What is a subwoofer? Explore the world of bass deeper

Subwoofer is a sound reproduction device that is specially designed to reproduce low frequencies, i.e. bass sounds. Its task is to complement and deepen the sound reproduction by offering powerful and deep bass reproduction. Subwoofers are popular in various sound reproduction devices, such as home theater systems, car audio and listening to music. Let's take a closer look at the world of subwoofers.

Subwoofer definition and operating principle

A subwoofer is a specialized speaker element capable of reproducing low frequencies, usually around 20 Hz to 200 Hz. It can be used to achieve a powerful and deep bass sound that complements the sound world offered by other sound systems. The operating principle of the subwoofer is based on moving the speaker element back and forth in response to the sound signal. This movement creates a change in air pressure, which in turn creates a low-frequency sound.

The history and development of the subwoofer

The use of subwoofers in sound reproduction goes back to the 1960s, when there was a need to expand the sound reproduction and offer stronger bass reproduction. In the early days, subwoofers were large and clunky, but as technology has evolved, they have shrunk and improved considerably. The first applications of subwoofers were movie theaters, where they wanted to offer a more immersive sound reproduction and strengthen the atmosphere of the movie.

Subwoofers for different applications

Subwoofers can be used in a wide variety of sound reproduction devices and situations. Here are some examples:

  1. Car subwoofers: Car subwoofers are popular in car sound reproduction, as they bring powerful and deep bass reproduction while traveling. They can be placed, for example, in the trunk or hidden under the seats. Car subwoofers improve the music experience and make the drive more enjoyable. The most common size that our customers use in their installations is 10" subwoofer. You can read more about car subwoofers on our page "What is a car subwoofer?".Alpine car subwoofer

  2. Home theater subwoofers: In a home theater system, the subwoofer is responsible for the sound world of movies and TV series. Deep bass reproduction brings more liveliness and atmosphere to movies and TV series. Home theater subwoofers can be installed on the wall or on the floor, so that the bass reproduction is as efficient and balanced as possible.Pol Audio subwoofer HTS10

  3. Subwoofers used with music: For music lovers, a subwoofer can offer a new kind of listening experience. A well-chosen and placed subwoofer complements the bass reproduction of music and makes listening to music more intense. With a subwoofer, you can hear the deepest bass frequencies in music, which other speakers may not be able to reproduce.

Subwoofer selection and installation

The choice of a subwoofer is influenced by personal preferences, the needs of the sound system and the budget. Active subwoofers are easy to install because they already contain an amplifier. Passive subwoofers require a separate amplifier, which can be, for example, attached to the outside of the case or in a separate rack from which the cables for the subwoofer are drawn.

When it comes to installation, it is important to take into account the state of the car and the sound system as a whole. The location of the subwoofer greatly affects the quality and balance of the bass reproduction. The help of a professional can be useful if you want to ensure the best possible end result during installation.

See our instruction pages for more detailed tips and instructions no matter how the subwoofer is placed in the room. In the second article, we will explain in more detail what is a car subwoofer and in addition, we tell you in the car subwoofer buying guide what is the best subwoofer.

A subwoofer simply improves sound reproduction

A subwoofer is a sound reproduction device that complements the sound world with deep bass reproduction. It is popular in various audio devices such as home theaters, cars and listening to music. The history of the subwoofer goes back to movie theaters, where they wanted to offer a more immersive sound reproduction. Choose a subwoofer according to your needs and preferences, and take care of the correct placement and adjustments during installation. This way you get a full and powerful sound world on your journey and when listening to music, which makes the experience even more intense and alive.