Our Take on The Best 15 Inch Subwoofer

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When it comes to subwoofers, size really does matter. If you’re seeking big bass and you’ve got plenty of room in your vehicle,there’s no substitute for larger subsOtherwise, if space is an issue in your vehicle, and you still want to experience some bass, there are plenty of options out there including, smaller subs (8″ inches, 10″ inches,…), powered subwoofers. These space-saving bass systems can certainly make bassbut the quality and quantity of the larger subs’ deep bass are considerably better. If well-chosen and well placed, a large sub will deliver deep pounding bass that you can feel as much as you hear. 

There are a lot of 15inch subs on the market, and some of them are virtually worthless, so you should definitely make sure you do your research before you decide on the one you buy. Luckily, we’ve put together a little guide that should help you make the best 15inch subwoofer decision. Enjoy! 

BEST 15 INCH SUBWOOFERS 

Rockford Fosgate P3D2-15 Punch P3 DVC 2 Ohm 15-Inch 600 Watts RMS 1200 Watts Peak Subwoofer
E-15 V.3 D4 - Sundown Audio 15" 500W RMS Dual 4-Ohm EV.3 Series Subwoofer
Skar Audio EVL-15 D2 15" 2500 Watt Max Power Dual 2 Ohm Car Subwoofer
Precision Power P.15D2 1800W 15" Power Class Dual-2ohm Car Subwoofer-Set of 1
Rockford Fosgate P3D2-15 Punch P3 DVC 2 Ohm 15-Inch 600 Watts RMS 1200 Watts Peak Subwoofer
E-15 V.3 D4 - Sundown Audio 15" 500W RMS Dual 4-Ohm EV.3 Series Subwoofer
Skar Audio EVL-15 D2 15" 2500 Watt Max Power Dual 2 Ohm Car Subwoofer
Precision Power P.15D2 1800W 15" Power Class Dual-2ohm Car Subwoofer-Set of 1
Power handling – RMS: 600 watts ,Peak: 1200 watts
Power handling- RMS: 500 watts , peak: 100 watts
Power handling- RMS: 1250 ,Peak: 2500 Watts
Power handling- RMS: 900 watts , Peak: 1800 watts
Frequency Response: 22-250 Hz
Frequency response: 20-250Hz
Frequency response: 20-250Hz
Frequency response: N/A
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Impedance: Dual 4 ohm
Impedance: Dual 2 ohm
Impedance: dual 2-ohm
Sensitivity: 86 dB
Sensitivity: 88.6dB
Sensitivity: 86.2dB
Sensitivity: 87dB
Warranty: 1 Year
Warranty 1 year
Warranty: 1 year
Warranty: 1 year
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Rockford Fosgate P3D2-15 Punch P3 DVC 2 Ohm 15-Inch 600 Watts RMS 1200 Watts Peak Subwoofer
Rockford Fosgate P3D2-15 Punch P3 DVC 2 Ohm 15-Inch 600 Watts RMS 1200 Watts Peak Subwoofer
Power handling – RMS: 600 watts ,Peak: 1200 watts
Frequency Response: 22-250 Hz
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Sensitivity: 86 dB
Warranty: 1 Year
E-15 V.3 D4 - Sundown Audio 15" 500W RMS Dual 4-Ohm EV.3 Series Subwoofer
E-15 V.3 D4 - Sundown Audio 15" 500W RMS Dual 4-Ohm EV.3 Series Subwoofer
Power handling- RMS: 500 watts , peak: 100 watts
Frequency response: 20-250Hz
Impedance: Dual 4 ohm
Sensitivity: 88.6dB
Warranty 1 year
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Skar Audio EVL-15 D2 15" 2500 Watt Max Power Dual 2 Ohm Car Subwoofer
Skar Audio EVL-15 D2 15" 2500 Watt Max Power Dual 2 Ohm Car Subwoofer
Power handling- RMS: 1250 ,Peak: 2500 Watts
Frequency response: 20-250Hz
Impedance: Dual 2 ohm
Sensitivity: 86.2dB
Warranty: 1 year
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Precision Power P.15D2 1800W 15" Power Class Dual-2ohm Car Subwoofer-Set of 1
Precision Power P.15D2 1800W 15" Power Class Dual-2ohm Car Subwoofer-Set of 1
Power handling- RMS: 900 watts , Peak: 1800 watts
Frequency response: N/A
Impedance: dual 2-ohm
Sensitivity: 87dB
Warranty: 1 year
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Orion HCCA15 12We’ll go ahead and start off this review with possibly one of the most badass, crazy and all powerful 15″ inch subwoofer on the market.ORION HCCA-152 .

