Every time you settle in to watch a movie, you want to be totally immersed in the action. You want to feel the shock of an explosion, the roar of a thunderstorm, the low thumping sound of a helicopter flying overhead. That's where subwoofers come in. Check out the following questions and answers to help you find the best subwoofer for your home theatre.
Why should I get a subwoofer?
A good-quality home theatre system reproduces most frequencies within the range of human hearing. Given that regular speakers generally have a tough time with lower frequencies, subwoofers are needed to cover the lowest end of the frequency range to help round out the sound. Adding a home theatre subwoofer into the mix will take your home theatre setup to the next level, delivering a more immersive experience and bringing you even closer to the action.
What should I look for when buying a subwoofer?
First off, determine your needs. The size of the room will dictate how much power you need and what driver and cabinet size are best. Small room? Get a sub with a compact design. Large, open room? Step up the power and driver size.
What's more, look into enclosure type (sealed or ported) and cabinet design (down-firing or front-firing). Consider a sub that includes a wireless remote control for easy operation, or a wireless subwoofer for a convenient, cable-free experience.
Once you've chosen a sub and brought it home, try placing it in different areas of the room to see which location gives you the best results.
How will multiple subwoofers enhance my listening experience?
Since low-frequency sound waves are very long, they will strongly interact with elements of your home theatre room. They reflect off walls, bounce back toward the sub, and often overlap with the original wave, cancelling each other out in certain spots. The result? A weakened bass response in some areas of the room. Audiophiles and home theatre enthusiasts will want to seriously consider adding a second sub into the mix to fill in the gaps and make sure every seat is the best seat in the house.