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Best Bass Tubes For Car

Over the years, car manufacturers have made great strides to improve the sound quality of stock car stereo systems. Unfortunately, most factory stereo systems — even on the high-end of the spectrum – aren’t anything to write home about. In other words, they don’t deliver a completely satisfying musical experience. But there’s always hope. One of the best ways to breathe life into your car audio system and bring your music to life is by adding a subwoofer.

What does a subwoofer do, exactly? Basically, it handles the punchy grunt work in the 20 to 200 hertz range; In other words it reproduces the lower frequencies, also known as bass. A powerful subwoofer will improve your listening experience in a unique and palpable way that no other audio component can.

We can all agree that a good subwoofer will bring out the best in any kind of music from classical to hip-hop, and most factory car stereo systems could benefit from more and better bass. But since vehicles are designed for mass-market tastes, good bass response that requires large speakers and speaker enclosures often get sacrificed to save on cost, weight and space.

We’ve reviewed a ton of subwoofers of different sizes and types in this site before. In this post, we’ll be looking at some of the best bass tube for car that you can buy. These tube-style enclosure are designed to fit in the corner of your trunk and add ride-filling bass to your system with a minimum of hassle.

Best Bass Tubes for Car

Active Bass Tubes

An active subwoofer (also known as powered) is considered an all-in-one bass system built to add depth to your music without much hassle. A powered subwoofer consists of a subwoofer, amplifier, and enclosure optimally matched together to deliver the best possible sound.

Powered subs are one of the most cost-effective ways to add bass to your ride. All it takes is to connect the sub to your vehicle’s power and sound system to make your favorite tunes come alive.

1. MTX Audio RT8PT

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MTX Audio is an American consumer audio company founded in 1979. The company has released everything from car audio, home audio, marine audio and live sound products. So, it’s safe to say that MTX knows a thing or two about audio.

The RT8PT is of the best bass tubes for car that MTX has to offer. This bass system is designed to deliver respectable performance from an optimized combination of sub, enclosure, and amp. This compact cylindrical enclosure offers a great, all-in-one solution for getting good bass in smaller vehicles where space for bass is at a premium.

The RT8PT is fitted with an 8 inch subwoofer that uses a stiff poly cone coupled with durable rubber surround for reliable long term performance. This woofer is powered by a built-in amplifier mounted on the back of the enclosure and rated at 120 watts.

Despite its compact size, this little subwoofer packs a punch. It delivers effortless crisp and clean bass at basically any volume.

The amplifier is featured with low-pass filter and gain controls to let you fine-tune the sound to fit your ride and your style. It also comes with preamp and speaker-level inputs which makes this bass system compatible with most stock and aftermarket headunits out there.

Last but not least, the RT8PT comes with a wired remote control that you can use to control the bass level from the driver’s seat.

The RT8PT is housed in a uniquely shaped ported cylindrical enclosure with two mounting straps to hold the unit in place. To protect it and to make it blend perfectly with the interior of most vehicles, this enclosure comes wrapped with high-grade industrial carpet with MTX logo printed on the side.

2. Bazooka BTA850FH

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If you’ve ever taken any interest in car bass tubes, Bazooka is a brand you likely recognize, and for good reason. It’s a company well-known for making bass tubes.

Bazooka has been around since 1983 and offers a wide variety of bass tube packages of different types and sizes. That said, a name that pioneers in the bass tube space is worth the trust you’d put in a an enclosure that carries its logo.

The BTA850FH is one of Bazooka’s best bass tubes built as an all-in-one bass solution for today’s space- and depth-challenged vehicles such as compacts and hatchbacks.

This unit features an efficient 8 inch woofer, coupled to a 50-watt amplifier for a frequency response of 39Hz to 250Hz.

The BTA850FH comes with everything you need hook it up to your factory radio including a universal harness with Posi-Tap connectors and a 16-foot extension cable.

This amplified bass tube will fit in almost any vehicle, and you can disconnect it in a snap; especially handy if you drive a leased vehicle or if you happen to need more cargo space.

Additionally, since the tube’s speaker and port are right next to each other, you can get impressive performance by “corner loading” your tube — placing it in a corner of your trunk or cargo area so your vehicle’s boundaries act as a natural amplifier, boosting bass production.

3. Powerbass BTA-8

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Powerbass is a brand we haven’t come across very much at all, however, their BTA-8 amplified bass tube seem to be well-liked. It’s one of the cheapest bass tubes in the market.

This vented enclosure houses an 8-inch polypropylene woofer with 40 oz ferrite magnet and pole venting. This woofer is powered by a built-in active amplifier rated at 150 watts RMS. The latter comes with a variable remote gain control, low pass filter and bass EQ.

The Powerbass BTA-8’s trapezoid shaped enclosure design maximizes sub’s transient response, reducing the negative effects that a compact enclosure can have on the subwoofer by dispersing and dissipating standing waves away from the subwoofer. The result respectable clean bass.

The BTA-8 comes covered with durable aircraft grade carpeted finish. And to hold it in place, this bass tube is featured with dual mounting straps. This means you can easily unclip it and take it out of your vehicle when extra space is needed.

Thanks to its high- and low speaker-level inputs, the BTA-8 can be used with almost any stock or aftermarket headunits out there.

