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2011 TOP 10 of THE BEST HOME THEATER SUBWOOFERS |by plasmalcdnparts

Posted 31 March 2011 | News & Blog   

It’s time to lower the boom. Subwoofers are the loudly beating heart of any speaker system, and their benefits go further than deep bass. A powered sub can relieve your receiver or amplifier of much of the workload, leaving it free to concentrate on higher frequencies. Remember to match your subwoofer to the size of the room; in general, you want an 8-inch sub for spaces 200 square feet or less, and a 10-inch or larger sub for bigger rooms. For truly massive spaces, you might want more than one sub. CALL US NOW! 832-427-5026

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2011 TOP 10 of THE BEST HOME THEATER SUBWOOFERS

Subwoofers are one of the most important components in a home theater system, delivering deep and powerful bass that brings out the most of movies and music. We’ve included 8”, 10”, and 12” choices to help find the ideal subwoofer depending on the size of the room. Here are the best subwoofers overall based on performance, build quality, and value.

1. Aperion Audio Bravus 8D – Dual 8″ Powered Subwoofer
Why it’s 1st best pick:
Ideal for movie sound at loud volumes, this beautiful unit delivers breathtaking, home-filling bass. Dual 8″ subwoofers, evenly powered by a 150-watt BASH amplifier, rest in a reinforced ported-and-tuned cabinet producing the best possible sound with no vibrations in the box. Offering great features (like a customizable EQ with remote) and expandable options (like daisy-chaining multiple units), this is the best mainstream subwoofer at this price level.

2. SVS PB12-Plus Powered Subwoofer
Why it’s 2nd best pick:
The SVS PB12-Plus is simply awesome. Like all SVS products, this subwoofer packs tremendous bang for the buck, offering superb performance, construction and features for the money. The PB12-Plus is extremely well built and is available in three attractive finishes — Piano Gloss Black, Oak, or Rosenut. This massive subwoofer features a 12-inch driver and 525-watt BASH amplifier for delivering deep, room-shaking bass. SVS offers an extensive set of controls including variable crossover, gain, and phase dials; there are also controls for the Parametric Equalizer and variable subsonic filter. The PB12-Plus’ immense flexibility allows it to integrate well with any speaker system in any sized room. You’ll be hard pressed to find a large subwoofer that performs this well at this price

3. Definitive Technology SuperCube I Subwoofer
Why it’s the 3rd best pick:
The Definite Technology SuperCube I offers excellent performance at a reasonable price. Despite its relatively compact design (14-inch cube), the SuperCube I outperforms many larger subwoofers and outputs enough bass to fill larger rooms. It’s extremely powerful and versatile, featuring a 1500-watt amplifier and a plethora of connectivity options that allow easy integration with any home theater system. The SuperCube I sounds great with music, but especially excels with movie soundtracks.

4. Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Subwoofer
Why it’s the 4th best pick:
The Outlaw Audio LFM-1 is a great midrange home theater subwoofer with an excellent price/performance ratio. The 12-inch woofer and 325-watt amp delivers powerful bass that is sure to shake things up – in a good way, of course. Its build, smooth design, and satiny finish give it a high-end, quality appearance. The LFM-1 can go very low while maintaining great accuracy and precision. If you are looking for a quality subwoofer for your home theater system that won’t break the bank, the LFM-1 is a strong choice.

5. HSU VTF-2 MK 3 Subwoofer
Why it’s the 5th best pick:
This subwoofer, which starts at $549, provides incredible bang-for-the-buck. It delivers deep, accurate bass and features superb build quality for the price. It’s a bit less powerful than its bigger brother, the VTF-3 MK3, but should still be plenty loud for most mid- to large-sized rooms. This subwoofer can go below 20Hz (maximum extension of 18Hz) and sounds great with both music and movies, making it an excellent choice for home theater enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a high-end subwoofer with an affordable price, the HSU VTF-2 MK3 subwoofer is hard to beat.

6. Polk Audio DSW Pro 400
Flexible configuration, a full list of features, and solid bass performance give the Polk Audio DSW Pro 400 a leg up on similar-size subwoofers.

7. Polk Audio PSW 111 subwoofer
The able Polk Audio PSW111 subwoofer delivers seamless bass despite its compact size.

8. Klipsch Synergy Sub-12
The Klipsch Synergy Sub-12, the company’s most affordable 12-inch subwoofer, sounds great on music and movies.

9. Definitive Technology ProSub 800
If you don’t mind its uninspired aesthetics, the Definitive Technology ProSub 800 is a mighty little subwoofer and a fine match for its SSA soundbars and ProCinema satellite speakers.

10. Polk Audio PSW10
Polk’s baby subwoofer belts out tight home-theater bass and sounds sweet with music, too.

Your subwoofer
A powered subwoofer delivers crucial impact in a home theater system, but is one of the least demanding speakers to position. Since low bass frequencies are omnidirectional, you can usually place your subwoofer just about anywhere in your home theater room, with good results.

Placing your subwoofer near a wall will generally result in more bass, and placement near a corner — where three room boundaries come together — will get you even more. Keep in mind that even though the bass increases as you place the sub near a wall or corner, the quality of bass may be slightly “boomier” and less controlled. Aim for a spot where you get a compromise between quality and quantity of bass.
One cool technique for placing for your subwoofer is to put your sub in your listening spot, play some music, move around the room, and listen. You’ll probably notice that the bass sounds a little bit different as you move around from location to location within the room — where it sounds the best may be where you want to put your subwoofer.
Many powered subwoofers are equipped with a phase control — usually a 2-position switch. Choose the setting that produces the most bass while all your speakers are playing.
After you’ve got your sub where you want it, check out our article on tuning your subwoofer for more tips on how to get great bass.

Your room
One thing to remember when setting up your speakers is that your room plays a key role in how your system will sound. Your room’s shape, layout, and where the speakers are placed in the room are all factors that will affect a home theater system’s performance.

Placing your front speakers next to a wall will slightly increase their bass output. This can improve the sound of smaller, bass-shy satellite speakers, but can muddy the sound of floor-standing speakers. Conversely, bringing speakers out from the wall may lessen their bass response but improve clarity.
A room with too many reflective surfaces, such as windows and tile, can add harshness to the sound or make it seem too bright. Adding carpets or drapes can help your system sound much more natural.
Unfortunately, there are too many variables in your room to be able to account for them all. That’s why most newer receivers come with automatic speaker calibration. This feature uses a microphone to record and measure test tones played through your speakers. The time it takes for the sound to reach the microphone, along with the strength of the sound and other factors, tells your receiver what kind of speakers you have, their placement in relation to your listening position, and how the sound they produce reacts in your particular room. The receiver can then make adjustments to ensure that you get the best sound in your room. Watch our short video on auto calibration to learn more about how this works.

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