By Alyssa Horvath. Car Audio. Published at Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 - 06:07:22 AM.
You want the bass to musically blend and be well-balanced with the rest of your system, so, here's a good rule-of-thumb guide to sub power: If you're using your car's factory stereo — 50 to 200 watts RMS of power for the bass will do nicely. An aftermarket receiver — you might want 200 to 300 watts RMS of power for your sub. Amplified speakers with around 50 watts RMS per channel — plan on 250 to 500 watts RMS for bass. A 100 watts RMS or higher per channel system — you'll want at least 1,000 watts RMS for your sub.
You should start by looking at component subs. A component sub is just the speaker itself — it'll need to be mounted in a subwoofer box to operate properly. In addition, you'll need to power the sub with an external amplifier. Component subs usually range in size from 8" to 15". There are models designed to operate on low or high power, and in a variety of different types of boxes. They are several different impedance and voice coil setups, so you can pick and choose among models to match up to your system design. If you're starting from the ground up in designing your custom system, choosing the subwoofer is a great place to start. [Shop for component subs]
Dual-zone listening. If you're toting your family around, the "dual-zone" capability that some receivers offer lets you separate the rear-seat entertainment from the front. Your backseat passengers can listen to their tunes or watch movies on a second monitor, while you listen to the ballgame up front.
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