All in all, if you’re on tight-budget and you just need to punch up the low end on your car audio system. Powerbass BTA-8 might do the trick. However, if you’re a serious basshead who likes to crank it up and you’re always listening to heavy-bass music, I’m afraid, this little bass system isn’t for you.

Passive Bass Tubes

Unlike an active subwoofer which consists of a subwoofer, amp, and enclosure, a passive subwoofer is called “passive” because it consists of just a woofer in an enclosure, and it needs to be powered by an external amplifier.

1. Alpine SWT-12S4

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Alpine is one of the most authoritative names in the car entertainment industry. It’s been in business since 1946, and you could say they know a thing or two about sound. The company has managed to establish a good reputation throughout the years.

If you’re just on the hunt for a powerful passive bass tube, consider Alpine’s SWT-12S4 bass reflex subwoofer tube. It’s one of the best in this category. It delivers plenty of power and thumping bass with a price point that is more manageable than some bass tubes on this list. This subwoofer retails around $100, so if you’re working on a budget to set up your car audio system, it could be the perfect choice.

Alpine SWT-12S4 comes loaded with a 12 inch subwoofer that can handle up to 300 watts RMS and bursts up to 1000 watts. This subwoofer boasts 92dB sensitivity and presents a frequency response of 28Hz to 200Hz, giving you all the range and power you could want.

The Alpine SWT-12S4 packs a punch. With a powerful amplifier, it’ll render loud and clean bass with no distortion at basically any volume.

The only downside to this subwoofer that we can reasonably think of is the straps. They’re cheaply made and are nothing to write home about.

2. Bazooka BT1224DVC

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Bazooka has built a name on quality bass tubes at competitive prices, and that’s exactly what it’s done with the BT1224DVC dual passive tube.

The Bazooka BT1224DVC features a 12 inch polypropylene woofer with a twin-layer compressed foam surround for smooth excursion. This dual 4-ohm voice coil subwoofer can handle up to 600 watts RMS (300 watts per voice coil). It has a frequency of 30Hz to 1,000 Hz, and 106 dB sensitivity rating. Its dual 4-ohm voice coils promote high power handling, and offer greater wiring flexibility.

The compact ported cylindrical enclosure will fit in almost any vehicle. It was designed to act like a bass cannon, dispersing low frequencies throughout your vehicle. Furthermore, its design cuts down standing bass waves for accurate response and high efficiency.

Similarly to all bass tubes, you can easily disconnect it at anytime if you need more cargo space.

This Bazooka sub is available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 6 inches to 12 inches.

3. Kicker 46CWTB104

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If you don’t mind spending a few hundred dollars on a higher-end bass tube system, consider the Kicker 46CWTB104. It’s a well-engineered tube-shaped enclosure that’s worth every penny.

Kicker’s 46CWTB104 tube subwoofer offers impressive power handling and renders serious bass in a surprisingly small package. It comes loaded with a 10 inch subwoofer and a second driver (called a “passive radiator”) which reacts to the air pressure produced by the main sub, enhancing bass response without any distortion or port noise.

The tube-shaped enclosure at hand is made of tough ABS plastic, and it can be mounted vertically or horizontally, letting it tuck neatly into a corner of your trunk or cargo area. Its shape allows it to disperse bass frequencies into the air like a cannon, pumping deep, resonant sound into your vehicle and your ears. Its spring-loaded wiring terminals located on the side make it easy to connect the wiring from your amp.

Performance wise, Kicker 46CWTB104 sports 25Hz to 500 Hz frequency response and has 85.7 dB sensitivity rating. With 400 watts of power, it’s more designed to accentuate bass response than rattle windows and shake mirrors.

Which Is Better — Passive or Powered?

Well, whether a subwoofer is passive or powered isn’t the determining factor of the performance of the subwoofer. However, due to their all-in-one functionality, powered subwoofers seem to hit the sweet spot for a lot of guys seeking a budget-friendly bass system to fill out the low-end frequencies. Additionally, since powered subs come with their own amps, hooking them up to your car audio system is a straight-forward process.

On the other hand, since an external amplifier is required to run a passive subwoofer, adding one to your audio system might prove a bit daunting. First of all, you need to buy a compatible amplifier, mount it somewhere in your car, run the wires from the battery to the amp, and from the amp to the passive bass tube. All of this might not be easy for most people.

With all of that being said, in most cases, it is more cost-effective to buy a powered subwoofer instead of a passive subwoofer.

Bottom Line

At the end, it’s worth mentioning that having a subwoofer will take a huge load off your speakers, so the latter won’t have to work so hard to produce immersive full-range sound. Unfortunately, there is a wide variety of subwoofers available for your car audio setup.

In this guide, we’ve evaluated the best bass tubes for car that will make your car audio system rock without much hassle. We included everything from cheap bass tubes all the way to high-end models and a few in-between to cater for different needs, and budgets.

Bear in mind that none of these bass tubes can turn your ride into a rolling thunderstorm of bass. However, adding one of these tubes to your car stereo system will complement your speakers and fill out the low-end frequencies.

Alex Brown

Hey There, my name is Alex Brown, I'm an LA-based sound engineer with over 10 years experience installing, troubleshooting, and repairing commercial, automotive, and household sound equipment. I've installed highly competitive car audio systems, and everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms and beyond. I enjoy creating solutions and simplifying everyday needs. I also love helping people get great sounding gear, thereby, saving the world from bad sound one customer at a time.

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