We are entering a price range where a lot more can be demanded both in terms of performance and design. Not only do these subwoofers sound far better than options at $300 and $200, they also enhance the feature set as well as go more in-depth in terms of design.
The models in this category step out of the value realm, into a more premium design. While not the cream of the crop, these are all excellent subwoofers that ooze quality in every way.[/text]
Top 3 Subwoofers Under $500
The Polk Audio DSWPRO 660wi is a model that grants just about every feature you could want in a subwoofer. Completely wireless functionality is something that brings a beautiful look and innovative design to the table. While the woofer isn’t the best performer considering the price, this pick still offers a lot overall.
It is a shame that the overall listening experience that Polk Audio have managed to provide with this model is a little lacklustre compared to the competition. It’s difficult to identify the precise cause of this underwhelming vibe, but the sound just isn’t up to scratch with a lot of what is on offer at the price point. It’s not bad by any means, but doesn’t shine.
The Klipsch R-12SW is a beautiful subwoofer that is one of the best sounding options you can find. The jaw-dropping black and copper finish is overshadowed by the performance that can shake the house without batting an eye. While features come up short considering the price, one this is for sure: this subwoofer sounds incredible.
The bass is particularly worth mentioning as it is incredibly powerful, rich, and warm. The delivery is nuanced and accurate throughout, and it makes for a very enjoyable listening experience overall. The lack of features for the price range is certainly a concern, but if your priorities are all about the sound, then this may be the choice for you. A great offering from Klipsch.
The JBL Sub 260P is an excellent mid-range subwoofer that delivers fantastic performance and a very handy feature set that satisfies. While the look isn’t flooring and remote functionality is lacking, the sound that this subwoofer grants is fantastic, rivalled only by a handful of other subwoofers in this price bracket.
The model itself is not likely to win any awards for design innovation. It’s basically a big, black box without much else going on, and if you are keen to ensure that all the devices which you allow into your technological sanctum look as good as they sound, then you will want to look elsewhere. But if you’re more concerned with audio, this is a very solid choice for the price point.
At $500, these are some of the best subwoofers out there. Period. While value doesn’t play as much of role as it does at lower price points, performance wins out and easily justifies the cost.
That also means that these aren’t for everyone. Instead of trying to be the most intuitive, the models here are geared more towards enthusiasts. For that money, you more than likely are interested in audio and we took that into consideration when evaluating which subwoofers are good at this price.
Subwoofers in this category really step up the feature set, bringing practical features to a table that make a serious difference in context of a full system. Of course, internal features are expected and add serious performance buffs, but external features are the focal point here. Things like remote functionality, room tuning, and more show up, proving these are subwoofers that are made a cut above.
The feature sets are all different, so you’re going to have to do some research to find the one that fits your needs. However, a trend that follows with all of them is a high headroom amplifier. 300W minimum RMS with dynamic ratings that easily reach into the 600W range mean that all models listed here can not only be turned way up, but also be incredibly clean at low volumes.
Continuing with the trend of more expensive models, the ones at this price point distance themselves from each other vastly in terms of design. However, one thing remains; they are all beautiful.
It’s clear, at this price, the products have been designed with aesthetics in mind. Gorgeous woofers, intuitive design, and clean edges all lead to some really good looking masterpieces. There are issues, though. With such ventures out of a stock design, these subwoofers won’t integrate with all systems perfectly. Still, if you’re dropping $500 on such gear, you’ve probably thought through the look of your whole setup.
For $500, you get incredible performance, rock solid build quality, extensive features, and gorgeous design. Each of these options feel premium, not making you feel robbed of your money. For enthusiasts that don’t want to go overboard, this is an excellent price point, granting all of the things that are important to those who care about their audio without going too deep into the points of diminishing returns.
No, the point of diminishing returns are strictly reserved for subwoofers at the $1000 price point.