Best 8 Inch Subwoofer 2017 Detailed Review

If you’re looking to find the best 8 inch subwoofer 2017 has to offer you can choose one of two options:

  1. Check what 8 inch sub is most popular, and hope it’s good.
  2. Read this review and find out the truth on whats the best 8 inch subwoofer.

Keep reading now, and I’ll explain to you the best 8″ sub you can buy today!

Name:Power Handling (watts):Sensitivity (dB):Rating:

Infinity Reference 860w

250914.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

JL Audio 8W3V3 Series Subwoofer

250834.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)

Rockford Fosgate P3SD2-8
150834.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)

JL Audio 8W7AE-3 Anniversary Edition
150835 Stars (5 / 5)

Polk Audio AA3085-A MM840 Marine Speaker
250894.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)

Infinity Reference 860w

This subwoofer is packed with a full 1000 watts peak energy. It’s a single 8 inch voice subwoofer made of super high quality polypropylene woofer cone. The cone is also surrounded by a large rubber so you will get clear bass anytime you play music.

The 8in sub also has vented poles which guarantee air will get into the subwoofer, and this improves the energy usage. You will also receive a 1 year guarantee from Infinity audio and I can assure you that they will never send a defective unit – they are really good with delivery.

The Infinity Reference 860w 8in subwoofer is also very very sturdy. Due to the material used on the outside of the sub you can rest assure you’re getting a very robust and sturdy subwoofer. No matter how long you use this subwoofer, or where you place it I can guarantee it won’t break anytime soon.

When I first got this and made a review, I was asking myself whether this is actually an 8in subwoofer. The bass you get from this little guy is insane. That’s why I’m going to rate this the best 8in subwoofer for bass. It’ll fill your car with enough bass and let your neighbours know you’re in town.

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Infinity Reference 860w Subwoofer Specifications:

  • Power Handling, RMS : 250 W
  • Power Handling, Peak : 1000 W
  • Frequency Response    : 30Hz – 400Hz
  • Nominal Impedance     : 4
  • Sensitivity                         : 91 dB

JL Audio 8W3V3  Series Subwoofer

JL Audio as you can see from my other reviews is one of the best producers of subwoofers today. They are extremely nice performing and some of the highest quality subwoofer you can buy. The 8W3V3 8in subwoofer is a status symbol. The subs function a motor meaning it gives constant and exact sound through the cone motion and the energy is produced with absolutely no distortion.

These subwoofers even have an modern cooling system (Elevated Body Cooling) that permits air to immediately cool the voice coil of the subwoofer, which allows for a very high quality sound. This is why i’ve rated this subwoofer the best 8in subwoofer for quality sound.

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Wow – this was the first thing that came out of my mouth when I purchased this subwoofer. JL has an excellent status for sound quality in their subwoofers. This 8inch sub is quality to perfection – I’ve used a smaller sub due to having a smaller vehicle and I can tell you it really gives you’re car that advantage in sound. I did a little bit of research before buying this one, as I needed a subwoofer for my jeep. If you’re looking for a subwoofer that has a high standard in sound production then this is definitely the subwoofer for you.

The 8w3 comes second solely to the 8w7(which is costly) and it feels like two 10’s, if not higher.

General, the JL Audio 8W3V3-Four is a really well-rounded, top quality subwoofer that may certainly improve your audio expertise in your car.

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JL Audio 8W3V3  Series Subwoofer Specifications:

  • Power Handling, RMS : 250 W
  • Power Handling, Peak : 500 W
  • Frequency Response    : 28Hz – 250Hz
  • Nominal Impedance     : 4
  • Sensitivity                         : 83 dB

Rockford Fosgate P3SD2-8

Rockford is a great subwoofer brand. The Rockford Fosgate P3S 8″ shallow mount subwoofer delivers the punch you need. The Rockford subwoofer brand understands that not all vehicles are the same, but the design and build of these subwoofers are truly quite adaptable. This normally means less bass, but not anymore! This subwoofer has even more depth with dual voice coil configurations that will give you some AMAZING bass!

