Introduction to Subwoofer Reviews

Subwoofers are dedicated bass speakers, reproducing only the lowest bass, generally from the threshold of audibility (~20Hz) to between 80 and 160Hz. Because lower frequencies require more relative power, sub-woofers are almost always active, or self powered, designs (passive sub-woofers exist but are rare). There is tremendous latitude in sub-woofer design. Some favour a very small cabinet and make up for it by incorporating enormous amplification and driver throw, while others will produce similar results using massive cabinets with equally large drivers and relatively conservative amplification. All contemporary powered sub-woofers will including line-level connections (as oppose to speaker level) and in addition to gain adjustment most will have their own lowpass filter (which should be defeatable) as well as phase adjustment. Advanced models will have their own room compensation (aka EQ) system.

Subwoofers

Power Sound Audio S1510DF Subwoofer Review

The Power Sound Audio S1510DF Subwoofer is one of the smallest and least expensive subs produced by the company. But despite its modest cost, the Power Sound Audio S1510DF subwoofer, with its 15” driver, is one of the best sounding and most versatile products in the line. Since this is a downward-firing product, the driver is protected from pets and kids. And best of all, it is a sealed box design that prevents one-note bass and allows for even lower frequency response.

Legacy Audio Foundation Subwoofer Review

The Legacy Foundation Subwoofer has dual 12” active drivers mated to a pair of 12” super long throw passive radiators. The sub is powered by an ICEpower® Class D amp that can pump out 30 amperes of current (1,000 watts power rating). The cabinet design is like a tower which maintains a small footprint.

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Power Sound Audio S3601 Subwoofer Review

The Power Sound Audio S3601 Subwoofer sports not one, but two 18-inch drivers on opposite sides of its CNC-milled box. The Digital Signal Processing (DSP) ICE plate amp of the Power Sound Audio S3601 Subwoofer provides a continuous 1700 watts (4300 watts, peak). The 137-pound subwoofer is competition for any residential subwoofer on the market, and is a bargain for the price.

HSU Research ULS-15 MKII Subwoofer Review

HSU Research ULS-15 MKII Subwoofer Review

One of the original Internet-direct subwoofer manufacturers, Hsu Research is well-known within the home theater and audio community. For over 20 years, their products have been leaders in the realm of high performance for relatively low cost. On hand today is the new ULS-15 MKII – a sealed subwoofer with a large 15-inch driver.

Artison RCC Nano 1 Subwoofer Review

Artison claims that the RCC Nano 1 is “the world’s smallest high performance subwoofer.” It is quite tiny indeed - the extruded aluminum cabinet is an approximate 7.5” cube and it’s packed with 2 - 6.5” active drivers and a 300W amplifier!

Hsu Research VTF-3 MK5 HP Powered Subwoofer Review

The Hsu Research VTF-3 MK5 HP Powered Subwoofer features highly flexible tuning configurations that allow the user to dial in the sub to match the listening room and/or the listener's preferences. It features a long-throw 15” driver and a built-in 600 watt amp that can produce peaks of up to 2,000 watts short term.

GoldenEar Technology SuperSub XXL Subwoofer Review

When it comes to subwoofers, “bigger, bolder, and more powerful” are things that tend to be most on the minds of bass enthusiasts. GoldenEar Technology has recently come to the table with a little something new that seems to check each one of those desires off the list.