Best 18-inch subwoofers

Best 18-inch subwoofers

For all music enthusiasts and tech-savvies who are not completely satisfied with some ordinary audio equipment and who want to improve their audio system’s performance, the best solution would be adding a subwoofer. Now, the first question which springs to our mind in this situation is – how to choose the best one? Of course, there are many different characteristics that should be taken into account but if you belong to the group of those who need a bigger type of subwoofer or love loud, thumping music in your car and want to enhance your music experience while driving, for instance, then the best option is buying an 18 inch subwoofer.

As we all know, loud music doesn’t necessarily equal good sound quality. Quite the contrary, loud music can be unclear and wobbly, depending on the size of the subwoofers, the frequency and some other relevant factors, and this also applies to the aforementioned 18 inch subwoofers. For that reason, some prior knowledge of this field is more than desirable before making a purchase.

Let us now take a look at some of the main characteristics of this kind of subwoofer. Of course, the first to be mentioned is the size – they are ideal for use in large and open spaces but are not so easy to accommodate in some types of cars or smaller rooms. Moreover, big subwoofers such as this one, have a deeper sound, precisely due to the lower frequency response mentioned above. Energy also plays an important role here – the bigger the speakers, the higher their energy consumption. Therefore, if you still want to purchase one, it is crucial to pay attention to these features before making the final decision.

The markets really abound with subs produced by various companies but, naturally, the point is to find one that would be both affordable and of high quality. The aim of this article is precisely to help you in that process by listing and discussing those that are at the very top of the list, judging by their price, quality and all the other important factors. First, you will be given a short overview of the manufacturer of a particular subwoofer – the company, their business and aims. Secondly, the main features of a product will be presented. And thirdly, we will take a look at the experience that other people have had with that product and see what their opinion is and whether they are satisfied with it or not. So, let’s start…

Rockville RVW1800P8 1800w 18 ” Raw DJ Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

This product comes from Rockville Audio, an American company which manufactures high-end gear that includes car stereos, home and portable audio etc. They have been producing audio equipment for years and in July this year, they launched a brand new product – a portable bluetooth speaker, the RockBox.

  • Product description:

In terms of power, this subwoofer can handle an average power of output of about 900 watts whereas the peak power is twice as much – about 1800 watts. The cone is made of an ultra stiff paper composite reinforced with strong Kevlar, while the basket is made of steel, thus enabling the highest level of durability and strength. It also possesses a Linear Progressive Conex Dual Spider System and nickel plated banana plug terminals. Frequency response ranges from 20Hz to 500Hz whereas sensitivity is 105dB @ 1w/1m. It comes with the average impedance of 8 Ohms and High Temperature 4-Layer SPL Voice Coil. The price is 219.68$. Unfortunately, this item is currently not eligible for international shipping, so it can be bought only in the USA.

  • What do other users say?

This product got 4.7 out of 5 stars so those who have tried this subwoofer are pretty much satisfied with it, highlighting the especially great bass response, good size magnet and excellent customer service. In addition, the users recommend it particularly for live outdoor shows.

 

SoundQubed HDC3118 18 “Dual 2 Ohm Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

SoundQubed was established in 2002 with the aim of developing products specifically designed for the self-builder, so their main activity came to be known as “do-it-yourself car audio”. The company is based in Oklahoma City. They pride themselves in selling their products at prices which are significantly lower than those of their competition. A great advantage if you decide to buy any of their subwoofers is that they come with a two-year manufacturers defect warranty and also a one year manufacturers defect warranty on amplifiers. Likewise, if you are not satisfied with the sub size or impedance, it is possible to get it modified.

  • Product description:

Unlike other types of subwoofers, this 18″ doesn’t have any terminals at all due to the presence of the direct-connect system, which is a great plus since it eliminates any unwanted noise. In terms of power, this one is even stronger than the previous one. Namely, the average power output of this sub is 1500 watts and the maximum output is as much as 4500 watts. The frequency at which it operates is 31 Hz. It possesses a 3″ Dual 2ohm Copper Voice Coil and a 9.25″ diameter multi-layer composite spider. The price is 329.00$.

  • What do other users say?

