A subwoofer is designed to reproduce only very low sound frequencies, as well as to fill in the lower bass frequencies when listening to music. It’s not just the inevitable boost to the low end that comes from a good quality subwoofer; it’s the overall richness of the sound. So, if you want to feel that chest pounding bass in your vehicle, there’s no substitute for a powerful subwoofer (or two … or more!). You’ll also need enough space for the subwoofer box. But in smaller vehicles space for bass is at a premium.
That said, you don’t have to settle for tiny sound just because you have a compact car. We now have the option of shallow mount subwoofers which are designed to give you traditional “big bass” sound, while still being able to fit in a smaller, tighter space.
To help you make an informed buying decision, we’ve put together a list of the best 10″ shallow mount subwoofers, so keep reading to see which one you should pick up to round out your car audio system.
Shallow Mount 10″ Subwoofers Reviews
- Oversized cone structure
- Mica-injected resin cone
- Elastic polymer surround
- Double spiders
- Copper voice coils
|Frequency range||20 - 125 Hz|
This is one of the top-rated 10 inch shallow mount subwoofers from Pioneer. It features an oversized, highly rigid cone made with MICA injected molded resin which makes it quite rigid, yet responsive. Its oversized cone structure provides greater cone and gasket surface without changing its standard external dimension allowing it to produce louder and deeper bass by moving more air.
Pioneer TS-SW2502S4 is designed to produce a lot of bass without having to sacrifice space in a trunk or truck cab. At a mounting depth of just 3-1/8″, this sub can be mounted in the tighest of spaces where conventional subs won’t fit.
The TS-SW2502S4 10″ shallow-mount sub is rated for 91 dB sensitivity rating, and can handle up to 300 watts of power on continuous basis. It’s optimized to work best in a small sealed enclosure, however, if you want it to sound louder, mount it in a ported box.
If you’re looking for a hard-hitting shallow mount subwoofer that’s reasonably priced, Pioneer TS-SW2502S4 is a great option to consider. Don’t let its shallow design fool you. If properly powered and well-mounted in its enclosure, it’ll make a night and day difference providing plenty of deep bass. However, bear in mind that this sub has a good break in period, so don’t expect it to sound really good out of the box.
- Fiber cone reinforced with Kevlar with poly-ether-ester surround
- StampCast basket with integrated spider venting
- Anodized aluminum cone and dustcap
- Dual linear spider with embedded 16 AWG tinsel leads
- Diamond cut cast aluminum trim ring with optional grille
- Shallow Motor Assembly
- Optimized for both sealed and vented enclosures
|Frequency range||45 - 250 Hz|
|Impedance||2 ohms or 8 ohms|
The P3SD4-10 is another great 10 inch shallow mount subwoofer from Rockford Fosgate. It’s built from the ground up to make it easier for you to get impressive low end in smaller and hard-to-fit vehicles.
Thanks to advanced materials and engineering, Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-10 will sound relatively as good as a full-size, conventional subwoofer even even in depth limited situations.
This low mount profile sub is featured with an anodized aluminum cone supported with poly-ether-ester surround. This cone is reinforced with Kevlar® fiber and has ABS plastic/acrylic dustcap which helps the cone maintain its shape.
Additionally, the half-roll sealed poly-ether-ester surround provides optimum excursion and control, which allows for accurate bass reponse.
This sub sports a StampCast basket with integrated spider venting to prevent thermal breakdown and overheating. Its dual voice coil allow for multiple wiring configurations.
The P3SD4-10 is optimized to work equally well in both sealed and vented enclosures. At 3-1/2 inches deep, this sub will fit into places where no bass has gone before.
This low profile subwoofer can hit as low as a claimed 45Hz and as far up as 250Hz and it’s rated for 83dB sensitivity rating and can handle up to 300 watts of power RMS.
- Shallow-mount design with small airspace requirements
- Injection molded, mica-filled polypropylene cone
- Rubber surround
- Very small sealed enclosure volume requirements
- Very long linear excursion capability
- DMA-optimized motor designs
- Patented concentric tube architecture
- Cast alloy frame
- Aluminum-alloy dust cap and rear cap with JL Audio logo
|Frequency range||24 - 200 Hz|
|Impedance||2 ohms or 8 ohms|
Jl Audio makes some of the best shallow mount subwoofers out there, however, their subwoofers have a steep price tag. If you believe in “you get what you pay for”, Jl Audio shallow mount subwoofers prove that axiom right.
The 10tw3-d4 is one of the best 10 inch shallow mount subwoofer that you can buy, all things considered. Sure, there are some reasonably priced alternatives out there, but if you’re a serious basshead looking for a top-notch, low profile subwoofer, Jl Audio 10tw3-d4 is a great option to consider.
This super-thin 10″ sub is designed to provide a powerful combination of shallow mounting depth and excursion capability. It only requires minimum air space, which means you can mount it in a much smaller enclosure. So, now, you can have your bass and your space too.
Jl Audio 10tw3-d4 is featured with tough mica-filled polypropylene cone bonded to durable rubber surround which in conjunction with the heavy-duty cast-alloy frame standing at only 3-1/4″ tall serves to hold everything rigidly in place and provide a stable home for this hard-hitting bass driver.
This slim subwoofer has a sensitivity rating of 82.1 dB and it can handle up to 400 watts of power RMS. It can hit as low as a claimed 24Hz and as far up as 200Hz. Its dual 4-ohm voice coils allow for multiple wiring configurations.
This JL Audio shallow mount subwoofer is one of the best sounding car subwoofers in this category. If you don’t like the way these subs sound, then you mist have done something wrong during the installation.