And, assuming you’ve got the cash to throw around, it’s one of the most hardcore subwoofers Orion® has ever made,bar none. Buying one of these subs will make everyone with small subs in their trunk jealous and make you pride of your sound system.

These subs are highly recommended for bassheads seeking more bass than what smaller subs can deliver.However,there are a few things you need to be aware of before purchasing a sub of this greatness.

First of all, as this sub is very powerhungry, you’ll certainly need to upgrade your electrical system, by that we mean a big and powerful alternator, as well as at least an extra battery. That being said, you’ll also need an external amplifier with superior high-power output to feed this beast. 

Additionally, you’ll have to build a customized box to accommodate it. Subs of this magnitude should be mounted facing up as they can rip apart what’s facing the box. 

Orion® is a brand we haven’t come across very much at all, but we were quite pleasantly overwhelmed when we did. 

Although this product’s price tag is fairly steep, it provides excellent performance, and if you’re here, then that is important to you. Buying one of these subs will shake the hell out of everything and everyone around you. Your neighbors will want you to move. It’s just a whole different experience. 

This particular subwoofer will set you back around $400, however it’s one of the top 15″ subwoofers in the market. Not only is this sub built to last, but it is also outstanding in terms of performance – the results will blow your mind. 

Clearly, due to the price tag and quality of this 15″ inch sub, I’d recommend it only to someone who thoroughly enjoys big bass, and has the funds to support it. If you are just starting out, it would not be a wise decision to splurge up to 400+ on a top of the line 15″ inch subwoofer. 

Specification 

  • Subwoofer Size: 15″ 
  • Power handling – RMS: 2000 watts 
  • Power handling – Peak: 4000 watts 
  • Sensitivity: 87.2 dB 
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms 
  • Weight: 87.00lbs 
  • Frequency Response: 21-100 Hz 
  • Warranty: 1 Year 

Pros 

  • It produces more bass 
  • It is made of extremely durable material 
  • High maximum power output of 4000 watts 
  • Excellent performance due to RMS 

Cons 

  • You will need to upgrade, adding a battery and alternator to power it 
  • External amplifier with high power output to feed the unit is needed. 
  • Difficult to install as it needs a customized box 
  • It can only be mounted facing up since it can rip apart when facing the box. 

Rockford Fosgate P3D2-15For those of you who read the last review and thought “this sub is very demanding, technically and financially” will be happy to give this bad boy a try. 

We have reviewed several Rockford Fosgate products on this site before and the story hasn’t changed. 

Rockford Fosgate offers reasonably priced products. If you are wanting to keep your subinvestment set under $200, we can’t think of a better option for a 15″ inch subwoofer than the P3D2-15. 

Rockford Fosgate has been in business since 1973. Their products reflect over 40 years of know-how by featuring state-of-the-art sonic technologies, dependable hardware, and powerful music all with great style in mind, be it speakers, amps, or subwoofers. 

The linkedto above Punch series subwoofer is designed for deeper, louder bass – resulting in an impressive sound that’ll shine out in a crowd. 

Rockford Fosgate has built the P3D2-15 15″ subwooferto stay rigid in high demanding sound pressure levels conditions and heavy play while staying light and responsive. 

To make this sub deliver even bigger bass, RF used a new technique that consists of attaching the oversized rubber surround to the cone increasing the available cone area by 25% – resulting in more air flow and eventually deeper bass. 

For optimal results, Rockford Fosgate has incorporated a special venting to cool down the voice coils. 

Additionally, the aluminum cone serves the purpose of a heat sink, dissipating heat away from the copper-clad aluminum voice coils, so you can experience incredibly consistent bass on an ongoing basis. 

