Video: Installing a powered subwoofer

A powered sub is an easy way to boost your bass


Robert Ferency-Viars

Robert Ferency-Viars is the managing editor for the Crutchfield car A/V learning content, and has been with the company since 1999. A Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he loves spending time with his wonderful wife and sons, listening to music, writing, and playing games with friends. Robert's love for car audio began at 16 when he installed his first car stereo.

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Powered subwoofers include all the elements of a subwoofer system — subwoofer, amplifier, and enclosure — in one convenient package. Here's a look at how you install a typical powered subwoofer.

Please note: As with any amplifier installation, you'll also need an amplifier wiring kit. The proper size of kit will be listed in the accessories for each powered subwoofer.

  • Virgil Woods

    Posted on 8/9/2015 7:00:11 PM

    Thank you for your time and expertise. I have a PPI 900.4 amp. running 2-Infinity PR6502is and 2-Infinity PR9603is. I just purchased the Rockville RW10CW 10" slim subwoofer. My question is, can I running my powered sub from my amp or do I need to running its own power to he battery? I know it should not be a problem, but I am looking for your professional opinion. Thanks again

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015 9:19:48 AM

    Virgil, a powered sub by design has its own amplifier built into the box. You don't need to connect it to your other amplifier. You simply need to run power from the battery. Enjoy!

  • Les Price from Murray

    Posted on 8/22/2015 11:53:38 PM

    Why is it showing connecting to the battery with out a fuse inline?

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/24/2015 10:54:18 AM

    Les, there's definitely a fuse holder on that power line. It came pre-installed on the power cable. It's just a little further down the line and out of the camera shot. The kit I used was an older version of this 10-gauge kit from EFX.

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