Best 10 Inch Subwoofer 2017 [Reviews and Comparison]

What is the best 10 inch subwoofer?

 It really depends on what you're looking for, your budget, your music taste, how much space you got available, if you are looking for component subs or for a 10 inch sub with built-in amplifier and box all together.

Maybe what suits you better is a 8 inch sub, or even something bigger, like a 12" sub or a 15" subwoofer.​ 

Let's have a look at the best options around.

Best 10 Inch Subwoofer 2017

We've tested hundreds of subs in this last year and selected the best:

Finding the right 10 inch sub for your needs

What do you value more? Flexibility or simplicity?

subwoofer with built in amp vs component subwoofer

In the first case, you may want to look at 10 inch subs with amp and box.

They are already amplified to their RMS, and come with an enclosure made under the manufacturer specifications. You literally only need to run power, ground and signal to get them work. In just a few minutes you can have your sub working.

For you, we've reviewed three different subwoofers, ranging from extremely inexpensive to some more expensive options.

If you prefer to setup your system yourself, maybe already have an amp and you're designing a larger sound system adding later more subs... then flexibility is what you look for, and component subs a​re the ideal ones for you.

For you we've reviewed four different subwoofers.

From high sound quality ones, to competition subs, to some hot steals like the P3 punch which is right now the best 10 inch subwoofer for the money.

10 Inch Subwoofer Enclosure: Our take

subwoofer box

Ported 10 inch subwoofer box 

As with every subwoofer, selecting the right enclosure is one of the most important aspects for our speaker to give its full potential.

We want the enclosure to be built as per the manufacturer's specifications or, if we buy a pre-made enclosure, to be the closest possible to those figures.

We really like the combination of a 10 inch subwoofer with amp and box. We usually recommend going for just the sub and then have a look at enclosures online, but for this size, it is a great choice.

They do a great job as underseat subwoofers and some are really inexpensive. In this list, there's a total of three 10 inch subs with built in amp.

10 Inch Subwoofer Reviews

1

JL Audio 10W6v3

We heard a few too many times "W6 are better than W7 on the smaller sizes" and we couldn't just stand there, recommending the W7 over every other sub to everyone in any size just because we think is the best.

So we got ourselves one and...

SQ-wise, the W6 is a superior subwoofer than the W7.

At least the 10" version.  Therefore, we believe this is the best sub in this size for anyone interested on having the clearest sound.

Specifications

  • RMS: 200-600 watt
  • Peak Power: 1200 watt
  • Sensitivity: 82.7 dB
  • Frequency response: n/a
  • Impedance: 4ohms DVC
Power and Sensitivity

As in every JL speaker, we're provided with a  range of power in which this sub performs best. For that, 600w RMS is the optimum power to feed this sub. 

A peak power of 2x the RMS as in most subwoofers.

EDITOR'S RATING:

We know however that JL plays it very safe and that more power than that can be feed to this subs.

Voice Coils.

On the following video you can watch Steve Turrisi dissasembling one on this subwoofers and he gets in great detail about how each piece is made. 

As you see in the video, the voice coils are massive, and the finesse of work is revealed once we put them to play any fast-paced song, where we can clearly notice that they provided sustained output with great sound quality.

Impedance.

This subwoofer uses dual voice coils with 4 ohms impedance each which allows us to wire it at 8 or 2ohms. You can learn more about wiring subwoofers here.

Conclusion

All in all a great, great subwoofer. We would recommend going for a sealed enclosure as this sub is aimed towards sound quality and honestly it has a lower db output as the Orion (which is a competition grade subwoofer). We would like to find this subwoofer around a hundred bucks cheaper to securely call it "the best option" but at its current price, it only is the best option if you have a healthy budget.

Pros

Cons

  • Hand Built
  • Made in the USA under the highest quality standards.
  • Outstanding SQ
  • High price
  • Sealed enclosure only.
2

Rockford Fosgate P300-10 Punch Powered Loaded

One bestseller in this category. Everyone was speaking about this 10 inch subwoofer with box lately in one of the bassheads facebook groups we follow and we decided to give it a try.

