Need Help Selecting A Subwoofer? Answers To 3 Common Questions

When assembling a surround sound setup for your home theater, you may find yourself neglecting the subwoofer. This piece of audio equipment is responsible for transmitting that booming bass to your home theater, but does it matter which one you get? There is more to buying a subwoofer than you may have thought. Here are answers to three common questions you may have.

Should You Get a Wireless Subwoofer?

Wireless subwoofers are becoming more common in home theater setups, especially with sound bars. Instead of being tied to a cable that is plugged into a receive, you can place these subwoofers anywhere that a power outlet is within reach.

The benefit of a wireless subwoofer is that you can easily experiment with where the subwoofer’s placement produces the best sound. This could include placing it behind the couch where you will be sitting most of the time, or in a corner where the bass can reverberate off the walls and produce a sound that is more full. Since you won’t be listening to dialogue through a subwoofer, any delay that in the sound produced a wireless subwoofer will not ever be noticeable.

While wireless subwoofers will cost a bit more money, they could be worth it for the flexibility of not having to deal with a wire.

When Will a Ported Subwoofer Be Beneficial?

During the shopping process, you’ll notice that there are ported and sealed enclosures for subwoofers. Both variations have an impact on the sound quality of the subwoofer. A ported enclosure will produce a bigger bass sound without requiring much power. The subwoofer uses a vent to allow air into the enclosure, causing it to work similar to a pipe organ.

A sealed subwoofer will produce a bass sound that is better for music, with a sound that is described as articulate and tighter. A ported subwoofer will work better in large rooms for action movies with strong bass tracks.

Is a Bigger Subwoofer Better?

Have you ever seen a car driving down a street with the bass so high that it is overpowering to the cars that surround it on the road? That’s because the subwoofer is too big for the sound system.

You’ll want to select a subwoofer that is appropriate for the room and the supporting speakers. The bass the subwoofer produces should blend in rather than stick out. Stick to a smaller subwoofer if you are using small room speakers, or a larger subwoofer if you are using tower speakers or similar models.

Have more questions about selecting your subwoofer? Speak with a home theater specialist in your area, such as A Tech Security.

Author: Ismael Caldwell

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