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What all do you need for subwoofers?

Last Updated: 7th January, 2020

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You'll want to gather your component sub(s), enclosure, speaker wire, amplifier, (or a powered sub), an amp wiring kit, signal cables, and any tools you think will come in handy.

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People also ask, what do you need for a subwoofer?

You need at least the following:

  • A compatible headunit.
  • Power from your car (cable running from the battery)
  • An amp to connect the signal from your headunit and the power from your car to your subwoofer(s)
  • A place to ground your system on the car (near the amp)
  • A good tutorial.

Furthermore, what makes a subwoofer good? Typically, a good subwoofer has a "crossover" frequency of about 100hz. Gone is the need for those large 3-Way speaker systems with 12" or 15" woofers. Smaller satellite speakers, optimized for mid-and-high frequencies, take up much less space and are now common in many home theater setups.

do I need 2 subwoofers in my car?

Rather than using a single, large bass speaker, it's advisable to use multiple ones in a car. Running multiple, smaller bass sources in a vehicle offers louder bass that is sharper and with enhanced clarity. Subwoofers usually work by how they displace air within a space.

What subwoofer has the deepest bass?

10 Best Car Subwoofers for DEEP Bass

  • JL Audio 12W7AE-3 12″ Subwoofer.
  • Orion HCCA12 12″ Subwoofer.
  • MTX Audio Terminator TNE212D Dual 12″ Subwoofers.
  • Rockford Fosgate P300-12 Subwoofer.
  • JL Audio 10TW3-D4 10″ Shallow Mount Subwoofer.
  • Rockville RW10CA Low Profile 10″ Subwoofer.

Related Question Answers

Serafim Galbete

Professional

Are 10 or 12 inch subs better?

Q: Which subwoofer will sound the deepest? But, generally speaking, given adequate power, the two 10" subs will sound a little cleaner and punch harder because their combined cone surface area yields more sound pressure. The single 12" sub, however, may sound a little deeper.

Balarama Sanguinhete

Professional

How do I get more bass out of my subwoofer?

The basic steps in tuning a car audio system with a subwoofer amp are:
  1. Turn the subwoofer amp gain all the way down, turn the low-pass filter all the way up, and turn the bass boost off.
  2. Turn the head unit on and set all of the tone controls to their middle settings.

Zihan Menezes

Explainer

Does a subwoofer need an amp?

The short answer is that everyone who wants a subwoofer in their car also needs a subwoofer amplifier. As to whether you need a separate amp for your subwoofer, that depends on the hardware you already have and the car audio system that you're trying to build.

Abdelmonaim Kolben

Explainer

Can you install a subwoofer without an amp?

Subwoofers are designed to increase the bass frequencies, resulting in a deep, thumping sound. In most cases, they are paired with an amplifier to boost the sound. If you do not have the funds for both components, you can still hook up a subwoofer without an amplifier; it simply involves a little more know-how.

Nail Babansky

Explainer

Do I need subwoofer for music?

While subwoofers are all but required for home theater, the role subs play in music systems is almost as crucial. Adding a sub to larger speakers also makes sense -- in fact, all but the most humongous speakers benefit from adding a sub. Here's the best part: Adding a sub isn't just about more bass.

Enekoitz Petricia

Pundit

What size of subwoofer should I get?

The sub's optimum size also depends on the other speakers in the sound system. For example, a subwoofer with a diameter of 8 to 10 inches is best for compact speakers such as bookshelf or satellite speakers, while a 12-inch sub would be a better match for large, floor-standing speakers.

Alassane Katzman

Pundit

What hits harder 2ohm or 4ohm?

A subwoofer with a lower electrical resistance produces a louder sound than one with a high electrical resistance, which means that 2ohm subwoofers are louder than 4ohm ones. Although louder, 2 ohm subwoofers are also more likely to produce a poorer quality of sound due to its' power consumption.

Erlan Oakes

Pundit

Does Walmart install subwoofers?

Car Subwoofer Installation - Walmart.com.

Samael Mahmud

Pundit

Is a subwoofer cable just an RCA cable?

A subwoofer cable connects an audio amplifier to a speaker designed to reproduce low-frequency sound signals up to 100 Hz. Whether the connection requires a pair of wires or an RCA cable depends on the design features of the particular system. For a subwoofer with an RCA connector, any RCA cable will carry the signal.

Khadiya Sohal

Pundit

Is LFE the same as subwoofer out?

The difference between the LFE channel and the subwoofer output is that the LFE channel is used to carry additional bass information in the Dolby Digital program while the subwoofer output represents how some or all of the bass information will be reproduced.

Pal Drexelius

Teacher

How much does it cost to install a subwoofer?

Vendors charge around $100 to install a subwoofer, but the cost will run over $300 for complicated installation work. Better still is to purchase some or all of your components, including the subwoofer, from a dealer who will install it for you as part of the purchase price.

Graciosa Lanas

Teacher

What is a subwoofer cable?

Subwoofer cables are a type of audio cable that can greatly increase sound quality. They contain solid copper core bass conductors wrapped in a second wire network that helps maximize the low-frequency signal transport so that the sound comes out clearer and more dramatic.

Ameer Altshule

Teacher

What is a passive subwoofer?

Passive Subwoofers. Subwoofers come in two varieties: passive and active. A passive subwoofer is just a woofer or woofers in an enclosure that must be driven by an external amplifier. In one variation of the passive subwoofer, the same stereo amplifier driving the main speakers also powers the subwoofer.

Yocelin IƱarra

Teacher

Can you hook subs to a stock stereo?

If you are adding an amp and sub to a factory premium sound system with it's own stock subwoofer, you must get your signal for the line output converter from that subwoofer. Adding an amp and subwoofer to a stock radio can be the easiest way to improve your stereo system in your car, if you do it correctly.

Tijan Alunda

Reviewer

Can you connect subwoofer to TV?

A powered subwoofer can be connected directly to a TV's output jacks to boost the bass. Power management is essential to prevent the subwoofer from overpowering the TV's built-in speakers. Subwoofers connect with a single 1/4-inch audio cable.

Sukhdev Kremsreiter

Reviewer

How do I convert my home subwoofer to my car subwoofer?

  1. Step 1 - Choose an Amplifier. In most cases, your home-use subwoofer is an active subwoofer.
  2. Step 2 - Remove the Electronics from the Sub-Woofer.
  3. Step 3 - Select Wiring Method.
  4. Step 4 - Attach Amplifier to Subwoofer.
  5. Step 5 - Wire the Subwoofer to the Amplifier.
  6. Step 6 - Install the Subwoofer.

Desirae Stenmann

Reviewer

What sounds better 10s or 12s?

The difference in 10" to 12" is that the 12" can physically move more air then the 10" woofer. What the can mean is that it can go louder given the same wattage and same theil-small parameters. But there is usually a tradeoff in sound quality when choosing between 10" and 12".

Lorena Leikisman

Reviewer

Is it better to have 1 or 2 subwoofers?

The answer to this question is typically yes, assuming you're comparing one vs. two subs of the exact same brand and model #. In almost all circumstances, installing multiple subwoofers in your theater room will yield significantly better and smoother bass response across a wider listening area due to modal averaging.

Keena Flaschentrager

Supporter

What is deep bass?

Deep Bass. Deep bass refers to the audio bandwidth between 16-80Hz. Sometimes the bass is so deep it extends below the limits of human hearing, and can only be perceived as a sense of pressure in the room.