5 Key Considerations Before Choosing the Right Subwoofer

Choosing a sub-woofer.
Choosing a sub-woofer.

Choosing the Right Subwoofer:

Adding a subwoofer to your car’s audio system can bring a new dimension of depth and richness to your music while you’re on the road. The deep bass notes can make your favorite songs come alive and transform your driving experience. However, before you dive into the world of car subwoofers, there are some important factors to keep in mind. This blog post will guide you through five key considerations to help you choose the perfect subwoofer for your car audio setup.

Space and Size Constraints:

Before you start shopping for a car subwoofer, take a close look at the available space in your vehicle. Subwoofers come in various sizes, from compact models that can fit in tight spaces to larger ones that might require more room. Consider where you want to install the subwoofer – In the trunk. under a seat, or another location – and measure the available dimensions. Choosing the right size ensures a seamless integration into your car’s interior without sacrificing valuable space.

Type of Subwoofer:

Car subwoofers generally fall into two categories: enclosed and component subwoofers.

Enclosed subwoofers come pre-mounted in an enclosure, making installation easier and more convenient. Component subwoofers offer more customization options and can provide better sound quality but may require more effort to install. Consider your DIY skills, time, and preferences when deciding between these two types.

Power Handling and RMS Rating:

The power handling capability of a subwoofer is a critical consideration. It indicates how much power the subwoofer can handle without getting damaged. Look for the subwoofer’s RMS (Root Mean Square) rating, which specifies the continuous power the subwoofer can handle.

Match the RMS rating of the subwoofer to the amplifier you plan to use to ensure they are compatible. Proper power matching prevents distortion, extends the subwoofer’s lifespan, and delivers optimal sound quality.

Frequency Response and Sensitivity:

The frequency response range of a subwoofer determines the range of bass frequencies it can reproduce. Consider the type of music you listen to most frequently – if you’re a fan of deep bass-heavy tracks, opt for a subwoofer with a lower frequency range. Additionally, pay attention to the sensitivity rating, which indicates how efficiently the subwoofer converts power into sound. A higher sensitivity rating results in louder and clearer bass, making it a crucial factor for overall audio quality.

Enclosure Type and Design:

The type of enclosure your subwoofer is mounted in significantly affects its performance.

There are various enclosure designs, including sealed, ported, and bandpass enclosures.

Sealed enclosures provide accurate and controlled bass. Ported enclosures emphasize volume and efficiency. While bandpass enclosures combine both for maximum output. Choose an enclosure that complements your musical preferences and the available space in your car.

Selecting the right subwoofer for your car involves careful consideration of factors such as these constraints: type of subwoofer, power handling, frequency response, sensitivity, and enclosure type. By assessing your needs, preferences, and the unique characteristics of your vehicle, you can choose a subwoofer that not only fits seamlessly into your car’s interior but also enhances your driving experience with impressive bass performance. Remember that a well-chosen subwoofer can elevate your car audio system to new heights, turning every drive into a musical journey.

Here at Next Level, we have all types of options to help suit your vehicle & budget best.

Some options include a “Plug & Play” style of speaker systems that are easier to install and are overall less expensive, since they are typically a less custom design. On the other hand, we have an endless selection of customization options that can be chosen for a more in-depth and deeply integrated audio system.

Cadillac Escalade: A Symphony of Upgrades

Cadillac featured photo.
Cadillac featured photo.

Pioneer Nex Stereo Upgrade

In a world where technology shapes our lives, your Cadillac should be no exception. The Pioneer Nex Stereo upgrade seamlessly merges luxury with innovation, transforming your driving experience into something beyond imagination.

Pioneer Nex Stereo

Harmonizing High Frequencies: Custom Tweeter Speakers Installation

When it comes to enjoying your favorite music, the quality of sound matters. That’s why we embarked on a journey to elevate the audio experience within this Cadillac by custom-installing new tweeter speakers.

We also remade and rewired the customers subwoofer box previously in the vehicle so it worked properly.

Maserati Cielo MC20 K40 and Dash Cam Install

Maserati MC20. ReEdited.

Redefining Brilliance: Maserati MC20 Ceilo gets custom upgrades of 2 dash cameras and a speed ticket protection system.

K40 Electronics “Speed Ticket Protection”

The K40 Electronics™ Laser Defuser is more than a mere accessory; it is a guardian of stealth and speed. The Laser Defuser provides protection against LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), to protect you speeding tickets. With its advanced technology, it renders the Maserati invisible to radar and laser detection, a cloak of invisibility for the open road.

