How To Get More Bass Out Of Your Subwoofer - Tips & Tricks

Is your subwoofer just not hitting hard enough? Have you already tried to turn the volume way up but are still unimpressed with its sound? 

Well, there is a solution to this dilemma – it’s called an amplifier.

Without an amp, your speakers will struggle to produce deep bass notes and may begin bottoming out or rattling.

An amp is more than just a boost; it’s like an artist showing up to the studio with their brush set and adding colour and sound to a blank canvas. It can make all the difference in your listening experience!

I know that most people would love to have the best of everything but might not afford it. One thing that I always had in my mind is, “I would rather spend less money on getting something good than spending lots of money on a mediocre product.”

Subwoofer Placement

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It is essential to accurately place the subwoofer in your listening room for maximum bass performance. If you just put it anywhere, the chances are good that it won’t be in an ideal spot.

There is no “ideal location” for subwoofers, but here are some general guidelines to help you determine where to place your subwoofer.

It is important that you do not position the sub in front of other car audio system speakers, as it will muddy the sound and not give you the bass you desire. In order to get the best sound from your sub, move it around your trunk. If you have a dedicated subwoofer amplifier, you can greatly increase the system’s sound quality. A single subwoofer configuration often uses active subwoofers, since active subwoofers have a built-in amplifier. In this case, the placement is crucial for the quality of the sound. Passive subwoofers, on the other hand, need more power and a multichannel amplifier.

Subwoofer Positioning Tips

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A subwoofer should be placed at least 1 foot (30 cm) from any walls and at least 6 feet (2 meters) from the nearest boundary.

It should be positioned in a corner for maximum performance.

If you can’t put it in a corner, position it diagonally in the room’s corner with its front-facing into the room.

Use a subwoofer positioning calculator to help you determine where your ideal location is among your listening seats.

If you can’t put your subwoofer in that spot, move it as close as possible without sacrificing performance.

For maximum accuracy, try to get the subwoofer as close as possible to where you sit when listening.

For example, if you listen in the far right seat of your sofa, move the subwoofer there and play with its positioning until it sounds best for that specific location. You may need to experiment with several different places before finding one that works for your listening room.

Finding a good spot for your subwoofer can take some time, but it’s the best way to get the most out of your home theater or quality sound system.

Adjust Your Subwoofer Settings

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Many subwoofers have multiple settings to help you get the best sound possible.

When you first start using a subwoofer, experiment with its different features and settings until you find what works best for your listening area.

Some of these features include phase adjustment (helpful in correcting acoustic anomalies such as standing waves), crossover frequency, and other options.

If you are not satisfied with your bass sound quality or having problems achieving the same amount of bass as you once did, try adjusting these settings to see if that improves things for you.

Adjust The Phase Control

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If your subwoofer is poorly positioned or facing away from you, the bass volume may sound “muddy” or “boomy.”

This can often be fixed by adjusting the phase control switch.

Depending on your listening room and positioning of the subwoofer, this may need to be adjusted either manually or through an automatic calibration process.

Some subwoofers have auto-on/auto-off circuits to help conserve power when the volume is low, but this can make the bass boost sound worse in some cases by not allowing your subwoofer to get up to optimal operating temperature before applying it during playback.

If you are using a receiver that doesn’t have an auto-on/auto-off circuit, it will need to be turned off or unplugged when not in use for some time.

Set Subwoofer Volume Level

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Try adjusting its volume level if you have tried all of these tips and are still not satisfied with your subwoofer.

Most home theatre receivers have a “subwoofer level” control that will allow you to adjust the level of the signal sent to the subwoofer.

This should be set to 0 when first installed, but some people like the bass response at a lower level than others.

This can also help compensate for different performance levels if used in an already existing system with a pre-existing subwoofer.

Set Crossover Frequency

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If you are still unhappy with your subwoofer’s performance, try adjusting its crossover frequency.

The most common crossover frequency is 80 Hz; however, you may have a receiver that allows you to adjust this lower if desired.

This can be very helpful in obtaining more bass out of your subwoofer and into your main speakers for overall better sound.

