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12" Single 4 ohm PS Series Car Subwoofer

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12" Single 4 ohm PS Series Car Subwoofer

$39.99

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  • 12" Single 4 Ohm PS Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 500 watts
    • RMS: 250 watts
  • Impedance: Single 4 ohm
  • Ribbed DDC-treated paper cone woofer
  • 2-Layer roll treated foam surround
  • Precision stamped steel basket with aeroventing
  • Progressive flat spider
  • One piece EVA closed cell gasket
  • Extended and vented pole motor assembly
  • Industry-standard cutout patterns
  • 2" BASV voice coil
  • 110oz. Magnet
  • Frequency response: 32-450 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
PS (MB Quart)
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
12"
Peak Power Handling
Peak power handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle during a brief musical burst. The RMS power range figure is a much more reliable rating for determining the speaker's power requirements. The Peak power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
500 watts
RMS Power Handling
The RMS power is the amount of power the speaker requires to operate safely and properly. RMS Power Handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. We recommend powering your speakers or subwoofer with 80%-120% of its recommended RMS rating. The RMS power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
250 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Dual voice coil subs have more wiring flexibility than single voice coils subs; however, single voice coil subwoofers provide easier hookup options for wiring multiple subwoofers in parallel or series. You may also run a dual voice coil (DVC) sub in parallel, series, or combination. A quad voice coil has four voice coils and is equal to two dual voice coil subwoofers as far as wiring goes.
Single
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
The load value (in ohms) that the speakers present to the amplifier per voice coil - the amount of resistance to the current flow. This is a key specification as subs wired in parallel or low impedances can create problems with your amplifier and potentially void all warranties. We encourage you to ask our support department prior to purchase if you do not understand which impedance level will suit your application best.
4 ohms
Voice Coil Diameter
Diameter of voice coil, usually measured in inches.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
32 - 450 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
91 dB
Subwoofer Design
This is the design of the subwoofer or the opening of the subwoofer enclosure. Each design has it's own benefits, whether it is a square, circle, or oval.

Round/Circle: This is the typical and common subwoofer design. They have a round cone and are a circle in design.

Square: These woofers are able to achieve a greater cone area in a smaller space. Because of the greater surface area, some square subwoofers will be louder than a round subwoofer of the same size.

Round / Circle
Main Cone Color
This is the color of the speaker's or subwoofer's cone.
Black
Woofer Composition
Lightweight woofer cone materials are essential for efficient operation. Poly cones produce exceptional sound and are sturdy against various changes in temperature. Paper cones are very efficient, and when treated for moisture resistance, will perform at a high level. Poly refers to polypropylene, which is thermoplastic or fibers that are polymers of propylene. IMPP refers to injection molded polypropylene, a commonly used process and material in speakers.
Reinforced Paper
Woofer Surround
A speakers surround is part of the suspension system. The surround protects the cone and prevents it from being displaced as it flexes out from the basket. It is usually made of a durable material like treated foam or rubber in order to withstand the strenuous job of producing bass frequencies.
Foam
Magnet Structure
Defines the overall structure of the subwoofers magnet.
Subwoofer Grille
Most subwoofers are able to accommodate a universal grille; however, some subs include a grille and others have a specific, optional grille available for purchase separately. If "yes", then the subwoofer includes a grille. If "optional (sold separately)" the matching grille will need to be purchased in addition to the sub.
No
Re-Cone Kit Available
Some higher end subwoofers have replaceable cone assemblies. In case of a blown woofer, a recone kit allows for a simple replacement, as opposed to purchasing an entire new subwoofer.
No

Recommended Enclosure Specifications

Recommended Enclosure Type
This is the recommended type of enclosure that the subwoofer should be installed into. Some subwoofers are specially designed for particular enclosures.

Sealed: These enclosures completely enclose the air inside the box. These boxes produce a tight bass.

Ported/Vented: These enclosures have a slot of air to escape from the box. The result is a sound that has more "boom".

Bandpass: These are a combination of both sealed and ported enclosures. They can be very efficient, but require tuning for the best response.

Ported / Vented
Sealed
Minimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
1.20 cubic feet
Optimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
Maximum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
2.60 cubic feet
Minimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
2.5 cubic feet
Optimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
Maximum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
2.5 cubic feet
Top-Mount Depth
The depth when installed on top of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the bottom of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
5-1/2"
Shallow Mount Installation
This means that the subwoofer/speaker is designed to be installed in areas that do not have a lot of space. Shallow mount subwoofers are typically found under a seat or behind the seat in some trucks.

Shallow mount speakers will typically have a mounting depth of 2" or less, while shallow mount subwoofers will typically have a mounting depth of 3" or less.