Specification 

  • Subwoofer Size: 15″ 
  • Power handling – RMS: 600 watts 
  • Power handling – Peak: 1200 watts 
  • Sensitivity: 86 dB 
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms 
  • Frequency Response: 22-250 Hz 
  • Warranty: 1 Year 
  • Weight: 87.00lbs

Pros  

  • The PVC textured magnet produces great sound and performance. 
  • Power handling conforms to CEA 2031 standards – Can handle continuous power! 
  • It has vents to cool down voice coils for consistent bass. 
  • The aluminum cone serves as heat sink to spread heat away

Cons

 

  • Under intense pressure, the sound may not be clear 
  • Sound can get a bit distorted when playing deep bass. 

Rockford Fosgate P3D2-15 Punch P3 DVC 2 Ohm 15-Inch 600 Watts RMS 1200 Watts Peak Subwoofer
  • The P3 Series is Rockford Fosgate’s best performing Punch subwoofer delivering reference quality bass in our most popular models
  • The Punch P3D2-15 is a 15” 2-Ohm DVC (dual voice coil) subwoofer with 600 Watts RMS / 1200 Watts Max power handling and custom 10-AWG nickel plated push terminals
  • Featuring anodized aluminum cones and dustcaps, with a unique spider venting design to keep the motor cooler and a new hybrid stamp-cast basket providing super strength while minimizing weight and resonance
  • Best used in standard sealed or vented enclosures {Sealed (Vb): 1.58 cu. ft. (44.7 Liters) / Vented (Vb): 2.66 cu. ft. (75.3 Liters) / Mounting Depth: 7.58 in. (192.5 mm) / Cutout Diameter: 13.94 in. (353 mm)
  • Famous Rockford Fosgate build quality with a full 1-year warranty when purchased from an authorized Rockford Fosgate reseller

VM Audio EXW15This subwoofer is by far the least expensive of all 15″ inch subs we’ve reviewed in this lineup by far, but don’t let that fool you. 

This subwoofer can handle up to 1300 watts RMS power and it features high excursion linear mechanical suspension system as well as a 4-ohm dual voice coil configuration – which allows a variety of wiring possibilities. 

This subwoofer is built with stress-resistant materials including wide durable rubber surround, vibraducer featherlight IMPP for the cone, it also comes with heavyduty stamped steel basket with a high impact-resistant one-piece magnetic cover.  

The EXW15 sub also features a direct voice coil surface-cooling system, some nice push terminals, and motor cover on the backside. 

The cover isn’t simply magnetized to the motor – which is usually the case with lowend woofers, but it’s securely adhered to the motor structure, adding a layer of protection to both the motor and to the magnets. 

Overall, this is a solid 15″ inch subwoofer, for a competitive price. And it should last you for years if it is powered properly. 

Specification: 

  • Subwoofer Size: 15″ 
  • Power handling – RMS: 1300 watts 
  • Power handling – Peak: 2600 watts 
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB 
  • Impedance: Dual 4 Ohm 
  • Frequency Response: 23Hz – 340Hz 
  • Warranty: 1 Year 

Pros  

  • Nickel-plated wire connections and steel basket to resist moisture, rust, and dust.  
  • Power handling of up to 2600 watts for better heat management 
  • Lead cover on the back secure and stable for the protection of the motor and magnets. 
  • It can withstand low frequencies without distortion. 

Cons 

  • A hassle to install – it requires a customized box to fit in. 

2 VM Audio EXW15 Elux 15" Competition Car Power Subwoofer Subs 5200W DVC (Pair)
  • RMS Power: 1300 Watts
  • Peak Power: 2600 Watts
  • Dual Voice Coil Low Frequency Subwoofers
  • High Excursion Linear Mechanical Suspension System
  • Tough, Weather Resistant Wide Rubber Surround

power acoustik Bamf-152The Mofo brand offers a variety of products including amplifiers, subwoofers, and several speakers. It is built with durable material and has 3800 watts of power output. It features a non-magnetic, no- resonant cast aluminum frame for thermal consumption and rigidity. 

In addition, the non-transfer spruce pulp cone offers protection from ultraviolet rays and chemicals. Built with strength in mind the dual polycotton suspension lowers violent speeds. The 3inch four-layer voice coil is can be directly wire connected.  