A higher crossover also means that the sub is taking more responsibility for the sound that is being reproduced.

You may wish to lower this crossover frequency if you want more clarity in midrange sounds and vocals.

For maximum accuracy, try to get the subwoofer as close as possible to where you sit when listening.

Use New Connectors And Cables

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Subwoofers are connected to amplifiers using either speaker wire or RCA cables.

These cable connections need to be kept as short as possible for the lowest frequencies to “tighten up” and sound their best.

Even though shorter lengths will give better results, it’s essential not to use excessively long cables, or you might create a bottleneck for the bass frequencies that your subwoofer is trying to produce.

Use A Bigger Subwoofer

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If you are not pleased with the performance of your current subwoofer, consider upgrading to a bigger one.

Many low-cost subwoofers found at electronics stores will have less amplification than higher-end models and will not be able to reproduce low bass frequencies as well.

This is due to the magnet inside a subwoofer being physically smaller, limiting its ability to handle lower frequencies easily.

If you are looking for more output in your subwoofer, consider using one that has a more giant magnet as well as more significant drivers.

Make sure that your subwoofer has the appropriate amount of power:

To get the most bass out of your subwoofer, one more tip is to make sure it has enough power.

Always follow the manufacturer’s minimum RMS wattage recommendation to prevent damage from occurring, but this will give you an idea of how much power is necessary for your subwoofer to perform at its best.

You can also try looking into using “monoblock amplifiers” that have enough power on board to drive even the most demanding and high-powered subwoofers.

Use A Larger Enclosure

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Most home theatre subwoofers use an 8-inch, 10-inch or 12-inch driver and are housed in a small cabinet of only about one cubic foot.

If you are looking for more bass quality output from your subwoofer, consider using one of these larger sizes to allow the driver more significant movement to create deeper bass sounds.

10-inch subwoofers will usually reproduce all of the lowest bass frequencies, while using a 14-inch driver may give you the most profound response you are looking for.

Do not be afraid to experiment with your subwoofer if it is still under warranty:

Suppose your home theatre system is not entirely producing as much bass as you would like. In that case, you can try to experiment with the settings on your subwoofer or, if still under warranty, contact the manufacturer for advice.

There are often firmware updates available that will allow you to change these settings yourself, even if it is not a newer model.

If trying to get more bass out of your home theatre system does not work, or your subwoofer is still under warranty, it may be time to purchase a new one.

Many options are available when shopping for home theatre equipment, including speakers, receivers and accessories like cables and BluRay players that can help you get the most from your system while staying within budget.

FAQ's

Q: Will New RCA Cables Or Connectors Help Get More Bass Out Of My Subwoofer?

A: Yes, using shorter (and lower quality) cables can lead to a bottleneck for the low frequencies that your subwoofers are trying to reproduce.

Using higher quality and longer lengths will usually give you the best sound. Avoid using excessively long cables to ensure that you don’t create a bottleneck in which low frequencies are hindered from reaching your subwoofer.

Q: Should I Upgrade My Subwoofer If I'm Looking For More Bass?

A: There is no perfect “size” or brand of the subwoofer, but some factors make one size/brand different from another.

One of these factors is the magnet size portion of the subwoofer, which limits its ability to handle low frequencies with ease.

If you are looking for more output in your subwoofer, consider using one that has a more giant magnet as well as more significant drivers.

Q: How Do I Know If I Have Enough Power For My Subwoofer?

A: You can check your owner’s manual to find out how many watts of RMS power your subwoofer should be receiving to operate at its best.

If you are not getting the necessary wattage from your receiver or amplifier, try looking into purchasing a “monoblock amplifier” that can provide the necessary power to run even the most demanding and high-powered subwoofers.

Q: How Do I Know If My Subwoofer Is Wasting Energy?

A: If your subwoofer seems to be giving off heat and using more than an average amount of electricity, it could mean that it is wasting energy.

To fix this, you can try adjusting the settings on your subwoofer or trying different cables and/or connectors to get more bass. If these steps do not work, it may be time to purchase a new subwoofer.