In any home theatre, there are few components as important as subwoofer. Adding a subwoofer to any audio system can enhance your music and movie listening experience. But, finding the right location for your subwoofer is key. Let’s get into basic of subwoofer. Subwoofers are important because most speakers in an audio or home theatre system are not capable of reproducing all the frequencies your audio source sends to them. Without a subwoofer you’ll be missing out on some of the sound.
What is subwoofer?
subwoofer or a “sub” is actually a woofer, or a loudspeaker, and its purpose is reproduction of low-pitched audio frequencies. It is usually a wooden or plastic loudspeaker enclosure that is fitted with one or more woofers. There are two type of subwoofer available in market one is active sub. And other is passive sub. The active subwoofer boasts a built in amplifier, while the latter needs an external amplifier, and comprises of just the subwoofer driver and enclosure.
Though there are different types of subwoofer available the main two sub. Are,
Front-firing subwoofers employ a speaker mounted so that it radiates the sound from the side or front of the subwoofer enclosure.Down-firing subwoofers employ a speaker that is mounted so that it radiates downward, towards the floor.
The other parts of subwoofer are ports, radiator, crossover and director.
Why subwoofer placement is important.
Most people don’t even think about it. The subwoofer placement is so important to get maximum output of sound. When you listen to an audio system, what you’re really hearing is the effect your room has on the audio system. Walls, windows, and furniture all colour the sounds that you hear, but bass frequencies are particularly sensitive to room factors. That’s why placement is really important.
Where to put it
Well, nobody wants to put their baby in the corner the same goes with subwoofer.
As per the guideline any woofer you buy has to be only placed on a floor, until it’s an in-wall slim subwoofer which goes on the wall.
Anywhere in the front: Follow the “Rule of Thirds” for subwoofers. The idea is that, by placing your subwoofer a third of the way into your room as measured from a wall, you reduce the instances of standing waves and nulls. Mathematically speaking, by following this guideline, the odds that your sitting area will be a “good bass spot” are increased.
Inside the wall: This is becoming more and more popular with custom installers, and while there are some really good in-wall subwoofers available from JL Audio, Paradigm, and B&W, this is not the type of product renters should even consider installing – unless you’re really, really good at repairing drywall, and even then you risk seriously angering the neighbours . In-wall subwoofers need to be professionally installed with special boxes that are designed to hold the subwoofer cabinet in place and isolate it from the rest of the room.
Hope you understand the importance of subwoofer.
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