5 Best Studio Subwoofer Under 500

In this article, we will answer all your queries with regards to getting a studio subwoofer. What is the best subwoofer? Which is the best, sealed or ported? How much power do I need? Worry less with all the panic because we got you covered. 

Subwoofers make the great difference in a sound system. We have put on this guide to help you choose the best for your home or personal use. Along with this, we put some buying guide for you to take considerations on. Happy shopping! 

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JBL Professional LSR310S Channel Studio Subwoofer 

You may be heard the brand JBL already since it is a popular brand all the world. I did not know that they have a line for subwoofers also. So, let’s check them out. 

The JBL Professional LSR310S Channel Studio features a low frequency driver for deep and dynamic bass response available in all playback levels. It has an XLF extended low frequency setting which activates a specifically-engineered tuning that emulates the ample bass tuning used in today’s dance clubs. This subwoofer delivers this kind of frequency into the 20 Hz region and 113 dB peak output for long periods at full rated power with no risk of failing. 

Moreover, its input and output are balanced with XLR and ¼ inch inputs and XLR outputs so you can add and connect this subwoofer to any studio monitor system. It also has a low sensitivty of -10Dbv/+4 dB to ensure compatibility with broad range of signal sources allowing to connect the product to any professional equipment with the risk of danger input overload. 

Get this subwoofer including accessories of power cable, and a set up guide. 

Product specifications: 

Pros

  •  Low frequency range
  •  XLR engineered
  •  Wide compatibility
  •  Deep bass response

Cons

  • Bad foot installation
  • Screw barely penetrated

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KRK 10S2 V2 10” 160 Watt Powered Studio Subwoofer

Available in different sizes, we have the KRK 10S2 V2 10” 160 Watt Powered Studio Subwoofer. It is powered in 10s which builds the brand’s legacy for sonic accuracy and performance. The custom-voiced, glass-aramid woofer delivers tight, defined bass with the Class-D power amplifier dramatically increases transient response, control, and punch. Also, the four-position selectable crossover makes it easy to adjust the subwoofer setting to your existing monitors. 

Start mixing with confidence because the bypass footswitch control allows you to quickly mute the sub and send full-range audio to recording monitors. It features a reinforced MDF enclosures for maximum strength and durability. This is also engineered to provide low frequency extension whilst reducing boundary coupling. The unique shape of this subwoofer is designed to avoid port turbulence. 

It is offered in either 8S V2, 10S V2, AND 12S V2. Now, what are the differences of these? Based on specifications and product descriptions, they are different in terms of frequency response, maximum peak SPL, continuous power output, amplifier distortion level, low pass frequency, dimensions, and weight. Also, they differ in price levels but only a few differences. 

Product specifications: 

Pros

  • Comes in different sizes
  •  Low frequency response
  •  Unique shape
  •  Clean and tight bass reproduction

Cons

  • No power controls 
  • No volume controls 
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YAMAHA HS8 Studio Subwoofer

I thought the brand YAMAHA was only for vehicles. Turns out they have line for subwoofers too! Now, aside from having a great product line in motorcycles, they have wide array of editions too for subwoofers. With either monitor speaker, mountable monitor speaker, or subwoofer, you can get them in sizes 5 inches, 6.5 inches, 8 inches, and in colors white or black. By far, this is only the brand that caters a white color! 

Today, the 8 inches YAMAHA HS8 Studio Subwoofer made it to the list. In a configuration of single unit, this one is a bass-relfex powered subwoofer. It features a 22 Hz to 150 Hz frequency response and high powered amplifier of 150W. It also has a low cut switch, low cut control of 80 Hz to 120 Hz, and high cut control 80 Hz to 120 Hz. 

It did not say much about the product description so the customers might be a little discouraged but Yamaha has been a trusted brand ever since the 1970’s iconic white woofer with a signature sound of Yamaha’s nearfield reference monitor. 

Product specifications: 

Pros

  • Bass-reflex powered 
  • Comes in 2 colors
  • Low frequency response
  • Cut controls included

Cons

  • Lacking in low end
  • Makes mid to hight pitch after long hours
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Samson Technologies MediaOne 10S-Active Studio Subwoofer

Offering the smallest size so far of 3 inches up to 10 inches subwoofer, you can get the Samson Technologies MediaOne 10S-Active Studio Subwoofer in either Bluetooth enabled or standard. I am loving this since this is the only product that can be connected wirelessly! I am so thrilled. 

Featuring 100 Watts of power, this subwoofer is built with 10 inches copolymer woofer with butyl surround. It is a down-firing tuned bass reflex port and has a variable low pass frequency control. It is also engineered in RCA inputs and outputs. 

This is your ideal subwoofer for all of your multimedia needs because this offers premium performance with incredible low-end clarity. Get them now as part of your home entertainment theater by getting more products from Samson Media One Series. 

