The Ultimate Guide To Selecting The Best Sub And Amp Combo

by John Sanderson

Choosing the best sub and amp combo for your car could be a daunting task. There are so many different brands, models, features, and styles to choose from. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of choosing the best option for your budget and needs. We’ll cover everything you need to know about the best subs and amps including how they work together as well as their specifications.

Here’s The Shortlist To Save Your Time:

Product
Skar Audio Dual 12" Complete 2,400 Watt SDR Series Subwoofer Bass Package - Includes Loaded Enclosure with Amplifier
Skar Audio Single 15" Complete 1,200 Watt SDR Series Subwoofer Bass Package - Includes Loaded Enclosure with Amplifier
ALPHASONIK APP122 Complete 1500 Watts Dual 12" Subwoofers Car Bass Package with Amplifier and Installation Kit Included - 2 Sub Woofers with Grills in Custom Ported Box Loaded Enclosure, Black
Skar Audio Dual 12" Complete 2,400 Watt SDR Series Subwoofer Bass Package - Includes Loaded Enclosure with Amplifier
Skar Audio Single 15" Complete 1,200 Watt SDR Series Subwoofer Bass Package - Includes Loaded Enclosure with Amplifier
ALPHASONIK APP122 Complete 1500 Watts Dual 12" Subwoofers Car Bass Package with Amplifier and Installation Kit Included - 2 Sub Woofers with Grills in Custom Ported Box Loaded Enclosure, Black
Product
Skar Audio Dual 12" Complete 2,400 Watt SDR Series Subwoofer Bass Package - Includes Loaded Enclosure with Amplifier
Skar Audio Dual 12" Complete 2,400 Watt SDR Series Subwoofer Bass Package - Includes Loaded Enclosure with Amplifier
Product
Skar Audio Single 15" Complete 1,200 Watt SDR Series Subwoofer Bass Package - Includes Loaded Enclosure with Amplifier
Skar Audio Single 15" Complete 1,200 Watt SDR Series Subwoofer Bass Package - Includes Loaded Enclosure with Amplifier
Product
ALPHASONIK APP122 Complete 1500 Watts Dual 12" Subwoofers Car Bass Package with Amplifier and Installation Kit Included - 2 Sub Woofers with Grills in Custom Ported Box Loaded Enclosure, Black
ALPHASONIK APP122 Complete 1500 Watts Dual 12" Subwoofers Car Bass Package with Amplifier and Installation Kit Included - 2 Sub Woofers with Grills in Custom Ported Box Loaded Enclosure, Black

9 Best Sub And Amp Combo Available In The Market

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The Skar Audio SDR-2X12D4 is a Dual 12″ Loaded 2,400 Watt Vented Subwoofer Enclosure. It is the perfect enclosure for any system, especially those with multiple subwoofers or high-powered amplifiers. The box features precision-cut port holes and integrated polyfill to guarantee maximum bass output.

2

The Skar Audio SDR-1X15D2 is a complete single 15″ subwoofer package loaded with 1,200 watts of Peak Power and 600 watts RMS power. This high-quality vented enclosure features a rugged polypropylene cone that will hold up to any punishment you throw at it. The Skar Audio RP-800.1D Class D 800 watt amplifier gives this system the power it needs to get loud while maintaining great sound quality.

3

The APP122 Subwoofer and Amplifier Package is a complete bass package that comes with EVERYTHING you need to install your subwoofers. The package includes 2 of the most powerful 12” woofers on the market. These woofers are capable of handling up to 1500 Watts max (500 Watts RMS) each, which means you get more than enough power for an entire system! This is all you need to get started!

4

The Skar Audio Single 10″ Complete 1, 200 Watt Sdr Series Subwoofer is a complete bass package that includes everything you need to add serious low-end power to your vehicle. This complete loaded subwoofer system features a single 10″ vented enclosure and 800-watt mono-block amplifier. The Skar Audio sdr-1x10d2 loaded subwoofer enclosure houses one single 10″ driver in a ported box design for maximum bass response.

5

The Skar Audio SDR-2X8D4 is the perfect choice for those looking to get serious bass in their vehicle. This package includes one Skar Audio RP-800.1D Class D 800 Watt Mono-block Car Subwoofer Amplifier, one Skar Audio SDR-2X8D4 Dual 8″ Loaded 1,400 Watt Vented Subwoofer Enclosure, and one set of high quality 4 gauge power and ground leads with inline fuse holder.

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This Belva 1200 Watt Peak Complete Subwoofer System is perfect for those who want to add the most bass possible to their car. The enclosure has been constructed with extra strength 5/8 inch medium density fiberboard that ensures the enclosure contains low-frequency sound waves generated by the subwoofer. The mono-block amplifier allows you to easily connect it to any source, including factory radios.

