How to Choose the Best Subwoofer

Going shopping for subwoofers can be very confusing, especially if you are someone who does not know much about audio systems. If you take some time to evaluate what you need it will make the shopping experience less confusing, and you will not have to return your purchase to get something different. Learning how to choose the best subwoofer can help you save money, and teach you new things about audio systems.

 

The Location

 

The size of the room is the first thing to consider when looking at any type of audio equipment. A small room does not require the same amount of power as a larger room, but that does not mean the size of your subwoofer cases need to be smaller. The casing, sensitivity and power all determine the loudness of your subwoofers. A high sensitivity rating means you need less power to get the same loudness. Keep the casing the same, just a different power, for optimum loudness. Some rooms also have natural acoustic abilities. If you have high ceilings, or the walls are bare, consider how voices sound in the room. A very powerful subwoofer in a room that echoes may have everything sounding off beat and out of place.

 

Bass Tones

 

When it comes to having a wide range of bass tones, you need to look at the casings. Having a bigger subwoofer means you are able to utilize a larger array of frequencies. This is where size counts. The larger the casing, the more variety you can get. Believe it or not, there can be a wide variety within the bass sounds, especially if you have the system hooked up to home theater. Smaller, more compact subwoofers will have you listening to limited bass tones. If space is limited, look at wattage to make up the difference. The higher the wattage, the better quality bass sounds. You will also want to keep in mind that a sealed case will provide deeper tones than a case that is ported.

 

Cone Material

 

Subwoofer cones can be made of synthetics, paper, or a combination of the two. Paper cones respond faster and are therefore better when it comes right down to it. Paper cones do not ring as cones made of other materials. They are also the most expensive. This is when you decide how much you are willing and able to spend on your subwoofers. If you can afford paper cones, they are definitely worth the price. If you cannot afford the paper cones, go with ones that are a composite. Synthetic cones tend to give off a fuzzy sound.

Unless you understand frequency crossovers, impedance, or how to bridge amps for the best output, the above questions will get you through a trip to the audio store for subwoofers. However, why not take a look at our detailed subwoofer reviews and help yourself in choosing the best subwoofer? Remember, what some people enjoy, others find too overpowering when it comes to subwoofers and the bass. Ask people who have a system you like what they are using, and then consider the room you will be putting them in. You can always add more pieces if you need to.