What are the Best Subwoofers Under $500? I’m often asked this question and I’m very sorry to tell people that it’s rare to get a serious-performing subwoofer under $500. In general, my experience with subs under $500 has been that they just aren’t worth the investment. The subs tend to be passive, boomy, sloppy and incapable of delivering anything resembling accurate bass. The subs that you will find worth considering, are usually within pennies or a few dollars of the $500 price-point.
Best Subwoofers Under $500
|SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer|
SVS SB-1000 (MSRP $499.99)
The little brother of the SB-2000 and SB13-Ultra is no slouch. Featuring a 300W amplifier capable of delivering 720W peaks, the SB-1000 is a model that bucks the trend in the $500 subwoofer market. The build quality of the SB-1000 is up to SVS’ typically high-standards. The SB-1000 will play down to a ridiculously low 24Hz +/- 3dB making it a great complement to a modest home theater or music environment. Backed by SVS 5-year warranty and 45-day in-home trial, the SB-1000 is a value-leader and a no-brainer to vie for the title of best sub under $500.
|Definitive Technology ProSub 1000|
Definitive Technology ProSub 1000 (MSRP $499)
Definitive Technology has long been known for their exceptional speakers and subs. Definitive solidified their reputation with the SuperCube Trinity, specially designed for the electric organ in New York’s historic Trinity Church. While the ProSub 1000 is no SuperCube Trinity, it has all the hallmark and traits of a Definitive subwoofer. The ProSub 1000 has an active 10-inch high excursion woofer pressure coupled to 10-inch bottom mounted low bass radiator that is driven by a 300W amplifier. This design, Definitive claims, produces the net radiating area of the ProSub 1000 is 39% greater than a single 12 inch woofer but with better speed, pitch definition and control The ProSub 1000 is a great value and deserves to be on the audition list for any poor audiophile’s looking at subs under $500.
|MartinLogan Dynamo 500 Subwoofer|
MartinLogan Dynamo 500 (MSRP $495)
MartinLogan has traditionally been known for their exceptional electrostatic speakers and high performance, high-end subwoofers. Over the past many years, MartinLogan has been focusing on more moderately-priced products to appeal to the poor audiophile. For this price-point, the MartinLogan Dynamo 500 is a solidly built, ported subwoofer that features high-density materials to help minimize cabinet resonances. The Dynamo 500 features two ports which MartinLogan says are a convenient and cost-effective way of increasing low-frequency output while minimizing port induced distortion. A 120W amplifier capable of 360W peaks drives a 10-inch woofer for performance down to 29Hz. The sub features a phase control with 0° and 180° settings.
|Axiom Audio EP125 v4|