Best Alpine Subwoofer -5 of The Best Picks in 2018
My own personal opinion as far as car audio is concerned is that everyone needs to have a decent bass in their car. The truth here is that even though you may be getting this from your factory installed speakers, they are nothing compared to what you can get from installing a subwoofer in your vehicle.
The current subwoofer market is bloated with quite a lot of products which makes it somewhat difficult to get exactly what you need. Taking this into account, we’ve put hours of research into getting you a list of the best alpine subwoofers.
The Alpine brand has been around for quite some time and with the prowess used in the construction of their subwoofers, I’d say that they are definitely worth spending your cash on.
From the design quality and the aesthetics to the performance, each of the subwoofers we’ll be reviewing today is bound to blow your mind. That being said, let’s now move on to the main agenda; below is a review of 5 of the best alpine subwoofers you’ll get in 2018.
Top 5 Alpine Subwoofer
Alpine Swr-t10 10-Inch 1800 Watt 4 Ohm Shallow Mount Subwoofer
Alpine SWR-12D2 Type-R 12" Subwoofer with Dual 2-ohm Voice Coils
Two Alpine R-W10D2 R-Series 10-Inch Dual 2 Ohm Subwoofers bundle
Alpine SWR-12D4 Type-R 12-Inch 1000W Subwoofer with Dual 4-ohm Voice Coils
Alpine SWA-12S4 BassLine Series 12" 4-ohm Subwoofer
1.Alpine Swr-t10 10-Inch 1800 Watt 4 Ohm Shallow Mount Subwoofer
To kick off our list, we have the Alpine Swr-t10. Considering the much that it has got in store for you, I’d say this is definitely a subwoofer that’s worth every penny.
Here is what it packs under the hood…
Starting with the impedance rating. The Alpine Swr-t10 has got an outstanding 4 ohms. Normally, for both speakers and subwoofers, the lower the impedance rating is the better off you are. 4 ohms and below is normally the recommended amount of impedance if you are looking for an above-average subwoofer,
The reason for this is that it will be able to utilize as much power as possible which in turn allows for the production of a loud and clear bass without any risk of damaging the subwoofer.
An aluminum woofer cone
Other than the impedance of your subwoofer, something else that greatly contributes to how good the bass will be from your subs is the cone.
Provided the cone material is hard and rigid, you’re good to go which is why for this subwoofer, you’ll be getting an aluminum woofer cone. This just so happens to be one of the best due to its high sensitivity. It will be able to move the surround with even the slightest motion from the voice coil.
Injection molded Santoprene rubber surround.
Besides the cone, something else that you need to greatly take into consideration when shopping for a subwoofer is the surround. The more flexible it is, the better off you are.
In our case, the Santoprene rubber should do the trick and in addition to being flexible, rubber is also durable. It will be able to stand up quite well in extreme temperatures as well as moisture- you surely do deserve the best.
This is probably one of the most eye-catching features of this subwoofer. Owing to the fact that it comes in a thin design, it will be easy to install in compact areas.
A vented voice coil heat sink.
Yet another construction feature that makes this one of the best in the market is the vented voice coil heat sink. One of the things that result in the damage of speakers is when the coil is exposed to more heat than it can handle. With the 1800 wattage on this sub, it'll surely need to get rid as much hear as possible.
Yet another thing that cools down the subwoofer is the airflow management that also reduces sound distortion.
2.Two Alpine R-W10D2 R-Series 10-Inch Dual 2 Ohm Subwoofers bundle
Yet another one from the R-Series is this subwoofer bundle from alpine. Clearly, it's not every day you'll get a set of subwoofers to work with. That being said, let’s take a look at what this one has in store for us, shall we?
The power handling.
having had a huge experience with car subwoofers, I cannot emphasize enough on how important it is to ensure your sub has the best power handling.
For the continuous power, each subwoofer can run on a maximum of 750 watts and for the peak, each of them will be able to attain as much as 2250 watts. The RMS power range is between 300 watts and 750 watts which should definitely be more than enough to give you a window-rattling bass. As a matter of fact, the subwoofers may hardly need to get to the peak power.
A dual 2-ohm voice coil
Even though the power rating might be outstanding, it wouldn’t be any good to you if the impedance wasn’t the best.
Basically, anything below 4 ohms is worth your money. Considering you’ll be getting a dual 2-ohm voice coil on this sub, the amount of power with which the bass will be produced is going to be optimal.
The voice coil is a 65 mm coil that’s got a high temp 4-layer DVC winding. The fact that it’s a high temp coil ensures that it is able to take a huge load of power before getting damaged.
Being a dual voice coil allows you to wire it up in different ways which allow for the utilization of the maximum possible power that in turn gives you an outstanding bass.
Pulp/Kevlar cone design.
The cone is one of the most critical parts of a subwoofer. As stated earlier on, the best cone materials are normally constructed from lightweight and durable materials and Kevlar just so happens to be one of them- it’s rigid and lightweight. This is all you’ll be needing to get an outstanding bass.
Covering the cone is a PP/Mica/Talc dust cap which protects it from any foreign particles which could otherwise distort the bass quality.
Airflow management and heat transfer system
Yet another important thing to look into on a subwoofer is the physical design. This subwoofer bundle comes with an airflow-optimized dual flare pole vent. In addition to this, the whole system is an airflow management and heat transfer system which is another reason you should settle for this set.
