The Best 12-Inch Subwoofer That Will Make Heads Turn 2017

At one point in our lives, we have wondered how it feels like to let the entire neighborhood know about our presence, not because of our cars but because of the thump that goes boom boom boom each time we arrive.

To get that, your car should have a subwoofer that is at least 12 inches and be substantially powered. Add to the mix the striking design, and you will definitely be the talk of the town. At least for quite a time.

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My List of The Best 12 inch Subwoofer

1./ MTX Audio Terminator Series TNE212D 1,200-Watt Dual 12-Inch Sub Enclosure

MTX Audio Terminator Series TNE212D

Specifications

  • Power Handling, RMS: 400 W
  • Power Handling, Peak: 800 W (1200 W max power)
  • Frequency Response: 24-160 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 2
  • Sensitivity: 86.4 dB
  • Enclosure dimensions: 14” x 29.63” (H x W)

TNE212D uses two MTX 12-inch subwoofers and put them in one enclosure. Each sub handles approx. 200 W RMS, so that’s a combined continuous power of about 400 W.

Despite having two 12-inch subwoofers in the enclosure, however, TNE212D uses a single terminal cup resulting in a lowered load at 2 ohms. This is good news if you are connecting multiple speakers to a single amplifier.

Polypropylene dust caps that are both durable and lightweight protect each subwoofer.

The durability factor ensures they don’t get the damaged by the movements of the subwoofer in the trunk. The other is for making sure each cone moves freely for an accurate sound quality.

Aside from the dust caps, these 12-inch subwoofers also use Spider Plateau Venting, which is said to aid in heat dissipation, resulting in a longer performance of these bass producers.

As for the sealed enclosure, this MTX TNE212D uses 5/8” medium density fiberboard, a few millimeters thicker than the usual ½” MDF other brands use.

If you want a chest-pounding audio experience with the rugged, Terminator feel, this one might be for you.​

If you want a chest-pounding audio experience with the rugged, Terminator feel, this one might be for you.​

Pros

  • Has heavy duty enclosure
  • Relatively cheap
  • Sounds good for the price
  • Hits higher low-frequency notes accurately
  • Bass knob allows adjusting for different songs

Cons

  • It takes up a big space in the trunk
  • Doesn’t hit low lows accurately
  • No amp included

2./ Rockford Fosgate P300-12 Punch 300 Watt Powered Loaded 12-Inch Subwoofer Enclosure

Rockford Fosgate P300-12 Punch

Specifications

  • Power Handling, RMS: 300 W
  • Power Handling, Peak: NA
  • Frequency Response: 35-150 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: NA
  • Sensitivity: NA
  • Enclosure dimensions: 15” x 19.8” x D1 11” - D2 7”

If you are trying to save space, P300-12 Punch may be the one for you. A 300 W amplifier already powers this 12-inch subwoofer; hence, you can utilize the space for more sports paraphernalia, random objects, or groceries.

In the enclosure, there is one 12-inch subwoofer with an RMS power of 300 W, with a frequency response from 35 to 150 Hz. The product’s site does not mention the nominal impedance, but that doesn’t matter because this chest puncher has a preloaded amp.

As for the entire sub, it comes with a number of features and controls. There is the phase switch, the bass EQ, and octave low pass crossover.

It also has auto on/off function, which is good in case you forget to turn it off and voltage control so that you won’t burn your sub.

The sealed enclosure itself is made of 5/8” MDF, just like the TNE212D, but aside from it, Rockford Fosgate P300-12 Punch is covered in heat-activated vinyl. Just so the heat dissipates more quickly during your outdoor party.

Pros

  • Doesn’t take up much room in the trunk
  • Has phase switch so you can adjust its boominess
  • Connection and installation are easy with the included plug
  • Sounds great for the price
  • Comes with an amplifier

Cons

  • Not very durable
  • Only uses Velcro to secure it in place

3./ JBL GT-BassPro12 12-Inch (300mm) Car Audio Powered Subwoofer System

JBL GT-BassPro12

Specifications

  • Power Handling, RMS: 150 W
  • Power Handling, Peak: 450 W
  • Frequency Response: 35 to 120 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: NA
  • Sensitivity: 50mV – 4V (line-level input); 0.4V – 16V (speaker-level input)
  • Enclosure dimensions: 14 ½” x 22-7/16” x 12”

Just like the Rockford Fosgate P300-12 Punch, JBL GT-BassPro12 has a built-in amplifier albeit with a lower power at 150 W RMS.

