Have you ever cranked up your speaker volume to get the highest bass only to be met with subpar results? We’ve always appreciated nice, clear loud bass, especially when listening to music. Unfortunately, not all speakers are designed to produce high bass.
Bass quality is not just about getting really loud output from your speakers and subwoofer setup. It is about feeling the beat of the music or experiencing the tremors as if you were in the movie you are watching.
At first glance, speakers may appear to have limitations when it comes to producing the best audio, however, it does pay to know how to get more bass out of your subwoofer.
Amazing bass output can be achieved but it can heavily depend on other factors such as the room’s size, shape, and content. Worry no more coz we’ve got you covered with these simple to do tricks that can help you make the most out of your subwoofers.
How many times have we encountered that one person who always has their audio all the way up to the highest setting? Rather than getting the quality output, we are however met with blaring, loud garbling sounds.
This is a prime example where less is more. How so? Turning the volume to optimal level results in defining sounds that are not audible. By tweaking some settings in your subs, you can get distinct bass audio without sacrificing its quality. Here are two things you can look into.
1) Subwoofers have a frequency by which it plays bass notes, this is called the crossover. With your speaker manual, find out the lowest frequency it can go, most speakers start to roll off at around 80Hz, this is where you then set your crossover.
If for any reason you find it difficult to locate your speaker specs another easy way to set your crossover is to slowly turn it up until the noise of the subwoofer and speaker are the same.
2) Adjusting the volume or gain is the next important part. It is actually quite easy to set it up yet so many people do it incorrectly.
To get the volume right, start by playing a song, turn down the subwoofer until you cannot hear it at all. Now turn up the gain until it begins to fill in where you took out the bass. And just like that, you’ve set up your volume correctly!
As a rule of thumb, subwoofers placed close to the wall or in corners will result to higher bass but not necessarily one with the finest caliber. Take, for example, subwoofers that come with home theater kits.
Often diminutive in size, if these are the speakers you have, it would be highly beneficial to position them at wall corners. Referred to by audiophiles as “boundary reinforcement” this specific placement produces decent bass thanks to the sound bouncing off of those wall junctions.
Compared to the smaller subwoofers, the models with large drivers come to compete with equally powerful amps. It is for this reason that unlike the smaller ones, these types do not need walls for support.
As a matter of fact, an eight to twelve-inch distance from walls makes a world of difference. Placing your subwoofer in the center of your loudspeaker system helps decrease phase cancellation and timing delays.
Many enthusiasts who have spent hours setting up their entertainment room prefer to follow the rule of thirds. To do this, simply measure a third of the way from a wall where your system is situated. Mathematically, this method increases the odds of your sitting area as the most desirable bass spot.
Try out these easy tricks and experience for yourself how quick and simple it is to get the best audio output from your speakers. No additional equipment needed and not special training. All it takes is a bit of patience.