3.Alpine SWR-12D2 Type-R 12" Subwoofer with Dual 2-ohm Voice Coils
Yet another one in the Type-R series is the Alpine SWR-12D2. I have to say, don’t underestimate this subwoofer due to its size, it’s got so much in store for you.
The power rating.
One of the things that caught my eye on this subwoofer is the capacity of power it packs. Having a peak power rating of as much as 3000 watts and a maximum RMS of between 300-1000 watts, it's something only a few people dream of and definitely worth every penny.
Other than the power rating, another striking feature on this subwoofer is the dual 2-ohm voice coil which we’ll look at in our next point.
A dual 2-ohm voice coil.
Anything below 4-ohms for the voice coil is something you should go for. Normally, the lower the impedance, the better off you are since the subwoofer gets to use more power.
Other than just having a 2-ohm voice coil, this sub has a dual voice coil which makes it even better since you can wire it up in different ways depending on your set up.
26-300 Hz frequency response.
Unlike the coaxial and component speakers, all you need on a good subwoofer is a low-frequency response rate that's going to only be dedicated to the bass.
Fir the SWR-12D2, the frequency response is between 26 Hz and 300Hz which should be enough to handle the deep window rattling bass as well as the mid-range frequency bass at a slightly higher frequency rating
The sensitivity is simply what determines how loud and clear your bass will be. For this subwoofer, you'll be getting this at 84.7dB. I have to say, this is one of the weak points on this sub but nonetheless, 84.7dB is far much better than what you'll get in most subs.
4.Alpine SWR-12D4 Type-R 12-Inch 1000W Subwoofer with Dual 4-ohm Voice Coils
The second last item on our best alpine subwoofer review is the Alpine SWR-12D4. From the design to the performance, this subwoofer will undoubtedly be worth every penny.
Let’s see what it’s got in store for us, shall we?
The power rating
For the RMS and the peak power, you’ll be getting 1000 watts and 3000 watts respectively. The latter is clearly more than enough for the RMS and as a matter of fact, you’ll hardly need to attain the peak.
Just as it is the case with any speakers or subwoofers, it's always best not to exceed the RMS rating since this could easily damage your subwoofer's coil.
Another thing that makes this one of the best subwoofers is the 4-ohm impedance rating it’s got. The best rates subwoofers normally have a lower impedance rating that makes it possible for them to utilize as much power as possible.
Considering the coils on this one isa dual 4-ohm voice coil, you can wire them up differently to utilize even more power.
84dB sensitivity rating.
The better the bass is at a high volume the better off you are. The sensitivity is what determines this. I know what you’re thinking…” Maybe this is a little bit to low", right? Well, the truth is, the sensitivity is not the strongest point on this subwoofer but it definitely isn’t the weakest.
First off, it’s not too low to restrict you from playing at a loud and clear bass. Also, taking into account the power rating and impedance on this subwoofer, the slightly low sensitivity rating is highly compensated for.
Subwoofer dimension& weight
The top mounting depth of this 12-inch sub is 6-3/8 inches and it measures 12.6 x 6.4 x 7.5 inches. As for the weight, it weighs only 28 pounds which is quite light for a subwoofer in its class.
5.Alpine SWA-12S4 BassLine Series 12" 4-ohm Subwoofer
Finalizing our best alpine subwoofer review is the amazing Alpine SWA-12S4from the Bassline series. Truth be told, both the design and the amount of power this subwoofer packs will definitely blow your mind.
Here’s what you’ll be getting…
The material construction
For the diaphragm, you’ll be getting a reinforced parabolic cone structure. The same is also constructed of a pulp-Kevlar blend which is both rigid and lightweight. This simply ensures that you get both a loud and clear bass.
Considering the cone structure is parabolic focuses all the sound frequencies at one focal point. If placed just in the right place, you’ll definitely have a better soundstage than what you would get from most subwoofers.
There is also a Poly-Mica dust cap covering the cone. This keeps the bass loud and clear at all times.
This, as emphasized earlier on in our review is something worth paying your attention to.
The RMS threshold is an outstanding 350 watts and the range is between 150 and 350 watts. This should definitely be enough to give you a punchy bass.For the peak power voltage, you’ll be getting as high as 1000W- undoubtedly more than you need for a window-rattling bass.
30Hz-200Hz frequency response
Getting a subwoofer is all about making the low frequencies more pronounced, right? Basically, the lower the frequency is the deeper the bass will be.
With as considering the lowest frequency the human ear can make out is 20HZ, the 30Hz frequency will give you quite a deep and loud bass. The upper limit of the Alpine SWA-12S4 frequency response is 200Hz- this ought to be enough to handle the mid-bass in your music quite well.
4-ohm impedance rating.
The rule of thumb when it comes to the impedance is that the lower it is the better off you are. With as low as 4 ohms on the Alpine SWA-12S4, you’ll be able to push more of the RMS; as a matter of fact, you can get as much as 320 watts.
Conclusion- Our Final Take.
Coming to an end of our best alpine subwoofer review, it’s clear that each of the 5 subs is worth every penny.
The Type-R series subwoofers have got it all from the built quality down to every construction detail. The dual subwoofers, on the other hand, will offer a bass most people only dream about. If you’ll want to get a sub that'll be amazingly easy to fit almost anywhere, then you should go for the SWR-t10- it's mounting depth is simply the best.
I could go on all day but the truth of the matter is that, for anyone who’s really willing to give their car the best, then I’d highly recommend the alpine subwoofers.