Car powered sub: Powered Subwoofers at Crutchfield

Powered Subwoofers at Crutchfield

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All-in-one bass solutions

Powered subs are a popular choice for people who want an easy route to adding bass. The subwoofer is mounted in a perfectly matched enclosure, and powered by a built-in amplifier. These all-in-one solutions usually take up less space than the average subwoofer box, so they’re a great choice for smaller vehicles.

Types of powered subwoofers

When shopping for a powered sub, there are two factors to keep in mind: 

  1. How much space do you have? 
  2. How much bass do you want? 

How much space do you have for a bass system? 

Space is the important factor. If you don’t want to sacrifice storage space, then look at compact powered subwoofers. They have the smallest form factor and can fit nearly anywhere. If you aren’t worried about how much room the subwoofer will take up, then you have more options. 

How much bass do you want? 

Powered subs come in a variety of power levels. The more power it has, the more bass you get. If you’re adding the subwoofer to a factory system, then any powered sub will do. If you have an aftermarket stereo or amplifier powering your speakers, then you’ll want a more powerful subwoofer. 

For more information about shopping for a car subwoofer, read our Car Subwoofer Buying Guide. 


Popular questions customers ask

Powered subwoofers provide musical bass fill without taking up all of your cargo space like large boxes loaded with large speakers wired to extra-powerful amplifiers do. In a powered subwoofer, the amplifier is built into the enclosure and prewired to the woofer. This makes for a smaller package and simpler installation. Compact powered subs fit in a lot of different places any in almost any vehicle.

Even little speaker cones can produce large bass sound waves, which are generally between 12 and 30 feet long. Such large sound waves will be unaffected by something as small as a car seat. They won’t get reflected or absorbed and will be heard everywhere in your vehicle. The large size of bass waves also makes it almost impossible for our ears to locate their source precisely, so mounting positions for your compact powered subwoofer can vary with minimal adverse effects.

If you’re handy with tools, you shouldn’t have any problems. You’ll need to run a power wire from your vehicle’s battery to your powered sub’s location, and then a ground wire from there to the chassis. You’ll also need RCA cables to carry signal from your aftermarket stereo, or factory stereo interface device, to your new powered subwoofer. Don’t worry — when you buy your gear from Crutchfield, our Tech Support people can help you if any issues come up.


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You can install two powered subs in your vehicle if you have the space and your vehicle’s electrical system can support them both. We recommend running the power wire for each sub from a power distribution block, which would get wired directly to the battery with a wiring kit built to handle the total amount of power of both subs. Give us a call, so an Advisor can help you get all the right installation gear you need to install your powered subwoofer.

The amount of power your powered sub needs depends on how loud you want your bass to sound and how much auxiliary power your vehicle can support. If you drive an all-electric or hybrid-electric vehicle, we recommend limiting the size to no more than about 300 watts RMS, so it won’t interfere with the electric vehicle’s normal operation. Otherwise, 150 watts RMS will provide ample bass fill with a factory stereo, and up to 500 watts RMS delivers powerful bass for any stereo.

Powered Subwoofers at Crutchfield

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Charlottesville

825 Gardens Blvd

1-434-817-1100

Harrisonburg

109 South Carlton

1-540-434-1000



TOP

Related searches

Searches related to Powered subwoofers.

How to shop for Powered Subwoofers

All-in-one bass solutions

Powered subs are a popular choice for people who want an easy route to adding bass. The subwoofer is mounted in a perfectly matched enclosure, and powered by a built-in amplifier. These all-in-one solutions usually take up less space than the average subwoofer box, so they’re a great choice for smaller vehicles.

Types of powered subwoofers

When shopping for a powered sub, there are two factors to keep in mind: 

  1. How much space do you have? 
  2. How much bass do you want? 

How much space do you have for a bass system? 

Space is the important factor. If you don’t want to sacrifice storage space, then look at compact powered subwoofers. They have the smallest form factor and can fit nearly anywhere. If you aren’t worried about how much room the subwoofer will take up, then you have more options. 

How much bass do you want? 

Powered subs come in a variety of power levels. The more power it has, the more bass you get. If you’re adding the subwoofer to a factory system, then any powered sub will do. If you have an aftermarket stereo or amplifier powering your speakers, then you’ll want a more powerful subwoofer. 

For more information about shopping for a car subwoofer, read our Car Subwoofer Buying Guide. 


