When you’re relaxing outdoors you, want to enjoy the music you’re playing. A good subwoofer will give you clearer and deeper bass, but that’s not the only benefit. By removing the burden of bass from your other boat speakers, it lets them perform better too with more volume.
In our best marine and boat subwoofers guide, we explain what features to look for. And don’t forget that these subs aren’t just for boats. A marine subwoofer is one that’s been engineered to handle the rigors of outdoor life. Intense UV rays break down regular plastics while dirt and moisture play havoc with delicate moving components. Most car subwoofers just won’t survive long on your jet ski, ATV or boat.
Like their car equivalents, marine subwoofers come in a range of sizes and power outputs. A bigger subwoofer provides better coverage of the lowest frequencies, but these units tend to respond more slowly to music genres like rock. Your choice for subwoofer size depends in part on the style of music you anticipate listening to and where it’s going to be installed.
Subwoofer enclosures are something else to consider too. You can get them with their own enclosures and you can get “infinite baffle” subwoofers for mounting in large spaces on your boat. (In an enclosure air surrounding a subwoofer acts like a damper, restricting movement. This doesn’t happen to subwoofers mounted in the sidewall of a boat, so they are engineered differently.)
Our marine and boat subwoofer guides will take you through the various options on the market. And don’t forget that a quality subwoofer takes power, and power requires a marine grade boat amplifier to support it.
We’re constantly reviewing, testing and updating our lists with new marine subwoofers so be sure to bookmark our page and check back the next time you’re in the market for a boat sub!