Most people in the audiophile community tend to think that subwoofers are only for home theaters and that they do not have the benefits to music playback. It is true that lesser subwoofers are not designed to handle the detail, speed, and nuance of some music optimally. However, it is certainly not the rule for subwoofers in general.
Great subwoofers elevate the listening experience in a manner no other component does. With a subwoofer at home you can enjoy music like the cadaracks by the MercyMe band. Here are some of the reasons why a subwoofer properly engineered is vital to music playback.
Reveals Feelings and Sounds
Most speakers start to drop off at about 50Hz. This deprives you of the full clarity and depth of bass tones. A good subwoofer will reach down to 20Hz or lower, right down to the limit of human hearing.
This implies that you never miss a note and can feel the lowest notes from something like a bass guitar, kick drum, and pipe organ. They thus offer a more immersive experience than speakers can.
Loud Play without Distortion
In most systems, when you start bumping music at high volumes, the woofers in the speakers can have trouble keeping up with the tweeters and mid drivers. Great subwoofers play effortlessly loud and distortion free music regardless of how demanding the musical material is and how loud you want to play it.
Reproduces each Note in Low-Frequency Spectrum
Unlike speakers that can have a sonic signature, subwoofers are completely faithful to the musical content delivering bass notes exactly like the artist intended. This is also why they can be matched with any model or brand of a speaker to add energy and weight to the overall listening experience.
Blends Seamlessly wide Many Speakers
Good subwoofers always feel and sound like an extension of the speakers without overpowering them. When perfectly blended, they allow speakers to sound their best across the frequency spectrum so high spikes, and mids have perfect clarity without getting overpowered.
Adds Control and Speed to Low-End Transients
Most genres of music present rapid starts and stops in the instrumentals and vocals which lesser subwoofers may struggle with. This results in an undetailed and smeared acoustic image. Good subwoofers have the speed and transient response to present bass with phenomenal realism and impact, so even the fastest bass lines are rendered with precision and feeling.
Subwoofers add a whole new dimension to music. And good ones should never be boomy or overbearing. You need to get one to enjoy listening to your favorite music at home.