoofers
The 10-inch subwoofer would be for the bass enthusiast that’s looking to make a noticeable upgrade, but may not have the space to accommodate anything bigger. A 10-inch subwoofer is a good choice for people who aren’t necessarily trying to make a statement, but only managing sounds that are acceptable to personal preferences. They give a sound system the bass and clarity that sets you apart from any factory system. While they may not give sound quality in the lower frequencies like a 12-inch, they provide a quite clear and punchy sound quality to any rock, country, and heavy metal tunes with very little distortion.

12-inch subwoofers
With a vehicle equipped with 12-inch subwoofers, you typically step out from the average or ordinary sound system upgrade. Depending on exactly what you’re looking for in your system, you may choose a subwoofer that simply allows you to “bang your head” at higher decibels with only mild distortion. Or you may want to “boom and pound” some hip hop hits. If you want a subwoofer that can handle either/or, a 12-inch is the safest bet, delivering a blast of bass that the smaller sizes can’t quite match.

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