The holding adhesive used to hold the coil is temperature- tolerant. It comes with a 1300 RMS Watt for high power output. Mounting can be done up to a depth of 6.5 inches.  

The vented T-yoke prevents heat from building up in the voice coil and improves power handling. To prevent potential damage from high output levels, the voice coil leads are stitched and glued.  These adhesions prevent delamination and ensure strong bonds. 

For increased magnetic strength the motor structure overcompensates. It is made with hightemperature adhesive that resists thermal failure.  Also provided are a trim ring with hidden mounting holes and 1piece gasket. Dual 2ohm voice coils 

Specifications 

  • Subwoofer size: 15″ 
  • Power handling- RMS: 1900 watts 
  • Power handling – peak: 3000 watts 
  • Sensitivity: 83dB 
  • Impedance: Dual 2 ohm 
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 600Hz 
  • Warranty: 1 year 
  • Weight: 30 pounds 

Pros 

  • The Top plate and 12 mm T-yoke improve its lowfrequency response. 
  • It can handle a maximum power output of up to 3800 watts. 
  • The Polyester foam surround enables many trips. 
  • Mounting can be done up to a depth of 6.5 inches. 

Cons 

  • It has relatively lower sensitivity. 
  • It takes too long to install 

Power Acoustik BAMF-152 15" Dual 2 Ω 3800W RMS Subwoofer
  • 3" Dual 2ohm , 4-layer voice-coil with direct-connect wire
  • Overcompensating motor structure for increased magnetic strength
  • 12mm t-yoke & top plate improve low-frequency dynamics
  • Vented T-yoke & Frame Reduce Voice-coil Heat Buildup

Sundown Audio EV3 15-D4 subwoofer The Sundown E series has been known for its great bass response and high levels of reliability since 2012. Its steel frame makes it durable. Moreover, it comes with a long voice coil with a dual-stacked magnetic structure. This allows linear Xmax of 14mm one way. 

The voice coil wires are made of copper to withstand high temperatures. This is meant for high mechanical clearances of over 2 inches. It features vented voice coil former, large coil and gap venting to ensure great thermal performance. 

The strong competition-grade paper cone enhances its durability and mechanical stability. There are a paper cone and rugged oversized home surround for protection.  

The tinsel leads are stitched on to prevent burn out and ensure durability. Power output is 500 watts with vented magnetic gap. It can be mounted up to 7.25″. 

The Sundown Audio EV3 15 Inch Sub is for you if you are looking for an affordable subwoofer. The good thing is that they can be used by anyone. You don’t need previous experience to install one.  

Specifications 

  • Subwoofer size: 15″ 
  • Power handling- RMS: 500 watts 
  • Power handling – peak: 100 watts 
  • Sensitivity: 88.6dB 
  • Impedance: Dual 4 ohm
  • Frequency response: 20-250Hz 
  • Warranty 1 year

Pros 

  • The stitched-on tinsel leads help protect against failure and fatigue. 
  • Black Aluminium 2” voice coil former ensures better heat spread 
  • Chambered edges allows greater air-powered cooling of the voice coil. 
  • The voice coil is made of copper to withstand high temperatures 

Cons 

  • It does not have wireless remote control.

E-15 V.3 D4 - Sundown Audio 15" 500W RMS Dual 4-Ohm EV.3 Series Subwoofer
  • RMS Power = 500-watts | Xmax = 14mm one-way by 70% BL | Vented magnetic gap
  • Vented pole piece with optimized geometry | Black Aluminum 2.5” voice coil former for superior heat dissipation | High Temperature 4-Layer copper voice coil wire
  • Spring Loaded Terminals | Stitched-On “Mini-XL” Tinsel Leads to prevent fatigue and failure
  • Box Recommendations: Sealed: 2.5 ft^3 | Ported: 3.25 ft^3 | Displacement: 0.14 ft^3 | Depth: 7 1/4" | Outside Diameter: 15 1/8" Cut-Out: 13 7/8" | Recommended Tuning: 32hz | Recommended Port Area: 52 in^2

Skar Audio EVL 15Skar audio models are best known for their performance and high sound quality.  It is amazon’s choice for 15″ subwoofers. The EVL-15 D2 has a 3” dual 2-ohm hightemperature voice coil to prevent burn out.  

