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.



Sonus faber Gravis III Subwoofer Review

If you are tired of the typically boring “black box” subwoofer, Sonus faber has something for you. The “middle child” in Sonus faber’s new Gravis subwoofer lineup, the Gravis III, is a gorgeous, compact, and very musical subwoofer.

SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer Review

The SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer is the latest product from the Youngstown, Ohio company that has earned fame by manufacturing speakers and subs that are praised from every corner of the audiophile and home theater enthusiast markets.

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.