How to find the best 10 inch subwoofers (Updated 2017)

BEST 10 INCH SUBWOOFERS

Good bass is something you don’t really know you need until you actually try it out. The human hearing covers the frequency range of 20Hz-20.000Hz. The lowest of these frequencies, specifically those in the 20Hz-250Hz range, are what we generally call bass. And more often than not, if you want to hear decent sound in this low range, you’ll need a special speaker dedicated to producing just those sounds – a subwoofer.

Now that we’ve got basics out of the way, it’s worth mentioning that subwoofers can differ greatly in terms of specifications, size and their ultimate capabilities. These include:

  • Size – ranging anywhere from 6.5 to 18 inches, although they are most commonly found coming in either 8, 10 or 15 inches. Each of these common sizes have their ideal application – the 8-inchers are best for home audio setups and car sound systems, 15 and 18 inches are for large and open spaces, while the 10 inch subwoofers bring the best of both worlds.
  • Frequency range – While the bass does include sound frequencies from 20hz to 250hz, as mentioned above, few but the best subwoofers can really manage to pump out those lows. You’ll commonly find all but the best subwoofers gradually cease to produce audible sound past the 40Hz mark.
  • RMS – What RMS constitutes is the average output power of a loudspeaker. While a speaker can often be pushed to roughly twice their specified RMS, it is hardly recommendable since you risk permanently damaging the hardware. In layman’s terms, the output power determines how loud the subwoofer or speaker can be, and is by no means a reliable indicator of sound quality.

So, why would you opt for a 10 inch subwoofer? As mentioned above, these represent the middle ground between the lightweights and heavyweights. They can hit the lower frequencies much better than their 8 inch counterparts, but still not as well as their 12+ inch brethren. However, they still maintain the compact frame that make them portable and easily installed in either a car or your home, all the while not taking up too much space or being too invasive. That said, if you want to squeeze in the extra power without sacrificing much in terms of flexibility, the 10 inch subwoofer is the best choice for you.

When it comes to the price ranges, 10 inch subwoofers can be bought for anywhere from roughly 10-15 US dollars, but can go as high as 3000 in the most extreme cases, such as with the latest  cutting-edge products. For everyday uses though, we recommend staying in the $50-$500 range. If you go lower, you’d most likely only find poor quality coming from cheap brands, while anything more is simply overkill and a waste of money for your everyday use.

In order to help you make your pick, we have come up with a list of the 15 best 10 inch subwoofers. When creating this list, we have taken all important qualities into account: quality, price and flexibility. You’ll find a selection of subwoofers which all provide their own unique balance of these qualities, thus allowing anyone to find the right fit for them.

CT Sounds Meso 10 Inch Car Subwoofer

About the company:

The origins of CT Sounds can be traced all the way back to 2008, when the visionary founder and current CEO Coleman Thedinger first envisioned a company that wasn’t afraid to innovate and take risks in order to produce the best possible product. CT Sounds is a relatively young company that started off slowly, but their general philosophy and clever decisions have already made them a prominent name in the audio enthusiasts’ circles. They started out with the very basics, but today they produce all kinds of audio solutions and accessories.

About the subwoofer:

The CT Sounds Meso is a model you may already be familiar with from our article on the best 8 inch subwoofers. It has also made the cut for this list, unsurprisingly, since the Meso series comes in 8, 10 and 15 inch variants and is one of the best subwoofers out there. This 10 inch version in particular is priced at $220, comes with the tremendous 1500W RMS, and a monstrous 3000W peak. It also comes with the average impedance of 2 ohm, and a flexible dual-layer voice coil.

What others have said about this product:

Anyone who has invested in the Meso seems to unanimously agree that the subwoofer is nothing short of amazing. It simply blows competition out of the water, rattles your furniture and can outright demolish its enclosure if it’s not properly set up. Not only is it far more powerful than your average 10-inch subwoofer, but it also outperforms even some 12 inch variants.

Final remarks:

A jack of all trades may be a master of none, but the CT Sounds Meso is as close as its gets. It’s compact, portable and relatively light, all the while providing straight-up amazing and unforgettable sound quality without sacrificing any of its massive bass power.

