With so many subwoofers in the market its perfectly understandable if you get confused trying to choose. There are many good types, but the best way to choose is to know exactly what you are looking for. Since you probably have some questions as you shop for the best subwoofers, we’ll try to answer them right here so you can end up with the best sound possible.
To get the correct level of loudness, you have to have 3 things all coming together correctly: sensitivity, the casing that the subwoofers come in and how much power they have. Think also about the size of the room they are required for. A set of subwoofers that is not so powerful in a small room will sound much louder than if they were placed in a larger room. If you want them for a small room, go for less power but keep the sensitivity and the casing the same.
You want a variety of bass tones and the only way to achieve it is with reduced frequencies. The casing is of topmost importance here. The best bass tones come in a large subwoofer that comes in a sealed box. Big subwoofers are usually designed to do a range of good bass tones. You also want to think about wattage here – the more the better the bass sounds you’ll get.
To find out the power that a subwoofer will need, check the spec sheet. The lowest power is the one that will give you barely acceptable results. Remember that the bigger the subwoofer the more the power it uses so the better the sound.
Shape and design
These are really a question of taste. If you’re looking to spice up the look of your equipment, round ones or triangular ones will add the jazz. Most people go simply for square or rectangular ones. It really doesn’t matter so long as they are the right size, have the right power and are encased in the right material.
Subwoofer cone material can be derived from paper, synthetics or composites, but paper is by far the best because it responds very fast. To know the best subwoofers, you would need to test the sound of a set made of each of these materials because they greatly vary depending on their manufacturer. Paper ones, because they sound really good, are more expensive but also have a shorter lifespan. If you can afford them, go for it.
If you want to design an entertainment system that’s top of the range, subwoofers are a must. True, they may sound complex and you might not understand a lot of the jargon that surrounds them, but talk to an expert about the best subwoofers on the market. Remember that someone talking about one particular kind may not be giving you all the information – there are many types that are really good and all you need to do is take into account the above mentioned.
If you are considering buying a subwoofer you’ll want to read our detailed review of the Polk Audio PWS505, the most popular model of 2012.