Disadvantages and Advantages of Large Car Subwoofers

Lyle Ellerbee

It is not only the quality of car subwoofer that has an effect on the quality of music produced, but other factors such as size can. So how does a large subwoofer affect the output? And what are the advantages? And disadvantages?

A car subwoofer is the ultimate bass producing speaker – it allows you to hear the lower frequencies, which reside in most music but cannot be heard by passengers and driver using normal car audio speakers alone. Combined with mid to high frequency speakers they can produce more accurate and clear sounds – but how does the size of a car subwoofer affect the sound and other factors?

Generally, the rule goes, the bigger the subwoofer the better quality sound produced and more able it is to reach lower frequencies. You are bound to see real deep bass lovers with larger subs as they produce the best quality sound reproduction for bass heavy music. Car subwoofers generally range from the smaller subs at 8 inches up to the large booming 24 inch subwoofers. These gigantic beasts produce gigantic sound, making them the biggest and most powerful speakers out there. But remember other things can affect the quality of output, beside size, including power specifications, quality of product and shape of car subs.

A major disadvantage is that bigger car subwoofers need a lot of space, making them not ideal for smaller vehicles and also harder to position in the best places for bass. They are also way heavier, often meaning your vehicle has to work harder – as it can be equivalent to carrying an extra passenger.

An advantage is that big subs have a bigger power capacity, enabling them to create far bigger sounds via one subwoofer. Simply put they are more powerful and effective at creating the powerful and loud sounds of bass than a small car subwoofer and need only one sub to do so (small subs need more than one to create the same effect).

An obvious difference between large and small subwoofers is the price. Large car subs can cost up to 10,00 GBP for over 20 inches, whilst small subwoofers start from as little as 65 GBP. There is a vast difference in price as can be seen, so if you do want a very large subwoofer it might be time to start saving up!

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