This subwoofer got 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, which probably explains the fact that many of them call it “a monster”. What these users particularly single out are amazing thermal capacities, meaning that even after the whole day of playing loud music- it will not get warm. However, if you opt for this one, mind your roof and windshield. This may sound funny, but “the monster” will probably make them flex and bouncing due to the strong vibration.

 

X-18 D2 – Sundown Audio 18″ Dual 2-Ohm X-Series Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

This item is another one of American origin. It is manufactured by the company Sundown Audio, based in Claremont. The company was founded in January of 2006 with the aim to produce the finest car audio products available at the market and, of course, at a reasonable price. Their production program includes amplifiers, subwoofers, speakers and accessories such as power cables, wires etc. Obviously, the primary mission of Sundown Audio is to create products not only for the present moment, but also for the years to come.

  • Product description:

The X-series is one of the most popular series of Sundown Audio subwoofers and the first with the ultra high excursion suspension system. In order to operate, it needs an average power output of 1250 watts. It is equipped with a 10″ diameter spider and a 3″ 4-layer CCAW coil. The lowest possible bass extension enables great sound quality, without any noise or distortion. The price of this item is 679.99$.

  • What do other users say?

When asked about this subwoofer, the users usually say that it can replace 4 ordinary subs in your car. Some of them use it in a home theatre setup as well. Despite being large, it possesses a different shape than most other subs, which gives it some visual appeal. The motor looks a bit wider and it is also slightly heavier, but nevertheless, it doesn’t lessen the performance and quality of this product in any way.

 

American Bass 18″ Cast Frame 320Oz Magnet Woofer

  • Who makes it?

A company which certainly deserves to be mentioned when talking about 18″ subwoofers is American Bass. It was founded in 1991 as a manufacturer of top-end car audio equipment and accessories. If you have ever watched MTV’s show “Pimp my ride”, then you have definitely heard of them, since their products were often presented in this show. Their production program comprises eight series of subwoofers, four series of amplifiers, speakers, wires, RCA cables and so on. Apart from producing these, they are also famous for sponsoring many different competition events. Their motto is “Excellence in sound” and many of their award-winning products definitely support it.

  • Product description:

What characterizes this product is a 1500 watt RMS and 3000 watts peak power. It consists of a rubber magnet and a rubber gasket, a 3″ BASV 4- layer voice coil and 27mm top plate. What makes it visually appealing is its black powder finish coat.

  • What do other users say?

Customer praise this sub’s incredible power most of all, as the 1500 watt RMS gives your ears quite a pounding, even more so if you hook it up to a powerful amp. Other than that, this sub brings everything to the table that you’d expect out of an 18-incher.

 

RE Audio XXX18d2 18″ subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

RE Audio is the daughter company of US Amps, a company which started with the production of amplifiers and has been offering some of the most powerful and reliable amplifiers for 25 years so far. The folks at RE Audio still produce high-quality amplifiers but their product range has been expanded by introducing a complete line of subwoofers and all the accompanying equipment. This company promises to provide you with genuine power, accurately reproduced sound, appealing design and affordable prices, so let’s see one of their most popular product from the line of subwoofers.

  • Product description:

This subwoofer consists of a Dual composite 2-piece Cone Rubber Surround and a dual voice coil 2 Ohm. Its peak power is 4000 watts whereas the RMS is 2000 watts, and it also has dual progressive spiders. The sub is quite big and heavy so you will probably need to provide adequate space and casing for it. The price of this subwoofer is 659.99$.

  • What do other users say?

Many people were hesitant to purchase this product, and the reason is, as it can be supposed, a very high price. But if you really decide to invest into a good subwoofer, you will certainly not regret buying this one. Quite the contrary, you will see that it is worth every penny because its capacities will blow you away. It is, above all, reliable and easy to use. Still, not many of us put an 18″ sub in their car but when we do, people notice the difference easily. This one, for example, will surely impress you by the deepness of the bass so hurry up, if you want to buy it on Amazon, there are only few left in stock at the moment…

 

Mackie SRM Series 18-Inch Powered Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

Mackie was established in Woodinville, WA in 1988 and since then, their products have been a part of audio setups all around the world. Some of the places where these products can be used and where they enliven the atmosphere and improve the overall feeling of music are bars and clubs, houses of worship, studios, restaurants etc. so the question they ask is- How will you use yours? What the people at Mackie produce is really a wide range of mixers, loudspeakers, portable PA systems, equipment for studio monitoring and recording and so on.