INFINITY KAPPA-100.9W

About the company:

Infinity, alternatively known as Infinity Speakers, is a subsidiary of Harman International, a Samsung-owned company. They produce a variety of speakers and subwoofers to be used in both home and cars, along with related accessories. And seeing as it is owned by none other than one of the current leading tech giants, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands with Infinity.

About the subwoofer:

The subwoofer in question is one belonging to Infinity’s Kappa series that are designed specifically for use in cars, as a powerful, simple and easy to set up solution. Some might find the model number confusing, as the 100.9W is just that – a model number not in any way representative of the speaker’s output power. As a matter of fact, the RMS of this model is a whopping 1400W, which is just lagging behind CT’s Meso. The Kappa is not without it’s own merits though, as it is also quite small and light, making for superior portability as compared to CT’s speaker. It is also, however, slightly more expensive with its $250 price tag.

What others have said about this product:

As those who have bought the product can testify, its exterior build is quite solid and overall of excellent quality. Of course, it doesn’t stop there, as the Kappa is also capable of producing that kind of concert-grade booming bass when powered by a proper amp. All in all, nobody who was willing to invest in this model has regretted it.

Final remarks:

All-around high quality is the Kappa’s primary strength. It may not the smallest, lightest or generally the most powerful, but it is definitely one of the best designed and best built products in this vein that you can get. It’s stylish and powerful, giving you that proper and forceful low-range sound without being overly flamboyant or intrusive.

Rockford Fosgate P3D4-10

About the company:

Rockford Fosgate has been a provider of all-purpose audio solutions ever since the early 1970s when it was founded by the industry pioneer Jim Fosgate, who nothing short of revolutionized the market. Today, their inventory includes a variety of subwoofers and speakers for use both at home or in cars, a number of related gear and accessories such as various types of cables, amps and more.

About the subwoofer:

The P3D410 comes in two similarly priced versions, one with 4 ohm impedance and the other with 2. Regardless, both cost approximately $120 and bring an RMS of 500W to the table. While this output power may not seem particularly impressive for a 10 inch subwoofer, it should be kept in mind that it’s more of a budget solution, given its price tag, but it still manages to maintain good sound quality.

What others have said about this product:

Customers agree that this product can only truly realize its full potential when paired with a proper amp. Even when it is not, the P3D4-10 still manages to provide quite clear and good sound quality, complemented by deep and tight bass. Moreover, the build quality is reportedly something much better than you’d find in other similarly priced speakers.

Final remarks:

To put it simply, the P3D4-10 is your quality low-cost solution. It’s not as powerful as some of its competitors, but it sure can hold its own. Its primary strengths are the sheer quality of the build and the sound quality it offers, especially given just how cheap it is.

JL Audio 10W6v3-D4

About the company:

JL Audio is a well established name in the world of audio equipment. This is no surprise, seeing as they have been a reliable manufacturer of all things audio ever since the mid 1970s, when the company was first founded. Today, they are based in Miramar, Florida and offer their customers almost any type of audio solution they might need – mobile, marine and home audio along with any appropriate gear. You name it, they have it.

About the subwoofer:

The speaker in question is truly something to marvel at. This $500 beast pumps out some of the deepest, most powerful bass you’ve ever heard without any loss in terms of sound clarity. While it’s deceptively low 600W RMS might seem discouraging, it doesn’t take away from the experience at all. If anything, it just makes this subwoofer more power-efficient! On top of that, it comes with the kind of quality build you’d expect out of a $500 piece of tech.

What others have said about this product:

Those who have invested in the 10W6V3-D4 subwoofer have hardly found anything to complain about. Users claim that this 10-inch monster can really shake your home or car up with its amazing bass, especially so if you hook it up to a sufficiently powerful amp.

Final remarks:

Just looking at the price tag is enough to make your everyday consumer’s head spin. It also makes this product’s target demographic abundantly clear – it’s aimed at hardcore music enthusiasts and veteran audiophiles who accept nothing short of the best. If you feel like you count among such individuals, make sure you also have a proper amp to hook this sub to in order to get the best possible bass out of it.

MTX Magnum MB210SP

About the company:

Next up, we have a highly familiar industry name, MTX. This veteran company was founded at the very end of the 1970s, and has steadily grown since. Today, you can get almost any type of audio equipment, and only quality equipment at that. MTX offers everything from entry level to high-end audio systems, from regular earbuds to earthshaking subwoofers.