We were inmensely surprised with it.

For the price, you get a P3 punch which we've reviewed a few times and do really like, with a box and a dedicated amplifier that is just the right power for it.

If you had to buy everything separately, you'd end up paying twice as much.

Specifications

  • RMS: 300Watts
  • Peak Power: 600Watts
  • Sensitivity: 82 dB
  • Frequency response: 27-250 Hz
Power and Sensitivity

The base db output of this sub is 82db, and with just 300 watts you shouldn't expect something mind blasting.

The output is good anyway, almost as good as the 12" version of this same subwoofer.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Conclusion

If you want a hassle-free sub and have a few extra bucks to spend this is definitely the sub you're looking for.

This subwoofer with amp and box is powered by a 300 watt amplifier.

You only need to run power, ground and signal from your car's stereo to get some sweet bass from this sub, making it super easy to install.

Pros

Cons

  • Super simple, just plug and play!
  • GREAT value for the money.
  • Massive advantage on space use.
  • We'd like it to be more powerful.
  • The box isn't as small as other options.
3

Orion HCCA104

The loudest subwoofer from our selection. This Orion is a competition subwoofer that blasts way louder than any other sub from this list. We've reviewed bigger versions on this subwoofer on this post.

Specifications

  • RMS: 2000Watts
  • Peak Power: 4000Watts
  • Sensitivity: 84 db
  • Frequency response: n/a
  • Impedance: 4ohms DVC
Power and Sensitivity

With 84db sensitivity for the 4 ohms version of this sub, and some sick 2000w RMS, this is guaranteed a freaking loud sub.

EDITOR'S RATING:

The only problem that we find with this speaker is that that much power will require you to upgrade your electrical system, meaning the Big 3 and a more porwerful battery at least, unless you run it with less power.

Voice Coils and Cone

This subwoofer incorporate black dual voice coils, which are one fo the most advanced technologies in the market. The advantage is a greater heat dissipation which will allow us to bang this sub really hard. 

Impedance.

The Orion HCCA 104 has dual 4-ohm coils for a total impedance of 8 ohms. The duality allows for a couple options in terms of wiring. You can wire it as either a 2-ohm or 8-ohm load.

Conclusion

If you are looking for the loudest 10 inch subwoofer, this is the one.

The price is relatively high although it prices cheaper than the JL for instance. All in all, a great subwoofer.

If we have to find it a downside, it would be that for the price, you might aswell get yourself the 12 inch version of this subwoofer and bring your sound system to the next level.

Pros

Cons

  • Great dB output.
  • Dual Voice Coils
  • Prices as much as a 12" or a 15"
4

Kicker 11 PES10C Powered Loaded

The premium powered loaded option from our list. Kicker's PES10C does kick a**. 

Specifications

  • RMS: 450Watts
  • Peak Power: 900Watts
  • Sensitivity: 86.8 dB
  • Frequency response: 50 - 200 Hz
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
Power and Sensitivity

This is the loudest option when it comes to a subwoofer with amp and box all together. Others like the RF punch or the RF RS2 aren't as powerful. With 450W RMS the output of this Kicker is great. 

Conclusion

EDITOR'S RATING:

If you have the money this 10 inch subwoofer speaker costs and want a really easy option in which you only need to run power lines and signal, this is your choice. 

Of course, for the money you could get yourself a component subwoofer and then build separately a box if you already count with a powerful amplifier.

Pros

Cons

  • Best output of any 10 inch subwoofer package
  • Great quality of build.
  • Most expensive option on subs with amp and box.
5

Rockford Fosgate P3 Punch

So this is a slightly different version from the sub you get on the P300 Powered Loaded. 

For those who already have an amp, or want to run two, three or more of this subwoofers, we want to review just the component speaker, because we know it's one of the bests in this size.