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I have to share that I’ve received a lot of comments about these subwoofers, and asking for a review. This unit is a 4-ohm unit with a dual-voice coil just like a regular sub, which means it can easily be replaced with other subwoofers. It has no distortion at all and the sound is nothing short of incredible. You’re music will be warm and come from the bottom. The rubber perimeter is solid but movable. Its way more powerful than factory subs, and you can drive this subwoofer beyond its limits. If you want a great subwoofer with heavy warm bass – this is definitely the way to go.

Pros:

  • No distortion at all
  • Warm and bottom bass sound

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Rockford Fosgate P3SD2-8 Subwoofer Specifications:

  • Power Handling, RMS : 150 W
  • Power Handling, Peak : 300 W
  • Frequency Response    : 38Hz – 250Hz
  • Nominal Impedance     : 4
  • Sensitivity                         : 83 dB

JL Audio 8W7AE-3 Anniversary Edition

As most of you know, I’ve been a car audio fanatic for many years now, and I’ve had the pleasure to experience a wide array of different speakers and subwoofers. The reason I’m saying this is because I think the JL Audio 8W7AE-3 Anniversary Edition is my favorite 8in subwoofer ever. In fact – may very well be my new favorite subwoofer overall.

For my installation, I chose to go with a sealed enclosure for the 8w7AE3, even though I generally lean towards ported designs.

The main reason for this choice was the location and shape of my enclosure.

In this situation, there simply was no way to include a port and not conflict with best practices about enclosure design. In the end I am completely happy with the sound of the sub in the sealed enclosure. It is very detailed and accurate and even has very good output at the low range where many small diameter subwoofers struggle.

Overall, this is an impressively constructed subwoofer with very solid craftsmanship and it sounds fantastic. I would highly recommend the JL 8w7AE3 to anyone in the market for a high quality 8 inch subwoofer.

Pros:

  • One of the highest quality subwoofers I’ve ever had
  • Very high craftsmanship
  • Very detailed and great output at low range

Cons:

  • The mounting procedure is quite difficult
  • The cutout diameter is 6.94 inches

JL Audio 8W7AE-3 Anniversary Edition Specifications:

  • Power Handling, RMS : 150 W
  • Power Handling, Peak : 300 W
  • Frequency Response    : 38Hz – 250Hz
  • Nominal Impedance     : 4
  • Sensitivity                         : 83 dB

Polk Audio AA3085-A MM840 Marine Speaker

The Polk Audio MM840 is one of the best performing 8in subs I’ve ever had. And not to forget the frame is super lightweight. It’ll provide the punch you are looking for, without the heaviness and extra weight of a conventional subwoofer.

This 8inch subwoofer handles 250 watts RMS and 500 watts peak. It’s made from the finest materials, neodymium magnet, copper voice coil, and polymer cone with butyl rubber surrounding. The Polk Audio subwoofer brands consistency never stops to impress me, and it’s certified for marine use and made with marine grade materials – meaning you can use it indoors or out. Making this the best 8inch marine subwoofer on the market.

Polk audio has been around for a long time. I am familiar with the company, their reputation, and the performance and sound of their speakers so I new what I was getting.

Let me say I am never disappointed with this speaker or the brand itself. It hits very hard for such a small speaker. I have it bridged on a Boss 600 watt amp that turned only about one thirds up and the bass will tickle your throat. This speaker has about 150-180 RMS but I know I am at least pushing about 250 to it constantly and it handles it with ease. No distortion whatsoever.

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Polk Audio AA3085-A MM840 Marine Speaker Specifications:

  • Power Handling, RMS : 250 W
  • Power Handling, Peak : 500 W
  • Frequency Response    : 26Hz – 200Hz
  • Nominal Impedance     : 4
  • Sensitivity                         : 89 dB

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