About the subwoofer:

The MB210SP is an all-in-one solution – a well-built, vented enclosure equipped with two 10 inch subwoofers, as well as an amp designed specifically for them. This series includes a total of 4 different packages: size variants of either 8, 10 or 12 inches, which can potentially include an amplifier. This allows for some decent pricing flexibility, although the 10 inch, amplifier-equipped $200 version is the one we’re focusing on here. The setup has an average output power of 400W, which is once again deceptively low when compared to just how powerful this piece of gear is. It’s excellent functionality aside, it is also quite stylish! It’s small, compact and the aviation grade carpeting allows it to blend well with your car interior or your room.

 

What others have said about this product:

User impressions of this product are overwhelmingly positive. The MB210SP, with its powerful bass and surprisingly clear sound is more than worth the $200 price tag it comes with, especially given that it’s a convenient all-in-one package. The only qualm people seem to have with it is that actually turns out to be quite space-consuming when placed in the trunk of your average car.

Final remarks:

All in all, if you want to balance out quality and cost-effectiveness, this is the product for you. It’s more than enough to satisfy the average user’s music needs, and it’s quite a deal, seeing as you’re not only getting good speakers, but also an amp and a very nice enclosure.

CT Sounds Bio 1.0

There is no need to re-introduce CT Sounds, as one of their products, the 10 inch Meso subwoofer, is already on this list. The Bio, however, is a much different solution compared to its pricier counterpart.

About the subwoofer:

The Bio line of subwoofers is manufactured by CT Sounds to serve as their optimal budget solution. It has a total of four variants: 10 inch and 12 inch versions, as well as those with a single and those with dual 4 ohm voice coil. The Bio 1.0 included here is the smaller version, with a single voice coil and is also the cheapest one. It’s RMS is a humble 150W, with a 300W peak. This is far from impressive, and even somewhat underwhelming. However, you’ll find that the Bio does more than enough to pull its weight, especially given the $30 price tag.

What others have said about this product:

Those who have bought it seem to confirm this subwoofer’s primary goal – providing good audio at the lowest possible price, which it is quite successful at. Other than that, there isn’t much to say apart from how well the Bio manages to balance out quality and affordability.

Final remarks:

Ultimately, CT Sounds’ Bio speakers truly excel at little more than simply being cheap. But hey, affordability is important, and what’s even more important is that the affordable product is not necessarily a bad one, and can still deliver. This subwoofer succeeds at it completely, and will give you a literal bang for your buck.

Kicker CVR104

About the company:

Kicker  may not be an overly familiar name to a number of people, but it’s been around ever since the early 1970s, when it was founded by only two people who were then building speakers by hand in a garage. Today, however, this Oklahoma-based company has grown immensely and now offers a wide range of audio solutions, although car audio remains their specialty.

About the subwoofer:

The CVR104 has your expected RMS of 400W, which doesn’t seem all that impressive. However, it also supposedly covers a range of 25Hz to 500Hz, which is quite extraordinary for a speaker of this size and price range. This isn’t an empty marketing promise either, as customers can confirm that this subwoofer can indeed hit those lows!

What others have said about this product:

While those who have bought it can testify to the excellent frequency range of this piece, it also appears that the CVR104 sacrifices sound clarity for the sake of raw power. Still, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the power of the bass produced is often far more important with subwoofers than whether the sound is clear, especially for your everyday user. Apart from this, the predominantly positive user reviews all affirm that this product is well worth the money.

Final remarks:

All in all, Kicker’s CVR104 is not the best nor the cheapest. It isn’t an all-around good budget solution either, but there’s one thing that it excels at: it can really give you a kick. If all you want out of a subwoofer is that extra punch the bass provides, and you don’t want to spend too much on it, then this particular 10-incher is the way to go.

Sundown Audio SA-10 D2 Rev 2

About the company:

Sundown Audio was established in 2006 in North Carolina. It is one of those small companies that nonetheless manage to put out a product capable of competing with the big names such as MTX, Rockford Fosgate and others. While not as versatile as some of the bigger companies in terms of their inventory range, they still produce a wide selection of subwoofers, speakers and amps, along with related accessories.

