Shopping Amazon for the best subwoofers under $500? Cut through the clutter with this focused list that brings you six great choices for that budget.
People often ask me what subs I recommend and it's not an easy question to answer. But we can always start with start with the most important factor: How much can you spend? Of course the answer to the budget question isn't always so simple since many people don't have much disposable income, nor the space to dedicate to pricey, massive subs.
Well fear not, I'm here to share my picks for best subs under $500! That's right, these picks will all make you a happy bass head! Let's start...
Our Pick: SVS PB12-NSD Subwoofer
Another great option from subwoofer specialists SVS! This model has been around for a while, but that doesn't take away from its value proposition: a great price-performance ratio. You want proof? Consider that Audioholics.com gave this sub a "Large Room" rating. But at a more basic level, with this sub you have physics on your side: Large enclosure, 12" driver, 400 watts amp = deeeep bass.
Specifications (provided by SVS) include 18 Hz to 150 Hz frequency response and 126 dB peak output.
SVS PB12-NSD Subwoofer
2. Klipsch Reference R-10SW 10" Subwoofer
The Klipsch R-10SW subwoofer.
How could I make this list without this entry? The answer... I can't! The Klipsch Reference R-10SW is a 10" ported subwoofer that has a digital amplifier delivering 300W of power and has an adjustable low-pass crossover plus phase control.
With Dimensions of 14" (H) x 12.5" (W) x 15.7" (D), it's small enough to place in almost any area of a room. And with a price of $223 on Amazon Prime, and that includes free shipping (a concern with heavy subs), it's worth saving a few extra shekels and buying two of these for under $500!
It's an 'Amazon's Choice' selection with 240 reviews and a 4.5-star rating, which means real users have spoken and they like it too. Two (yes, two) R-10SW subwoofers is a top choice for "best subwoofer under $500" because it's so affordable you can buy two of them.
3. BIC Acoustech PL-200 II Subwoofer - Gloss Black
The BIC Acoustech PL-200 II Subwoofer.
Let's have a look at this sweet sub! Super underrated and often overlooked by audio snobs everywhere, the Bic Acoustech PL-200 II subwoofer is a front-ported design with dual ports and a 12" long-throw woofer, with a state-of-the-art BASH amplifier... that really rocks for its $300 price. Take a listen, it's easily worth double that.
I've heard this subwoofer on many occasions and let me tell you this thing hits hard, it's totally worth the asking price! You even get the gloss black finish, plus it has over 545 very positive reviews on Amazon. Specified frequency response is 22Hz - 200Hz and it has an adjustable crossover plus volume control. If I had $600 to spend on a subwoofer, I'd get 2 of these and tear the room apart. But hey, that's just me.
4. Polk Audio HTS 12 Subwoofer
This is the Polk HTS 12 subwoofer.
We have arrived at what's probably my favorite sub in the list. The Polk Audio 12", 400-watt HTS (Home Theater Subwoofer). This model is from the Polk Signature Series and let me just tell you, if you've never heard this subwoofer then you are quite possibly paying too much for subwoofers!
Its size and price are insane considering how much sound this sub puts out. Not only is this one of the best subwoofers under $500, its performance and looks are like a sub that costs twice as much.
So, how's the frequency response? 28Hz - 120Hz and YES it can hit that 28 Hz! It's front-firing long-throw 12” optimized driver is just what the doctor ordered to make this sub sing. The floor-firing port uses a patented design and it drastically reduces port noise.
The asking price an Amazon comes with free shipping and if you are looking to buy only one sub (and not two) I have no hesitation saying this is the one!
5. Sunfire SDS-10 Subwoofer System (Black Ash)
The Sunfire SDS10 subwoofer.
Next up we have a dual-driver sub from Sunfire, the SDS-10. This design features a front-firing active 10" driver and a down-firing passive radiator plus a 250W RMS, high-efficiency class-D digital amplifier.
Because of the compact size and driver placement on this model, I'd say it definitely can be used in the front, side, or back of the room. That opens up the possibility of using it in just about any room. It's under $400 and comes with free shipping, so it's worth the look!
6. ELAC Debut 2.0 SUB3010 12" Subwoofer
The ELAC Debut 2.0 SUB3010 subwoofer.
Here's another Amazon's Choice is a great choice. The ELAC Debut 2.0 SUB3010 400-Watt powered subwoofer needs no introduction if you know the man responsible for designing it is Andrew Jones. And if you don't know... Andrew is the justifiably famous speaker designer who's worked with TAD, KEF, and Pioneer and now ELAC. His work speaks for itself!
This is the newest version of the Debut series sub with a 10" driver. The previous versions were incredible! It has advanced Bluetooth control using an app, Auto EQ, and a powerful 200W BASH amplifier (400W peak). Quite a deal at $450.
7. SVS SB-1000 12" Sealed Subwoofer
The SVS SB-1000 subwoofer.
We cannot talk about subwoofers without discussing this: The SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer. Sure, it comes in right at the top of the budget for this list at $500. You are getting what you pay for.
With SVS, you always get high quality and incredible customer service! Its high-excursion 12-inch driver delivers massive SPLs for a sub this small, and with detail!
The Amp is a 300-watts RMS, 720-watts peak power SVS Sledge STA-300D with DSP. The dimensions are: 13.5" (H) x 13" (W) x 14" (D) which makes placement easy, put it any place you need it to be.
I can not say enough good things about this SVS SB-1000 sub. It's smooth but punchy. It digs where you need it to (it covers most movies and music) and never quits. SVS is a class act all the way and deserves high accolades for what they can do for a home theater addict on a modest budget. A+
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