Despite the relatively lower power, though, this subwoofer tried to compensate with other features such as the Slipstream port. This port ensures the elimination of port noise at the high output by forming an adverse pressure.

In other words, even if the output is high, this port ensures that the bass you hear is distortion-free.

Other features of this subwoofer are the progressive spider construction, which makes sure the sub doesn’t give up on you even in high excursions. Plus, it has the vented polepiece to keep the sub cool, letting you extend your party.

And in case you get too drunk to turn off your sub at the party, you don’t have to worry because this 12-inch subwoofer knows how to turn itself off.

For added protection, JBL uses speaker-protection bars to keep the subwoofer safe from any object you unintentionally send its way.

If you are after the classy yet masculine style of a subwoofer, this is definitely it.​

Pros

  • Good subwoofer for its price
  • Comes with an amp
  • Easy to install and connect
  • Has slipstream port
  • Has remote volume control

Cons

  • A bit bulky
  • Might sound boomy in some cars despite adjustments

4./ Dual BP1204 12-Inch 1100-Watt Illumination Bandpass Subwoofer

Dual BP1204

Specifications

  • Power Handling, RMS: 600 W
  • Power Handling, Peak: 1100 W
  • Frequency Response: 30 - 200 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 4
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • Enclosure dimensions: 14.4" x 30" x 14.4"

If you want to announce your presence not only through the sound your neighbors hear but also through the light they see, check out Dual’s BP1204 featuring Blue illumiNite™ LED illumination.

The Blue LED lights along with the plexiglass windows make up a decorative and creative display, which can be appreciated by onlookers especially at night.

But this subwoofer enclosure is not only for display. It is computer-tuned so as to match proper acoustics for optimum sound output. It also houses built-in crossovers so you can mix and match it with any sound system.

To ensure strength, the enclosure uses durable carpet with reinforced construction—using both nails and glue.

The subwoofers themselves have integrated cooling vents and protected by steel basket and treated foam surround.

Pros

  • Looks cool with the LED lights
  • Easy to install
  • Has decent bass and good highs for the money
  • Durable
  • Audible even from a distance when connected to the right amp

Cons

  • May not fit all cars
  • Lights takes time to wire

5./ VM Audio Dual 12" 4800 Watt Complete Car Stereo Subwoofer Bass Package

VM Audio Dual

Specifications

  • Power Handling, RMS: NA
  • Power Handling, Peak: 4800 W
  • Frequency Response: 35 - 250 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 4
  • Sensitivity: 89 dB
  • Enclosure dimensions: 28.43” W x 8.26” D1 x 12.24” D2 x 14” H

If you want power, VM Audio Elux gives you a lot of it at 4800 W. These two 12 inch competition subwoofers are said to set off your neighbors’ car alarms along with the mono power amplifier.

The drivers are protected by weather-resistant rubber surround and created using Vibraducer Feather light IMPP Mass Cone that eliminates unwanted vibrations without affecting the bass output. In fact, because of this technology, the bass is even more maximized, a factor that sets off other cars’ alarms.

It also combats overheating by using an aerodynamic cooling system. The separate MOSFET Class A/B amp, on the other hand, is protected from over-voltage and DC offset, thermal issues, and shorting.

The enclosure uses high-density fiberboard, aviation-grade carpet cover, and acoustic suspension. All of which ensure durability and reduced bass distortion.

Pros

  • Competition subwoofers
  • Comes with an amp
  • Highly powered
  • Provides clear, unrattled sound
  • Heavy-duty

Cons

  • The amp is not powerful enough
  • The speaker wires seem small for the power capacity

Conclusion

While a separate 12-inch subwoofer driver is nice, having a complete subwoofer package is even better. This removes the need for us to make sure the cutout diameter and mounting depth that match the original.

With the prepackaged subwoofers, all you need is to find a decent place in your vehicle, connect to your sound system, and these babies will fire up, making your neighbors check out who’s driving around.

In the list above, the definite winner for me is VM Audio Elux. It’s loud. It’s powerful. It’s head turning.

Want to feel the bass in a smaller package? An 8 inch or 10-inch subwoofer may be the one for you.

Erin Taylor
 

Chief editor of YouthTune, a music adventurer. I love learning about music and audio devices, which I eventually share with others so that they too can go on exploring the melodious world of music.

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