Subwoofer Reviews (99 Reviews)


RSL Speedwoofer 10S Subwoofer Reviewed

RSL Speedwoofer 10S Subwoofer Reviewed

Dennis Burger auditions RSL's Speedwoofer 10S subwoofer, which houses a 10-inch woofer and 350-watt Class D amp in a modestly sized, ported cabinet. Also modest is the sub's asking price: $399. Continue Reading

Subwoofer Reviews

A subwoofer is designed to deliver the low-frequency effects (or LFE) channel in a surround soundtrack, as well as to fill in the lower bass frequencies when listening to music. Want to feel the low-end rumble of a spaceship fly-over or explosion in your favorite film soundtrack? Then you need a good subwoofer (or two … or more!). Setting up a subwoofer used to require a lot of guess work, but modern subwoofers tend to feature internal amps, EQ systems, and room correction software—making it easier to integrate your subwoofer with your floorstanding speakers or bookshelf speakers. Check out the Resources below to learn more about subwoofer use and placement.

How to Choose a Subwoofer for Surround Sound or Stereo
The Pros and Cons of Multiple Subwoofers
Why Subwoofer Distortion Is Different From Amplifier Distortion
Active Subwoofers vs Passive Subwoofers

Wanna go low? We've got a full complement of subwoofer reviews from top brands, ranging from compact lifestyle models to full-blown reference subs.

Subwoofer Reviews Archives

Jan 16, 2017

SVS SB16-Ultra Subwoofer Reviewed

With the new 16-Ultra Series, SVS has introduced its most powerful subwoofers to date. Brent Butterworth tests the new SB16-Ultra, a sealed-box design with a 16-inch woofer and a 1,500-watt Class D amplifier. Continue Reading
SVS SB16-Ultra Subwoofer Reviewed

Dec 05, 2016

Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

'Tis the season for Home Theater Review's annual best-of list, where we select the best products we've reviewed in the past 12 months. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

Aug 29, 2016

PSB SubSeries 450 Subwoofer Reviewed

Brent Butterworth reviews PSB's $1,499 SubSeries 450 subwoofer, which combines two 10-inch passive radiators with a 12-inch active driver powered by a 400-watt RMS Class D amplifier. Continue Reading
PSB SubSeries 450 Subwoofer Reviewed

May 30, 2016

THIEL SmartSub 1.12 Subwoofer Reviewed

Brent Butterworth reviews THIEL Audio's new SmartSub 1.12 subwoofer, which features a 12-inch driver, a 1,250-watt Class D amplifier, and an advanced built-in room correction system . Continue Reading
THIEL SmartSub 1.12 Subwoofer Reviewed

Mar 28, 2016

OEM Systems ICBM Subwoofer System Reviewed

Want the benefits of multiple subs without the big boxes? Brent Butterworth tests the ICBM in-wall subwoofer system from OEM Systems, which includes four eight-inch in-wall subwoofers driven by a single P-500XB amplifier. Continue Reading
OEM Systems ICBM Subwoofer System Reviewed

Feb 08, 2016

Paradigm Prestige 2000SW Subwoofer Reviewed

Brent Butterworth reviews Paradigm's Prestige 2000SW subwoofer, which features a 15-inch driver, a 2,000-watt Class D amplifier, a variety of attractive finishes, and the company's excellent Perfect Bass Kit. Continue Reading
Paradigm Prestige 2000SW Subwoofer Reviewed

Jan 20, 2016

Origin Acoustics Bassic SUB8 Subwoofer Reviewed

If you're in the market for subwoofer, you have plenty of options. The first step to narrow your choices is... Continue Reading
Origin Acoustics Bassic SUB8 Subwoofer Reviewed

Jan 11, 2016

Power Sound Audio S3600i Subwoofer Reviewed

Brent Butterworth reviews the S3600i subwoofer from Power Sound Audio. This muscular sub combines two 18-inch drivers and a 1,700-watt Class D amp in a 137-pound cabinet. How does it perform? Read on to find out... Continue Reading
Power Sound Audio S3600i Subwoofer Reviewed

