Updated April 06, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

The 10 Best Marine Subwoofers

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in March of 2019. Just because you're out to sea doesn't mean that you have to forego that chest-rumbling listening experience to which you've grown accustomed. Engineered from weather-resistant materials, our selection of marine subwoofers is dedicated to delivering powerful, accurate bass response that rivals the low-frequency sound reproduction performance of many professional car stereos. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best marine subwoofer on Amazon.

10. Kicker 43KMW102

9. Polk MM1 Series

8. DS18 Hydro

7. Boss MR101

6. Kenwood P-WD250MRW

5. Rockville MS10LW

4. JL Audio M10IB5

3. Bazooka MBT1014

2. Rockford Fosgate Punch Series

1. Alpine SWR-M100

Editor's Notes

April 03, 2019:

For any audiophile who expects heart-thumping bass when rocking out to their music, the values of durability, ease of installation, and stable low-frequency sound are among the most important values to consider when selecting an appropriate subwoofer, both for automobile use and boat installations. With this topic, however, an additional challenge involves ensuring that a marine-grade subwoofer is well-protected from both saltwater and freshwater environments as well as extreme UV exposure, considerations that some car aficionados may not have to think about when their speaker equipment is installed inside a vehicle instead of the bulkheads of a ship. That said, I tried to select options that take both durability and a superior listening experience into account.

The injection-molded polypropylene frame, thermal management system, and waterproof rubber mounting gasket on the Alpine SWR-M100, for example, keep this powerhouse well-shielded from rough seas, while the patented motor minimizes distortion at high volumes. I also included the Rockford Fosgate Punch Series for its anodized aluminum construction, which prevents the internal voice coil from overheating, so I figured it was ideal for parties. For boats with limited storage space, I thought the Bazooka MBT1014 was a formidable option, as the handy tube design and stainless steel enclosure protect its internal components from harsh outdoor conditions, while allowing it to operate without an amplifier. For vessels that receive an excessive amount of foot traffic from party guests, I included the Rockville MS10LW for its sturdy molded ABS plastic material. Also added the Kenwood P-WD250MRW, as this package includes a dedicated amplifier and dual voice coils. Included the Boss MR101 for its open-air basket, dome tweeter, and ability to deliver wide audio dispersion. Also included the powerful DS18 Hydro for its 600-watt peak power output and built-in RGB lighting. The Polk MM1 Series rivals the quality of many studio subwoofers, while its patented Dynamic Balance technology works to keep distortion to a minimum.


Jeff Newburgh
Last updated on April 06, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

Jeff is a dedicated writer and communications professional from San Francisco with a bachelor of arts in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He began his career in computer consulting and later branched out into customer service. Jeff focuses on making complex topics easy to understand. With over 10 years' experience in research, his relentless curiosity fuels a love of writing and learning how things work, and has helped to build expertise in categories such as heavy-duty power tools and computer equipment. Jeff's passion for animals affords him a strong understanding of pet products, including dog houses, beds, and grain-free foods. When he's not writing, he prefers spending time with his family and three dogs, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.


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