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How to Set Up a Subwoofer

If you want to take your entertainment center to the next level, installing a subwoofer is a great option. Check out this guide on how to set up a subwoofer properly.

Add a Subwoofer to Your Entertainment System

To get the most out of your soundbar, you'll want a subwoofer to go along with it. Why is a subwoofer important? It will amplify the bass sound of your soundbar and bring more realism to your sound, whether you're watching a movie or TV show, listening to music or playing a video game. While some soundbars come with a subwoofer, others require a separate subwoofer that will work well with your soundbar and that you will need to install yourself.
Home Speakers
In case you're still not sold on needing a subwoofer, keep in mind it will make all the frequencies from the shows and movies you're watching available to you, while a normal TV sound system will not. You won't know what you're missing until your subwoofer is installed–and once it is installed, you'll never go back to life without one.
The top mistakes to avoid are having the sound turned up too high, having the frequency too high or low or anything that causes the subwoofer to make noise on its own.
Whatever brand of subwoofer you want to purchase, these instructions should help you to get your subwoofer set up and working efficiently. Keep in mind that an improperly set up subwoofer can make your sound system worse, so be sure to follow each step and use your ears as a guide.
Man Installing Entertainment System

1. Selecting a location

Acoustics matter more for a subwoofer than for other speakers you may have in your home, so location and placement matter! Once you get a subwoofer, you should scope out the best location for it based on where it will produce the best sound. While you may want to keep it out of the way and in a corner, you'll want to keep it relatively close to the speakers. Additionally, keeping the subwoofer near a wall should allow for a smoother bass response. Placing it close to your couch or seats in the living room will improve the sound quality in that room, too.
Be sure to consider the size of the subwoofer you're purchasing and that it will fit in the room for which it's designated. Then, just test it out. Put the subwoofer in various spots and see where it sounds best. One great tip is to actually put the subwoofer in your favorite seat in the room, and then test it out to see if it sounds good. If it does, you may want to keep the subwoofer close to that seat. If it doesn't sound great, keep moving it around until you find the desired sound you're seeking.

2. Set the volume

Louder isn't always better when it comes to sound. Be sure to follow the instructions from your subwoofer to set the crossover. The crossover is the frequency at which bass notes will play. Find the part of your directions that detail the "speaker's specs" to help this process or slowly test the crossover until it sounds just right.
Turning Down Volume on a Speaker

3. Adjust the gain

Next, you'll move on to adjust the gain, also known as the volume. Start playing a song or put on a movie and test out the subwoofer. Turn it down until you can't hear it and then turn it up until you can just slightly hear the bass. When the sound is minimal but filling the bass, you've reached the right level of gain.
The process of setting up your subwoofer shouldn't take longer than just a few moments. It may be harder to carry the box from the door to the living room than to actually set it up! The last step is inviting friends over to come and enjoy the amazing sound with you.

4. Do you need more than one subwoofer?

If you love listening to high-quality sound–bass included–you may want more than one subwoofer. Having more than one subwoofer can spread out the bass more effectively in a room and improve your sound system to an even greater extent. One subwoofer on the left side of the room and another on the right side of the room could go a long way.
If you follow these four steps, you should be on the way to having great sound in your home, thanks to your new subwoofer.

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