7 Badass Competition Subwoofers To Destroy SPL in 2019 (Reviews)

Gear4Wheels may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. This comes at no additional cost to you, and all the prices and availability are accurate at the time of publishing.

Do you want to feel bass so intense, it should be on the Richter scale? Do you want to make your car flex so strong that you'll fear your windshield will crack?

I know you do, that's why you're reading this.

You want to know which ones are the best competition subwoofers.

Keep reading, you've found what you were looking for.

Here's our list of the 7 loudest Competition Subwoofers you can possibly buy.

We've reviewed them one by one to let you know which one is the best competition sub.

Competition Subwoofers Comparison

IMAGEPRODUCTSizePower
TOP PICK!1. JL Audio 12W7AE-3
  • Huge sound output
  • High SQ, extremely crisp and refined sound
  • Made in the U.S.
  • Raving costumer reviews
Size: 12 InchPower: RMS: 400-1,000 W
Peak: 2000W
VIEW ON AMAZON
Runner Up2. Sundown Audio Team 15” D2
  • Heavily vented, 4-layer, 3” aluminum voice coil quickly and effectively dissipate heat to prevent the subwoofer from overheating.
  • Dual 2 ohm coils allow for flexible installation options and support 4 ohms or 1 ohm.
Size: 15 InchPower: RMS: 4,000W
Peak: 5,000W
VIEW ON AMAZON
3. DS18 HOOL12.2D Hooligan
  • Emits the loudest sound
  • Exceptional power handling
  • Voice coils made of the highest quality composites
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
Size: 12 InchPower: RMS: 4,000W
Peak: 6,000W
VIEW ON AMAZON
4. SoundQubed HDS3.1
  • Exceptional sound output
  • The vented design increases airflow while most of the materials aid in dissipating heat to keep the temperature in check while in use.
  • High excursion foam surround handles intense bass for long-lasting use.
Size: 12 InchPower: RMS: 1200W
Peak: 2,400W
VIEW ON AMAZON
5. Sundown Audio Nightshade V3
  • Exceptional loudness
  • Handcrafted in the U.S.
  • Exceptional SPL and SQ
  • Raving costumer reviews
Size: 15 InchPower: RMS: 2500W
Peak: 5,000W
VIEW ON AMAZON
6. Orion HCCA12
  • Huge sound output
  • Cone replacement kits supplied by Orion
  • More installation options with the dual coils
  • Reasonably priced
Size: 12 InchPower: RMS: 1500W
Peak: 3,000W
VIEW ON AMAZON
7. Skar Audio ZVX-12v2
  • Great value for money.
  • Highly durable
  • Solid customer reviews
  • Sensitivity: 84 dB
Size: 12 InchPower: RMS: 1000W
Peak: 2,000W
VIEW ON AMAZON

Best Competition Subwoofers Reviews

​Now, we present the top competition subwoofer reviews of 2019. All the subs we included on our list have an awesome RMS power rating, and they produce a clean and crisp sound. They will enhance your car’s audio system and improve your driving experience.

7. Skar Audio ZVX-12v2

This 12-inch Skar Audio model is perfect for bass enthusiasts rolling on a budget.  This competition subwoofer is perfect for those who want to get the most bang, or bass, for their buck—and don’t have many bucks to spare. It will deliver the bass you so crave at a fraction of the price.

Specifications

  • Size: 12"
  • RMS: 1000watts
  • Peak Power: 2000Watts
  • Sensitivity: 84 dB
  • Frequency response: 30-400 Hz
  • Impedance: dual 2 ohms
Power and Sensitivity

This one may not be the loudest on our list, but with its outstanding durability, it will still be blasting you away for years to come.

EDITOR'S RATING:

With an RMS 1,500 and peak power of 3,000 Watts, you won’t be complaining about its lack of power when it’s shaking every fiber of your being, and a sensitivity level of 84 dB certainly doesn’t hurt in amplifying that sound. 

Voice Coils and Cone

The Skar Audio ZVX-12v2 comes complete with 3-inch, high temperature voice coils for maximum heat dissipation.

Impedance.