  • Product description:

This is definitely one of those subwoofers which deliver chest-pounding performance. It operates at 1600 watts and, even at high volume, it shows almost zero distortion. The Mackie SRM Series has a 132dB max peak SPL and it weighs 74 pounds. The speaker delivers a nice and immersive bass both at indoor and outdoor places. It is usually recommended for small to medium musical events. It possesses integrated digital crossover with variable control and presets for the SRM550 and SRM650 loudspeakers. The phrase usually related to this item is “built-like-a-tank”, since it is all wood and front ported for maximum low-frequency extension and punch. It costs 899.99$.

  • What do other users say?

Users usually describe this sub as smooth and room-filling. One of its positive points is definitely its construction, taking into account that it is remarkably light even though it feels very sturdy. In addition, it also looks nice visually so it would probably fit very well even next to your TV or elsewhere in the room. It is not the cheapest, of course, but neither is it too expensive for what you get.

 

RCF Sub 8004 AS 18 ” Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

Among the mostly American companies that have been discussed so far, here we have one originating in Italy. Namely, RCF was founded in 1949 in Reggio Emilia, an Italian city with a reputation for engineering and innovation as rich as its cultural heritage. Over the years the company has established itself as a world leader in the design, production and marketing of high-technology professional and commercial audio products. RCF offers its products through sales offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and the United States. In the rest of the world, where they don’t have sales offices yet, the company operates through a network of professional distributors.Today RCF employs more than 250 people and sells its products in more than 100 countries worldwide.

  • Product description:

Featuring a high power, hypervented 18” subwoofer, with 4” inside/outside voice coils, this item is designed to deliver some serious lows, ranging from 30 Hz to 120 Hz. Powered by a 1250 watts digital amplifier module and 2500 watts peak, the SUB 8004-AS can perform in the most demanding situations. The input board includes volume control, deep/punch switch, high pass switch, phase switch, cardioid, time delay.

  • What do other users say: This is a superb unit for live sound and definitely a must for DJs. It is marked by lots of configuration options and no distortion at all. They are a bit heavy but that doesn’t prevent them from becoming the first choice for many people or companies who are in the need of such items. However, they are certainly not for those with a limited budget, since the price is noticeably higher when compared to other similar products on the market.

 

 

Behringer Eurolive VP1800S 18″Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

Behringer company was named after its founder, Uli Behringer. By the age of 18, he had constructed a real synthesizer, called UB-1 and, surprisingly, that was how, step by step, the company started to develop. It is true that, as most of the other companies, it began as a “kitchen-table startup” but throughout the years, it has grown into one of the most successful pro-audio companies in the world. Although Uli Behringer was born in Baden, a little town in Switzerland, 25 years ago he made quite a risky decision at that time and that was to outsource the production from Germany to China. However, this decision turned out to be a good one since the following period brought only success and awards. Among a wide range of audio items which today make up their production program, one place certainly worth mentioning occupies this 18″ subwoofer that is about to be presented.

  • Product description:

As far as power consumption is concerned, it has a 400 watt RMS and 1600 watts as its peak power. Exceptional sound quality, a wide frequency and dynamic range are some of the qualities that this sub possesses. It is designed in such a way that it can reproduce ultra-low frequencies very precisely and with a clear, powerful punch. In addition, two handles on both sides make this sub very easy to transport. The price of 279.99$.

  • What do other users say?

Amazing sound and bass which is pretty accurate, not at all muddy and which hits hard are what this product has been praised for by those who bought it. On the other hand, it seems that something users find dissatisfying is the package, which doesn’t adequately protect the product during transportation.

 

JBL EON618S Portable 18″ Self-Powered Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

It can be said that the company was born during the golden age of cinema. Namely, this enterprise was founded and named after James B. Lansing who showed interest in sound technology at an early age by helping with the music and sound effects at theatres and cinemas, since going to the cinema or theatre was the most popular way of consuming music at that time. JBL sound gradually entered not only cinemas and theatres but also people’s homes. What significantly contributed to the development of the company were various rock music festivals during the 60s and 70s, especially the Woodstock in 1969, where JBL had their music equipment featured. The Modern Age introduced the Sony Walkman and the iPod, which proved the popularity of portable music and this stimulated JBL to produce more and more headphones, speakers and so on. Nowadays, their production program, apart from these, comprises loudspeakers, soundbars, home theatre systems, subwoofers etc.

