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Subwoofers

A good subwoofer will transform your enjoyment of movies and multi-channel music by offering a rich, deep and tuneful bass response. A high quality subwoofer will bring to life an action scene or bass solo in a live music recording. Subwoofers are built to deliver impactful lows within a multi-channel speaker system; made up of either small satellite speakersbookshelf speakers or floorstanding speakers along with a centre speaker. We also sell pre-selected 5.1 speaker packages.

What is a "good" Subwoofer though? Our carefully selected range of subwoofers are a world apart from mass-produced home cinema systems with subs that can easily distort. A good subwoofer should reproduce a wide frequency range accurately, down to the lowest possible octaves and reproduce bass notes clearly rather than just "rumble".

Our range features the best subwoofers for home cinema at various price levels that provide the best possible performance to give your music, movies and gaming experience that added oomph! Subwoofers come in a range of sizes and shapes – some models are designed to be no-compromise and deliver the best, most dynamic bass possible while others seek to offer improved bass performance in a compact dimensions that is easy to accommodate in the living room. The size of the driver, or woofer, is directly related to the bass performance of the subwoofer and the amount of bass it can produce. Standard woofer sizes range between 8 inches and 12 inches, though larger and smaller models are available to suit your purposes.

Some models feature a pair of smaller woofers, rather than a single driver, which operate in unison to deliver vibrant bass, in a much more compact cabinet. Bass frequencies are largely non-directional, meaning that subwoofer placement is substantially easier than placement of a typical hi-fi stereo speaker. Having a subwoofer at the back of the room should not sound any different to having it at the front of the room. This means that, while they are often large and bulky, positioning somewhere discrete should be quite easy without affecting the overall sound quality and your cinematic or musical experience.

Subwoofers are usually “active”, which means that they have an internal amplifier, and allow sound to be directly outputted at line level from an amplifier or AV receiver. Subwoofer amplifiers are usually “Class D” so can typically be built to more compact specifications and for maximum efficiency. A subwoofer’s power rating is determined directly via the power of its amplifier so a 400W model features a 400W amplifier internally. There are some passive subwoofers available which require an external amp to power them.

To ensure the maximum possible sound quality, a well-designed subwoofer cabinet is integral. Rigidity and bracing as well as a solid cabinet, prevent unwanted resonance ruining the coherency of the outputted bass. Subwoofers are isolated from the floor via spikes or isolation feet, which minimise the amount of contact between the subwoofer and the floor, decoupling and isolating it from the surface and preventing unwanted resonance.

Setting up the crossover section of your subwoofer is crucial to the performance of your entire system. To get the best from your home cinema system, the crossover should be configured so the frequency is at a point where your main speakers can handle the frequencies above and your subwoofer can kick in comfortably. The recommended crossover frequency is at 80hZ.

Frequency response is an important measurement of bass performance, measured as a range "40Hz-120Hz". While depth is not the only measurement of performance, it can be a useful measurement of the subwoofer’s capabilities, which when considered with driver size, allows you to better understand what you need for your unique listening space. If you need further help choosing a subwoofer, please call or e-mail us - we can also offer AV demonstrations in our Birmingham showroom.

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  • ATC C1 Mk2 Subwoofer

    ATC C1 Mk2 Subwoofer

    £1,650.00

    Due to an agreement with the manufacturer, we are unable to sell this item online. To discuss, please contact us

  • ATC C1 Subwoofer Front

    ATC C1 Subwoofer

    £1,500.00

    Due to an agreement with the manufacturer, we are unable to sell this item online. To discuss, please contact us

  • ATC C4 Subwoofer Cherry

    ATC C4 Subwoofer

    £6,750.00

    Due to an agreement with the manufacturer, we are unable to sell this item online. To discuss, please contact us

  • ATC C6 Subwoofer

    ATC C6 Subwoofer

    £8,750.00

    Due to an agreement with the manufacturer, we are unable to sell this item online. To discuss, please contact us

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