Six Reasons Why Subwoofers Are Important For Music
Article By Nick Brown Of SVS
is a lingering sentiment in the hi-fi community that subwoofers are only for
home theater and the benefits to music playback are suspect or even negative. It's
true that lesser subwoofers are not designed to optimally handle the speed,
detail and nuance of certain music, but it's certainly not a steadfast rule.
A great subwoofer elevates the listening experience in a way
no other audio component can, into the tactile realm. Below is a list of six
reasons why a properly engineered and tuned subwoofer is important to music
1. Reveals Sounds and
Feelings Your Speakers Can't Reproduce
majority of speakers start dropping off at about 50Hz, which deprives you of the
full depth and clarity of bass tones.A great subwoofer will reach down to 20Hz
or lower, right down to the limit of human hearing. This means you never miss a
note and can even feel the lowest notes from something like a pipe organ, kick
drum, bass guitar or the occasional cannon volley from the 1812 Overture, for a
much more immersive experience.
2. Plays as Loud as You Want
with No Distortion
In many systems, when you really start bumping music
at high volumes, the woofers in your loudspeakers
can have trouble keeping up with the mid drivers and tweeters. Top-rated
subwoofers play effortlessly loud and distortion free, no matter how demanding
the musical material and how loud you like to play it.
3. Accurately Reproduce Every
Note in the Low Frequency Spectrum
speakers, which can have a “sonic signature”, the best home
audio subwoofers is completely faithful to the musical content delivering
bass notes exactly as the artist intended. This is also why a great subwoofer
can be matched with any brand or model of speaker to add weight and energy to
the overall listening experience.
4. Add Speed and Control in
Low End Transients
Many genres of music present
rapid starts and stops it the vocals and instrumentals that lesser subwoofers
can struggle with, resulting in a smeared or undetailed acoustic image. A great
subwoofer has the speed and transient response to present bass with phenomenal
realism and impact so even the fastest bass lines are rendered with feeling and
5. Blend Seamlessly with Full
A great subwoofer should always
sound and feel like an extension of the speakers without overpowering them or
drawing attention to itself. When blended perfectly, a great subwoofer allows
speakers to sound their absolute best, across the frequency spectrum, so highs
sparkle and mids have perfect clarity without being overpowered.
6. Unleash Sonic Potential of
A powered subwoofer brings its
own low frequency amplifier and with proper bass management, a connected AV
receiver or amplifier can drive smaller speakers in the mid and high frequencies
above the crossover point. This allows speakers to perform to their full
potential no matter what the content.
Subwoofers: A New Dimension
Looking past the technical enhancements, having a subwoofer
adds a whole new dimension to music. A great subwoofer should never be
overbearing or boomy, but instead, should add color, depth and impact to the
final output delivery.
From infectious bass guitar riffs and hypnotic drum beats to
the most complex electronic bass compositions, a great subwoofer reveals layers
of sound a speaker is simply not equipped to handle. And while some subwoofers
merely add a few notes of bass, the best
subwoofers for music elevate the listening experience in a unique and
If you've never experienced this level of performance with
your music, SVS offers a risk free 45-day in-home trial with fast and free
shipping on all SVS subwoofers, so you can judge for yourself, in your own home,
how dynamic and impactful a subwoofer can be for music. You can also get demos
from an SVS dealer or try
our intuitive Subwoofer Matching
Tool, which recommends SVS subwoofers based on your exact model of
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the SVS website there's a section titled "Why go dual subwoofers?". Their
reasons are simple: Two small subwoofers can fit were one large subwoofer can't,
more listening position options, greater headroom, stereo bass which will
improve soundstage, plus, the bass frequencies are more difficult to localize.
SVS even has a video explaining why two are better than one. For quite a while I
only used one subwoofer in my system. This was mostly because I didn't have
enough space for two, and please, I am not saying that two subwoofers are
mandatory, as I was very happy using only one subwoofer in the corner of my
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