Looking for the best subwoofer under $200? If you love bass, you already know what a good subwoofer can do. A sub is the power behind those low, deep bass sounds that feature in many of our favorite tracks and tunes. It gives a deep, rich tone to sound and music and often completes a surround sound circuit. Along with your amplifiers and speakers, your subwoofer is an integral and vital piece of sound tech.
The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy good sound. While it is true that you get what you pay for with speakers, a little can go a long way. Even on a budget, you can find a great little sub with the power you want. $200 is a great price point for your first subwoofer or for a decent small system – you can pick up some top tech from leading names in the audio industry.
Subs can be used in the home to power music, along with the sound for movies and games. They can also be installed into vehicles to boost the car’s audio. Make any drive fun with a car sub. We have collected together some of the best subwoofers on the market. The reviews below include vehicle audio tech and home audio tech. Choose the best speaker set for your purposes: let us help you make an informed decision.
Stylish subs and cases for home entertainment
Acoustic Audio HD-SUB12-BLACK 12-Inch HD Series Front Firing Subwoofer
- Size: 15.2 x 14.7 x 15.9 inches; 41 pounds
- Performance: 400 watts RMS to 800 watts of power; 12″ sub
Ideal for home theaters, the front-facing sub sends sound out and across your room, and gives an added kick to your movie’s soundtrack. This Acoustic Audio model with 12″ 400W sub is ideal as a budget choice and makes a great first subwoofer. The Kevlar and aluminum cone sits inside the wooden case, and all is finished in sleek black.
The internal digital drive amplifier sharpens up bass tones and variable low-pass crossover aids integration with your speakers and devices. Music sounds great on this mid-sized sub, which is perfect for home and light commercial use.
Podium Pro PP1203A Channel Powered Speaker Cabinet
- Size: 14.5 x 17 x 25 inches; 47.6 pounds
- Performance: 300 watts RMS to 600 watts of power; 12″ sub
Although taller than the other subs in our guide, this Podium unit will still fit comfortably in almost any living room. The 300 watt output is not as impressive as some, but for a budget speaker that fits into a home theater system well, this is a good starter product. It is also great for small performances and features a microphone input along with typical audio jack.
The inbuilt 12″ sub is accompanied by a built-in amplifier and supports the addition of further speakers to create surround sound. Use for commercial applications, gigs and shows, karaoke and parties or as part of your home’s entertainment system.
Blue Octave Home DS12 Subwoofer
- Size: 13 x 16 x 15 inches; 30.5 pounds
- Performance: 250 watts RMS to 500 watts of power; 12″ sub
While power is not the key feature of this smart little down-firing subwoofer, it does give a nice mid-level bass sound that suits most home applications. A neat wooden case that stands a couple of inches off the ground, this Blue Octave home sub is definitely a good choice for buyers on a tight budget who still want a stylish option.
The treated MDF with beveled edges is sleek and modern, and the sub front is encased in a neat grill under the unit. The lack of left/right outputs means this is not the best choice for surround sound, but as a standalone sub it can give the extra kick your existing system lacks.
Vehicle audio subs for DIY or auto shop installation
Peavey 15″ 8 Ohm 3200/800 Watt Low Rider Pro Audio Subwoofer
- Size: 16.5 x 16.5 x 7.5 inches; 23.2 pounds
- Performance: 800 watts RMS to 3200 watts of power; 15″ sub
If speaker DIY is your thing, this great little sub cone from Peavey gives some of the best power and performance we have heard from a budget speaker. Not only will it fit in your vehicle, but if you have a little woodwork knowledge you can create a stylish case and use this in your home. The insane 800W output sounds amazing. Secure it firmly when you fit it – this 15″ cone gives a real kick and can pull itself loose. If well fitted, this can be a great way to give yourself high-end bass power from a top brand – while still keeping to your budget.
CRUNCH CR212A CR-212A Powered Dual-12″ Subwoofer System
- Size: 33 x 16.5 x 13.8 inches; 41.5 pounds
- Performance: built-in 1000 watt speaker; dual 12″ subs
Give your vehicle the sound it deserves with dual-sub power. This CRUNCH system is available in vibrant red and black, which looks great in your car. The durable casing and the two smart 12″ subs make this one of the most stylish budget subs available. It can be fitted easily at home and comes with all the wires and cables required to hook it up in your car.
The contained sound and premium acoustics ensure that sound is kept within the enclosed space of your car. It can also be modified and used for home entertainment purposes.
Rockford Fosgate P3D2-12 12″ 1200w Car Sub
- Size: 16.0 x 18.0 x 13.25 inches; 52 pounds
- Performance: 600 watts RMS to 1200 watts of power; 12″ sub
Enclosed in a durable wooden case for easy fitting, this car sub gives out an impressive 600 watts of sound and looks great in the back of your trunk. Quality is at the heart of this Rockford design, from the 10-AWG nickel plated push terminals to the gold spring loaded terminals.
The 12″ sub cone throws out a great tone and plenty of kick, so your favorite tunes will sound like club quality within your vehicle. The carpeted outer case blends in with vehicle interiors and the black-finished aluminum completes the look.
All details and prices via Amazon.com and correct at the time of writing
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