After much debating and researching you finally decided to get a car subwoofer. However you are limited to space. Well lucky for you some of the top car audio manufactures carry shallow-mount subwoofers that are perfect for anyone with limited space. Some believe that shallow-mount means low-bass; however companies like Kicker, Rockford Fosgate and MTX Audio have created a subwoofer than is not only slim but powerful. Below are 3 of the top Shallow-Mount subwoofers in the car audio industry. These subwoofers are able to produce enough bass to satisfy anyone’s need for a little more bump in their car.

NVX X-Series


Despite its size, the NVX XQW104 X Series shallow mount subwoofer can more than compete with standard mount subs. With an RMS rating of 500 watts, this 10” woofer brings some serious power to the table. This shallow mount sub features a custom made ultra-stiff and lightweight Egyptian Papyrus-Blend cone for some serious hard hitting lows. The woofer also comes with the patented oSD (oversized SD) surround, which increases the cone surface area by attaching the surround on a vertical edge. To further increase performance, the surround itself is constructed with a multi-radius elliptical edge which creates incredibly linear cone movement. NVX further improved the overall sound quality with an innovative aluminum short ring which increases power delivery to the 3” dual 4 ohm voice coil while greatly reducing distortion. With a mounting depth of just 4-7/8”, the XQW104 will fit virtually anywhere. The open aluminum basket was custom designed for greatly improved airflow, superior bass cone response and reduced interference. This sub is a perfect match for any vehicle that is tight on space.

Rockford Fogate Punch Stage 3 Series

Rockford Fosgate P3SD412

With a name like Punch Stage 3, you know that the Rockford Fosgate P3SD412 is going to hit hard. The 400 watt RMS power rating is more than enough to really feel those lower frequencies while not overwhelming the rest of your music and sound. Rockford Fosgate has equipped this shallow-mount woofer with a Kevlar fiber semi-pressed paper cone and compressed poly-foam surround. This not only improves the performance of the subwoofer but it also increases the sturdiness and longevity, ensuring you keep on rocking for the years to come. The use of a 2-1/2” dual 4 ohm voice coil with spun-laced Nomex insulating collar will improve heat dissipation of the voice coil giving cleaner, more crisp and efficient bass. With a mounting depth of 3-5/8”, tear and fatigue resistant poly-cotton spider and all of its other features, this subwoofer is sure to impress and make you forget you are even running a shallow-mount subwoofer.

Pioneer Shallow Series

Pioneer TS-SW251

The Pioneer TS-SW251 Shallow Series subwoofer is designed to fit in the tightest of spaces in your car without sacrificing power or quality. Rated at 200 watts RMS, this 10” sub is perfect for mounting in the small spaces under or behind seats thanks to its 3-1/8” mounting depth. In order to create a sub with such a small mounting depth, Pioneer created a patent pending air suspension system which locks air between the main cone and the drive cone. To power your sound, these two cones movie in unison with the locked-in air behaving like a spring. This design removes the spider from the woofer while maintaining linear, reliable sound even after hours of use. The sub features a lightweight carbon glass fiber propylene cone and an M-shaped 3-layer interwoven radial surround to pump out the deep lows for your music. The fin shaped basket channels airflow sideways rather than downward to improve the overall performance and responsiveness of the sub. Forget about space limitations with the Pioneer Shallow series subs and get window rattling bass in your car.

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