Popular questions customers ask

Powered subwoofers provide musical bass fill without taking up all of your cargo space like large boxes loaded with large speakers wired to extra-powerful amplifiers do. In a powered subwoofer, the amplifier is built into the enclosure and prewired to the woofer. This makes for a smaller package and simpler installation. Compact powered subs fit in a lot of different places any in almost any vehicle.

Even little speaker cones can produce large bass sound waves, which are generally between 12 and 30 feet long. Such large sound waves will be unaffected by something as small as a car seat. They won’t get reflected or absorbed and will be heard everywhere in your vehicle. The large size of bass waves also makes it almost impossible for our ears to locate their source precisely, so mounting positions for your compact powered subwoofer can vary with minimal adverse effects.

If you’re handy with tools, you shouldn’t have any problems. You’ll need to run a power wire from your vehicle’s battery to your powered sub’s location, and then a ground wire from there to the chassis. You’ll also need RCA cables to carry signal from your aftermarket stereo, or factory stereo interface device, to your new powered subwoofer. Don’t worry — when you buy your gear from Crutchfield, our Tech Support people can help you if any issues come up.


Read the full article

You can install two powered subs in your vehicle if you have the space and your vehicle’s electrical system can support them both. We recommend running the power wire for each sub from a power distribution block, which would get wired directly to the battery with a wiring kit built to handle the total amount of power of both subs. Give us a call, so an Advisor can help you get all the right installation gear you need to install your powered subwoofer.

The amount of power your powered sub needs depends on how loud you want your bass to sound and how much auxiliary power your vehicle can support. If you drive an all-electric or hybrid-electric vehicle, we recommend limiting the size to no more than about 300 watts RMS, so it won’t interfere with the electric vehicle’s normal operation. Otherwise, 150 watts RMS will provide ample bass fill with a factory stereo, and up to 500 watts RMS delivers powerful bass for any stereo.

connection and installation diagram + video instruction

A good subwoofer allows you to achieve a qualitatively different sound of a car audio system for a fairly reasonable price. Active cabinet subwoofers are very easy to connect, but a passive subwoofer, without basic training, can not be connected correctly by every motorist, and a mistake can even lead to generator failure.

That is why it is important to know how to properly install the subwoofer in the car and connect it to the car radio and on-board network.

At the end of this article you will find a diagram of connecting a subwoofer to a head unit and an amplifier, as well as a video instruction on how to properly install and connect a subwoofer in a car yourself.

We talked in detail about the types of car subwoofers and their distinctive features in our article about choosing a subwoofer for a car, so below we will only touch on this topic in passing.

Classification of subwoofers and how to install them in a car

All car subwoofers are divided into two large classes: passive and active.

  1. The passive subwoofer is a box with built-in speakers. In order for such a subwoofer to work, you will have to additionally purchase an audio amplifier of the appropriate power, since passive subwoofers do not have their own amplifier.
  2. Active subwoofers differ from passive subwoofers in that they have their own built-in amplifier.

In fact, the active subwoofer is a ready-to-use speaker system that will suit, perhaps, most car enthusiasts, except for those who make special demands on sound quality. Very often, active subwoofers also have the ability to adjust the sound frequencies and bass levels.

There is another type of subwoofer that does not have a box and is a speaker with or without an amplifier – they are called boxless.

Cabinet subwoofers, in turn, differ from each other in the shape of the cabinet and the material from which it is made:

  • The body material can be plywood, chipboard or even fiberboard.
  • The frequency characteristics of the subwoofer depend on the material of the enclosure, as well as on its shape.

    Ways to install a subwoofer in a car

    In most cases, subwoofers are installed in the luggage compartment of a car, and installation locations may vary. Most often, the subwoofer is attached to the back of the rear seat, but there are also options when the “sub” is installed on the side in the luggage compartment.

    Woofers that do not have a cabinet are typically installed in the following locations:

    • Into the car interior;
    • In the trunk floor;
    • In the body made according to individual calculations, taking into account the characteristics of the free space in the car. Such subwoofers occupy a minimum of useful space in the luggage compartment of the car.

    There are also compact models of subwoofers that are installed under the front seats of the car. However, these devices are not very powerful.

    After determining the installation location, the subwoofer is directly installed in the car and its further connection to the car’s on-board network and to the amplifier or car radio.