For the impedance, this sub has a dual 1-ohm voice coil configuration, so you have options for wiring this system.

Conclusion:

This is a competition sub that will give you everything you want out of a sub of this grade without it feeling like a guilty purchase.

It’s certainly one of the more affordable on our list, and, considering the quality of this one, it comes at a fantastic price.

Aside from the specs previously mentioned, some other features include a massive triple slug magnet, a high roll foam surround, a poly-cotton spider and a competition grade paper cone. This one will fulfill all of your desires without depleting your life’s savings.

Pros

Cons

6. Orion HCCA124

The Orion HCCA 124 is a 12-incher that packs a massive audio-punch.

It has some of the same features as the other Orion model on this list, such as the polypropylene cone woofer, the dual voice coils, the rubber tri-radius symmetrical surround and the dual flat conex spiders—but all for an even cheaper price.

With crazy power handling and top-notch voice coils, the competition sub has everything you need at an affordable price.

Specifications

  • Size: 12"
  • RMS: 1500Watts
  • Peak Power: 3000Watts
  • Sensitivity: 84dB
  • Frequency response: 25-100 Hz
  • Impedance: Dual 4 ohms

EDITOR'S RATING:

Review

Power and Sensitivity

The Orion HCCA 124 rivals the NSV3 in SPL, with 2,500 Watt RMS and 5,000 Watts at peak power, making it even louder than the 15-inch Orion model previously featured.

That being said it’s another power-hungry beast that requires a little more accommodation. But the money you save on the sub itself can be put to these electrical system upgrades.

Voice Coils and Cone

This model comes with the enhanced voice coil cooling system. Again, the dual black voice coils are some of the most sophisticated on the market and ensure that all the power required to run this bad boy won’t fry the whole system.

Impedance.

The Orion HCCA 124 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 want something with outstanding loudness for a price that won’t break the bank, this Orion model is exactly what you need.

The downside is you need a powerful amp to make this baby give you the bass you so crave.

With the right accommodations though, the Orion HCCA 124 will not disappoint, and all the components are high quality, so this subwoofer is built to last.

Pros

Cons

5. Sundown Audio 15" Nightshade V3

If you remember our review of the best 15 inch subwoofers of the year, this was our top pick. The NS-15 V.3 (NSV3) is made of the highest quality materials and comes from a renowned brand. Also, for all you red-blooded Americans out there, these subs are produced and manufactured only in the good ole U.S.A.—not to mention the fact that each one is handcrafted.

Talk about quality. The outstanding quality does come at a hefty price, but if you’re looking for high-class, durable subs that will last for years to come, it doesn’t get much better than the NSV3.

Specifications

  • Size: 15"
  • RMS: 2500Watts
  • Peak Power: 5000Watts
  • Sensitivity: 84.27 dB
  • Frequency response: 21-100 Hz
  • Impedance: Dual 2 ohm
Power and Sensitivity

Like the Orion, the NSV3 is another power-hungry sub.

EDITOR'S RATING:

The SPL is off the charts, with higher RMS at 2,500 Watts than the Orion model. With a sensitivity level of 84.27, it has excellent amplification abilities.

Again, like the Orion model, you will have to upgrade your electrical system to accommodate this beast.

Voice Coils and Cone

Having all that power runs the risk of overheating.

Fortunately, the NSV3 has a heavily vented, 4-layer, 3-inch aluminum voice coil to prevent that from happening.

With this outstanding feature, you can blast that bass all you want and not worry about ruining your sub.

Impedance.

Once again like the Orion, the NSV3 has dual 2-ohm coils, so you can wire it at either 4 or 1 ohms.

Take into account that this choice impacts whether or not you need a more expensive amp to power it.

Conclusion

The NSV3 is not for those with a light wallet.

No way around it, this one is expensive, but when you consider its superior, handcrafted quality, that price tag makes sense.

If you want something with similar features, and less than half the price, then the Orion model is the way to go. If you want the best of the best in the market, then the NSV3 is it. Just remember, the best is never cheap.

Pros

Cons

4. SoundQubed HDS3.1 Subwoofer

The heavy-duty SoundQubed HDS3.1 subwoofer was built to deliver deep, intense bass.