About the subwoofer:

The SA-10 D2 Rev 2 is, as the model name suggests, a revision of the aforementioned subwoofer. The product in question is a quality 600W RMS subwoofer with a price tag of $200. It comes with a dual 2 ohm voice coil made from black anodized aluminum and specifically designed to provide optimal power and heat dissipation.

What others have said about this product:

User reviews of this product are almost unanimously positive. As appears to often be the case with Sundown Audio products, this 10 inch subwoofer seems to blow the competition out of the water, overpowering some other dual 10 inch setups or even bigger subwoofers.

Final remarks:

Do not get fooled by the lesser known brand or the deceptively low output power – the SA-10 D2 is one of the better deals on this list. Not only are you getting excellent sound quality becoming of a proper $200 subwoofer, but also a sturdy premium build, along with all the bass you could wish for. Whether you install it in your car or set it up in an enclosure in your living room, this subwoofer will fulfill the needs of green and veteran audiophiles alike.

Rockford Fosgate P1S4-10

Rockford Fosgate is yet another company already included on this list, and as such, there is no need to re-introduce it. If you skipped over it or are just a bit forgetful, you can scroll to our review of the P3D4-10 subwoofer near the top of the list.

About the subwoofer:

Unlike the previously mentioned P3D4-10, the P1S4-10 is much closer to a budget solution. Coming at an affordable $60 price tag, 250W RMS, a 500W peak and in two variants which differ in terms of their impedance rating: 2 and 4 ohm respectively. Regardless of which one you opt for, however, their price remains pretty much the same.

What others have said about this product:

Customer reviews of this product are mostly positive. People are generally impressed with the quality this subwoofer offers given its price tag, and have observed that if you can spare $120 and install two of them, you will get that kind of palpable bass that makes your car windows rattle. However, even though a single speaker can still produce good bass, it is unlikely to produce the kind of bass that would be sufficient for anyone but the users with the most basic expectations.

Final remarks:

P1S4-10 is very cost efficient, and that is its primary strength. However, their build and sound quality still live up to the Rockford Fosgate name, and are quite capable of fulfilling entry-level users’ needs. If, however, you want to ramp it up and really get a kick out of them, you’d need to be ready to invest in two of these subwoofers.

SAS Bazooka BT1024DVC

About the company:

Bazooka is the name of a line of bass tubes produced by SAS, which stands for Southern Audios Services. This company was launched in the early 1980s, when it was just your regular loudspeaker manufacturer. In order to survive in the highly competitive market, however, SAS was forced to expand and innovate, which ultimately resulted in the company we know today. They can fulfill almost all of your audio needs, including subwoofers, regular speakers, headphones, various accessories and more.

About the subwoofer:

The Bazooka products are varied and can suit everyone’s needs. The particular Bazooka mentioned here is the BT1024DVC model which is priced $150, has a 400W RMS and a dual 4 ohm voice coil. This power output is quite good, especially for a subwoofer that comes already placed in an enclosure. Furthermore, this Bazooka lineup comes in a total of 12 versions which differ according to following factors: size (6-12 inches), impedance rating (4-8 ohm) and voice coil type (single layered or dual layered).

What others have said about this product:

The user reviews of this particular Bazooka are predominantly positive, although some customers did claim that the quality control for these products was somewhat lacking, especially in terms of the wire terminals, which were placed too close to each other and are can thus be a bit of a pain to work with. Another complaint was that the subwoofer could hardly handle any significant wattage above it specified RMS. On the other hand, those who find the default 400W high enough have deemed the sound quality and bass power more than satisfactory.

Final remarks:

The Bazooka is that mid-range subwoofer that’s portable, relatively easy to set up and with a black exterior that can easily fit in with almost any interior. Neither the quality nor the overall power are anything to marvel at, but it more than gets the job done if you’re willing to overlook some of its aforementioned flaws. After all, any subwoofer that comes complete with an enclosure can save you the extra buck you’d spend on buying it separately.

Orion HCCA102

About the company:

Orion Car Audio is still a relatively little known name, having been founded only recently in 2011. As the company’s full name implies, they specialize in car audio products, which includes amplifiers, subwoofers, regular speakers and a variety of related accessories. Orion is yet to establish themselves as a leading brand, but they’re well on their way there.

