Planning to upgrade your car audio system? Having a hard time deciding whether to go with an under seat or trunk subwoofer?
If yes, this guide will come in handy.
Below, we’ll compare the two car subwoofers to help you make a more informed decision on which one to go with.
Under Seat Subwoofer
An under the seat subwoofer is basically a small subwoofer powered (i.e. it has a built-in amplifier) that comes housed in a single, compact body. The sub gets its name “under-seat” because this is where most people prefer installing it in the car.
The all-in-one design of this sub makes it quite easy to install in your car and you don’t have to undergo the matching process with a separate amp or woofer or even struggle to wire them up.
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Also referred to as a boot subwoofer, this kind of sub also gets its name from where car owners install it—in the vehicle trunk.
To install a sub in the trunk of your car, you securely fasten it behind the rear seats and then tuck it away into the corner. This helps ensure that the sub remains stable and doesn’t move around in case you engage emergency brakes or take sharp turns.
A free air subwoofer can also be used as a trunk subwoofer, where it’s mounted to a board that’s then attached in the trunk (against the rear seat) or to the rear deck. In this case, your vehicle track acts as the enclosure housing the sub.
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In summary, an under seat sub usually features a lightweight and compact design. It’s highly portable and doesn’t occupy much space in your car. It’s also easy to install and comes at affordable prices. However, it’s not customizable, tends to suffer tear and wear due to its placement, and it’s less durable.
A trunk subwoofer, on the other hand, is more durable and delivers greater sound quality than the under seat model. it’s highly customizable, more durable and comes in various sizes to pick from. However, these models are a bit costlier and come in larger sizes than the under the seat models.
Which of the two subwoofers matches your needs and expectations?