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Subwoofer Reviews

A subwoofer is designed to deliver the low-frequency effects (or LFE) channel in a surround soundtrack, as well as to fill in the lower bass frequencies when listening to music. Want to feel the low-end rumble of a spaceship fly-over or explosion in your favorite film soundtrack? Then you need a good subwoofer (or two … or more!). Setting up a subwoofer used to require a lot of guess work, but modern subwoofers tend to feature internal amps, EQ systems, and room correction software—making it easier to integrate your subwoofer with your floorstanding speakers or bookshelf speakers. Check out the Resources below to learn more about subwoofer use and placement.

How to Choose a Subwoofer for Surround Sound or Stereo
The Pros and Cons of Multiple Subwoofers
Why Subwoofer Distortion Is Different From Amplifier Distortion
Active Subwoofers vs Passive Subwoofers

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Paradigm Servo 15v2 Subwoofer Reviewed

Paradigm Servo 15v2 Subwoofer Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

If you're looking for a large subwoofer, this 15-inch driver fits the bill. It offers flexible controls, inputs and power settings which make it easy to integrate. This unit has "powerful dynamic bass response for both films and music." The bass "exhibits exceptional timbre" Read More

 
REL Acoustics Britannia B2 Subwoofer Reviewed

REL Acoustics Britannia B2 Subwoofer Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

REL subwoofers were designed for two-channel systems as much as anything else. With regard to bass, which is what everybody wants to know about when rating subwoofers, our reviewer found the B2 performed well. It was "subtle" and "added weight that I didn't know was missing" Read More

 
Sunfire True Subwoofer Super Junior Reviewed

Sunfire True Subwoofer Super Junior Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The Sunfire True Subwoofer Super Junior packs a lot of punch (a 1,500-watt tracking downcoverter digital amp) in a small package (the unit is just 9-inches cubed). Our reviewer noted that this model "can still rock like Pantera." Because of its small size, it can be hidden in the corner of a room but still provide "amazingly, shockingly deep and loud bass" Read More

 
Revel Ultima SUB 30 Subwoofer Reviewed

Revel Ultima SUB 30 Subwoofer Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

One of the strengths of this powerful subwoofer is the room correction software which our reviewer found easy to use and "provides meaningful results that can't be obtained with other audiophile-grade subwoofers." The Ultima SUB 30 is also "visually pleasing to the eye as well as aurally pleasing to the ear" Read More

 
REL Acoustics T1 Subwoofer Reviewed

REL Acoustics T1 Subwoofer Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The REL Acoustics T1looks different from your average subwoofer and "makes a visual statement." More importantly, however, is the sound. Our reviewer noted this model "has the soul of an audiophile product and sound to match. Music lovers will be drawn to it" Read More

 
Definitive Technology SuperCube I Subwoofer Reviewed

Definitive Technology SuperCube I Subwoofer Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The SuperCube I is powered by a 1,500-watt class D digital amplifier and can be easily integrated into almost any type of home theater or music system. This model "produces deep and accurate bass with a very high output." It is reasonably priced and offers "extreme performance" which make it a great deal and a "must hear." Read More

 
Sunfire True Subwoofer EQ Reviewed

Sunfire True Subwoofer EQ Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The Sunfire True Subwoofer EQ comes with room correction "complete with a small testing microphone that can help everyone get the most from their woofers." It can also put out a "very respectable" 110dB of volume. This is the original model of subwoofers and our reviewer notes it is an "absolute classic" Read More

 
JL Audio Fathom f112 Subwoofer Reviewed

JL Audio Fathom f112 Subwoofer Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The driver on the JL Audio Fathom f112 is a "modern marvel." Our reviewer found that it has "astonishing three-inch excursion and can rock you to your soul." It may cost a few dollars more, but "it is also fast, deep and has the spank to get you as low (and as loud) as you might want to go for your music and movies" Read More

 
MartinLogan Depth i Subwoofer Reviewed

MartinLogan Depth i Subwoofer Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

MartinLogan approaches their subwoofers "as musical devices rather than one-trick ponies." It provides a level of control that "makes it ideal for a variety of speaker systems." It excels with both music and movies and can "fill all but the largest rooms with blissful bass an even hang with the costlier competition" Read More

 
Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Subwoofer Reviewed

Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Subwoofer Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

This is the first subwoofer that Outlaw has produced and it left listeners quite impressed. While it may look unassuming and blend in to your room well, it exhibited "excellent mid-bass and tremendous punch for the money." It is "well-built, attractive and capable of deep, detailed bass" Read More