    Connecting a subwoofer in a car

    If the subwoofer is active, then there will be no special problems when connecting it to the factory radio or other head unit. To do this, you need to perform only two steps: connect the power and audio wires.

    1. To connect the power, you need to stretch the wire from the subwoofer into the engine compartment of the car and connect it through the fuse to the positive battery terminal. The negative contact of the subwoofer is powered by the nearest ground.
    2. The audio cable connects directly to the dedicated subwoofer socket on the back of the radio, usually labeled “ S/W ” or “ SW OUT “.

    Read more about connectors and outputs on the rear walls of car radios in our instructions for connecting car radios.

    Passive subwoofer connection diagram in a car

    Passive subwoofer connection in a car is somewhat more complicated, since it must be connected not directly to the radio, but through an amplifier (see the connection diagram above). In addition, we recommend using a dedicated subwoofer capacitor to avoid high volume dropouts and vehicle electrical problems.

    Since subwoofers create an additional load on the car’s on-board electrical network, if there is a powerful sound amplifier in the audio system, it is very often necessary to purchase a capacitor for the subwoofer, which will protect the network from overloads.

    After installing and connecting the subwoofer in the car, all that remains is to set it up correctly. If an active subwoofer is installed in the car, then when it is adjusted, the optimal sound option is simply selected.

    But the setting of a passive subwoofer is usually more complicated, and in order to properly adjust its sound, you need to have a good ear for music. If you can’t set up a passive subwoofer yourself, then it would be better to contact specialists for this.

    Video instructions for installing and connecting a subwoofer in a car

    Installing a subwoofer in Voronezh at a price of 4000 ₽

    Not everyone understands the value of this component in the overall sound stage of the car. Often the idea of ​​a subwoofer is made up of the rattle of the trunk and windows of high-rise buildings, but this is far from the case . ..

    Why install a subwoofer in your car

    Installing a subwoofer is an essential procedure for achieving high-quality music sound in your car. Do not confuse the quality sound of a subwoofer with the “clatter” of a car license plate. Correctly setting the bass level will create a quality soundstage that is impossible without a subwoofer.

    Only a subwoofer can reproduce that soft and velvety bass that fills the sound composition. This is due to the special structure of the diffuser, which is designed for low-frequency vibrations.

    Types of car subwoofers

    Depending on the needs of car owners, there are several types of subwoofers. They differ in the structure of the box, as well as in purpose. Let’s consider the main ones.

    Powered subwoofers.

    This type is for low end setups to add more bass. But they are not designed to build high-quality sound stages.

    The main feature of these subwoofers is the presence of a built-in amplifier right in the box. Therefore, this simplifies installation, and also simplifies the selection of components – the amplifier is immediately in the box, everything is ready, assembled, it remains only to connect.

    They come in a variety of shapes ranging from flat (to fit under the seat), rectangular to round.

    To connect them, you only need to connect power and a signal wire (usually taken from the signal from the rear speakers).

    Passive subwoofer in regular box and stealth box

    This is a classic version of the subwoofer that is installed in cars to achieve the fullness of the sound stage. The main distinguishing feature of these subs is the need for an additional purchase and installation of an amplifier under them.

    But such subwoofers have a number of advantages:

    • they are much better able to play the bass component;
    • is a very flexible customization system for needs and taste;
    • the ability to choose any power depending on the needs
    • are sold both in a box and without a box, which allows you to fine-tune the equipment to your needs

    The “stealth” box differs from the classic version in that it is, as it were, built into the trunk niche and occupies a minimum of usable space.

    Such a box is made of glass mat and polyester resin, less often from MDF.

    The difficulty with such boxes lies in the limited volume, which, by the way, is very problematic to measure accurately. Therefore, in such boxes, everything is often “by eye”. But again, an indisputable advantage is a regular look and space savings with all the advantages of a passive subwoofer.

    Sound Pressure Competition Subwoofer

    This, my friends, is a special kind of drug that can suck you and your money for years 🙂

    Here people are divided into 2 types: some twist their fingers to the temple, while others simply enjoy the process. Everyone has their own arguments.

    So, this type of subwoofer is essentially a regular passive subwoofer with one accent – bass quality does not play a role here at all. The main task is to get the maximum low-frequency resonance. Therefore, such subwoofers are large, the number of speakers in one box can reach more than 10 pieces!!! Such subwoofers require a lot of power: powerful generators are installed, several batteries, power is supplied by thick copper wires, and sometimes even tires.