About the subwoofer:

It is evident from a single glance that the HCCA102 is a serious product – a flashy red exterior, a very high RMS of 1500W which can be pushed to a monstrous 3000W peak and a $300 price tag. If we go just by the numbers on paper, then this subwoofer is a dream come true, seeing as the sheer horsepower it offers at such a relatively low price. But how does it fare in practice?

What others have said about this product:

Customer reviews for this piece of hardware are almost unanimously positive. People are generally amazed at the kind of bass that this 10 inch subwoofer manages to put out. It is overall quite durable, but its high output power can easily lead to overheating and potential damage if the user is not careful.

Final remarks:

Do you want that thundering bass and are ready to pay $300 dollars for it, all the while not sacrificing much in terms of space? Then this Orion subwoofer is the perfect match for you. It pumps out the kind of bass usually found in bigger models, and its output power is extremely high, although pushing it past the RMS value is hardly recommended due to an increasing risk of permanent damage.

Sony SACS9

About the company:

Ah, good old Sony. I’d find it hard to believe there are people still not familiar with this tech giant. Having been around ever since 1946 when it was first founded in Tokyo, Japan, Sony has become a leading and competing brand in countless fields. Over the years, they have produced pretty much anything: TVs, smartphones, cameras, game consoles and many more. Chances are, you almost definitely already own one of their products, or have at some point. In the audio world, Sony is renowned mostly for their high quality headphones and earbuds, although they manufacture regular speakers and subwoofers too.

About the subwoofer:

The SACS9 is a powerful 10 inch subwoofer intended for use in a home environment. It’s 115W RMS might seem discouraging at first glance, but you’ll find that it doesn’t negatively affect the sound quality in the least. What’s more, it is actually a positive feature, as it helps the subwoofer remain cool within its enclosure and be more power efficient. Furthermore, it has a 6 ohm impedance rating, a very quality build both when it comes to the subwoofer itself and the enclosure. Lastly, it covers the frequency range of 28-200Hz, which is quite impressive for a 10 inch speaker, and one that costs under $200, no less.

What others have said about this product:

Customer reviews are, you guessed it, mostly positive. It is very easy to set up, provides excellent sound quality, and it does a great job of complementing any midrange speakers you pair it up with. The only valid complaints about this product is that it doesn’t quite pack a real punch, although that is to be expected given the subwoofer’s low RMS.

Final remarks:

Ultimately, the SACS9 is a good addition to any home audio system. It won’t blow your mind with the power of the bass it produces, but the sound clarity and overall quality are everything you’d expect from a Sony product. If you simply want to enhance your experience by complementing your TV’s stock speakers with those powerful lows, you can hardly do better than this subwoofer. If, on the other hand, you’re all about that “kicks-like-a-mule” kind of bass, then you’d most likely just be disappointed with the SACS9.

MartinLogan Dynamo

About the company:

MartinLogan is another one of those lesser known companies that only veteran audiophiles and sound equipment experts are likely to be familiar with. The company was founded towards the end of the 1970s and is currently based in Kansas. Today, they produce a variety of audio solutions, mainly aimed towards home and studio environments. These include both wired and wireless speakers, subwoofers, soundbars and more.

About the subwoofer:

The Dynamo is one stylish heavy-hitter. This subwoofer comes in a sealed black enclosure with an obviously minimalistic design – baring the company logo on the front and the control panel on the back, the Dynamo looks like one big black cube. It is one powerful cube, though – with an output power of 700W, as well as its ability to utilize both front firing and down firing speaker configurations, this 10-incher packs quite a punch, and with excellent audio quality to boot. Sounds too good to be true? Well, this piece of gear comes with one hefty price tag attached – almost $700, which makes it the most expensive subwoofer on our list.

What others have said about this product:

Customer reviews of this product are just what you’d expect – astonishment at the power of a mere 10 inch subwoofer and general amazement at the quality of the sound coming out of it. It manages to produce the kind of thundering bass you hear at concerts or in cinemas, all the while being quite compact and able to seamlessly blend in with different home environments. To top it all off, people have praised its wireless connectivity as well, but most importantly – nobody who has invested in the Dynamo had felt like they wasted their money.