“We’re so confident in the performance and protection you’ll experience with our Laser Defusers; our one-year “Ticket-Free Guarantee” covers them.” – K40 Electronics™

The Laser Defuser has a compact design that allows for a custom and seamless installation giving you protection from laser speeding tickets while blending seamlessly into your vehicle’s body style.


The 2-Channel Dash Cam System from BlackVue

A dash cam is an invaluable addition to any vehicle, offering real-time recording of events both inside and outside the car. With this new advanced 2-channel dash cam system, the customer can now enjoy a heightened level of security and peace of mind.

Mounted discreetly on the front windshield, the exterior-facing camera lens captures the breathtaking scenery as it unfolds before the MC20. Whether it’s a picturesque sunset drive along the coast or a thrilling sprint down the open highway, the MC20’s exterior camera documents every moment in stunning detail.

Simultaneously, the interior-facing camera lens captures the driver’s perspective, recording the exhilaration and emotion of being behind the wheel of a Maserati. From the driver’s determined focus during a spirited drive to the joyous smiles during a leisurely cruise, the interior camera preserves the unique experience of piloting the MC20.

The two-channel system boasts high-resolution recording capabilities, ensuring that every detail is captured with crystal clarity. The advanced sensors and wide-angle lenses offer unparalleled visibility in all lighting conditions, making it a reliable witness for any journey.

Safety, security, and the ability to relive your unforgettable drives – that’s what the Maserati MC20’s 2-channel dash camera system brings to the table. Whether you’re a performance enthusiast seeking to document your adventures or a safety-conscious driver looking for added protection on the road, this innovative technology is a game-changer for the MC20, combining style and substance in true Maserati fashion.

Upgraded Bentley Reaches The Next Level

Bentley Car front view angle.
Bentley. Featured photo. Rear view camera installed.

In the pursuit of luxury and refinement, even the most elite vehicles like the Bentley embrace modern technology for heightened safety and awareness. The installation of a radar detector in this opulent automobile marks a strategic step toward safeguarding both driver and vehicle. Seamlessly integrated into the cabin’s aesthetic, the radar detector adds a layer of smart awareness, ensuring a smooth and confident drive without compromising on the Bentley’s timeless elegance.

Bentley. Rear view camera.

The K40 Platinum 360 Premium Radar/4-Laser Defuser System

One of the top priorities for any driver is staying informed about their surroundings while on the road. The K40 Platinum 360 Premium Radar/4-Laser Defuser System is a state-of-the-art solution that provides comprehensive protection against radar and laser-based speed detection technologies, ensuring you have ample time to react to potential threats.

The Classic Chevy Corvette Stingray

Corvette Sting Ray in front of shop. Next Level Customs. Next Level Inc. Orlando Custom Audio.
Corvette Sting Ray in front of shop.

In the world of automotive legends, the Chevy Corvette Stingray holds a special place. A true icon of the roads, this classic beauty recently embarked on a transformative journey at our shop, where it was infused with modern innovations while preserving its timeless allure. As the engine roared and the wheels turned, the Corvette Stingray underwent a series of upgrades, from an Alpine head unit to custom speakers, a powerful amp, and a host of thoughtful additions. This article unveils the story of how a vintage masterpiece was seamlessly blended with cutting-edge technology.

Modernizing the Interior

The heart of this classic was revived with modern technology as the iLX-507 Alpine head unit was seamlessly integrated. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto breathed new life into the Corvette’s dashboard, providing connectivity and entertainment at the touch of a button. The experience was further elevated with the addition of the HCE-C114 Alpine rear camera, offering a modern safety feature without compromising the car’s aesthetics.

A Symphony of Sound

The transformation extended to the auditory realm, with the introduction of X-Series 6.5″ speakers that were ingeniously housed within custom-fabricated kick panels. The challenge of redesigning the kick panels was met with precision, ensuring that the speakers not only fit seamlessly but also enhanced the car’s interior aesthetics. The audio journey continued with the addition of R-Series 6×9″ speakers, delivering a full spectrum of sound.

Amplifiers and Subwoofers

The modernization included the X-Series 5 channel amp, which not only integrated seamlessly but also ensured that every note was delivered with precision. The heartbeat of the sound system was the R-Series 10″ subwoofer, housed in a custom matte black enclosure that exuded sophistication. A custom trim panel added a touch of personalization.

The Corvette Stingray’s character was preserved as we relocated the lower A/C vent

The journey of modernizing the Classic Chevy Corvette Stingray is a celebration of innovation. It’s a testament to the fact that technology and design can coexist to create an automotive masterpiece that resonates with both nostalgia and modern sensibilities. As this revitalized classic takes to the roads, it does so as a beacon of automotive excellence, proving that some legends only get better with time.

