If you want to get the best out of your HiFi or home cinema system then you’ll want to consider adding a subwoofer!
Subwoofers are designed to add the low end depth to your music, they don’t need to be overpoweringly room-shakingly loud though, a subtle setting can make a major difference to the sound quality of your system, especially if you’re using smaller speakers.
Subwoofers are available in two types, active (most common) and passive.
Active subwoofers such as the Edifier T5 are the traditional looking box that usually sits in the corner of the room.
These subwoofers have a built in amplifier and signal processor, you simply connect it to a compatible AV receiver or stereo amplifier via the pre/subwoofer output and you’re up and running!
Some subwoofers also feature a speaker level input, such as the AV Link M8S, so if your amplifier does not have a pre/subwoofer output you can run the speaker cables through the subwoofer. This is great for use with ceiling speaker systems that don’t normally have a subwoofer capability.
You’ll now start to find more and more wireless subwoofers on the market as the technology improves, especially with the recent technology called WISA.
Wireless subwoofers allow you to easily add a subwoofer into a room without running any additional cables.
Take a look at the Lithe Audio WiFi micro subwoofer which can connect to Amazon Alexa or Apple Airplay 2 and sync in with any other compatible speaker.
Passive subwoofers are usually in-wall or in-ceiling and require powering from a separate subwoofer amplifier.
They are great for more discreet installations where you can add a significant amount of depth to your music without having any boxes on show.