jl_fathom_f112_300wPrice: $2800 (satin), $2900 (high gloss)

Website: www.jlaudio.com

Aron said: If you’re in the market for a wonderfully versatile subwoofer that offers deep, controlled, powerful bass, looks classy, and is impeccably built, JL Audio’s Fathom f112 deserves to be on your short list.

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Read the Home Theater & Sound review.

The gist: A mainstay in compact subwoofer land.