No

Electromechanical Parameters

Free-Air Resonance (Fs)
The free-air resonance frequency of the subwoofer, measured in Hz. At this frequency the weight of the moving parts is perfectly balanced with the subwoofers suspension system.
Equivalent Compliance (Vas)
This is the amount of air that has the same stiffness as the subwoofers suspension. The greater the rating, the lower the stiffness and larger recommended enclosure. It is measured in Liters.
Total Speaker Q Value (Qts)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including all dimensionless losses. Essentially, a high Qts value (closer to 1.0) means the subwoofer is great for sealed enclosures and a low Qts value (closer to 0) means the woofer is great in vented enclosures. A Qts of around 0.45 means the woofer will work decently in either enclosure type.
Electrical Q Value (Qes)
The subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including electrical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. The unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 – 10.
Electrical Resistance of Voice Coil (Re)
Amount of DC resistance of the subwoofer when measured with an ohm meter. Typically, this will read less than the impedance rating of the subwoofer.
Mechanical Q Value (Qms)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including mechanical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. This unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 – 10.
Efficiency Bandwidth Product (EBP)
This number represents the trade off between having an efficient woofer and one with a wide bandwidth. To calculate this number, take the Fs and divide it by the Qes. If the number is below 50, the woofer is designed for a sealed enclosure only. If it's between 50-100 it can be used in either. Lastly, if it's greater than 100 it's designed for vented enclosures.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
54%
4 Star
32%
3 Star
11%
2 Star
4%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.3
Value
4.8
Features
4.1
Design
4.2
Usability
4.5
Jeremiah

West Palm Beach, FL

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Not Bad

September 21, 2011

Put one of these in my wifes hatchback SUV and its perfect for her to country and pop music taste. I prefer harder hitting bass in my truck but its good for someone whos not trying to wake up the dead.

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josh

tiffinTiffin, OH

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awsome

January 21, 2012

I dont know why these havent been more popular. Just as good as kicker if you ask me.

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Jeremiah

West Palm Beach, FL

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Nice Sub

September 21, 2011

Great sub, put it in my wifes hatchback SUV in a small sealed box. Doesnt drop as low as I would want it in my truck but she loves it for her country/pop style music. Maybe with more airspace it would hit harder but I dont know currently in .7 cuft.

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Shannon

Plainview, TX

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good woofer

August 29, 2011

Well built for the price, good sound, great bass reinforcement in an extended cab pickup.

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adam

waterloo, IA

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OK bang for $

August 23, 2011

I've got 2 of these, and for the price you couldn't ask for more. I was dissapointed about how they don't pick up low hz... but for being lowest model they do the job. Overall durability could be better, but still bangin in the IA.

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jocelyn

silver city, NM

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great sub

July 25, 2011

I got 2 of these in a sealed tripple box in my 86 regal i need to get a third one to fill the box but for rite now i have 2 hooked up with a kole audio 700 watt amp with about 150 rms each these subs are under powered with that amp and they still hit very hard and clean. Cant wait to get a third sub and a bigger amp. These are great for low end subs and the price an shippin is unbeatable. If ur on a budget or not get these they will suprize you.

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weather11guy

Milwaukee, WI

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Amazing sound for a small price!

January 3, 2012

I put this sub in my car with a sealed enclosure and giving it 250 watts so far and even with half power its hitting hard and the sound is amazing. No complaints at all!

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Dacas

38128Memphis, TN

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great for the price

July 26, 2011

I had 2 of these a few years ago they are worth every penny 2 will sound good but 4 would sound better

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The Stig

Highland park,ca

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I had my doubt...

June 12, 2011

But it was fixed by adding poly fill, to my sealed box. For 40bucks? Reviews say different but with at least 200w (rms/500max) amp pushing, this s&!@ bumps. I face it, not out to impress, just want my bass to sound good. like I said I had my doubt...

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Ryan

Fall River, MA

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CANT GO WRONG FOR THE MONEY

March 23, 2011

I bought a pair of these subs and put them in a q logic ported box and ran them on an Infinity 600a and ran 600 watts RMS @ 2 ohms (gain adjusted accordingly) and they sounded great. Im an audiophile and they definitely impressed me for a $70 pair of subs.

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Steven P

Toronto, KS

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Great subs! A+

November 10, 2010

I bought two of these and put them in a sealed box, I'm knockin them with a 400watt kenwood amp. This stuff pounds so hard, my friends all have tens with a thousand watt amps and I only have a 400 watt and it pounds twenty times harder. I could easily say, for the price of these babys, DEFIANTLY BUY IF YOUR LOOKING FOR SOME GOOD KNOCK IN YOUR RIDE (:

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bobby

colchester ct

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good budget speaker

June 14, 2010

i have 2 of these at first i put a 300 watt amp on them and i was disappointed but after i bought a better amp they really shined. if you wanna buy these i recommend building your own enclosure give them 2 cubic feet each and tune to 35 hz and throw 350 to 400 hundred at 1 or for 2 throw 7 to 8 hundred clean unclipped power. for that price its tough to beat. they are not spl record setters but two of them in proper enclosure with good power is a good starter system

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Austin

Bakersfield, Ca

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these are awesome

April 25, 2010

i have 4 of these in a custom vented box in the back of my explorer and they sound amazing. definitely recommend.

