12-inch subwoofers are the most common size available on the market. This is because they offer the optimal compromise between size and sound. If you want more power, you can look at the 15-inch subs; but for most people, they are not worth the extra bulk and cost. To get that sweet bass that everyone craves, lets look at the best 12 inch subwoofers available in the market today.
MTX TNE212D 1200W Dual Loaded Subwoofer + Kit
- 29-5/8″W x 14″H x 13-1/2″D1 x 11-1/8″D2
- 2-ohm total impedance
- power handling: 200-400 watts RMS (1200 watts peak power)
- frequency response: 37-150 Hz
- sensitivity: 86.4 dB
If you think you’ll miss the power of a 15-inch subwoofer, then this 12-inch subwoofer from MTX will definitely surprise you. Since there are two powerful subwoofers, it can even give vibrations throughout the car. The power range of the kit is around 400 watt RMS and 1200 watt peak power. Put together, it will give a string bass which you might not even need sometimes. The design is sleek which makes it easy to operate and it also has plateau to keep the woofer cool. There is also an added 1500 watt amplifier. It’s easy to install since the subwoofer comes pre-installed in the basket and has an installation kit.
Comment: It’s good that the kit has two 12-inch subwoofers along with the 1500 watt amplifier. The design and venting mechanism is excellent. The installation kit and the polypropylene cone are an added advantage . The fact that this amplifier will take up a lot of space is a slight let down.
JBL GT-BassPro12 Ported Powered Subwoofer
- 12 x 22.4 x 14.5 in
- built-in 150 watt RMS amplifier (450 watts peak)
- frequency response: 35Hz – 120Hz
- sensitivity: 50mV – 4V (line-level input); 0.4V – 16V (speaker-level input)
- weight: 38.6 lb
The brand name speaks for itself. With JBL making some of the best components in the car sector, GT-BassPro12 is a clear favorite. While the bass from this system is dynamic it does not take up too much space. In order to keep the effect and the woofer steady, there is the rubberized backing and the aluminum basket attached to it. With the slipstream design, polypropylene cone and the improvised venting the feature list keeps running long. Since there is a remote control given to the woofer it can be adjusted easily and there is no need to pop the back of the car each time.
Comment: The remote control gives the option to operate from the front seat. The venting structure is improvised along with the port design. There are the polypropylene cone and the die-cast aluminum basket given to the subwoofer. The power range is positive with 150 watt RMS power and 450 Watt peak power. The put-off is that it will reach the low bass notes as the frequency will not support. Also, it might a bit heavy compared to the other subwoofers in this category.
Rockford Fosgate P2D4
- 12″ subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
- Kevlar® reinforced paper cone
- power range: 150-400 watts RMS (800 watts peak power)
- frequency response: 27-250 Hz
- sensitivity: 86 dB
Coming with several features this is one of the best options from Rockford Fosgate for the 12-inch subwoofer category. It will suit perfectly for the hard bass enthusiasts. The power will be around 400 watts RMS and 800-watt peak power. For superior bass tones, go with the P2D4-12 Punch. There are many additional features here like spider venting option which is integrated into the woofer and the stamp cast basket. Coming with the Kevlar fibers, the body is made of paper and has a cone design too. This cone set-up is made to withstand medium damages.
Comment: There is the nickel plated 10 gauge wire terminals which add to the benefit of this subwoofer. Also, there are the decorative cast aluminum frame and the Kevlar reinforced paper
cone. The options such as the dual 4-ohm voice coils, stamp-cast basket and the integrated spider venting all speak for the subwoofer. The only drawback here is that the enclosure is not attached and has to be built by the customer. Also, the warranty period is less compared to the others and ends in a year.
Power Acoustik MOFO 124X
- power range: 2700 watts RMS (800 watts peak power)
- Impedance: 4 Ohm per coil
- Frequency response: 20 Hz– 2000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 85 dB @ 1Watt / 1meter
If you are someone looking to have the options and performance of a 15-inch subwoofer, but do not have space for it then this is the one to go for. Though the MOFO 124X subwoofer from Power Acoustik comes in 12-inches it delivers the performance of a 15-inch subwoofer. There are attachments like the 2.5 inches dual 4-ohm 4-layer voice coil along with the die-cast aluminum frame. The cone is made of non-pressed pulp. The subwoofer balances the heat and runs cool. This is because of the make from the aluminum heatsink. This eatsink gives the needed cooling to balance out the heat.
Comment: The fact that the sub-woofer comes with the nickel plated 8 gauge wire terminals is appreciated. Additions like the cast aluminum heatsink for balancing heat, die-cast aluminum frame, and non-pressed pulp cone are the best bargain one can ask for. The voice coil and the peak power will add to the pros. The key drawback here is the lack of enclosure. Also, if the car size is small then the bass tends to be overpowering.
KICKER 11S12L72 subwoofer
- power range: 1500 watts RMS (750 watts peak power)
- Impedance: 2 Ohm per coil
- Frequency response: 20 – 100 Hz
- Sensitivity: 88.6 dB
Since the subwoofer originates from the known brand Kicker the speaker quality speaks for itself. While there is the patented extra cone in the woofer, the sound quality it generates is more than what is promised. The power range falls within the 1500 watts of peak power and 750 watts RMS. The designing of the subwoofer is real and the decibels reached are promising.
Comment: The built can be applauded with zero distortion and enhanced toughness to withstand damage. There is also the stitched surround to support the temperature control which adds to the pros. The pricing of the subwoofer is under budget when compared with the rest in the category. The design might not be a suitable fit for everyone as it is in this unique square shape.