TV Answer Man
What Is a Subwoofer?
Washington, D.C. (April 15,
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Q. I am having a
Home Theater installed in my basement and my tech guy (a
neighbor:) says I need a subwoofer to go with my Surround Sound
speakers. What is a subwoofer? (I'm afraid to ask my neighbor
because he'll give me, well, grief, you know?) Do I really need
to buy a subwoofer? -- Pete, White Plains, New York.
Pete, first, I'm happy to hear about your new Home Theater. You
will love it. It's like having a movie theater in your home.
For those not familiar with the Home Theater concept, it
requires a big-screen TV (or wall screen if you use a
projector); at least five speakers (front left, front right,
center, left rear and right rear) or seven if you want to do it
right (the extra two are left surround and right surround.) And,
yes, it also requires a subwoofer.
The subwoofer, which sits in front, near a left or right
speaker, specializes in projecting a low frequency
bass sound. In laymen's terms, that means the subwoofer will
amplify the booming sound of an explosion or some other loud
noise on screen. If you're an action fan, you'll come to
appreciate the subwoofer.
And if you love music, the subwoofer will enable you to truly
hear the deep bass of a rockin' tune or symphonic composition.
Other speakers simply don't have the capacity to enhance a bass
sound like a subwoofer. It allows you to really feel
the passion and intensity of sound.
If you're shopping for a subwoofer, click
for the top-selling subwoofers at Amazon.com.
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