Everyone deserves their world to be rocked.
There is no need to be an audiophile or a low-fi junkie to appreciate what a good subwoofer can do for you.
It is not uncommon for people to believe cranking up basses is only for clubs with saturated sound systems. Or maybe for neighbors who love when the police show up at their doorstep.
A subwoofer can transform your acoustic experience.
Who doesn’t like movies?
If you do, then you probably want a subwoofer. It will change the way you perceive sound. The dimension they can add when streaming a film or a series will change your perspective on them.
On the other hand, when using your home sound system to enhance your music experience. Why would you deny it a subwoofer? If you want to turn listening to music into feeling your favorite tunes, then you probably want a sub too.
Why Would I Want A Subwoofer?
We already know you want to feel your sounds, or you wouldn’t be here.
So let’s take a closer look at the reason behind it. Subwoofers are special speakers built to take care of the so-ever marginalized deep sounds in music and soundtracks.
It’s really not your TV’s fault.
Every sound system out there, even your TV and PC speakers, is designed to reproduce sound, but their capabilities are limited.
Sound has many frequencies, lower-end speakers cannot stay faithful to all of them. This simply means that you can still get a decent sound, but it will probably be flat.
The goal of any sound system is to improve the reproduction of high, mid, and low frequencies. It results in your acoustics gaining more dimension.
Step-guide: Connect A Subwoofer To Your Soundbar
If you’ve bought a soundbar with an external subwoofer, you’ll find it comes with a single cable to connect them.
It can be tricky if you buy them separately. Before you buy a subwoofer, make sure your soundbar supports an external sub and that they’re both compatible.
Wire ‘em up
1. Take your cable
Whether you bought them together or not, you will get a mono audio cable to connect the two.
2. Look for the ports
Look for the port of your soundbar. It will usually be on the rear of the bar. It will be labeled according to its function, so you’ll know it’s meant for a subwoofer connection.
Now look for the “input” on your subwoofer.
3. Plug & Plug
Connect each end of the cable in the devices, and you’re ready to experience your low-key sounds.
When You Don’t Like Cables
If you’re done with wires spread around your house, then you probably got a soundbar that supports wireless connectivity. This is a two-step process, and it is as simple as it gets.
1. Find a socket
Your soundbar will naturally be centered in the middle of your TV. It can either be on top or under it.
Subwoofers are floor-designed. They’re meant to be on the ground. You should place it on one side of your TV.
Once you’ve positioned your soundbar and subwoofer, plug them into a socket so they can be powered by electricity.
2. Bring them to life
Turn your soundbar and your subwoofer on. They’ll connect automatically.
I Have A Soundbar, But I Don’t Have A Subwoofer
Some soundbars in the market do not allow you to add external subwoofers if they are not already a part of the sound system.
If you’re thinking about buying a soundbar, you have a couple of options. Either look for the one that already includes an external sub, or you can buy one that gives you the option to add one in the future.
If you already own a soundbar, before you start wiring things up, check its compatibility. Many soundbars are compatible with subwoofers from the same brand. If yours is, buying a subwoofer from the same line within the brand will be enough.
If you already have a soundbar and it’s not compatible with adding a sub, you can do a little MacGyver trick.
Besides your soundbar and your subwoofer of choice, you’ll need an audio receiver and a stereo mixer.
1. Soundbar to receiver
Connect your soundbar to the receiver. The sound coming out of the three soundbar channels will be redirected to the stereo mixer.
2. Triple Frontier
Connect the stereo mixer to the subwoofer and the subwoofer to the receiver.
This is an intricate process, and you’re likely compromising the quality of your sound. However, it permits you to add that extra low-frequency sound if you’re not ready to buy a new system yet.
1. Can you use a regular speaker as a subwoofer?
The difference between regular speakers and subwoofers is the frequencies they support. Although you will hear the sound if you connect regular speakers to your TV, it will be limited to reproducing sound within a specific range of frequencies.
If you’re looking to add dimension to your deep sounds, then you will need a subwoofer.
2. Can you run a subwoofer without a box?
The subwoofer is the specialized speaker inside the big box you place on the ground. Although you can use it without the box around it, it is not recommended.
The box surrounding the subwoofer speaker is part of the acoustic output of the system. If you get rid of it, the sound quality will go down exponentially, and it might even make it sound worse than before.
3. Does a subwoofer improve sound quality?
Subwoofers can reproduce low frequencies while the other speakers can focus on mid and high ones.
Having an independent subwoofer takes care of the lows in your system. If well balanced, it will result in an improvement of your overall acoustics. Your sound will be more detailed, and it’ll gain more dimension at the same time.
4. What is the difference between a woofer and a subwoofer?
Woofers are also special speakers. Their design allows them to generate narrower frequencies than other speakers. However, subwoofers concentrate on really low frequencies, which is why they’re bigger in size and can’t be replaced by simple woofers.
Are You Ready For That Bass?
You’re more than ready.
If you’re already a sub owner, good for you. Follow our instructions to set it up manually. If it’s wireless, just enjoy the automaticity of things and start enjoying instantly. You’ll be feeling those low-key vibrations surround your atmosphere in no time.
You don’t have a sub yet?
You already know what low-frequency sounds do for your immersive experience. You know how they offer more dimension to your acoustics. There’s no way you’re not thinking about getting one.
Give subwoofers a chance. You won’t be disappointed.