There is a lot of emphasis on sound output today than ever before. As a result, we are looking into many options for sound systems to place in our cars.

Here pops the question, are tube subwoofers good?

You will find, in this article, the perks, and downfalls of tube subwoofers. In addition, you’ll discover if they are durable, worth the buck, and popular brands available in the market.

Why Go for a Tube Subwoofer?

Everyone would expect you to choose the ordinary square or boxed-in subwoofer. However, tastes differ, and, in this case, features are also different.

Tube subwoofers are active subwoofers. However, that’s not all since they are cheaper, have an integrated amplifier, and take up less space.

Tube subwoofers might not have as high-quality sound as some other speakers, but they are pretty decent.

These subwoofers are excellent for smaller-sized cars since they can comfortably fit under the seat. Most boxed-in subwoofers cannot go under the seat.

Tube subwoofers have the following advantages:

1. Small in Size

Unlike boxed subwoofers, tube subs are much smaller. That makes them easy to move around. In addition, they can fit under the seats of most cars. That means you can enjoy unbelievable sounds despite your car size.

2. Boomy Bass

Tube subs are designed to produce earth-shaking bass. These subwoofers might not be your favorite if you’re into bass or sound competitions. However, tube subs are perfect for outdoor activities.

Recently, we had a gathering at my house, and my car (with the tube subwoofers) was the main source of entertainment.

If you love some hard rock, I would highly recommend tube subwoofers. Fans of refined music might not be impressed by these subs, though. 

3. Cheaper Than the Rest

Tube subwoofers are relatively cheaper than boxed or enclosed subwoofers. That may be due to their small size and material used.

Tube subs are made using the following:

  • Plastic
  • Prefab

These subs are a lower-cost alternative to other subwoofers in the market. So, if you are on a tight budget, tube subs are the way to go.

4. Integrated Amp

Most other subwoofers need a separate amplifier. Fortunately, these subwoofers come with one internally installed. Therefore, there are not too many components to handle or set up.  

The Cons of a Tube Subwoofer

The pros outweigh the cons in this case. Without a doubt, most products are about 99% perfect. So, here’s the one disadvantage of tube subwoofers:

1. Wanting Sound Quality

If you are not too strict with sound quality and prefer the boomy bass, go ahead and get tube subwoofers.

However, compared to other subs, the sound quality on these tubes is substandard. The only saving grace here would be the difference in brand quality. Of course, some brands produce much better tube subs. 

How Durable are Tube Subwoofers?

Tube subwoofers are made from different materials. They are not as durable as other wood materials used for boxed subwoofers, but they work.

If you are careful while handling and storing the sub, I don’t see why you’d have durability issues.

Tube subwoofers are simplistic in design and have no moving parts. Besides, they have an internal amp, reducing the number of things to move around or take care of.

The manufacturers make tube subwoofers sturdy enough for their use. Therefore, unless you run into a terrible brand, your tube sub will last long.

Additionally, when purchasing a tube subwoofer, have all the information about where and how to install it in mind. Don’t stuff the subwoofer in a tight space or in areas where it could get wet.

How Long Do Tube Subwoofers Typically Last?

The duration your tube subwoofer lasts depends on many factors. How I use mine probably isn’t the same as you would.

Responsible use means that the tube sub will last longer. Typically, good-quality tube subwoofers last four to ten years.

Nonetheless, here are some factors that determine the lifespan of your tube subwoofer:

How Often You Use It

Some people use their subs over the weekend, while others enjoy daily use. The one used less will last longer.

The Volume Level Used

Tube subwoofers will last longer if you don’t play loud music for extended periods. Don’t get me wrong, I know blasting loud music is one of the major reasons for buying a subwoofer.

However, a subwoofer played at low volume for a shorter period will serve you longer than one cranked up to unbelievable levels for a long time.

The Regularity of Maintenance

How often do you clean your tube subwoofer? More importantly, do you check the rubber edges (if any) to see if they are damaged?

These are essential things to do to ensure your sub stays in perfect condition. Also, you should replace any worn-out parts in good time.

Where You Put It in the Car

Tube subwoofers will get damaged by the sun. Therefore, placing it in an exposed area in your car won’t do you any justice.

Tube subs placed in the dash of your car will not last long. On the flip side, placing the subwoofer in the trunk or under the seat where it doesn’t get scorched by the sun will prolong its lifespan.

Other factors, like how well you install it, also determine how long the subwoofer will last. So, ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions during installation.

What Are the Most Popular Brands of Tube Subwoofers?

There are many brands out there with tube subwoofers. Selecting one might be a bit of a headache (because of the variety). However, let me make it easier for you.

Below are the most popular brands of tube subwoofers:

1. MTX Audio RT8PT Subwoofer

This subwoofer can produce up to 240 watts of power. For the price range, that’s a good level of performance.

The best features of this sub include:

  • Eight inches speaker driver  
  • Five years warranty
  • A separate bass control unit

The MTX Audio RT8PT Subwoofer is also easy to install and use.

2. Bazooka Bass Tube

This brand is a well-loved option by bass lovers.

It’s a larger-sized bass tube, meaning it sounds much better. In addition, the subwoofer produces sound in frequencies between 30 to 1000 Hz.

The subwoofer has brilliant features, including:

  • Ten inches speaker driver
  • 200 watts peak power level
  • One year warranty

This tube sub is among the largest bass tubes available. Luckily, it comes with mounting straps and a high-efficiency woofer.

3. Skar Audio SK8TBV Subwoofer

Skar is a reliable brand for tube subwoofers.

It is a powerful tube sub that goes up to 400 watts peak power. This power is more than what two tube subwoofers can produce.

Here are the best features:

  • Two years warranty
  • Eight inches speaker driver
  • 50 to 250 Hz frequency

Although the driver should be larger, eight inches is not bad for this subwoofer. 

Should I Buy a Tube Subwoofer?

There are a lot of good things to say about tube subwoofers.

After all, they are affordable and perfectly sized.

This choice will mostly depend on where and how you want to use the tube subwoofer. If you want to use the subwoofer often, ensure it’s placed safely in your car.

If you’re more into bass, then I would advise you to get a tube sub.

Final Thoughts

Other people prefer boxed subs to tube subwoofers. All of them are great.

However, when you get down to the nitty-gritty details, tube subwoofers might stand out for a few reasons.

Price and size, as well as bass production, are outstanding tube features. So, if these appeal to you, get a tube sub.

Resources

Crutchfield: Bazooka BT6014

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