Corvette Stingray, photo of car in shop.

Transforming a Blue Nautique 211 Boat

Blue Nautique. Feature photo. Edited. Next Level Customs. Next Level Audio. Orlando Custom Audio.
Blue Nautique. Feature photo. Edited.

What truly enhances the maritime experience is a soundtrack that matches the beauty of it’s surroundings.

Setting the Tone: Upgrading the Sound System

A boat isn’t just a vessel; it’s a canvas on which memories are painted with the brushstrokes of music. Upgrading the sound system isn’t just about enhancing audio quality; it’s about shaping the ambiance of every voyage. The Blue Nautique 211 boat underwent a symphonic transformation as a cutting-edge sound system from Fusion Audio was seamlessly integrated. The marine-grade technology was tailored to the aquatic environment, creating an immersive audio experience that resonated with the boat’s elegance and the sea’s timeless beauty.

New Garmin Fusion Radio and Kicker Amplifiers Installed

Custom acrylic encasing the Fusion Radio and securely installed amps.

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    Yellow Ski Nautique Upgraded

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    Yellow Nautique.

    The iconic yellow Ski Nautique boat embarked on a journey of transformation at our shop. This boat underwent a series of upgrades that blended the power of technology with the allure of the open waters. From custom JL Audio speakers to a Fusion Radio system and the embrace of SeaDek®, the Ski Nautique’s evolution is a testament to the harmony of innovation and beauty.

    This Ski Nautique got a new stereo, speakers, and SeaDek®

    JL Audio Speakers

    The heartbeat of any boating experience is the soundtrack that accompanies every journey. For the yellow Ski Nautique, this meant an immersive auditory journey with the installation of custom JL Audio speakers. These speakers, designed for marine environments, perfectly blended performance and durability. With a symphony of sound that cascades over the waters, every adventure became a musical masterpiece, resonating with the boat’s vibrant energy.

    Fusion Radio System

    The Fusion Radio system seamlessly integrated into the Ski Nautique’s dashboard is the navigator of melodies. With an intuitive interface, wireless connectivity, and access to various audio sources, the Fusion Radio system brought an element of convenience to the boat’s interior. Whether it’s tuning into a favorite station or connecting to personal playlists, the Fusion Radio system transformed the boat into a floating concert hall.

    A Sea of Comfort: SeaDek® Upgrade

    Comfort is a key aspect of any boating experience, and the Ski Nautique embraced this with the introduction of SeaDek® marine flooring. The once-traditional surfaces were transformed into soft, cushioned areas that invited passengers to revel in comfort. SeaDek® not only enhances relaxation but also ensures safety with its non-slip surface.

    Where Technology Meets Artistry

    The journey of upgrading the yellow Ski Nautique boat with custom JL Audio speakers, a Fusion Radio system, and SeaDek® is an embodiment of craftsmanship and transformation. The integration of technology required precision and expertise to ensure every note was crisp and clear. The installation of SeaDek® demanded an understanding of design, aesthetics, and functionality to create an environment that was as safe as it was inviting.

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      Enhancing Elegance: Ferrari Update

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      Red Ferrari, in front of Next Level.

      In the realm of automotive excellence, few names evoke the same level of admiration and excitement as Ferrari. The Ferrari 550 Maranello, a masterpiece that seamlessly blends power, sophistication, and elegance, recently graced our shop with its presence. While the car’s interior exudes a timeless charm, the owner had a desire to enhance the audio experience without compromising the original aesthetic. Our team embarked on a journey to upgrade the speakers while preserving the car’s iconic interior – a challenge that combined technical expertise with an appreciation for automotive heritage.

      The Ferrari 550 Maranello’s Iconic Interior

      Before delving into the upgrade process, let’s take a moment to appreciate the interior of the Ferrari 550 Maranello. Designed as a grand tourer, the cabin exudes luxury and craftsmanship that encapsulate the essence of Italian design. From the sumptuous leather upholstery to the meticulous placement of controls, every aspect of the interior reflects Ferrari’s commitment to creating an environment that elevates the driving experience.

      Ferrari red, steering wheel and dashboard.

      The Need for Enhanced Audio: Striking the Perfect Balance

      While the Ferrari 550 Maranello’s interior is a masterpiece, advancements in audio technology over the years have provided opportunities to elevate the driving experience even further. The owner’s desire to upgrade the speakers was not about overwhelming the cabin with bass-heavy sound but about achieving clarity and balance. The goal was to seamlessly integrate modern audio capabilities without disrupting the harmony of the original interior.

