The subwoofer is such an integral part of any home theater that by not having it, you are missing out. WooferGuy.com recommends that the subwoofer should be on the top of your must-have home appliances after the home theater.
The quality of a subwoofer is unrivaled, and having one improves the quality of your audio experience. However, buying a subwoofer will not automatically change everything. In reality, buying a subwoofer, the right one for that matter, is just but the beginning.
Getting your subwoofer means you now have to think about space, neighbors, balancing the whole system, and the general positioning of the subwoofer. Here are some of the tips you can use to get the best from your subwoofer;
Location is key
You may have heard that bass is non-directional, which simply means that you can’t know where it’s coming from. Does that mean I can place my subwoofer anywhere? The answer is No! Where you place your subwoofer matters a lot. You need to know which is the best position to place your subwoofer.
Conduct some thorough inspections on the best place to put the subwoofer. That must be the place where you get the maximum sound output. When placing a subwoofer in a room consider the following tips;
- Avoid putting it against the wall. This may save you some harsh words from the neighbors. Placing the sub against the wall may not give you the best sound output. If you are all about the boom effect, you can place it closer to the wall. However, if this is not your thing, move it away from the wall.
- You mustn’t place the subwoofer close to the listening area. In the long run, this will enable you to listen to the subwoofer better.
- If you have more subwoofers, it is better to harmonize them so that you get the best experience. The more subwoofers you have, the more they will even-out, and this gives you one of the very best bass distributions. You should place the subwoofers away from each other and in areas that won’t create null areas in the room.
- If you can, avoid putting the subwoofers behind the listening area. Subwoofers serve you better if they are at the front or within the listening area.
In most cases, the subwoofer has an in-built amp, or you have to use an external subwoofer. Whichever the case you need to get it right with the amp. If you don’t get the settings right with your subwoofer, you will most definitely blow the subwoofer.
The pro tip for amplifier settings is, know the amount of voltage a subwoofer uses. This usually varies from country to country, and you need to get it right. Alternatively, you can go for amplifiers that have dual voltage, which would make it easier to use the different voltages in different countries. You need to get the amplifier settings right, otherwise blowing the sub is seconds away.
Getting it right with the crossover
Allow us to get more technical just for a bit. Almost all the subwoofers and the big speakers have a crossover. The crossover is simply the component that decides which signal goes to which device.
Normally, the speakers are poised to use the mid and high frequencies, with the subwoofers getting the low-frequency signals. The crossover plays a big role in allocating the signals to the right speaker.
This is huge as a small mistake or misappropriation, and the subwoofers will be sounding like the tweeters. It is recommended that you give the speakers the signal from the range of 80Hz and above, while the subwoofers should get anywhere from 50Hz and below.
Making sure you have the right connection
Connecting the subwoofer is easy and straightforward, right? Well, that’s not always the case. Some subwoofers won’t need much thinking for you to connect them. Then there are those that you have no clue on which cable goes where. Worry not, we’ve got you covered.
It is known that you must connect your subwoofer for it to give you the very best out. If the subwoofer is using the home theater receiver, the connection is straightforward. Just run the interconnection cable inserting the output terminal at the receivers’ side and connecting it with the subwoofer’s input ports. The ports are mostly found at the back of the subwoofers, thou this varies from one subwoofer to the other.
There are those subwoofers that don’t have subwoofer outputs, and they mostly use the stereo receiver. In such cases, you need an extra pair of speaker cables. This is what you will need to use to connect the subwoofer. Please note that for you to use the speaker cables, the subwoofer must have speaker-level connectivity. In a nutshell, this connectivity works like this, the cables run from the receiver to the sub and then from the subwoofer to the speakers. You will need help if you have never done this before, and most, if not all, manufacturers will provide a detailed guide.
Subwoofers are meant to improve the home theater system and give you better sound quality. However, running the subwoofers to fit into your lifestyle and preferences is down to you.
You need to get it right with the setup; otherwise, the whole thing won’t have an impact. The best way to do this is by setting the subwoofers to suit your needs. You need to know the most common audio you play and set the receiver and speakers to meet these needs.
On the other hand, you need to place the subwoofers in the best possible place, depending on the available space and the number of subwoofers. The connectivity is also critical, as is setting the receiver.
Above all, you are the only one who can decide what’s the best set up for your speaker. Do it the best way you know-how, and if you encounter tough connectivity issues, it’s always wise to consult with the experts.