  • Product description:

The above-mentioned Portable 18″ subwoofer is marked by a self-powered type of system. Frequency ranges from 31Hz to 150Hz. It possesses a maximum SPL Output of 134dB and is powered by a highly efficient Class-D amplifier, with the total power output of 1000 watts.

  • What do other users say?

This sub scores 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon, according to the users’ experience. It is a professional concert sub but can also be used in some home theatres, as well, if you are not limited with space. One of the best things about it is that you can download the JBL Eon app and control the subwoofer setup, crossover and balance from your phone. This sub simply adds the dimension of sound that you were probably missing from the other subs.

Yamaha DXS18″ Powered Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

Yamaha is a company that probably the majority, if not all people in the world, have heard of. Established in 1960 as Yamaha International Corporation, Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) offers a full line of musical instruments and audio/visual products to the U.S. market. It is a subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan, and is one of the largest global subsidiary companies. Their line of audio instruments includes AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, headphones, soundbars, subwoofers etc. We will now take a look at one of their products belonging to the last group mentioned- subwoofers.

  • Product description:

The high-output woofer features a 4″ voice coil magnet and delivers powerful, well-defined, low-frequency bass with minimal distortion. The DXS Series has a band-pass design that produces extremely high SPL. Another distinguishing characteristic worth mentioning are the high-efficiency 1020 watts Class-D amplifiers. It’s true that it’s quite pricey (1309.99$) but judging by the users’ reviews, the price definitely matches the quality.

  • What do other users say?

As statistics show, as much as 92% of reviewers on Amazon have rated this sub with 5 stars, which proves its quality and reliability. For all of you using some other type of a sub, when you decide it is time to upgrade, this model is definitely the one that you should take into consideration if you’re looking for a sub that’s big, loud and sacrifices nothing in terms of sound quality.

 

Peavey PV 118 18 ” Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

Peavey is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. It was founded in 1965 and named after its creator, Hartley Peavey. Legendary sound quality and the portability of their products have brought Peavey more than 180 patents and over 130 countries to which it distributes its products. These products today add up to the overall atmosphere at various concert stages, stadiums, theme parks, airports and other venues all over the world.

Product description:

Taking into account that this sub runs on 400 watts and that the frequency ranges from 40Hz to 180Hz, the price of 289.95$ is actually quite acceptable, especially given the size. It has an optimized internal low-pass crossover network and powder-coated metal grille on the front. All in all, it is a good-looking sub, offers very powerful sound and two handles to make the transport easier.

  • What do other users say?

What users regard as an advantage here is a very good live instrumental bass response. As far as volume goes, this is a relatively typical 18″ subwoofer, but the lower frequency limits are much deeper than with some other types. In a physical sense, it is relatively compact, compared to some other subs and is overall quite sturdy.

 

Seismic Audio Tremor 18″ PA Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

Seismic Audio is based in Memphis and it was established in 2001 by introducing the first line of complete passive speakers. As time went by, their job and production program started to expand – from rack cases, bass guitars, snake cables, through powered PA speakers, powered subwoofers, and amps to studio monitors, subwoofers, microphones etc. The company is built on the belief that musicians can sound unbelievably good, without spending a fortune on well-branded and marketed speaker gear. In other words, their products are designed to prove to the consumers that the logo on the speaker is by no means a proof of quality.

  • Product description:

This subwoofer has a 90 oz. magnet and a 3″ Voice Coil. It operates at 500 watts RMS and 1000 watts peak power. It delivers powerful, window rattling bass. Once you hear it, you’ll understand why it is called the Tremor! The built in amplifier makes it the perfect all in one solution to any PA application, whether it be Clubs, DJ, parties, weddings, karaoke or Church events. 

  • What do other users say?

