Are you a gamer? Movie-addict? Someone who welcomes his friends every week for a home party? We are all of them! So, in any of those cases, we’re telling you, you need one of the best subwoofers at Best Buy. We know you can just settle with a basic pair of speakers but subwoofers really make a difference if you want to try.
Subwoofers offer rich and impulsive audio, they’re useful in different situations as we mentioned above. So, we tried different subwoofers and tested them for different features. We tried compact subwoofers, larger options, and professional ones and each offers a different experience. Here are our top picks and our criteria list to know how we reviewed these subwoofers.
Table of contents
- MartinLogan Dynamo
- SVS SB-1000 Pro Sealed Subwoofer
- Definitive Technology Descend DN8
- REL Acoustics T/9x Subwoofer
- Sharp XL-BH250
- Sony SA-SW3 Wireless Subwoofer
- Polk Audio Monitor XT12
- Echo Sub
- Sonos Sub Mini
- Bose Bass Module 700
- Sonos Sub (Gen 3)
- Klipsch R-12SW
- Sony SACS9 Active Subwoofer
- Our Verdict!
- How To Choose The Best Subwoofers at Best Buy?
- Are subwoofers different for speakers?
- What is a passive subwoofer?
- What Hz is best for bass?
The first subwoofer we tried was the MartinLogan Dynamo. We received a two-year warranty with the subwoofer and in some cases, you might receive a free installation by one of the company’s professionals as well. In all cases, installation isn’t a problem but you need to figure out how to optimize the sound to be suitable for your room size.
In our case, the subwoofer was suitable for a medium-sized room in our home. It offered us the bass needed when listening to different types of music. However, we think it won’t be suitable for a larger room as the deep base will escape into the space. Overall, it’s a nice pick for our case at a reasonable price as well.
- Setup is easy
- It’s sold at a reasonable price
- It offers suitable deep-base sound
- It’s suitable for small rooms only
SVS SB-1000 Pro Sealed Subwoofer
The SVS SB-1000 Pro Sealed Subwoofer looks so bold and, thus, recommended for rustic home styles. This was our first impression of this subwoofer. The subwoofer offers acceptable lows and bass. We tried it while playing music and movies as well. In both cases, it gave us the needed umph sounds we were looking for from a single subwoofer like this.
If you need to feel the bass more, you might think of purchasing a pair of these.
On the other side, for small rooms, one is just enough especially for those looking for a basic bass from their audio devices. It’s easy to install and pair with most devices like PCs, TVs, soundbars, and DVD players. The same thing you do to use a headphone with your PC or PS. In case you’re interested, check out these best headphones for PC gaming.
- It’s easy to use with all devices
- The mobile APP is very easy to use to control the sub
- It looks nice and adds to the home decor
- It’s a bit expensive considering the bass we got
Definitive Technology Descend DN8
The Definitive Technology Descend DN8 isn’t the only product we saw from this manufacturer. However, this is the most upgraded sub so far. It comes with an 8-inch driver which is a bit smaller than what we expected from this sub. Yet, when using two of these, we got the immersive experience we were looking for. You don’t have to purchase two unless you really need to shake the walls.
One thing they did special about this sub is that the outer cover is cloth. So, we never worried about this sub falling off wherever it’s put. Another thing we loved as well is the white color in this sub. This isn’t the only subwoofer at Best Buy that comes in white but this one in particular looks so attractive.
- There are two driver size options
- The outer cover is protective
- It has versatile connections
- The driver is smaller than expected
REL Acoustics T/9x Subwoofer
The REL Acoustics T/9x Subwoofer took our home theatre to a whole new level with its deep sound quality. Although we couldn’t deal with the sub the first time we bought it, once we figured out how to set the levels, everything went smoothly. It blends flawlessly with the audio device you use giving incredible sounds.
“Although it’s on the pricey side, we couldn’t resist the audio quality we heard from this sub. Thus, we bought two and now enjoying a home theatre like never before.”Dizzzi
We tested the sub for both movies and music, it sounds great for both. We heard clear and clean bass at the highest volume. It’s a high-end subwoofer at Best Buy, so, expect to pay a lot for such a device. If you’re looking forward to upgrading your home audio system to a professional one, this sub is a worthy option.
