Car Stereo Subwoofers - The "Emotion" in your Music
There you are, sitting there listening to yours or a friends car stereo wondering “what’s missing?” There is no depth to the sound, no impact to the music, nothing to get your groove on with. Well my friend, I’ll bet that system did not have a subwoofer. Subwoofers are speakers that reproduce the lows. Most car audio systems have two way or three way speakers that cover the highs and mids, maybe extend down into the mid bass region, but without a subwoofer, you are missing the last and most dynamic 33% of your music. I have heard it said that a subwoofer is the “emotion” of the music. A subwoofer is the difference between an ok sounding system and a great sounding system. Let me ask you, would you enjoy listening to your home theater system without a subwoofer? Probably not.
What to look for when buying a subwoofer?
What’s a subwoofer? A subwoofer is a speaker that will pick up the low bass frequencies. A subwoofer will require an amplifier and will also require an enclosure or box to be able to reproduce the lows accurately. Not all subwoofers are the same. They are different quality levels, performance levels, power requirements and box size requirements. A few key things to look for when purchasing a subwoofer: Power handling capability – This is the RMS and MAX power rating of the subwoofer. You want to try to match the RMS rating of the subwoofer with the RMS power ratings of the amplifier you are going to purchase or use. Be sure you do not “under power” your subwoofer by getting an amplifier with an RMS power rating below the RMS power rating of your subwoofers. You have a much better chance to blow a subwoofer by turning up an under powered amplifier to the point of distortion than you do blowing a subwoofer by playing it thru an amplifier that is rated higher than the subwoofer. Sensitivity – This is the measure of how loud a subwoofer will play. The higher the sensitivity number is, the louder it will play with the same power. [Example – a subwoofer with a 91 db rating will play louder than a subwoofer rated at 88 db when being played at the same power level.
Impedance – Subwoofers come in various impedances [impedance is the resistance against its power source] and voice coil configurations. The impedance is rated as “ohms”. We have 2 ohm, 3 ohm, 4 ohm and 8 ohm woofers available. There are also single and dual voice coil configurations. To determine what impedance and voice coil set up you need, you need to match the impedance of the woofers with the optimal impedance rating of the amplifier. If you have an amplifier that has a 300 watt power rating at 2 ohm’s but your woofer[s] had a 4 ohm impedance, you would only get about 150 watts out of your amplifier because the woofer[s] impedance was not properly matched.
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