How to find the best subwoofer under $1000 (updated 2017)

Best Subwoofer Under $1000

If you’re planning your ideal audio setup and you’ve set aside $1000 for a subwoofer – you’re in luck! There are many great models to choose from, and you’ll certainly find something to your liking. However, a high price tag doesn’t necessarily guarantee a great product, so you should definitely do some research before buying your perfect unit.

And that’s where this article comes in. We compiled a list of subwoofers, each of which costs less than $1000, and we’ve tried to present what each of them has to offer to make it stand out from the competition. So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at the list and see just what the best subwoofer under $1000 is.

SVS PB2000

The first pick on our list comes from SVS and its name is PB2000. This is a 12-inch front-firing subwoofer, and right from the start, you can see that this is one serious piece of audio equipment! Weighing at 65.6 pounds and with a power of 500 watts, you know that this subwoofer means business. The unit itself comes in a stylish cabinet with a premium black ash finish, complemented with a protective non-resonant steel mesh grille, which will give any room a dash of elegance. The PB2000 is priced at $800, but there’s also an option to get two of them for $1500, if you need something like that.

Features

One of the most impressive things about this subwoofer is its 500-watt power, and 1100 watts peak dynamic power. And not only is this unit powerful, it also goes deep. Very deep. Namely, the frequency range of this subwoofer starts at impressive 17 Hz and goes all the way up to 260 Hz, which means you should be able to experience some amazing bass in your movie-watching sessions, as well as when you listen to music. Furthermore, this model incorporates a high-efficiency lightweight aluminum cone which delivers great sound in any situation.

Impressions

If you’re familiar with SVS subwoofers, you’ll recognize the styling and the black ash finish from some other models. It doesn’t sport the most original design, though, but it will certainly fit in great in any room. As for the sound quality, the PB2000 is quite impressive. The overwhelming majority of customer reviews praise the excellent bass it produces and its frequency response that goes as low as 17 Hz.  Its power gives you a lot of confidence, and the general build quality makes this model sure to be recommended.

Sonos SUB Wireless Subwoofer

Wireless is the way to go! Well for some people, at least. If you don’t a lot of wires around the room, and you’re going for a sleek, modern look, why not consider a wireless audio setup? Sonos has a whole series of wireless speakers, amps and subwoofers, including their SUB Wireless Subwoofer which connects to the company’s PLAYBAR, PLAY:1, PLAY:3, PLAY:5, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your ideal audio setup.

Features

This slim subwoofer actually uses WiFi to establish connection instead of Bluetooth, which should give you a much more stable connection. When it comes to the frequency range, this subwoofer won’t go as low as the previous one from SVS, but starting from 25 Hz should give you plenty of good bass, no matter what content you’re listening to. Inside the unit, you’ll find two speaker drivers in a face-to-face configuration, which cancels out any vibrations, thanks to the opening in the middle that moves the air out of the enclosure.

Impressions

Weighing at 36.3 pounds (16 kg), this is a quite compact unit, but you probably wouldn’t want to hide it. With its sleek, modern look, this sub will certainly bring some attention to itself. But it’s not a sub for everyone, and especially if they’re not fan of going wireless. The sound quality is excellent, as noted by the overwhelming majority of online reviews, which shouldn’t be a surprise at this price point, really. But nevertheless, the choice of whether you’re going to get this unit really depends on your taste in design and willingness to go wireless and invest in a whole series of wireless Sonos products.

MartinLogan Dynamo 700W

Don’t let the name confuse you; this subwoofer doesn’t have a power of 700 watts. The Dynamo 700W from MartinLogan actually features a 300-watt RMS, 600-watt peak amplifier instead. Of course, this isn’t a bad thing at all, and should give you plenty of good, strong bass. The 10-inch subwoofer can be had in both front-firing and down-firing configurations, and you can actually change them yourself. Namely, using the supplied grill cover and 90 degree RCA adapters, you can easily change the configuration to a front firing one.

Features

The 700W comes in a sealed cabinet with extensive internal bracing, which cuts back on the vibration and excessive noise, giving you the optimal sound quality. Another interesting thing about this subwoofer is that it features a built-in wireless receiver that uses digital RF transmission to connect to the included SWT-2 MartinLogan Subwoofer Wireless Transmitter. As for the frequency response, this unit deals with frequencies of 24 to 200 Hz, covering all the necessary lows that you need in your movie watching or music listening experience. MartinLogan also paid attention to power consumption, so the 700W consumes just under one watt in Standby mode.

Impressions

This subwoofer will add a touch of elegance to your room, thanks to its clean, minimalist look. And no matter which configuration you’re using it in, the 700W will deliver deep and tight bass at all times. The wireless connection to the included transmitter might be a deal-breaker for some people, but if you’re feeling a bit adventurous with high-tech gadgets, then the 700W might just be the right choice for you. As for the financial aspect, the subwoofer is priced at $695.