- It looks so modern and robust
- It’s a professional sub
- The sub comes with a three-year warranty
- It’s expensive
For a budget-friendly option, we choose the Sharp XL-BH250. These subwoofers are perfect for music. While they look large, they aren’t in reality. The subs are small like most other subwoofers at Best Buy, yet, the sound quality is very good for the size. It also comes in a pair of two which is more than perfect for the price.
Furthermore, setting up the subs was fairly easy. It has a USB port to connect to most electronic devices. So, compatibility isn’t an issue here. The controls are right on the front side, so, playing around with the sound quality is very easy using this sub. It also comes with a headphone output. You might want to check these best headphones with a microphone for a complete audio system.
- It’s very affordable
- The sub is compatible with most devices
- The controls are very easy to use
- The Antenna system isn’t the highest quality
Sony SA-SW3 Wireless Subwoofer
Best wireless. Sony is s professional when it comes to subwoofers. The Sony SA-SW3 Wireless Subwoofer is one of our favorites because we got more than what we paid actually. At this price point, we didn’t expect a very clear sound quality and a bass that shakes the walls. But this is what we got, so, thumbs up for the product.
We used this sub mainly for gaming. There is an option to buy the sub with speakers and we believe it’s a very considerable option, especially for gamers like us. Also, music addicts will love this option as well. Get ready for deep shaking bass sounds with this Sony device. It’s one of the best speakers, subs, and headphone brands ever.
- It’s very affordable
- The sound quality is perfect
- There is an option to buy the subwoofer with speakers
- It isn’t suitable for larger rooms
Polk Audio Monitor XT12
The Polk Audio Monitor XT12 is another option but for wider rooms. We tried this sub and it fill the space with deep bass as expected. The experience we had was so immersive that we felt it was a disco, not a home subwoofer. The sub could be paired easily with any electronic device thanks to the versatile connections. Hence, we could watch movies and listen to our favorite music using this sub.
The sub is a big one, it might not appeal to all people but for our large room, it was okay. If you love the sound envelope created by deep bass, this large sub will do the trick. At the same time, it isn’t too much for a medium-sized living room. It just added the impact we wanted to our favorite movies and songs.
- The sub has versatile connections
- It provides distortion-free audio
- The sub comes in a durable construction
- It’s too large
The Echo Sub is a device that requires pairing with an Echo device, so, it doesn’t work alone. However, we decided to give it a try for what we think it can provide. The outcome didn’t fail us and the sound was as deep as needed. As the name suggests, it produces a nice echo effect that appears more in hip-hop and drums.
Moving to the configuration process, we used the Alexa App to control it remotely. This is one of the main features of this device. It’s such a smart device that uses advanced technology to operate. There is another App for this echo device itself, so, be prepared to take some time to do the configuration process.
- It’s a smart device with advanced tech
- The echo produced is so deep
- It works with the Alexa App
- The configuration takes some time
Sonos Sub Mini
Best small sub. Not all people have extra space to place a subwoofer, so, here is the Sonos Sub Mini. This sub is the best-performing one in a small size. We aren’t saying it’s the smallest because there are definitely subs in the size of a fist. Yet, they usually come with low-quality sound and low bass effects. But this isn’t the case with Sonos mini-sub.
We played heavy bass music to test its effect. Big sound! That’s in brief how we can describe the result. To be comprehensive in our review, we moved the sub to a larger room. The effect decreased a little but it’s still a strong option for regular rooms. You can add some speakers if you have a large room and it’ll work the same as regular Sonos subs.
- The sub is compact and modern-looking
- It has a very strong bass effect
- You can use the mobile App to control some of the settings
- It isn’t suitable for large rooms
Bose Bass Module 700
The wireless Bose Bass Module 700 subwoofer grabbed our attention for how clean it’s designed. We learned that there is a special soundbar from the same brand that pairs with this sub to create parties! Without hesitation, we rushed to try this sub and we’re glad we did! Its dynamic range of 30 feet and the sound quality we heard at the farthest distance are amazing.
The sub is very easy to connect to the soundbar and very easy to use afterward. It has a modern design and technologically advanced operation features as well. On top of that, the driver is large, so, be prepared to get the best home theatre experience ever.