The subwoofer is intended for small to middle size parties. It possesses nice crisp bass and even after playing for  hours continuously, no heating problems are detected. Therefore, if you are looking for serious, low frequency vibrations and an affordable solution with professional level sound, then these and other Seismic Audio products are for you. However, be prepared for some heavy lifting, as it takes two people to move this giant sub. Despite that, it is quite well grounded and has handles on both sides, which makes the transport a bit easier.

SKYTEC SWA18 18″ Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

Skytec produces a highly popular and affordable range of pro-audio equipment. They strive to manufacture quality products, catering to all budgets including public address systems, amplifiers and wireless microphones. With them, you can count on affordable prices, all products in stock at any given moment and excellent customer support. General distributor of Skytec, Sky audio, is located in the Netherlands.

  • Product description:

This is a subwoofer with adjustable low-pass filter between 30Hz and 120Hz, a 1000 watts amplifier and a phase switch that allows the sub to acoustically play along in phase with the main speakers, thus reproducing an remarkably deep bass. It includes a full metal grill that protects the woofer. Frequency response is 30Hz to 120Hz and SPL max is 119dB.

  • What do other users say?

This powerful 18″ subwoofer from Skytec will truly give you powerful, deep, and thumping bass. It’s incredibly powerful and perfectly suited for use in large rooms or open spaces, but that same size makes it difficult to set up in smaller rooms. In any case, if you were to use it in a smaller room, there’s no way you would be able to get the most out of it without going deaf!

Electro-Voice EKX18SP 18″ Subwoofer

  • Who makes it?

Electro-Voice‘s legacy of innovation is present in each of their products. This company, based in Minnesota, has a rich history spanning the past 90 years, during which they have been designing and engineering sound reinforcement solutions to empower the performer, exceed the expectations of the audio professional and elevate the overall sound experience. Since 1927 when they were established, they have gained many important awards which testify to the quality of their work. Today, Electro-Voice is part of the pro audio family of brands owned by Bosch Security Systems.

  • Product description:

The EKX-18SP 18″ powered sub will satisfy the needs of even the most experienced live sound professional. The 1300 watts of Class D power deliver up to 134 dB peak SPL, which makes for some remarkable lows. It includes intelligent thermal management with a variable-speed fan which is controlled by multiple onboard sensors, thus ensuring superior performance and reliability in demanding environmental conditions.

  • What do other users say?

This sub is quite compact and is also very light, at least for an 18″ sub. It has an awesome built-in DSP that provides all the functionality that you would normally need a 6U rack for. Physically, it looks very appealing, but be careful with the “EV-Coat” finish, as it can easily get scratched if you are not careful. 

Conclusion

Generally speaking, not all people like loud music but for those who do, a quality sub can really improve their overall listening experience. Subwoofers are crucial to the home theater as well as stage performance. When you go to the cinema, for instance, you marvel not only at the images projected on the screen, but also the sounds emanating around you and the deep bass that you can feel in your body. It is precisely the specialized speaker, also known as a subwoofer, which is responsible for this feeling. Without a subwoofer, you can easily miss out on some of the amazing effects found in your favorite multimedia content.

Nevertheless, it is not always easy to buy one, especially because they can range in power, size and cost, as we have seen so far. As far as wattage is concerned, for home purposes, 250 watts would perfectly do the job but for some concerts or other kinds of live performance, you will need at least 1000 watts of power to ensure good experience for everyone present. In terms of size, an 18 inch subwoofer is really only required for large rooms and open spaces, as we have mentioned already. It would be highly impractical sticking it in your living room, as not only will it take up lots of space, but you also won’t be able to utilize its full potential.

What may be worth noting is the fact that, despite so many companies producing audio equipment worldwide, the 18 inch subwoofer selection remains quite narrow. However, this can easily be explained by their specs and the general intended use. They are not mainstream products. They are extremely powerful, have very high power consumption and provide more than your everyday audiophile could possibly need for personal use. Ultimately, the only customers who can commonly make use of these thundering monsters are performing musicians, cinemas and other professional individuals or companies who might have similar requirements.

If you believe you count among these, then you will undoubtedly find our selection of the best 18 inch subwoofers quite convenient. We have compiled a list which covers a range of prices and specs to best suit everyone’s needs, from the more affordable and modest models to the roaring, cutting-edge subs made by the big names of the industry. So, carefully consider your needs and how much you’re willing to spend, and make your pick. Happy shopping!

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