Finding the right subwoofer for your soundbar is a crucial part of the home theater setup. It can either make or break the experience, so it’s important to find one that fits your listening preferences and playback levels. In this guide, we’ll walk you through five easy tips for picking out a subwoofer as well as outline some accessories you might want to consider buying along with your new subwoofer. So read on!
Cabinet size is a critical factor when choosing a subwoofer. You will want to pick the cabinet that is right for your room so that it blends in seamlessly with the soundbar and doesn't become an eyesore in itself.
Subwoofer cabinet sizes are typically measured in cubic feet, but if you don’t know what these measurements mean, here's a quick guide:
The third factor to consider when buying a subwoofer is your listening preferences and playback levels. If you don’t care for bass, then a small 10-inch speaker will do the trick. However, if you are one of those who love the bass, then look for a powerful subwoofer with at least 15 or 18 inches of diameter. You need to know that some people may not be able to hear lower frequencies even though they love music with deep bass sounds. So it is important that you select a subwoofer with enough power and size that can play low frequencies clearly without distorting them in any way.
Room size is an important factor to consider when choosing a subwoofer. A small room will require a smaller subwoofer and a larger room, or one with no obstructions, will require a larger one.
The volume of the space is not the only thing that goes into determining what type of speaker you should purchase. The size of your walls and ceiling can also affect how much bass your soundbar produces. If they're made out of wood, they'll reflect sound waves back into your living space causing the bass to be louder than if it were in an acoustic foam-lined room like mine.
Here are some accessories you can buy to make your subwoofer easier to use.
Subwoofer stands: These are made for certain types of soundbars and give you more flexibility with positioning. They can also be used to help hide the cables in an orderly way, which is nice if you're looking for an aesthetic enhancement.
Subwoofer grills: If you don't like the look or feel of the plastic grill, it's possible to fit a custom-made wooden one over it instead. This adds some extra protection against dust and scratches but isn't necessary unless the original one gets damaged during transport or installation (which is unlikely).
Subwoofer feet: You'll need these if your soundbar doesn't come with them already installed by default—they allow air flows around your subwoofer so that heat doesn't build up inside its enclosure as quickly as without them installed. Some older models had vents on top which could cause heating issues if there wasn't enough space between them and something else nearby (like another shelf) so newer ones have feet instead!
Subwoofer cables: If you want to connect your subwoofer with other parts of your home theater setup, you'll need to buy some cables. Be sure to get the correct type as well—if you're not sure whether or not your system needs them, consult the manual first.
Subwoofer power cord: There are two types of power cords—fused and non-fused. The difference is that fused ones have fuses inside them which cut off power in case of an overload or short circuit. Non-fused ones don't have this feature so they're slightly cheaper but may not be as safe if a problem occurs with your setup (like wires touching each other).
Lastly, remember that no matter which subwoofer you choose, the most important part is that it sounds good to you. Different subwoofers will have different sonic signatures and tonal qualities. So even if your soundbar doesn’t have a built-in woofer, make sure you audition the subwoofer with your system before purchasing!