      Technical Expertise Meets Aesthetic Appreciation

      Balancing modern audio upgrades with the preservation of a classic interior requires a delicate touch. Our team of skilled technicians embarked on the journey by meticulously studying the car’s interior layout. Every inch was examined to identify the optimal speaker placement that would maximize audio quality while ensuring a discreet visual impact.

      The selection of speakers was a critical step. We opted for speakers that could deliver exceptional audio fidelity across a wide range of frequencies. This decision was made not only to cater to the driver’s musical preferences but also to complement the engine’s symphony, enhancing the overall driving experience.

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        Dodge Challenger Gets Custom Fitted Subwoofers

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        Challenger. Feature photo. Subwoofer upgrade.

        Alpine R-Series Subwoofers: Setting the Stage for Sonic Brilliance

        To infuse the Challenger’s interior with heart-pounding audio, we turned to the Alpine R-Series 10-inch subwoofers. Renowned for their exceptional sound quality and performance, these subwoofers are designed to reproduce deep, impactful bass that adds a new dimension to the listening experience.

        The choice of the Alpine R-Series was not just about enhancing the bass; it was about creating a symphony that resonates perfectly with the car’s character. These subwoofers excel in delivering accurate and clear bass notes, ensuring that the music remains detailed and dynamic even at high volumes.

        We fitted this Dodge Challenger with some all new Alpine subwoofers, and a custom built subwoofer enclosure!

        Crafting Excellence: Custom Subwoofer Enclosure

        To harness the full potential of the Alpine R-Series subwoofers, we embarked on the creation of a custom-fitted and built subwoofer enclosure. This step was crucial to achieving the best possible audio performance while maintaining the Challenger’s interior aesthetics.

        1. Design and Measurements: Our team meticulously measured the available space in the trunk and carefully designed an enclosure that optimized both air volume and subwoofer positioning. The enclosure’s design was not only functional but also tailored to blend seamlessly with the Challenger’s interior design.
        2. Precision Fabrication: Crafting the enclosure required precision fabrication to ensure a perfect fit. We used high-quality materials that not only enhanced audio quality but also ensured the enclosure’s durability and longevity.
        3. Integration and Aesthetics: The custom enclosure was designed to look like an integral part of the trunk, showcasing our commitment to preserving the Challenger’s visual appeal. It seamlessly merged with the existing design, proving that audio enhancements can be both impressive and subtle.

        Alpine Series R 10 Subwoofers

        The Sonic Symphony Unleashed

        Once the Alpine R-Series subwoofers and custom enclosure were seamlessly integrated into the purple Dodge Challenger, it was time for the moment of truth. With the audio system calibrated and tuned to perfection, the Challenger’s interior was transformed into an acoustic wonderland. The deep, resonant bass notes combined with the powerful engine’s roar, creating a symphony that resonated not only in the ears but in the soul of the driver.


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          Elevating the Chevy SS Camaro Sound System

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          Camaro. Feature photo. Next level in background.

          Unleashing the Roar: Elevating the Chevy SS Camaro Sound System

          The heart-pounding roar of a Chevy SS Camaro is a symphony that resonates with automotive enthusiasts. Yet, there’s more to a thrilling driving experience than just the engine’s melody. Recently, we had the exhilarating opportunity to enhance a Chevy SS Camaro’s sound system, turning it into a rolling concert hall. By integrating a selection of premium components, including ALPINE speakers, amplifiers, a subwoofer enclosure, and sound deadening mat, we embarked on a journey to elevate both the car’s audio quality and its driving allure.

          A Symphony of Sound

          The Chevy SS Camaro is a performance icon, characterized by its aggressive styling and powerful engine. While the engine’s rumble commands attention, an impressive sound system can heighten the driving experience, making every journey an auditory adventure. Our task was to transform the cabin into a soundstage, where music comes to life in unprecedented clarity and depth.

          New X-Series 6×9 inch component 2-Way Speakers
          ALPINE X-Series 6.5 inch component 2-Way Speakers
          ALPINE 4/3/2 Channel Power Density Amplifier
          ALPINE R Series R-A75M Mono Power Density Amplifier
          ALPINE Single 10″ ALPINE Halo R-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosure with ProLink™
          Stinger sound deadening mat

          Craftsmanship and Performance: The Result

          The culmination of these upgrades transformed the Chevy SS Camaro’s interior into a concert-grade sound system. The X-Series speakers brought vocals and instruments to life with stunning accuracy, while the amplifiers unleashed power that resonated with the car’s performance-oriented soul. The ALPINE Halo subwoofer enclosure added a deep, pulsating bass that resonated with the heartbeat of the engine.