5 best DIY subwoofer components [Home Theater]

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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Best budget DIY subwoofer

Sometimes the market doesn’t have what we need, so we decide to make our own products. While this approach does mean that you need to have knowledge of certain things, in the end, you are creating a product that is perfect for you.

The same thing can be said about subwoofers, as you can make them at home. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of what we think are the best components you can use for a DIY subwoofer.

Note: Deals are subject to change. Keep in mind that the price tag often varies. We recommend going to the vendor’s website to check the price. Some of the products may be out of stock by the time you’ve made your purchasing decision. So, hurry up and hit the buy button.


What are the best subwoofer components that I can buy?

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Thermaltake Smart 700W

  • 80 PLUS Certified
  • Continuous Power Design
  • Has well Ready
  • Ultra Quiet 120 millimeters Fan
  • The occasional quality control issues

Starting off the list for making a DIY subwoofer is the power supply. This is a crucial part of the subwoofer, so making sure you get a good power supply is mandatory.

The Thermaltake Smart 700W seems to be the best model available that won’t cost you an arm or a leg, and it seems to be designed to last you for quite some time.

Once you’ve taken care of the power supply, you will need a car amplifier. It would be advisable that you look for something which is bridgeable and has a built-in crossover.


BOSS Audio Systems R1100M

  • Maximum Power Output of 1100 Watts at 2 Ohms
  • Uses RCA interconnected cables to link the R1100M with the source unit
  • Has Variable Bass Boost
  • It can be installed in a variety of different places due to its’ slim and compact design
  • Doesn’t seem to be as powerful as advertised in real life

The BOSS Audio Systems R1100M car amplifier comes with 1100 Watts Max Power and MOSFET power supply, taking your vehicle’s audio system to the next level.

You can use it to customize the sound with Variable Low Pass Crossover, Bass Boost, and Remote Subwoofer Control, making them perfect for those that want to add Bass, enhanced sound, and performance to their system at an affordable price.

Even if you’re not an audiophile and you don’t know much about sound systems, the subwoofer’s drivers are probably the component that pretty much everyone recognizes.

These are the heart of the subwoofer and are responsible for the sound quality, so if you want to make sure you are careful with any of the components, it should be this one.


Rockford Fosgate R2Ds

  • Features 2-inch copper-clad aluminum voice coil
  • Stamp cast frame structure
  • Integrated PVC trim ring
  • Mica injected polypropylene cone
  • 250 Watts RMS 500 Watts peak power rating
  • 10-inch, dual 2-ohm subwoofer with 500 watts maximum power handling (250 watts RMS)
  • Mica injected polypropylene cone with poly-foam surround
  • Prone to blow if exerted too much

If you’re looking to build a subwoofer in a way that will make rooms shake from the bass, then you need to buy the Rockford Fosgate R2Ds subwoofer driver.

The parabolic cone designs result in solid bass reproduction and aluminum voice coils keep woofers running cool, even under demanding conditions, meaning that you’ll have a solid performance for years to come.


Pioneer TS-A250D4

  • Improved durability
  • Faithful sound playback
  • Dual 4 ohms voice Coil subwoofer
  • Injection Molded Polypropylene cone provides increased strength and rigidity for optimized bass response.
  • Won’t create a subwoofer that can manage larger rooms

The Pioneer TS-A250D4 is a subwoofer driver that comes with a host of technologies that improve the way you hear and play music. These systems include the Voice Coil Cooling System improves durability and faithfully reproduces the sound of original sources.

Additionally, it is made with high-quality materials that ensure the subwoofer will stay as performant for many years.


PIXNOR DIY Speaker Box Terminal

  • Made from durable plastic, copper and gold-plated metal
  • Terminal cup for speaker subwoofer boxes
  • Gold-plated contacts for optimal signal transfer
  • Screw type terminals ensure a tight and secure connection
  • Rear connections use quick disconnect connectors
  • Positive (Red) and negative (Black) indicators to ensure proper wiring
  • The plastic components may crack if mishandled

The PIXNOR DIY Speaker Box Terminal is a set of 2 professional and practical 2-way speaker terminal round spring cup connectors. They are mainly made of durable plastic and gold-plated metal and are designed for DIY speaker and subwoofer boxes.

The gold-plated contacts for optimal signal transfer and spring terminals ensure a tight and secure connection.


When you hear the word “budget”, you automatically think of the word “cheap”, but that is not always the case.

Building a device using components can many times end up being a smarter choice both in terms of price and quality. The same can be said about DIY subwoofers, as you can create one in the comfort of your home easily.

More so, if you know what you are doing, you may create one that will blow the market version ones out of the sky.

FAQ: Learn more about subwoofers

  • What is the best home subwoofer brand?

Check out these 5 subwoofer options we’ve picked out. For sure you’ll find one that you like. 

  • How can I make a subwoofer at home?

First things first, you need the components. And we’ve prepared a list with everything you need, so take a look.

  • What subwoofer has the deepest bass?

We’d say Cyber Acoustics CA-3602FFP, but see the specs for these subwoofers, in case you find a more appealing brand.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2019 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.