 The high excursion foam surround bears green double stitching and provides enough flex to hold up for long-term use without compromising the intensity of the bass or breaking down. The non-pressed 4-layer copper cone ensures maximum rigidity.

Related: gear4wheels.com/power-acoustik-mofo-15-x-review

Specifications

  • Size: 12”
  • Top Mount Depth: 6.61"
  • Cut-Out: 11.12"
  • RMS: 1,200 watts
  • Peak Power: 2,400 watts
  • Sensitivity: 73.74 dB
  • Frequency response: 33.65 Hz
  • Impedance: Dual 4 ohm
  • Voice Coils and Cone: 3” 4-layer copper

EDITOR'S RATING:

With the ability to handle 1,200 watts of RMS power, this bass is powerful, but with that power comes the possibility of high heat.

The SoundQubed HDS3.1 can easily handle high temperatures due to the materials used in construction and several design features.

The bumped T-yoke back plate houses the dual magnet motor and is vented to increase air circulation so cool air can enter the unit and dissipate heat to drop the component temperature while reducing turbulence in the coil gap.

The motor also features a 3-piece spider system designed to withstand intense excursion while delivering an improved performance and lower tuning.

Enjoy more voice coil travel due to the conical back plate. Both the top and bottom plates feature black electroplating for improved cooling to help prevent the sub from overheating.

The stamped steel frame is powder coated to lend this subwoofer durability. Installation is easy thanks to the heavy-duty push connectors which accept up to 10 AWG speaker wire.

 The HDS3.1 sub from SoundQubed can support ported, sealed, and bandpass installations to fit a variety of vehicles. Depending on the vehicle, a custom sub box may be required, which while will contribute to the performance, it also adds to the installation.

Pros

Cons

3. DS18 HOOL12.2D Hooligan

The name says it all. Blasting your music through this bad boy will have grannies shaking their fists at you, screaming, “Turn that racket down, you hooligan!” For real, it’s loud.

This 66-pound SPL competition subwoofer packs a huge audio-punch. If you’re in it for sound and have a pretty penny to spend, the Hooligan is for you.

This subwoofer is definitely the loudest on our list, but it is a bit on the pricey side, especially for a 12” sub. But, hey, big sound calls for big bucks.

Specifications

  • Size: 12"
  • RMS: 4,000 Watts
  • Peak Power: 6,000 Watts
  • Sensitivity: 92dB
  • Frequency response: 35-2.3KHz
  • Impedance: 2+2 ohms

EDITOR'S RATING:

Review

Power and Sensitivity

At a whopping 4,000 Watts RMS, this sub will become the bane of your entire neighborhood.

With a peak power of 6,000 Watts—yeah, you definitely won’t be able to borrow any sugar from the neighbors.

With 92db @1watt, the loudness of this beast when powered 6000watts is 100% deafening.

Voice Coils.

Producing that much power can cause overheating. But don’t worry. The voice coils on this monster are top-notch—4-inch black aluminum with 4 layers for exceptional heat dissipation.

The Hooligan has the power and the durability to have you feeling your bass for years to come.

Impedance

For the configuration freedom, the Hooligan comes in DVC 2-ohm of impedance. This means either 1ohm or 4 ohms wiring. 

Conclusion

The Hooligan has power and the durability to match. This subwoofer packs tremendous sound, more than most 15-inch subs on the market.

But, again, all that power does come at a pretty hefty price.

If you have a bigger budget and want a sub that produces the loudest sound, the Hooligan is perfect. If not, well, at least this is only the first of seven on our list. 

Pros

Cons

2. Sundown Audio Team 15” D2 Subwoofer

Sundown Audio’s Team 15” D2 subwoofer boasts a lot of power for an immersive bass you can feel. Typically, lots of power increases the risk of overheating, but that’s not a problem with this sub. The 3” black aluminum voice coil is made from 4-layer aluminum flat wire and quickly dissipates heat.

