One good thing about subwoofers is that they let you feel the musical emotions directly with your body. With their low-frequency beat, you’ll find yourself dancing around or nodding your head with the rhythm. But, it can take quite some time and effort to get the perfect bass you want from your subwoofer. However, the results are worthwhile. Many people believe that getting more bass from a subwoofer is a matter of upgrading it. But, in most cases, it just requires fine-tuning. We’ll share with you some tips on how to get more bass out of your subwoofer and hopefully help you make your sound system better.
Getting More Bass out of Your Subwoofer
Most individuals love high bass because that way, one is not just listening to music, but they’re also feeling it. However, as they say, too much of a good thing can be bad. In fact, many “bassheads” advise less when it comes to bass. But the “less” being referred here is your sub’s volume levels, which means one way to get more bass is by adjusting your subwoofer’s bass volume. Here is how you can do that.
Step 1: Set the cross over
This is the frequency at which your subwoofer starts playing the bass notes. It’s usually advisable to set it when your speakers begin tapering. For instance, for woofers that can go as low as 80Hz, it’s best to set the crossover around this frequency. By so doing, it prevents the subwoofer and speaker from paying similar notes that lead to buzzy and garbled sound.
Step 2: Adjusting the gain volume
Well, this is a time-consuming step since you’re doing it by ear. It’s also personal as you’ll fine-tune your subwoofer according to your taste and preference. One should play a song (mostly something bass-heavy), then begin turning down their subwoofer until they’re unable to hear the volume completely, then start turning the gain up slowly until you hear the bass with no distortion. Stop once you reach this point.
Also, for subwoofers that have a phase switch, one can try switching between 0 and 180 degrees and determine which feels better for them. You can also adjust the low pass filter (LPS) in a downward position until the mid and high-frequency notes disappear. Individuals can additionally make small adjustments to the stereo audio equalizer until they reach their desired bass and sound.
Another way to get more bass from your subwoofer is by positioning it properly. Correct positioning is often an overlooked factor by an important one. Improper positioning affects the entire sound system including bass performance. Play your subwoofer between your main speakers to check bass. Now, since this is an evaluative criterion, you’ll need some space. Keep your subwoofer away from the front wall of your main speakers to prevent sound distortions. You can also try placing your subwoofer in different positions until you get a perfect place where there’s the maximum bass effect.
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Are Subwoofer Enclosures Important?
Proper enclosures boost the performance of subwoofers. Enclosures should be tight and strong otherwise you’ll get poor sound quality. Subwoofer enclosures are crucial as they ensure that the low-frequency sound doesn’t leak from your subwoofer. As such, the sound coming from your speakers isn’t distorted.
What about Upgrading My Woofer or Amplifier?
As mentioned earlier, one doesn’t really need to upgrade their subwoofer or amplifier to get a powerful bass. All you need is a subwoofer and amplifier set up in your car. Then use the above tips to get better sound quality from your woofer.
But, if you still need even more powerful bass, this is where things change. Bear in mind that subwoofers generally need more power than other components of your audio system. But, although one can set everything up using a multichannel amp, for really powerful bass, we recommend that you have a dedicated mono channel subwoofer amplifier.
The Cheapest Way of Improving Car Bass Performance
We’ve talked about how one can improve the performance of their car audio specifically the bass with an installed subwoofer and amplifier. But, if you can’t afford these things, you can still get more bass from your car audio system.
Built in-car speakers and amplifiers in most cases don’t have enough power to produce excellent bass performance. However, upgrading your car’s stock speakers can help with that. One can simply invest in an aftermarket speaker as it has better sound quality materials, therefore, improving sound quality and bass response.
But, remember to be reasonable with your expectations. Note that aftermarket speakers can’t match with the power standalone subwoofer especially one that comes with its own amplifier. So it’ll be an illusion to expect similar bass and sound quality from these two.
What Affects the Bass Performance?
Purchasing a wrong enclosure for your subwoofer is one way of killing its bass performance. A correct enclosure should be strong, tight, well-designed and well-constructed.
Also, incorrect installation of the subwoofer can affect bass performance. One should ensure that they fix it properly using hooks as well as other support tools. Make sure that it doesn’t move around.
Additionally, you should buy a subwoofer that’s perfect for your car in terms of size and shape. A big woofer in a small space is as bad as a small woofer in a big space.
Again, ensure that the frequency response is adjusted all times. And regardless of the amplifier, you’re using, whether dedicated mono channel or multichannel, make sure that it has enough power to match the subwoofer draw.
Lastly, you should also ensure that you have proper wire connections. Loose and incorrect wiring connections affect bass performance and may cause short circuits and other electrical problems.
Bad sound systems can make you dread driving in your car. While you can use so much money purchasing new speakers every time, an excellent sound system is nothing without a subwoofer and an amplifier.
Follow our tips on how to get more bass out of your subwoofer to put your car’s subwoofer system to good use. Sure it takes some effort and time to do this but the results you get from a well-tuned subwoofer system are satisfying.