- It has an elegant design
- The driver is large and powerful
- Its range is the largest
- It’s very pricey
Sonos Sub (Gen 3)
The Sonos Sub (Gen 3) is a very sleek sub that looks modern and performs professionally. We know that this sub is on the pricey side, yet, we would get it anyway because it’s really worth it. As we mentioned, we love the design of this sub, it looks like a piece of art that would add to the TV unit or wherever it’s placed, especially if you have a modern designed home.
As for the performance, we danced to music as we could hear every bass note and every drum hit. Moreover, the App enabled us to control the sun in an easy way with no need to reach for the sub itself. Remote controlling is the easiest in the case of this sub. Check out more about this sub from the Audio Advice video here.
- It’s very professional
- You can control the sub using a mobile App
- The design is very modern
- It’s very expensive
Best for wide spaces. The Klipsch R-12SW offered a clean and clear bass we could hear even from another room rather than where this was placed. It’s one of the front-firing subwoofers at Best Buy for those looking for something on a budget but with high-quality audio. Klipsch is now very common among all music lovers for their value-for-money subwoofers.
Aesthetically speaking, this sub looks good. It goes with most sound systems and soundbars if you’re to pair it with any. We wanted to hear the boom, so, we created a whole sound system using this guy, and boom! It shook the entire room. Watching this video from OHsnap Media also helped us make a decision, so go and check it as well.
- It’s value for money
- It works with most sound systems
- It has a clean bass and design
- It’s a bit large
Sony SACS9 Active Subwoofer
Best overall. Another option from Sony that got our attention is the Sony SACS9 Active Subwoofer. This subwoofer works perfectly alone but we combined it with an amplifier to get far better sounds. We managed to get the best audio levels with no distortion at all. The sound was so clear and the bass levels were acceptable. What’s more, we didn’t pay a thousand bucks to get this product. It’s so affordable.
Another feature we liked a lot is the auto sleep feature. When the subwoofer is left without working for some time, it automatically shuts off to save energy. The sub isn’t so large, but since we’re looking for home subs, this one is the best. This review from Perfectacoustic helped us a lot to know more about the features of this sub. You’ll also get a lot of info from this article.
- It’s very affordable
- The sound produced is so clear
- It has an Auto-sleep feature
- The bass isn’t so deep in large spaces
There are so many options that might get you confused about which subwoofer to buy. Thus, we recommend this condensed list of our favorite four subwoofers.
- Best overall: Sony SACS9 Active Subwoofer
- Best for wide spaces: Klipsch R-12SW
- Best small sub: Sonos Sub Mini
- Best Wireless: Sony SA-SW3 Wireless Subwoofer
How To Choose The Best Subwoofers at Best Buy?
Here is a small guide of the criteria we based our research on. Consider this as a checklist to see if the subwoofer you chose is worth it or not.
Although the larger size doesn’t mean a louder sound, size does really matter. Actually, the size we’re concerned about here is the driver size. The driver is responsible for putting out energy to produce louder sounds. So, we always go for something larger than 12 inches. If you want party-like sounds, then 18 inches is at least required. However, consider the size of the room you’ll place this subwoofer in before buying.
Many people know that watt is how loud the speakers are. Yet, it’s more than just the audio level. Watt is how loud you can go with the subwoofer without too much distortion. So, look for something that is high enough (500-1000 Watts) to get clear sounds. Also, we check the RMS or the continuous Watt levels which is the overall audio level of the subwoofer. Again, consider the subwoofer placement when it comes to Watts as well.
Wireless or wired
Needless to say, wireless subwoofers are more practical and easier to use, whereas wired subwoofers need an extra setup process. However, we found that wired subwoofers are usually higher in quality. This isn’t the case all the time but this is what we usually find. So, if you’re more into practicality, go for wireless subwoofers.
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Are subwoofers different for speakers?
Subwoofers are speakers that produce low-pitch audio that some people call bass. Speakers mostly cover all the nonwearable devices that produce sound.
What is a passive subwoofer?
Passive subwoofers are those subwoofers that need to be connected with an amplifier to produce sounds. They don’t work separately.
What Hz is best for bass?
The most suitable HZ ranges from 40 Hz to 200 Hz and sometimes it gets higher to 400 Hz.