Related: gear4wheels.com/orion-hcca152-review

Specifications

  • Size: 15”
  • Top Mount Depth: 13.5”
  • Cut-Out: 13.8”
  • RMS: 4,000 watts
  • Peak Power: 5,000 watts
  • Sensitivity: 84.27 dB
  • Frequency response: 21-100 Hz
  • Impedance: Dual 2 ohm
  • Voice Coils and Cone: High-Temperature 4-Layer Aluminum Flat Wire Voice Coil

EDITOR'S RATING:

The Faraday Ring magnet is housed in a heavily vented gap that features an optimized high-velocity pole vent and frame spacer ring.

All of these features work together to improve airflow to quickly and effectively cool this sub down after putting it to use.

All Sundown Audio products are handcrafted so they deliver long-lasting performance. The Mega-Roll v.2 Surround Technology handles high excursions with ease.

The patented cast aluminum frame is custom tooled to maximize strength and longevity.

Setup is easy using the spring-loaded terminals while the double extra-large stitched-on tinsel leads are dependable and prevent fatigue.

The Team 15” D2 subwoofer is intended for use in small ported and band-pass enclosures. Sundown Audio builds all of their components by hand, and the Team 15” D2 subwoofer is no exception. The craftsmanship is exceptional and this sub is built to last while creating a full and deep bass experience.

Pros

Cons

1. JL Audio 12W7AE-3

If you’re looking for the highest quality competition subs, look no further.

This model of the JL Audio competition subwoofers is among the best of the best, in terms of both power and quality.

It was our top pick as the best 12 inch subwoofer of the year The SQ is key with this one. These subs are not as loud as the Hooligan but still certainly loud enough.

The JL Audio is a solid choice, to say the least, if you’re looking for power and a refined sound.

What it lacks in SPL—at least in comparison to other competition subwoofers—it makes up for in sound quality.

Specifications

  • Size: 12"
  • RMS: 400-1,000 Watts
  • Peak Power: 2000Watts
  • Sensitivity: 86.2 dB
  • Frequency response: 18-200 Hz
  • Impedance: 3 ohms

EDITOR'S RATING:

Power and Sensitivity

With an RMS of 1,000 Watts, the JL Audio sub does not have nearly as much power as the Hooligan—but still enough to blow your hair back

With a peak power handling of 2,000 Watts, you can pump up the volume and still hear and feel the flow of your music with exceptional clarity.

The sensitivity level is 86.2, which means it can amplify the sound more efficiently with any given amount of power.

Sensitivity is crucial for competition-grade subs since they require more power than regular subs. 

Voice Coils and Cone

The JL Audio has a massive, vented aluminum alloy frame to prevent overheating, so it can withstand more power without the system getting fried. 

Impedance

The JL Audio sub comes in 3-ohm impedance and, as noted in the previous section, is lined with a sleek aluminum alloy frame. When it comes to installing this bad boy, be sure you actually know what you’re doing, so you don’t damage it. 

Conclusion

This sub is perfect if you want something that produces crisp quality sound but don’t want to compromise too much power for it.

As far as competition subs go, it is on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of SPL. But if you value quality over power, this JL Audio model is perfect.

Just a disclaimer, this sub is a bit on the pricey side, but you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

Pros

Cons

Competition vs. Regular Subs

If you’re looking for power, the competition subs are for you. Whether you’re db Drag Racing or just want subs that’ll blow your hair back, this grade is it.

There are five qualifications for competition subs:

  • Power handling of at least 1,000Watts RMS
  • A voice coil bigger than 2.5 inches.
  • An Xmax excursion of at least 1 inch
  • Spiders bigger than 7 inches
  • Cones made out composite, or any equally durable material.

These factors are what enable competition car subwoofers to achieve staggering SPLs that a regular subwoofer cannot. Great power comes with compromise though.

Some people feel that regular subs are better, if you value sound quality over sound power. The sound from a regular sub may inherently sound sharper because this sub cannot emit as much of that booming reverberant bass. The competition sub is more your style if you prioritize SPL over SQ.

Sealed vs Ported

Another crucial variable to consider is the type of enclosure, or box. The two types of boxes are ported and closed. I won’t get too in depth with the details, but basically, if want maximum bass emission, ported is the way to go.

