A subwoofer in your car can fill out the sound of your car stereo in a way that nothing else can. When you don’t have a subwoofer, the sound is thin and the louder it gets the harder it is to listen to. A subwoofer improves the sound of all kinds of music, allowing the stereo to play lower sounds at a higher volume. A subwoofer is essentially a loudspeaker that reproduces bass sounds.
How to Choose a Subwoofer for Your Car
Start out by evaluating the internal space of your car. It’s hard to find space in a small car where a subwoofer can be installed. Where will this piece of equipment go? Smaller cars, like sedans, can use the space under the rear package shelf below the window. Of course, you can also use up space in the trunk if you don’t always need the space. Another fun and surprisingly beneficial space is inside the spare tire chamber, inside the spare tire wheel well.
Once you’ve determined that you’ve got some space, you’ll want to choose the right kind of subwoofer speakers. Different brands and models will be different sizes. You don’t need a gigantic subwoofer if your car is small, anyway, so find one that fits. In fact, you may want to figure out what kind of enclosure will fit in your car first. The enclosure is the box that the subwoofer sits in. It serves to reduce vibration and it can help channel the sound. Finding an enclosure that fits a good space in your car may help you to pick the right subwoofer.
You’ll also need an amplifier that is compatible with your subwoofer. Usually you’ll only need about a 4-8-ohm amp, or an 18-watt amp, to handle the space in your car. The amp helps keep the sound consistent and is vital to having the right sound from the subwoofer.
Subwoofers aren’t absolutely necessary for car audio systems. But if you’re someone who really enjoys music and wants to listen to music at a high volume in your car, a subwoofer makes a world of difference. You don’t have to go overboard and you should take the time to make sure you’re getting a subwoofer that makes sense for your car. You’ll love the sound you get once the subwoofer is installed.