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Matthew

Jonesboro, IN

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Bass of the Bass

July 10, 2008

I have two of these in my s10 and man do they sound good. They are in a vented box with a 700watt Alpine and it is louder than ever. I would recommend these to those who are on a budget but want to shake peoples mirrors going down the road.

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cody

greenville, OH

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Budget bass!!!

March 1, 2014

I paired this subwoofer with a 2.5 cu ft. Box tuned @ 34 Hz powered by a rockford fosgate prime r250.1d and the output and clarity was beyond surprising for the $ to bass ratio.. Clean little sub, not really a chest pounding / eyeball shaking subwoofer, however it's a hands down upgrade from nearly ANY stock audio system with a built in subwoofer.

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shelby2010

phoenix, AZ

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good buy

October 25, 2011

Great sub for the money. Im running 600 watts in a 2.5 cub ported box sounds clean.

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Christopher

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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More than what I expected

August 26, 2011

I purchased just one of these to put in a sealed box for my van expecting to at least add an "OK" amount of bass, but instead this sub really impressed me! I had it hooked up in a 2.25 cu sealed enclosure getting a clean solid 250watts RMS @ 4ohms & the sound is very VERY loud with amazing clarity. I recommend this 12" to anyone on a low budget that wants serious, quality low-range enhancement. Well built & fantastic deal! I've purchased many things from Sonic & they ROCK (in more ways than one) Five stars the whole way!

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MadMike420InTha401

West Warwick R.I.

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they good bang 4 ya buck

March 6, 2011

i have 6 12s in the trunk running 3 1000watt amps and they are worth what you pay for for a non comp sub it hits hard!!

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GARRY6183

BEAUFORT, SC

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2 POWER BASS IN AN EXPLORER

December 6, 2010

I have two of these power bass in the back of my ford explorer they are powered by a 1200 pioneer mono blck amp and i makes my back window flex.

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Ron

fresno,ca

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PowerBass PS-12

May 25, 2012

These subs are by far one of my favor subs, they are as good as $90 kicker subs, they are very good for the price, and sound really good sealed box.

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rich

fresno, CA

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PowerBass PS-12

February 23, 2012

These are really nice subs for the price, they are really powerful. I have used these subs in the past, the only dislike about this sub is the terminal connections they are not the "push terminals".

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Barry

Lawton, OK

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Read this before you build your box

January 6, 2012

First I would like to mention this is a great sub for $40, and sounds comparable to a Rockford P1 sub. I purchased this to add to my garage stereo so I was not limited size wise for building an enclosure, so I looked at the specs here on Sonic and on the Powerbass USA website which says the optimum size for a sealed enclosure is 1.25 cubic feet, so I built my box to 1.25 cubic feet to have ready when the sub arrived. Sub arrived and the paperwork with it says the optimum sealed enclosure size is 1.7 cubic feet, so my box is almost 1/2 cube short which will cause some loss on those "deep" bass notes. I added some polyfill to help make up for the loss in cubic feet. I wish it had push terminals, other than that this is an excellent sub for the price.

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charlie

richmond, va

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good for the money

June 26, 2011

I had two of these in a ported box in my s10 blazer a few years back for a starter system and they held up great never gave out or anything. I would deff recommend them for the price and to someone that doesn't know too much about car audio to learn from.

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The Stig

Highland park,ca

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I had my doubt...

June 12, 2011

But it was fixed by adding poly fill, to my sealed box. For 40bucks? Reviews say different but with at least 200w (rms/500max) amp pushing, this s&!@ bumps. I face it, not out to impress, just want my bass to sound good. like I said I had my doubt...

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Christopher

Bentleyville, PA

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great bang for the buck

December 31, 2010

put one behind the seat of a single cab truck with a 750w kenwood amp. i worked at a audio shop and was impressed with how loud and clear it was. its not a compatition sub, but not bad at all. great bang for the buck.

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bear

melbourne,fl

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power bass

December 19, 2009

i built a custom enclosure for this woofer, threw clean power to it and a memphis pr12 murders it, if this should give you an answer to entry-level powerbass. their competition stuff is awesome give this speaker a 2 but you also get what you pay for

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david

queen creek, AZ

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Clean and tight

September 4, 2013

Put this in sealed 1.2 mdf box w 400w rms and wow. Pounds nice and tight and clean. Good sub

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tarzan

houma

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powerbass

March 13, 2012

Can't wait to get it. I heard it was a good subwoofer.

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1 PowerBass PS-12 Subwoofer

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

2 PowerBass PS-12 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp - Bridged

3 PowerBass PS-12 Subwoofers

4 Channel Amp

4 PowerBass PS-12 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

2 Channel Amp

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

PS-12

UPC

823871002443

Weight

11.00lbs

Internal SKU

ps12

Internal Product ID

11231

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: PowerBass PS-12