This one isn't a shallow mount subwoofer, but a regular one that comes with bigger output.

Specifications

  • RMS:  500Watts
  • Peak Power: 1000Watts
  • Sensitivity: 82 dB
  • Frequency response: 27 - 250 Hz
  • Impedance: Dual 2 ohms
Power and Sensitivity

You really want to power this sub at least 500W RMS. When i say at least, I mean it really can be feed more than that and it will do good, and if you under power it, it'll sound bad. It reaches really good levels of SPL although it is more geared towards SQ.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Voice Coils and Cone

It has aluminum VCs and an aluminum cone. The heat dissipation is really good on this sub. It features a 2.50 Inch Copper Clad Aluminum Voice Coil and the patented VAST (Vertical Attached Surround) that gives increased cone area for bigger output.

Impedance.

This sub is available on two impedance options. Dual 2 ohms or Dual 4 ohms. 

Conclusion:

The P3 Punch is one of our favorite subwoofers.

We reviewed its bigger, 15 inch version before and this one is just as good.

For the price, we think it is incredibly hard to beat, that it will deliver great SPL and SQ and as every Rockford Fosgate, quality of build is great, so they should last for good years.

Pros

Cons

  • Amazing quality of build
  • Highest value for your money
  • Small sub, Big bass
  • None whatsoever
6

JL Audio 10W3v3-4

In the same price racket as the RF P3, we have JL's W3. A simpler, not as heavy or big or expensive sub as the W6, yet a great component that will require very little power to deliver amazing bass.

Specifications

  • RMS: 150-500watts
  • Peak Power: 1000Watts
  • Sensitivity: 84.87 dB
  • Frequency response: 25-250 Hz
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
Power and Sensitivity

As always with every JL product, we're given a "range" of power. For this one, JL recommends working at around 300W RMS for optimum performance.

EDITOR'S RATING:

We recommend go the closest possible to 500W as we know they do withstand more. The SPL levels are great for a sub this size and power.

Impedance.

This sub has one single coil with 4 ohms impedance which makes installation quite straight forward. 

Conclusion:

We believe the Rockford Fosgate P3 is overall a better subwoofer than this JL. The only scenario in which we would recommend the W3 over RF's Punch is if you already have an amplifier that is not too powerful and you don't want to upgrade.

Likewise, if you have a 4 channel amp with 2 channels in use for your front speakers and you want to bridge 2 other channels to power a sub, this is a great choice as just 200w will make this sub sing.

Pros

Cons

  • Prices reasonably.
  • Hand Made
  • Made in the USA with the highest quality standards
  • Not as loud as the competitors
7

Rockford Fosgate R2S-1X10 Loaded Enclosure

This 10 inch subwoofer with box is the hottest deal right now.

At a super low price, we get a 200w RMS Rockford Fosgate P2 Shallow Mount, with a really thin enclosure made to specifications.

Specifications

  • RMS: 200Watts
  • Peak Power: 400Watts
  • Sensitivity: 83 dB
  • Frequency response: 38-250 Hz
Power and Sensitivity

With just 200W RMS we shouldn't expect the kind of bass other subwoofers on this list deliver.

However, the punch is still there and if you use it under the seat of your truck you get bass without sacrificing much space which is always good.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Conclusion:

A great choice if we want to use it with a 4 channel or 5 channel amp and/or as an underseat sub. They are really cheap priced so they are a fantastic little addition. As a gift, they're absolutely great.

Pros

Cons

  • Price.
  • You don't need to worry about getting an enclosure.
  • Rockford's quality.
  • Needs very little space.
  • Not the loudest one.

So this was our take about  the best 10 inch subwoofer of 2017, I hope you've enjoyed this post. Don't forget to share it with your friends!

Questions? Leave a comment below!

Alex Meyer
 

Alex Meyer is a 26-year-old Certified Automotive Technician with over 10 years experience as a mechanic and car audio installer. He shares his knowledge at Gear4wheels.com

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