With an advanced airflow cooling basket, it enables you to play loud music for a long time. The EVL’s signature red, single damper connects to the coil former with premium stitched lead wires. What’s more, it can reach a peak power output of 2500 watts. Its frequency response ranges from 20Hz to 250 Hz hence there is no distortion.

Mounting can be done with the proper box to a depth of 8.65”. Bass ranges from deep to low due to a variety of advanced design features. It has a high roll foam surround to produce ultra-low-end frequencies. The driving force of this subwoofer is a great high flux dualstack ferrite motor structure. These features should most likely convince you to get the EVL 15″ D2 subwoofer. 

Specifications 

  • Subwoofer size: 15″ 
  • Power handling- RMS: 1250 
  • Power handling – peak: 2500 
  • Sensitivity:  86.2dB 
  • Impedance: Dual 2 ohm 
  • Frequency response: 20-250Hz 
  • Warranty: 1 year 
  • Weight: 37.1 pounds 

Pros 

  • Bass is very responsive and can be played at any level  
  • Competition graded Pressed Paper Cone for quality sound 
  • Great high and low bass toned due to high RMS rating 

Cons 

  • For the best sound, you need a custom subwoofer box. 
  • The durability level is slightly questionable.

Skar Audio EVL-15 D2 15" 2500 Watt Max Power Dual 2 Ohm Car Subwoofer
  • 15-inch Dual 2 Ohm Competition Grade Car Subwoofer
  • Peak Power: 2,500 Watts | RMS Power: 1,250 Watts
  • 3" High Temperature Dual 2-ohm Voice Coil with Black Coating
  • Competition Grade Paper Cone Stitched to High Roll Foam Surround | Fs: 35 Hz
  • Premium Suspension Featuring the EVL Series Signature Red Two Layer Spider

Precision Power P.15D2Precision Power P.15D2 is quite the product. Though it isn’t overly a known brand this sub can pump some solid bass. It can handle a power output of up to 1800 watts. The voice coil is 2.5″ inches and is 4 layered. It has an inverted rubber surround for protection from excess heat. Top mount depth7.5″. The cone is made of blend pulp for extra rigidity. Music doesn’t get distorted at high volume levels.  

The dust cap also acts as a great sink to prevent heat buildup in the voice coil gap. Moreover, it hardens the cone to eliminate cone flex which holds radiated noise and to ensure durability. It has a PVC rubber trim ring and gasket.  

It is made of die-cast Aluminum Frame which is very durable. The heat center cap wards off heat away from copperaluminum voice coils. The magnet is 170 ounces and offers 900 RMS power handling.  Dual poly-cotton suspension maintains velocity control. Vented T-yoke back plate that prevents heat from building up in the voice coil.  

Specifications 

  • Subwoofer size: 15″ 
  • Power handling- RMS: 900 watts 
  • Power handling – peak: 1800 watts  
  • Sensitivity: 87dB 
  • Impedance: dual 2-ohm 
  • Frequency response: not specified 
  • Warranty: 1 year 
  • Weight: 32.3 pounds 

Pros 

 

  • Heat sink that prevents burn out in the coil. 
  • Inverted rubber increases bass and durability of the subwoofer. 

Cons 

  • It requires a customized box to fit in. 

Precision Power P.15D2 1800W 15" Power Class Dual-2ohm Car Subwoofer-Set of 1
  • 15" Dual-2ohm Power Class Car Subwoofer
  • Power Handling: Peak: 1800 watts / RMS: 900 watts
  • Composite Blend Fiber/Pulp Cone
  • Inverted Rubber Surround
  • 2.5" 4-layer Dual Voice Coil

Conclusion 

The best 15-inch subwoofer can go to as low as 20 hertz. You won’t miss a single beat with these kinds of subwoofers. Compared to normal speakers you will enjoy awesome sound quality with the 15-inch subs. Also, you won’t have to worry about distortions or playing low music anymore. These things are monstrous! Expect to get some neighbor complaints as your roll down your neighborhood!  

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