Final remarks:

All things considered, MartinLogan’s Dynamo is ultimately a product meant for those with only the highest expectations. Unless you count yourself among those or have extensive experience with different audio gear that would allow you to be able to better appreciate just what Dynamo has to offer. Otherwise, you’d most likely just end up wasting your money on this subwoofer, and some cheaper alternative is more likely to be a better solution for you.

Klipsch SW-450

About the company:

Klipsch is a veteran company that has been around ever since the distant 1940s. This alone is a testament to the quality of the products put out by this pioneer firm. Today, Klipsch offers a host of home and personal audio products that include all types of speakers and subwoofers, as well as headphones, earbuds and amplifiers.

About the subwoofer:

The SW-450 is a mid-range subwoofer which costs around $300, give or take 10 bucks based on where you get it. It provides good all-around balance in all respects – price, quality and portability. Granted, it’s 15kg weight may seem like a lot at first glance, but it’s slightly less than what’s commonly seen among the competition. SW-450 brings an output power of 450W, as suggested by the name, and its greyish-black exterior helps it easily fit in with most living room and home multimedia setups.

What others have said about this product:

People who have bought this product are generally quite satisfied with it. Reportedly, this piece of gear puts out some quite impressive bass, despite the relatively unimpressive 450W RMS, and the sound quality also surpasses expectations. There seem to be no notable complaints, barring that some customers find the enclosure somewhat bulky and that the power supply is not as good as some would wish.

Final remarks:

This Klipsch subwoofer is a very versatile and well balanced product. It produces that kind of palpable bass, all the while sacrificing nothing in terms of sound quality. Just the same, it doesn’t come with an exorbitant price tag that would chase most people away, as the $300 the product is priced at is more than fair when all things are considered.

Yamaha YST-SW216

About the company:

Yamaha is a name you’ve undoubtedly heard of. It is a Japanese company which is without a doubt the oldest one on this list, having been founded as far back as 1887. Merely the fact that it survived this long testifies to the adaptability of the company itself, as well as the innovativeness of the brilliant minds behind it. Today, Yamaha produces numerous musical instruments, audio equipment and miscellaneous electronic devices, as well as having a branch in the automotive industry.

About the subwoofer:

The YST-SW216 is a neat little home subwoofer which has affordability as its primary strong point. It’s far from being the most powerful speaker, seeing as its RMS is a meager 100W, but you can get it for anywhere from $120 to $150, which is really quite a deal. Although it lacks raw power, its size still allows it to maintain a 25-125 Hz frequency range, and you could hardly ask for more from an entry-level subwoofer.

What others have said about this product:

Any negative user reviews you’re likely to find on the YST-SW216 are from disgruntled customers who overestimated what they can get out of a $150 speaker. Most, however, confirm that this just might be the ideal budget subwoofer – it won’t blow your mind, but it gets the job done.

Final remarks:

All things considered, Yamaha’s YST-SW216 is living proof that just because it’s cheap, it doesn’t have to be of poor quality. Well built and with good sound, this subwoofer is an ideal entry solution for anyone working on a budget, and it is bound to be a valuable addition to just about any casual home audio setup.

CONCLUSION

In the end, only you can decide which subwoofer is the right for you. Carefully consider what your quality requirements are, and just how much you’d be willing to spend on them. It is very easy, especially in today’s society, to convince yourself that you need something when you really do not need it. Yes, it can be an alluring prospect to throw 500 bucks on a cutting-edge subwoofer… but would you truly be able to appreciate the quality that it offers? More often than not, the answer is “no”. Therefore, if you’re just starting out on your journey to becoming an avid audiophile, start small, and do not go any higher than the mid-range prices.

Next up, you should also consider where you intend to use the subwoofer that you’re buying. On this list, you’ll find subwoofers designed for use in both cars and home environments. While, technically, you can use either one in either place, it’s better to keep a subwoofer within the environment it was designed for. Putting a home subwoofer in a car’s trunk can result in lots of wasted space, along with the additional hassle of setting it up properly. Conversely, if you want to use a car subwoofer in your home, you’d need to make some additional investments in order to get a decent enclosure for it, as well as a proper amp that can truly get the most out of it.

The bottom line is, consider your needs, consider your options, make an informed decision and you will never feel cheated or feel like you wasted your money. Our list of the best 10 inch subwoofers currently out there is a good place to start, but do not hesitate to do additional research before making your purchase. Good luck, and happy shopping!

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