Subwoofers have been around since the 1960’s, and are typically identifies by their ability to produce around 20-200hz if it is for home use; this is incredibly powerful and will give the cinematic feel to any home theatre.
The trend to create a cinematic experience in the comfort of your own home has grown dramatically over the last few years, with many DVD’s coming with “surround sound” features, and as a result there have been masses of brands bringing out a variety of different subwoofer speakers.
Not the cheapest investment, but certainly necessary to get the full cinema effect! Not only found in the cinemas, but since the 2000’s subwoofers have been present in the majority of nightclubs to create that loud sound we attribute to a night out!
The sounds produced by a subwoofer are the lowest of audible frequencies, also known as the bass, so of course it is important to limit the amount of time spent listening to very loud low sounds as exposure for long periods could be damaging to your hearing. Used sensibly however, you can expect to get the best quality audio, and regardless of the sound system you go for you can enjoy the adjustable volume, and often-adjustable crossover from the comfort of your own home.
Subwoofers are usually made from wood, although this can differ depending on the brand you go for. Wood is the favoured material as they can cope with the level of air pressure without it causing the structure to deform.
There are two types of subwoofer to know about out there on the market; the passive subwoofer and the powered subwoofer! A Passive subwoofer is similar to your more traditional speakers, in that it requires an external amplifier to power it.
Alternatively, powered subwoofers are self -contained and do not need anything else to power it. With a powered subwoofer you don’t need to use loads of power, and wiring – so these are usually the more preferred choice!
Regardless of the subwoofer you go for, it can be guaranteed that you will be making an investment. If your main aim is to create a cinematic home system to avoid regular family trips to the cinema then a subwoofer will guarantee your movies come with the bass that is needed to make it an authentic experience for all. Impress your family with a surround sound experience that will match that of a cinema!