There is a misconception that all subwoofers are more or less the same. Maybe it's because we've all had plenty of directional bookshelf speakers and can easily tell the difference between good and bad sounding speakers. On the other hand, subwoofers are a bit of a mystery and somewhat harder to immediately judge. Bass frequencies aren't directional so you can't just put your ear right in front of the driver to hear the difference between two speakers. Whatever the reason, avoid the situation in which your great monitoring environment is needlessly degraded by a less-than-ideal sub.
A high quality subwoofer can be the difference between a tight, bumping sub-bass that feels like it's surrounding you from every direction and a diffuse, muddy low end. Turn your decent monitoring system into an incredible listening experience by upgrading your subwoofer.
Subwoofers come in a wide variety of speaker sizes and wattages. We have low watt, compact options that are awesome for your bedroom studio, as well as giant behemoths with 1000 watt, 18-inch drivers perfect for causing plaster to rain down upon the heads of your poor neighbors. Take care in sizing your subwoofer to proportionally match your primary speakers. It's not going sound good if you've got a couple of satellite speakers with little 3-inch bass drivers, and you drop in a massive sub with an 18-inch speaker. Unless you plan to upgrade the rest of your system relatively soon, make your new subwoofer wattage the same as your current speakers. If you still have the manual for your power amp or crossover (or look it up online), you’ll find everything you need to know.
Pay close attention to input and output types. We have subwoofers to match most connector types, including XLR, 1/4 inch, RCA and AES/EBU. If you're upgrading your subwoofer, obviously you'll want to make sure the new one has the same connectors as the old one. But if you're adding a sub to your system, it's going to depend on the connectors on your crossover or preamp, which may require climbing under the desk with a flashlight for close inspection. You'll be bummed if that sweet sub shows up and you have to turn around and buy an adaptor, so save yourself the hassle.
Whether this is your first time adding a subwoofer to your current monitoring system or you aren't quite sure what to look for in an upgrade, we are here to help. Give us a call and we will connect you with a Sales Engineer who is an expert in all of the features and specifications of our full line of subs. We'll help you sort out connect types, speaker sizes, wattage and anything else you need know in order to get the perfect subwoofer for your monitor system. Learn More
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