Structurally, the biggest difference between the ported and closed boxes is the vent. The vent in the ported box increases bass output because of the way it interacts with the air trapped inside the enclosure. If you want a more refined, crisp sound the closed box is better.

It uses the air trapped inside for shock absorption, allowing the box more control over the reverberation of the bass.

Let’s get on to the real reason you are reading this article. You want to know what subs are so powerful, you won’t be able to see what’s in your rearview mirror—that’s how much it’ll be shaking.

The Badass Seven: Final conclusions.

That concludes our list of the most badass competition car subwoofers on the market.

Time to wrap it all up with a pretty bow on top. Here’s the quick n’ dirty lowdown on everything you just learned from our list.

The Loudest

For the loudest sub, first place goes to The Hooligan, hands down. With an RMS of 4,000 Watts and peak power of 6,000, it’s absurdly loud. If you want to bump it at its peak, you may actually run the risk of having your eardrums explode.

Don’t say you weren’t warned.

The viable runner up would be the NSV3 with its RMS of 2,500 Watts, peak power of 5,000 Watts and sensitivity of 84.27.

This sub would definitely give you a hefty dose of bass.

The Best Quality

The award for this category goes to the JL Audio 12W7AE-3. If crisp clarity in sound is what you’re in for, this sub is perfect for you.

Second place would once again go to the NSV3.

This sub has exceptional SQ but isn’t quite in the same league as our first-place sub.

Best Bang for your Buck

The most affordable sub on the list is without a doubt the Power Acoustik MOFO 154-X. The price on this sub is outrageously low for everything it has to offer.

Second place for this category goes to Skar Audio ZVX-12v2.

Both of these are lower on the price range spectrum and of top-notch quality, so either way, you’ll get everything you want out of a sub without having to break the bank.

So, these were the 7 best competition subwoofers of the year. With them, you are guaranteed to achieve massive sound pressure levels that will make you noticed everywhere.

Got questions? I have answers! Leave a comment below and I'll get right into it.

Last Updated on 08/28/2019

9 thoughts on “7 Badass Competition Subwoofers To Destroy SPL in 2019 (Reviews)

  1. Sadly missed is the audiopipe txx bd3 15 and bd4 15 inch subs. For 200.00 a pop.
    They offer 3.3 inch coils. triple stacked 220 oz magnets, and outstanding power of
    1200 real watts rms 2400 watt peak.

    Sorry to see the MOFO false advertising get repeated. The mofo is only 900 watts rms
    1800 peak. Why they advertise it with the false numbers is annoying. 2.5 inch 4 layer coils will never handle 1700rms lol

    • What would be a good pair of 8″ subs to get .i was planning on massive xl84r but then thought to do some research. It be awesome if you could give me better options. Running stock speakers for now

  2. Just curious how the DS Hooligan can be called a “subwoofer” if it’s frequency response doesn’t even go down into the sub bass frequencies?!? With frequency response like that, it sounds more like a high wattage woofer…

    Also, just a head’s up – you do NOT have to upgrade your electrical system for your subwoofer(s), you upgrade your electrical system due to the amplifiers that ACTUALLY POWER the subwoofer(s)… don’t get a “true” high powered amp, and you may THINK you’re pushing 2K+ watts but the amp may not even be pushing half of that.

  3. Ds18 hooligan is for spl. Spl competitions at that… spl subs play higher in the frequency range. However that still doesn’t mean you can’t put one in the right box tuned just how you like and get it low.

  4. So is this list just for speakers that Are sold as new for 2018?
    There a lot of custom SPL woofers ot there and some Woofer like the NVX VCW122 that are very loud.
    Is this about the manufacturer’s or just what you could get your hands on? I find thes test a joke because they don’t show what was tested just the top spots and that is not relevant to the text if there was just a few speakers tested.

  5. Just at a glance I can see some of your figures are wrong. For instance the Skar Audio ZVX V2 is rated at 1,500 watts RMS not 1,000.

  6. What would be a good pair of 8″ subs to get .i was planning on massive xl84r but then thought to do some research. It be awesome if you could give me better options. Running stock speakers for now

Leave a Comment

Scroll Up