By BHT Staff
This article reviews the top 10 home theater subwoofers under $500.
A surround sound system can put you in the middle of your favorite films and mimic the experience that you have in the theater. These systems consist of different components such as an amplifier or receiver and speakers. Another useful component that a new system needs is a subwoofer. Subwoofers act as speakers that improve the quality of the sounds that you hear and creates the rich experience that you want at home. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on one of these products. The most affordable models are within the top 10 budget home theater subwoofers under $500.
1. Klipsch Reference Subwoofer
This affordable Klipsch Reference R-112SW 12-inch subwoofer comes from China and will fit most budgets. The inside uses a mixture of ceramic and copper materials to force the sound out from the subwoofer. It has multiple inputs on the back that are compatible with receivers and amplifiers from other companies and is compatible with the wireless accessory from the manufacturer. This subwoofer will have a nice look in your house because of the copper woofer and black veneer cabinet.
2. Polk Audio 12-inch Powered Subwoofer
Though it may not look as high end as you expected, this Polk Audio subwoofer is a great addition to your home theater system. With a 12-inch size and 460 watts, it recreates all the sounds and noises that come from your amplifier without any distortion. The grille on the front comes off to let you listen to crisp sounds and to clean the woofer. It has a strong and extensive frequency response range that makes it compatible with most systems.
3. Polk Audio HTS 10-inch Powered Subwoofer
Thanks to the built-in Powered Port Technology, this subwoofer delivers clear audio without any of the distortions that other models produce. It has both stereo line inputs and LFE inputs that are compatible with both older and newer devices. To make the subwoofer look sleeker and more modern, Polk Audio placed all the controls on the back. At 10-inches, this model is a little smaller than other subwoofers but makes it perfect for use with bookshelf speakers.
4. ELAC Debut 2.0 400 Watt Powered Subwoofer
If you want a subwoofer that works with Bluetooth but still has inputs, the Debut might be your top choice. It has two inputs on the back for connecting the subwoofer to speakers and amplifiers, but you can also use the subwoofer wirelessly with those devices. A service port on the back lets you use the subwoofer with USB cords too. It also features a cabinet made from braced MDF that lasts longer than plastic cases do.
5. MartinLogan Dynamo 10-inch 700W Subwoofer
Another subwoofer that can work with and without wires is the Dynamo. It has a maximum range of up to 40 feet to let you connect the subwoofer to devices in other rooms or across the room. The black cabinet has a contemporary design and four small feet that lift the subwoofer off the floor. This allows more of the sound to pour out with little to no distortion. At 10 inches, the Dynamo can fit in more spaces around your home too.
6. Audioengine S8 8-inch Powered Subwoofer
One of the most affordable home theater subwoofers that are also among the smallest is this Audioengine model. At just 8-inches in size, it is nearly half the size of other subwoofers. It still works with most of the components in your system and will pull you into movies and shows. This subwoofer has a mode that shuts itself off to save on power and both LFE and RCA inputs. It also has a frequency response of up to 180 Hz.
7. Yamaha Audio Subwoofer System
Yamaha is a name you can trust, which is why so many people choose this subwoofer system when they’re on a budget. Weighing less than 50 pounds, this SW315-model subwoofer is easy to carry around your house and connect to your system. It has a frequency response range of 20 to 160 Hz and has a 250-watt digital amplifier built inside. With a Bass Action Selector Switch (BASS), it lets you quickly change the amount of bass based on what you want to hear.
8. Polk Audio 8-inch Compact Powered Subwoofer
One of the most compact and affordable subwoofers in the world is the PSW111 from Polk Audio, which is only eight inches in size. It has small legs on the base that give it a modern look and 150-watt built-in amplifier that produces great sound without requiring a lot of space. Compatible with Polk Audio products, the subwoofer works with components from other manufacturers too. It has a removable grille on the front and multiple inputs on the back.
9. Bose Bass Module 500
With the Bose Bass Module 500, you get all the power of a Bose subwoofer without sacrificing space in your home. At 10 X 10 X 10, it is so compact that you can set the subwoofer on any shelf or table. It works wirelessly when connected to a soundbar and is compatible with both the 500 and 700 soundbars from Bose. The included instructions make it easy to set up your system.
10. SVS 10-inch Subwoofer
The wood cabinet that comes with this SVS PB-1000 10-inch subwoofer has a black ash finish that can match with the design of any entertainment or living room. Weighing 46 pounds, the subwoofer produces between 300 and 700 watts of power and is compatible with most entertainment devices and systems. Called one of the best subwoofers under $500, it can adjust to any frequency to reduce distortion and vibrations.