Tips & Tricks: Subwoofers

Tips & Tricks: Subwoofers

A subwoofer is more than a bass monster. It allows each note to resonate deeply and adds an electrifying pulse that lets you not just hear the music but feel it. They are specially made to reproduce low-frequency sounds that are often challenging or nearly impossible to reproduce accurately with regular compact speakers. But not setting them up correctly risks you losing out on this added experience. To avoid this here are some helpful tips & tricks to maximize your subwoofer's performance.

1. Placement

The positioning of a subwoofer offers more flexibility and forgiveness compared to the main speakers, mainly because low frequencies aren't directional. This means that there are several ways you can position your subwoofer. We’ve added an illustration below for some examples, but we encourage you to experiment!

Note: Try to avoid corners. This will help prevent standing waves and other acoustic issues that can affect sound quality and trust us – you don't want that. In fact, if you want a more accurate sound, consider positioning the subwoofer away from walls altogether.


2. Cables

Before connecting the subwoofer, always switch off all your equipment.
Pre-Out connection: Use an RCA cable to connect the Pre-Out output of your amplifier/active speakers to the input on the subwoofer (both L/R).
Sub-Out connection: Use a subwoofer cable to connect the Sub-Out output of your amplifier/active speakers to the input on the subwoofer. If your subwoofer has both L/R inputs, you only need to connect to one of them – which one doesn't matter.
If your subwoofer doesn't have any of the connections we just mentioned, you will need to connect the speaker cables from your amplifier to your subwoofer, and then connect your cables from your passive speaker to the bottom connections on your subwoofer.
Wow, that's a lot of words for such a simple connection! Anyway, now you can finally connect your subwoofer to a power source.

3. Power mode

Press the on button on the back. The LED light should illuminate, and your subwoofer is ready to shake the floor! We recommend setting the power mode to AUTO, so the subwoofer will turn off automatically after 10-15 minutes without a signal. This will not only save you a bunch on your electricity bill, but it will also prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your subwoofer.

4. Phase Control

Phase control is a process of adjusting the timing of the subwoofer's low-frequency sounds, so they are synchronized with the main speakers. Phase 0 is recommended if your speakers and subwoofer are placed in the same area and facing the same direction, while Phase 180 is recommended when your subwoofer is placed opposite to the speakers and facing the speakers.

5. Crossover Frequency

The crossover frequency is the specific frequency where there is a high-cut filter in the subwoofer, meaning that the subwoofer will only play frequencies below this threshold. We recommend setting the crossover frequency to 60-80 Hz for our 4-inch, 5-inch, and 55-inch speakers.

6. Volume Level

We recommend playing a song with a consistent bass signal and adjusting the knob until the volume of the subwoofer is at a similar level as your speakers. As a starting point, we recommend the middle position on the volume knob, but ultimately, it's up to you to create whatever vibrating monster you dream of.