KEF Q400b

Here’s an interesting subwoofer from KEF, priced at $700. The Q400b is its name, and it’s a front-firing 10-inch subwoofer that comes in a stylish cabinet with a black ash wood finish, and it’s also available in Linear White and Rosewood finishes, so you have couple of options for customization. Moreover, it’s also quite a compact unit, measuring 13.2 x 13.0 x 13.0 inches.

Features

Inside the Q400b, you’ll find a 200 watt Class-D amplifier, thanks to which this subwoofer is able to deliver deep and punchy bass. Furthermore, the frequency response is 28Hz – 140Hz, and we also have RCA phono sockets, in addition to the speaker level inputs. That all sounds nice and lovely, but what is the sound quality like? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that this unit produces great general sound quality and more robust bass thanks to the use of the new aluminum cone technology.  This means that the cone itself is very rigid and won’t deform when subjected to powerful bass, and thus the sound quality won’t be compromised.

Impressions

The Q400b looks quite stunning with its black ash wood finish, and the same could be said for the other color options. It will certainly fit in well with your existing audio setup and the décor in your room. Customization of sound will be easy thanks to the volume, crossover level, EQ, and phasing controls being on the back. Overall, this subwoofer presents a very straightforward, no-nonsense solution for your audio setup, with a dash of stylish elegance. The sound quality is excellent, and will provide you with countless hours of quality entertainment.

Bose Acoustimass 300

The sub-$1000 category of subwoofers offers some pretty cool technology, such as wireless connectivity. One such subwoofer is the Bose Acoustimass 300 Wireless Bass Module, a modern-looking unit which will add a dash of minimalism to any room it’s in. But it’s not just about good looks when it comes to this model – this Bose will deliver great sound with a clean and deep bass, thank to the QuietPort technology. The subwoofer is designed to be paired with Bose’s Sound Touch 300 sound bar, together enhancing your music, movie and TV content.

Features

It’s easy to focus just on the design when it comes to this unit, so let’s talk about features. The frequency response of this model is 46 to 202 Hz. It doesn’t go super low as some of the competing models, but it doesn’t mean that the bass won’t be good enough. On the contrary, this Bose will deliver excellent sound in all situations. It’s all very easy to setup, thanks to the special mobile application that the company has created called SoundTouch. The app is available for both iOS and Android operating systems, so no matter what smartphone you have, you can easily control the bass module, as well as the other speakers from the same series.

Impressions

Priced at $699, the Bose Acoustimass 300 is available in two color options: black and white. The latter will look particularly impressive in modern rooms, but the black version certainly doesn’t fall short when it comes to being visually impressive. The unit itself is quite compact, but it doesn’t negatively affect the sound quality, which is judged as positive by majority of customer reviews. Again, whether you’re actually going to get this model or not really depends on how interested you are in the whole wireless setup and committing yourself to the Bose ecosystem of speakers.

Polk Audio CSW155

Did you know you can install a subwoofer right into your wall? No, we’re not talking about cutting a hole in the wall and literally shoving any subwoofer there – we’re talking about subwoofers that are actually intended for installation in the wall. One of such subwoofers is the Polk Audio CSW155. This large unit installs between standard 16-inch on-center studs, and it incorporates a long-throw 10-inch polycomposite subwoofer driver. This is, in fact, the shallowest driver that Polk Audio has ever engineered, a pretty impressive feat.

Features

The frequency response of this subwoofer is 30 Hz to 140 kHz, which should cover pretty much anything you need in a subwoofer. Furthermore, it’s important to know that this model is installed vertically, so keep that mind if you’re planning on such setup. Also, this model works with Polk SWA500 digital amplifier that’s sold separately. The company gives a 5-year warranty for the subwoofer, both on the cabinet and the driver.

Impressions

The CSW155 is not your everyday subwoofer, that’s for sure. It’s installed in the wall, and as such, it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your room, if any. This is great solution for those who want to save some space, or want something that’s more subtle and discreet. Most online reviews judge this model positively, but taking all things into consideration, this is not a subwoofer for everyone, especially if you’re not willing to plan the installation process. At $900, it’s a hefty investment, so be sure to think carefully if you want to do some serious installation around your house for some great bass.

Monitor Audio Bronze W10

The next subwoofer on our list comes from the folks at Monitor Audio. Its name is Bronze W10, and as the name implies, it’s a 10-inch subwoofer. It’s a fairly compact unit with an 18mm thick MDF construction that should ensure protection against excessive vibration. Design-wise, there’s nothing really spectacular about this model, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. Its beautiful black oak veneer finish will complement pretty much any décor, and for those who want something different, Monitor Audio also offers this unit in several other finishes, such as walnut, rosemah, and white ash.