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This is a Rockville DK512 Package Dual 12″ 2800w K5 Car Subwoofer. This subwoofer features 2″ 4-Layer Black Aluminum Voice Coils Wound with OFC (100% Copper) Wire, The wire we use to wind the voice coil is imported from Japan which is way better quality than the standard China wire, 50 Oz High-Quality Magnet.

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The SDR-2X10D4 is a Dual 10″ Loaded 2,400 Watt Vented Subwoofer Enclosure. This SDR Series enclosure features two 10” high-excursion woofers with Santoprene surrounds and 2.5” voice coils for maximum bass impact. The box includes all mounting hardware and grille cloth to complete the installation in most vehicles.

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The Skar Audio SDR-1X8D2 is a complete bass package that includes the all-in-one loaded SDR Series Subwoofer Enclosure, an amplifier, and a wiring kit. The Skar Audio SDR-1X8D2 Single 8″ Loaded 700 Watt Vented Subwoofer Enclosure is designed to be used with a single 8″ subwoofer driver. This vented enclosure features a front-firing design and can be mounted in either a horizontal or vertical orientation.

5 Things You Must Know While Choosing The Best Sub And Amp Combo

1. What is your budget?

Your budget for a system could determine what kind of equipment you should purchase. We would recommend not going below a 5-inch midrange driver with 2 x 2 “tweeters” in each cabinet when considering an average price range from $1200-$1500 per pair. Also, adjust your prices based on the size of the venue that you would be performing at if possible – talk with different audio retailers or sound engineers in order to get more information on this topic.

2. What are you going to use your system for?

There are various types of systems that may be used for different applications. Larger venues will require more bass response while smaller venues may not need the same amount of power or bottom-end frequency range. You also have to take into consideration if you will be using an electronic drum set with your speaker array, which would cause a drop in overall frequencies. If you still aren’t sure after all these factors then it’s always safe just to ask someone who is knowledgeable about this topic!

3. How do you want your audience to hear your music? Basically, what kind of sound do you want them to hear?

Most listeners want clean vocals and distinguishable bass lines in order for notable songs to sound like the recording after it has been produced. The frequency range for bass instruments and vocals is between 80 – 250 Hz, while the mid-range frequencies (guitars, backup vocals) sit around 500 – 3 kHz and high-end frequencies (brass and woodwinds, etc.) fall somewhere above 8kHz.

4. What kind of music do you plan on playing?

Once you’ve decided what type of equipment configuration suits your budget and needs, you will need to decide on which speaker cabinet configuration best suits your style of the band as well as personal preference. There are many different styles such as Vocal, Bass/Electric Guitar Combo, Electric Guitar with Keyboard Wedge, Keyboard Only, or Drummer Only cabinets that can be configured with subwoofers, all of which are usually powered. No matter what your configuration is, asking an experienced sound technician who can help you sort through possible options would be the best idea to improve your final result.

5. Does this equipment come with a warranty?

This should almost always be one of the first questions asked when considering purchasing new speaker cabinets and/or amplifiers, as having protection against malfunctions will save you money in the long run. For example, if you buy two speaker cabinets and it comes with a warranty (usually 1 – 2 years), then if one cabinet goes out within the first year then it will likely be fixed or replaced by the manufacturer without any charge to yourself. Not only that but amps also have warranties as well which can be anywhere from 1 – 5 years long.

Why Do You Need Sub And Amp Combo?

1. Headphone Jack:

The headphone jack allows for private practice and jam sessions without having to buy another separate amplifier, saving you up to $700 dollars. This isn’t just limited to guitar players; you can plug in your microphone or any instrument, such as a keyboard or drums, into the amp like normal and you won’t need the extra amplification thanks to the included jack. If this feature were not included, then you would have to purchase a separate headphone amplifier, which would cost at least another $200.

2. Headphone Volume Control:

The ability to control headphones makes the amp useful for live practices and recording sessions where your playing could disturb others in the room. The included volume control allows you to turn down the volume of your amps without having to plug it into an auxiliary source or put on noise-canceling headphones. You can now practice as loud as you want with no one complaining!

3. Auxiliary Input:

You now have two choices when connecting auxiliary sources such as iPods and MP3 players- either go through the headphone jack for solo use or connect instrument cables directly to the amp for jam sessions. When connected this way, you get the same power of the Marshall Major II that is usual but with an added bonus of being able to switch back and forth between your personal music source without having to turn down the volume or pause what you are playing on stage.

To Wrap Up

We hope this guide has helped you make a decision about what sub and amp combo is best for your needs. If not, let us know which gear you need and we will customize the perfect solution for you.

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