By BHT Staff
This article reviews the top 10 home theater subwoofers under $200.
Subwoofers allow you to hear the deep tones in music and the lowest of voices. If you are looking to have a theater-like experience at home, then it helps to have a subwoofer to pair with your set of speakers. When you are on a budget, you might not be sure of whether or not you can find a quality subwoofer at an affordable price. Even if your budget is as low as $200, there are affordable subwoofers available. You can enjoy an immersive audio experience at home without having to break your budget on home theater equipment if you choose one of these ten options.
1. Polk Audio PSW10 10-inch Powered Subwoofer
The Polk Audio PSW10 10 inch powered subwoofer features a high-current amp and a low-pass filter. This means that you will not get the vibration or humming that are often associated with deep notes at a high volume. It delivers up to 100 watts of power. The enclosure has a wood cabinet with a double grille. Legs lift it off the floor for heat dissipation.
2. Echo Sub
If you have an Echo, then the Echo Sub is an ideal subwoofer to pair with it. The Echo Sub features 100 watts of power through the 6-inch woofer. The device does not look like a traditional piece of home theater equipment. Instead, it resembles a cylindrical stool. Pair it with an Echo or Echo Plus. You can put one of them on the right side and one on the left side for stereo sound. Use it with the Alexa app for voice controls.
3. Yamaha 8-inch 100W Powered Subwoofer
This Yamaha NS-SW050BL powered subwoofer has a cone style of woofer. Its unique twisted flare port delivers the deepest notes of your audio. This subwoofer has a sleek black design that matches your other home audio and theater equipment. Its output is 50 watts per channel across two channels at 5 ohms resistance. The frequency response of 28 to 200 Hz ensures that you do not miss any of the bass sounds.
4. Acoustic Audio PSW-8 300 Watt 8-inch Down Firing Powered Subwoofer
With 300 watts of peak power, this Acoustic Audio subwoofer delivers a solid performance. It has a frequency response of 26 to 250 Hz, which is among the widest of ranges for budget subwoofers. The sensitivity is 97 dB, so it will not miss any of the sounds. This subwoofer also features variable low pass frequency crossover control and automatic shutoff when the signal is lost for more than 60 seconds. The cabinet is made of black ash wood and high-density MDF.
5. Monoprice 8-inch 60-Watt Powered Subwoofer
If you live in a small space, the Monoprice 108248 is the subwoofer for you. It features both line level and speaker inputs for enhanced flexibility. There are multiple wiring options so that you can pair it with vintage or modern stereo systems. The black MDF finish of the cabinet allows it to blend in with your other home theater equipment. Its frequency response range is 50 to 150 Hz. The subwoofer’s driver and sound port are both covered by a sleek black grille for protection.
6. Yamaha Advanced YST II Down-Firing Active Subwoofer
This YST-FSW150 B 130W subwoofer by Yamaha has a unique horizontal design. It can fit into your stereo cabinet with your other pieces of home theater equipment. The black finish and chrome ports deliver modern style with a vintage appeal. The subwoofer provides 130 watts of dynamic power. It has a frequency response of 30 to 150 Hz and uses Yamaha Active Servo Technology II. Its linear port reduces extraneous sounds.
7. Pioneer 100W Powered Subwoofer
This classic Pioneer SW-8MKS subwoofer has a black wood finish and 8-inch cone. Its active powered subwoofer consumes 1.0 amps of power and delivers 100 watts. The frequency response of 38 to 150 Hz allows you to enjoy the full range of audio from music, shows, gaming and more. The long throw design of the woofer minimizes harmonic distortion and humming. The vented enclosure allows the deep bass notes to reverberate in an optimal way. Phase, frequency, high and low level inputs offer flexibility in the subwoofer’s setup.
8. Theater Solutions Slim Subwoofer
If you live in a small space, the Theater Solutions SUB8SM subwoofer is what you need. It offers an MDF enclosure with mahogany brown finish. The frequency response is 35 to 150 Hz. It has an 8-inch down-firing cone. For ease of wiring, it includes left and right RCA inputs, high level left and right input and output spring terminals. You can mount it on a wall or ceiling or place this subwoofer under your furniture.
9. Dayton Audio SUB-1500 Powered Subwoofer
This Dayton Audio subwoofer is heavy-duty piece of equipment. It offers long-throw performance and a 15-inch woofer cone. The cabinet is constructed from MDF and black vinyl around the ports. You can remove the powder-coated metal grille for enhanced style. The 150 watt amplifier means that it is ready to connect to your system. On the back side, there are multiple wiring options for RCA cable and Y connections.
10. BIC America Subwoofer
The unique design of this BIC America V-1220 subwoofer allows you to place it with the cone to the side or forward. It features a down-firing and long-throw design. The frequency response of the subwoofer is 26 to 180 Hz. The built-in signal detection allows for automatic shutoff if no signal is detected after 30 seconds. This subwoofer’s patented Venturi port design eliminates unwanted noise.