There is a significant jump going to monitors in the $300 price range. Heading out of the inexpensive range, these subwoofers feature a much more extreme caliber of specification, making thems feel more premium overall.
Features, like phase reversal, tunable crossover, and auto signal sensing are all present and expected at this price point. However, features in the construction of both the cabinet and woofer take these subwoofers to a whole new level.
Top 3 Subwoofers Under $300
The Polk Audio PSW125 is a massive sounding subwoofer in a beautiful enclosure. The expertly designed and measured woofer delivers a thunderous low-end that can easily shake the house with little effort. The enclosure where this sits is beautiful in a grey or wooden finish, setting this subwoofer in an area that breathes quality and beautiful simultaneously.
The BIC America H-100II is a beautifully designed and comes at a midrange price-point. While not as tight as some other options on the market, the low-end is still monstrous, easily shaking the floor. The cone of the woofer on the front is absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful wood-grain side panels finishing out the box.
The Klipsch Sub-12HG holds up to the name of Klipsch in it’s exceptional performance. The incredibly high powered BASH amplifier grants a ton of headroom so the bass in clear and concise at any level. While the design is a bit dated, this subwoofer is exceptional auditorily for the price.
For the money, these models add a lot in terms of build quality and design, while not necessarily beefing up the feature set of more inexpensive options. Still, the premium in cost is well justified, leading to a product that is far better constructed, far better designed, and will sound better for longer overall.
Features are not always skin deep, and while these subwoofers don’t hold much more externally to more inexpensive options, they do a lot to beef up the features internally. The best subwoofers hold a lot of features both in the design of the cabinet internally and in the design of the speaker. At this price point, you really start to see this come to fruition.
The interior of the cabinets and the design of the woofers here are the focal point, taking their “feature set” internal. Of course, external features are still lacking, but it is easily forgiven when the internal design is taken into context.
Of course, phase reversal, auto signal sensing, and tunable crossover are still present on all listed picks. So, while not ‘feature-rich’, they certainly aren’t barren in terms of external features, either.
Again, $300 marks a shift from inexpensive options in terms of design. These subwoofers branch out in their aesthetic, branding the company’s the produce the product more, and giving a more unique appearance. Since looks are so important when choosing a subwoofer, a lot of choice will come down to your personal tastes at this price bracket.
However, some trends still do occur. All of the models are constructed of medium to high density MDF with either a black or faux wood finish. Real wood and more exotic finishes are reserved for more expensive options.
This price bracket is really a turning point. Sub-$300 options are the first that truly give a premium experience without being too crazy expensive. The high quality build, attention to detail in design, and excellent sound quality combine together to make them feel like more than a toy.
Of course, there are issues like lack of real wood and missing features, but that really is too be expected considering how well these subwoofers perform otherwise.