Features

Inside the Bronze W10, you’ll find a 200-watt Class-D amplifier that provides excellent sound, in conjunction with the powerful DSP processing, and all that with low distortion. This model also features a Switch Mode power supply which can deliver high continuous rating and instantly provide the delivery of high current when it’s necessary. This is all housed in an 18mm thick MDF construction, which should give you a clean, strong bass, without any excessive noise.

Impressions

The Bronze W10 is a stylish piece of audio equipment that will surely fit in with any décor. You can customize the sound to your liking, and there are also three preset equalizer settings for music, movie or impact. So there’s a little bit for everyone to enjoy. This subwoofer could be a great recommendation for those looking for something in between modern and classic aesthetics, and for those who are not big fans of cutting-edge wireless audio setup. When it comes to the sound quality, you certainly can’t go wrong with this model (as with most subwoofers in this price range).

Mackie THUMP18S

If for some reason you think that the previously mentioned subwoofers are just not powerful enough, then how about this one? The Mackie THUMP18S 1200 is a seriously powerful 18-inch subwoofer with 1200 watts of room-shaking low end, as Mackie themselves describe it. Probably not something you want to put in a small room, but for those occasions when you need the extra bass to fill out a massive space, this Mackie has got you covered.

Features

From the very name of this subwoofer, we find out that it’s an 18-inch model. And that alone tells you that this unit means business. Thanks to its power of 1200 watts, fans of good, strong bass will certainly not be disappointed. Inside this unit, you’ll find a Class-D amplifier, which runs cooler than traditional designs, which is especially important when it’s being used in outdoor environments or hot venues.  On the back of the THUMP18S, you’ll find all the important inputs and outputs, including the Dual XLR inputs for mono or stereo signals, and there are also dual XLR full-range and high-pass outs.

Impressions

Since this is an 18-inch subwoofer, you can already assume that it’s not going to be the most compact and lightweight unit. That’s certainly is the case – the unit itself measures 28.2 x 28.2 x 27.5 inches and weighs 82 pounds (37.2 kg). In fact, Mackie themselves describe it as being “built like a tank”, and that tells you a lot about the build quality. The rugged all-wood enclosure can survive any bass, no matter how loud and powerful it is. It’s the perfect choice for large rooms and big parties.

Electro-Voice ELX118P

Here’s another pretty serious subwoofer, and this time it’s from Electro-Voice. Although it’s not as powerful as the one from Mackie, the ELX118P is still a very powerful subwoofer with its power of 700 watts. Design-wise, there’s nothing really special about this model, but that’s not the focus here anyway. Like the Mackie, this is an 18-inch subwoofer, and as such, it can be used for some more serious applications.

Features

With a frequency response of 32 to 130 Hz, the ELX118P will provide you with plenty of strong, punchy bass. And that’s thanks to the Class D amplifier, which will run cool even in those tough situations that require stronger than usual bass. On the back of this model, we find all the necessary inputs and outputs, such as XLR and TRS combo input and the XLR parallel output. In addition to all this, you’ll also find a switch for selecting between the Normal and Boost modes, which gives you even more customization options for finding the perfect sound setting.

Impressions

Again, this is one of those subwoofers which won’t blow you away with its design (although it just might with its sound). But aesthetics is not the most important element here, that’s for sure. It’s the sound experience that matters and you’re going to get any amazing sound experience with this subwoofer. If you’re planning on just a simple home audio setup, then this model might not be the right option for you, so keep that in mind.

Conclusion

When you have 1000 dollars at your disposal, you can be sure that you’re going to find a great-sounding subwoofer with excellent build quality. However, it’s easy to overwhelmed by the sheer amount of different models, which come with different price tags, as well as different technology. So, taking all these things into consideration, what is the best subwoofer under $1000?

Well, the answer to that question is not an easy one. First, you need to think about several factors that should influence your decision on which exact subwoofer to get.

  • The size of the room. How big is your room where you plan to have your audio setup? How much available space is there? Do you want to hide the subwoofer or display it in a prominent place for everyone to see? Or do you want to have a subwoofer in the wall? Choose a model whose power matches your needs and the size of the room it’s going to be in.
  • The aesthetics and décor of your room. Are you a fan of minimalism or do you want something more conventional? Remember, if you’re going to display the subwoofer in a prominent spot, you’re going to constantly be looking at it, so it might not be a bad idea to get something eye-catching.
  • Think about the connection. Wires or wireless? If you’re planning a more minimalist theme in your room, then it might be a good idea to go wireless.
  • Finally, the price. Sure, if you have $1000 at your disposal, you’re probably not that much concerned with saving a few bucks, but sometimes a better option might actually cost less than competing models, and plus, why not use that extra $$$ to spend on some other pieces of equipment?

So there you have it. A list of great subwoofers, each priced at under $1000. In this price range, you’ll find plenty of power, cutting-edge technology and great design. Not necessarily all at once, but if you can focus on what really matters to you personally, you’re bound to find the perfect subwoofer that will last you a long time.

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