Are JBL Car Audio Subwoofers Any Good? [Honest Review]

The parent brand Harman designs and engineers revolutionary sound audio for automakers, consumers and corporations. The company is driven to deliver rich experiences for all users of their sound systems.

Harman believes it can manufacture sound systems that are suited for any generation and its taste in music. 

The subsidiary JBL is no different. The unit’s engineers work hard to craft perfect audio options for everyone. The success of this division and the continuous innovation have led JBL to provide the sound of professional musicians & venues. 

JBL CAR AUDIO SUBWOOFERS REVIEW

Subwoofer series.

  • S2
  • S3
  • BassPro
  • Club WS
  • Stage Subwoofer
  • CX
  • GT

The GT series has a unique slot vent design.

This design feature enables the sub to produce ultra low bass at a higher pressure level.

Some audio enthusiasts prefer the sound of sealed enclosures while others enjoy vented versions.

You get two options in one. You will hear powerful yet clear sounds. 

JBL CAR AUDIO GT SERIE

Subwoofer Reviews

1. BassPro SL

The subwoofer is a perfect fit for most cars. The 8’’ sub produces minimal heat even when stored in a closed space. The bass will be smooth and the sub doesn’t overheat. 

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 9db @ 70Hz
  • RMS: 125W
  • Peak Power: 250W
  • Frequency Response: 35-120Hz

The intelligent electronic design incorporates high pass filters and limiters that deliver the exceptional performance you’ll hear.

EDITOR'S RATING:

The crossover control and adjustable EQ settings empower you to fine tune the sounds to your music preference.

The good

The subwoofer has a built in Class D amp. This exerts greater sounds from the sub.

The not-so-good

The sub won't improve your car’s sound when it’s connected to other audio systems. It doesn’t have the drive you need to produce the necessary power.

Pros

Cons

2. JBL Club WS1200

Small car owners can also have full-blast sound systems. The JB Club WS1200 is designed to fit into a small enclosure and utilizes the space to its full potential.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • RMS: 250W
  • Peak Power: 1000W
  • Frequency Response: 27–175 Hz

The Club WS1200 can stand the test of time with its heavy duty materials. You’ll always have a reliable product.

EDITOR'S RATING:

The good

The frequency response is low which helps you to hear all the sounds you’ve previously been missing with other sound systems. You have greater flexibility as you can switch between 2-, 4- and 8-Ohm.

The not-so-good

The sub needs an enclosure for it to work effectively. If your car doesn’t have this, you need to modify and build one.

Pros

Cons

3. JBL CS1014

The affordable sub supplies sounds that match those in the higher end range. The sub was specifically designed to be light to produce maximum efficiency and performance. The progressive spider provides better control excursion. 

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 90dB 
  • RMS: 125W
  • Peak Power: 5000
  • Frequency Response: 45-200Hz

The good

The polypropylene material provides a firm cone. It has a good internal damping and is completely weather resistant.

EDITOR'S RATING:

 The not-so-good

There is no impedance flexibility which can affect the range of sounds.

Pros

Cons

Conclusion:

No matter what your music needs are, I am sure this brand will provide what you are looking for in the always important realm of subwoofers.

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