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Subwoofers - Meridian

A subwoofer will transform your home cinema experience by offering a rich, deep and tuneful bass sound. A high quality subwoofer brings life to a chase in an action movie 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.


Meridian Audio aims to put the listener at the centre of every recorded performance with their DSP speakers and hi-fi separates. They've pushed the boundaries of sound from active loudspeaker systems and are redefining the possibilities for home audio quality while maintaining a unique design aesthetic.

Since starting their journey in 1977, Meridian's contribution to the world of audio has been more considerable than some may realise. Today, the Huntingdon based company produces DSP active hi-fi speakers and audio systems represent the pinnacle of home audio. In addition to the active loudspeakers and hi-fi released over the years, Meridian has developed and released audio technologies too numerous to list in full here, most of these have been used in products made by other hi-fi manufacturers.

One of their most noteable designs is the Audio Core 200 equipped with everything it needs to be the heart of your system and easy connection to CD player, radio tuner, set-top box, games console, media player, PC and more. It also hosts some of the world's most powerful audio enhancements and is fully compatible with Meridian’s Digital Media System.

Meridian even developed the lossless compression algorithm (MLP) that is used in DVD audio. With Meridian’s history, you know even before you even sit down to listen that you are in capable hands, because not only have Meridian designed the stunning range of products available today, they have also designed the technologies behind them, from the MQA audio format, to the design of their DSP active loudspeakers that features separate power amplifiers matched and optimised to each driver.

The result is a transparent yet joyous sound that you must experience. We were very proud to add Meridian to the Audio Affair product range. While you can browse the range available below, you must book a demo in our showroom to discover more and listen to these award-winning audio systems. Call 0121 224 7300 / 7401 or email us now to book your personal demonstration.

What makes a good Subwoofer? 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".

We provide the best subwoofers for home cinema at various price levels for 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 from a compact and easy to accommodate unit. 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 to 12 inches, though larger and smaller models are also available. Some models feature a pair of smaller woofers instead of a single driver, which work together to deliver vibrant bass in a much more compact cabinet. Bass frequencies are largely non-directional so subwoofer placement is substantially easier than placement of typical hi-fi stereo speakers. 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 experience.

Subwoofers are usually “active”, which means they have an internal amplifier to directly output sound at line level from an amplifier or AV receiver. Subwoofer amplifiers are usually “Class D” so they 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 from 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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