TOP 10 SPL subwoofers of All Time


Somehow war drives innovation, much of our daily use technology stemmed from a military effort.  In this way, car audio competition (soundoffs) drive innovation of new products.  Amps, subwoofers, woofers, midranges, tweeters, battery power, alternator power, capacitors… everything right down to the wiring would NOT be what it is today had the pioneers not battled it out for that elusive title –  “best of the best”.

There are 3 main branches of competition at most soundoff events, style, sound quality (SQ), and pure output (SPL).  This top 10 list focuses on the woofers that people use to vibrate the soul of anyone who dares to sit inside the vehicle… and in some cases, nobody has *ever* heard the internal mayhem because doing so would be equivelant to standing next to a space shuttle taking off.

These woofers below have been known to generate such mayhem… some current, some nostalgic, some – well, you’ll see =)

1:  DD 9500 series
If you go to a big soundoff – you will see multiple cars running these woofers.  Having a long history of being the champion’s choice – the Digital Designs 95’s are legendary compeition woofers that hold gobs of power and do plenty with it.

2: Fi BTL
Fi will custom build your woofer with a handful of options to choose from.  Get it like you want it, perhaps an oddball configuration – maybe sometime more standard.  Testing is key in SPL, and sometimes something so simple as the pole piece venting makes or breaks the setup.  With Fi you have options most other companies don’t offer.

3: DD Z
Innovative design has made these just about the loudest subwoofers in the world.  Neo-demetrious iron proton with a Permendur top plate… you can read spec sheets for days and never see another woofer with that combination.  These things are SPL monsters and drive the loudest cars on planet earth… and some may even argue the technology is so advanced it must be handed down by beings from outer space (queue the wierd space music).

4: MTX Jackhammer
Has it REALLY been a successful contendor in the SPL lanes…  Not so much.  BUT, this thing carries with it a certain flair, a certain awe, a certain excess that gives it a warm place in every subwoofer lovers heart.  It may or may not win you a world championship, something like having a ferrari won’t necesarily ensure your dragstrip victory over that can of pop motor’d honda… but it still holds it own as far as output, and will garner alot of Ooohs and Ahhhs from the crowds.

5: Cerwin Vega Stroker
Old School WANG.  Designed more like a pro audio woofer with the clearly identifiable top mounted spider, these subs are legendary.  They don’t hold up to today’s high excursion monsters, but in their day they were a force to be reckoned with.  Crazy effeciant in a day where a 1000w amp was like having a nuclear powerplant in your trunk.  Just one thought of these woofers brings back memories in the mind of most any old school SPL competitor.

6: American Bass VFL
A long running line, these guys compete with all the top woofers out there.  BIG numbers are capable with these woofers and they are been in many championship cars over the years.  SPL purpose built they handle tremendous power without exploding – one of the best SPL woofers out today.

7: Kicker L7
“Hey, look, that guy that won DBDrag World Finals uses the same subs I have in my hatch!”.  Thats right, kickers square woofer holds championships, quite a few.  While its perfectly at home in a lowly sealed box, recieving a few hundred watts… moving just a few mm to give some oomph to your favorite song… the L7 has a hidden talent that is uncovered when it is driven HARD.  Just the right box, plenty of power, and these things come alive.  Something like the lowly librarian that gets a little liqour in her and parties all night long.

8: Alpine Type R
Similar to the L7, these woofers have a home in thousands of daily beaters around the world.  But setup properly they come alive in the same way L7’s do – but they like to play a much lower note.  A big mechanical xmax with a small/lightweight but relatively sturdy voice coil mean the woofer can effeciantly move alot of air.  In a box designed to make use of these properties the type R’s have been known to best woofers that “should” be alot better.

9 JL Audio W7
Perhaps they get more credit than they deserve, with many a fan-boy touting them as the “loudest woofer ever built”… but regardless of what shark type salesman have instilled in the minds of the unsuspecting, these woofers epitomize the term “SQL” (Sound Quality, Loud).  The JL w7’s sound amazing, but still offer PLENTY of output.  They are in the realm of the jackhammer as far as real world results in the SPL lanes, but w7’s hold sound quality championships while delivering enough output to piss off a block of old people who hear more BOOM BOOM from the car 50 yards away than Judge Judy on the TV 5 feet in front of them.

10: Funky Pup !
The legends.  These woofers trump all the above, without even trying.  1 watt to a funky pup is like 10000000 watts to a DD Z.  These are Chuck Norris’s choice, not for bass, but to replace the engines in all his WalkerTexasRangerMobile’s… 1 funky pup = 500 horses, 2 funky pups = 1500 horses, 3 funky pups = time travel.  There was never an atomic bomb, there was 4 funky pups in a .25″ particle board sealed box.  They stopped making funky pups because the warehouse they were stored was quickly shifting the earth’s magnetic field.  As a result, most of the world’s funky pups are now stored in a secret underground warehouse below Santa Claus’s Elf sweatshop.  Its not certain what exactly makes the funky pup’s so much better than everything that ever existed, but it is absolutely certain – THESE ARE THE BEST W00FERS EVER MADE BY MAN OR SPACE MONKEY!

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