Product specifications: 

Pros

  •  Various sizes available
  •  Offered in wireless mode
  •  Tuend bass reflex port
  •  Premium performance

Cons

  • Low wireless range 
  • Sometimes muffling sound
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PreSonus Temblor T10 Powered Studio Subwoofer 

In either style T10 or T8, the PreSonus Temblor T10 Powered Studio Subwoofer features a glass composite low-frequency transducer with 250 Watts, class AB amplification, and a power of 120 Volts, 50 to 60 Hz or 220 to 240 Volts and 50 to 60 Hz. 

It also has an input gain control of negative 30 dB to positive 6 dB which is continuously variable and continuously variable low pass filter of 50 Hz to 140 Hz. The switchable high pass filter removes frequency content below 80 Hz from the full-range signal sent to the main monitors. By the way, a momentary footswitch is included that bypasses the subwoofer in the high pass filter and sub out. 

It comes along with left and right, balanced XLR and ¼” TRS and unbalanced RCA main inputs. 

Product specifications: 

Pros

  •  High wattage
  •  Low-frequency transducer
  •  Low sensitivity
  •  Comes with XLR 

Cons

  •  Poor warranty service
  •  Too powerful

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Buying Guide: Everything You Need To Know Before Buying A Subwoofer 

 

Bass

The first thing to consider is the sub size that you want. One way to know this is by measuring the floor area or how big the room is where you will place the subwoofer. The larger the surface area, the deeper the subwoofer players because it is measured through the Hz by the frequency response. So, how much bass do you want? It all depends on the placement. 

Size

As you can see from the list above, there are brands that offer subwoofers in different sizes. In what size do you want your subwoofer to be? You may think that getting a bigger subwoofer is the best choice. But more often, it does not. It is still important that the subwoofer blends with the overall equipment to give you an amazing experience. 

Power 

One thing that I like about subwoofers is that, the amplifiers is built-in. Meaning to say, you would not need a separate amplifier which is sold separately. One tip that I can give to you is that the higher the amplifier’s wattage, the higher power and impact the bass can give. So get as much power. 

Types

Subwoofers come in either ported or sealed. Sealed subwoofers or also known as acoustic suspension sounds the way they supposed to be or in simpler explanation, the air does not move in or out, just sits down. But this makes them quick and responsive with accurate bass. While ported subwoofers have built-in ventilation that helps the bass force output. Ported subwoofers give more powerful bass without needing much power. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

 

Does the JBL Professional LSR310S Channel Studio come with 2 XLR or TRS cables it needs?

No, it does not include one. 

 

If I use the TRS input for the JBL Professional LSR310S Channel Studio, will I be able to use the XLR output?

Yes, you can use the balanced Tip-Ring Sleeve ¼” that might come from your preamp with the balanced XLR microphone type output to your satellite speakers. It should not be any issue unless one of your cables has a pin wired in conflict. This is exactly how I have it configured using a Duet 2 and LSR-308s. 

 

Can the JBL Professional LSR310S Channel Studio be configured with 2 inputs simultaneously? My usage would be a pc audio input ⅛” or ¼” plus guitar model via XLR at the same time. 

Good question! The studio subwoofers have provision for both ¼ TRS and balanced XLR inputs and outputs. Be mindful that this sub is only a single channel so it will have those limitations. It is also designed as a close reference sub. Depending on what your goal is, there may be better options for a multi-input, self-powered, sub. Preferably one with multi-channels. 

 

When the frequency for  KRK 10S2 V2 10” 160 Watt Powered Studio Subwoofer is 80 Hz, the abs play below 80 Hz and the monitors have their entire range of 38 Hz to 20 kHz.

I believe the frequency setting on the back is the crossover frequency. If you run your cables through the subwoofer, it will filter out the frequencies below that setting going through your monitors so you do not double up the dB where the frequency ranges overlap. 

 

I have tried hooking the sub of the KRK 10S2 V2 10” 160 Watt Powered Studio Subwoofer to an audio interface and a mixer but no sound comes out. How can I get this sub to work?

It depends on your audio interface. I have used this sub with the Focusrite Clarett 4pre USB and now the Apogee Digital Thunderbolt Ensemble Audio Interface. 

 

How much easier will it be to mix with a pair of YAMAHA HS8 Studio Subwoofer over the cheaper monitors considering a really crappy mixing room environment?

The same expensive money will go a long way towards acoustic treatment for your room. If the frequency response in your room is skewed, the finest monitors in the world would not be much use to your low frequency response of your room then address any flutter, echo, slap-back issues in the middle and high frequency range then consider upgrading monitors. 

 

Can the YAMAHA HS8 Studio Subwoofer be use as a pro setting and avid pro tools Hd? 

Do you want to just look professional or be professional? It is a start. It is like asking if a Lexus is a good luxury car to be parked at a restaurant. There are better luxury cars to choose from if all you care about is making it look like you have money. 

 

Does the  YAMAHA HS8 Studio Subwoofer come with a power cord?

Yes they do. 

 

Final Verdict 

You might have an idea already since we have covered all questions possibly asked by customers including the frequently asked ones. We hope we get you to choose the best subwoofer possible. 

Choosing the right and suited subwoofer for you makes a total difference in the quality of sound you want to experience may it be in your home or anywhere else. 

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