Dec 07, 2015

Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

It's that time of year again--time for the HomeTheaterReview.com staff to pick the products that we feel represent the best of the best from all of our 2015 reviews. We've covered a variety of categories and price points. See if your faves made the list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

Nov 23, 2015

Artison RCC Nano 1 Subwoofer Reviewed

Brent Butterworth reviews Artison's first freestanding subwoofer, the RCC Nano 1. This micro sub measures just 7.5 by eight by nine inches and uses two 6.5-inch drivers and a 300-watt Class D amp. Continue Reading
Artison RCC Nano 1 Subwoofer Reviewed

Nov 09, 2015

Sunfire XTEQ12 Subwoofer Reviewed

Brent Butterworth auditions the XTEQ12 subwoofer from Sunfire. This top-of-the-line $2,000 sub features a 12-inch driver, a 12-inch passive radiator, and a 3,000-watt amplifier. Continue Reading
Sunfire XTEQ12 Subwoofer Reviewed

Sep 14, 2015

Klipsch R-115SW Subwoofer Reviewed

Brent Butterworth reviews Klipsch's $899 R-115SW subwoofer, a ported design that uses a 15-inch Cerametallic driver and an 800-watt Class D amplifier. Continue Reading
Klipsch R-115SW Subwoofer Reviewed

Jul 27, 2015

Sumiko S.9 Subwoofer Reviewed

Brent Butterworth reviews Sumiko's new $999 S.9 subwoofer, which features a 10-inch driver, a 10-inch passive radiator, a 350-watt RMS Class AB amp, and connection options that the audiophile will appreciate. Continue Reading
Sumiko S.9 Subwoofer Reviewed

Dec 29, 2014

The Pioneer SW-8MK2 Meets the Meters

Our previous review of Pioneer's $160 SW-8MK2 subwoofer certainly generated some chatter, so we asked Brent Butterworth to dig a little deeper. How did the SW-8MK2 (both the stock and modified versions) perform on his test bench. Read on to find out. Continue Reading
The Pioneer SW-8MK2 Meets the Meters

Dec 17, 2014

M&K Sound X12 Subwoofer Reviewed

Bob Barrett explores M&K Sound's flagship X12 subwoofer, which uses two 12-inch drivers in a push-pull configuration and a Class D amplifier rated at 400 watts continuous and 700 watts peak. Continue Reading
M&K Sound X12 Subwoofer Reviewed

Dec 08, 2014

Outlaw Audio Ultra-X12 Subwoofer Reviewed

Outlaw Audio has introduced a brand new subwoofer, the Ultra-X12, that sells for $639. In our exclusive review, Brent Butterworth puts this 12-inch, 350-watt subwoofer through his full arsenal of demos and measurement tests. Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio Ultra-X12 Subwoofer Reviewed

Dec 01, 2014

Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards

Home Theater Review presents its Best of 2014 Awards. We've surveyed all the products reviewed over the past year and selected the ones we think are the most compelling. Check out our list and see if your 2014 favorites made the grade. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards

Oct 15, 2014

Pioneer SW-8MK2 Subwoofer Reviewed

Terry London examines the SW-8MK2 subwoofer from Pioneer and is absolutely blown away by the level of performance that this $160 eight-inch, 100-watt subwoofer can deliver. Continue Reading
Pioneer SW-8MK2 Subwoofer Reviewed

May 05, 2014

SVS PB-2000 Subwoofer Reviewed

SVS is known for making some outstanding subwoofers. Does the SVS PB-2000 live up to their name. Dennis Burger discovers that what it does, it does well. Whether or not it's what your looking for you'll have to read not to find out . . . Continue Reading
SVS PB-2000 Subwoofer Reviewed

Apr 16, 2014

Episode Landscape Speaker Kit and Burial Subwoofer

I was recently introduced to Episode Speakers by Sean Killebrew, who reviewed the company's in-wall speakers and had good things... Continue Reading
Episode Landscape Speaker Kit and Burial Subwoofer

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