Thanks to modern innovations and designs, finding the right subwoofers to suit your space and budget while delivering impressive audio effects is easier than you think. This buying guide will help you get started.
First, let’s clarify what a subwoofer is and what it is. Subwoofers are like speakers, but they’re only responsible for listening to low-frequencies, starting with the bus line of your favorite song with the helicopter in your complex movie. Subwoofers add depth to the soundtrack of a movie, song, or game that cannot be achieved by ordinary speakers alone.
The only type of speaker that can come close to the following frequency supply is the way the subwoofer is a free-standing floor speaker, but even then the addition of a subwoofer will improve the overall sound experience. Small bookshelf-type speakers are not able to handle the long drivers needed to reproduce low frequencies, another reason why sound systems typically include a separate, dedicated subwoofer.
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You will find many options available when it comes to the location and placement of your subwoofer. Subwoofers come in all shapes and can be placed anywhere in your hearing area, although this can increase the impact of being close to the wall. If you think you want to place your subwoofer next to your television, you’ll want to look for a video-protected subwoofer.
What you really want to pay attention to when choosing a subwoofer is how much energy it generates. If you are working with a large house, you need a more powerful subwoofer. Some of the more powerful models come with a built-in amp and multi-wafers, both of which greatly increase the shaft output. However, some high-performance compact models are also available if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, or you can consider a wall subwoofer. Either way, you’ll want to buy a powered subwoofer (one with its own power cord) – not a passive one that supplies power to your receiver.
As you look at the different types of subwoofers, you will see the sounds of down-firing and front-firing. A down-firing subwoofer is where the woofer cone is mounted at the bottom of the subwoofer cabinet, while the front has a firing sub where the cone is mounted on one of the sides. Both are perfectly good options.
You’ll also see models with preset modes that work by changing the bus response of the subwoofer based on what you’re listening to, be it a movie, certain types of music, or a video game. Other models also include some sort of parallelism, allowing you to customize the sound produced by your subwoofer to your taste. High-end models actually include a built-in microphone, which is used to sample the sound in your room, and then the sub will change its output to fit the space.
Some manufacturers are even making sub-wafers for special applications such as attached to the bottom of theater chairs for earth-shaking effects, built-in center channel speakers, and even outdoor subwoofers.
As you can see, there are several considerations when choosing a subwoofer model. You can now find a subwoofer for virtually any budget, any location, and a variety of colors to match your decor. Need help finding the right one for you? Talk to an audio expert or consumer electronics audio expert for further advice.