Top 9 Subwoofers for Home Theater System and Music

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For home theaters, surround sound and sub woofers are a must to take that movie watching experience to the next level. For music, sub woofers allow the listeners to immerse themselves in the music they’re listening to. In both circumstances, sub woofers bring additionally enjoyment to the situation. When purchasing a sub woofer, however, one must take price, size, power, distortion, and what it’s being used for into account. Without further adieu, here is the review list of the top 9 best subwoofers for home theater system and music to help you decide.

Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer

Pros:

  • One of the best bang for your buck sub woofers
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Great for music, not optimized for movies but still works
  • One of the best entry level sub woofers

Cons:

  • Sound distortion at high volume levels
  • Lack of LFE input, shouldn’t be a huge deal for most consumers

Yamaha YST-SW012 8-Inch Front-Firing Active Subwoofer

Pros:

  • Bass is punchy, great for music and movies
  • LFE input enabled which allows for extra versitility and basic fuctionality
  • Affordable price for an entry level sub woofer

Cons:

  • No crossover frequency adjustments
  • No phase adjustment

Acoustic Audio PSW-6 Down Firing Powered Subwoofer

Pros:

  • Great for audiophiles, made for depth of sound with highs and lows
  • In depth controls of sound such as crossover, gain, polarity, etc.
  • Optimized for movies and music
  • Small, compact design

Cons:

  • Great for small-medium sized living rooms, but provides insufficient sound if you need a subwoofer for large rooms.
  • Auto on/off feature tends to not come on unless settings are optimized, so make sure you look through the user manual to set it up properly

Polk Audio PSW505 12-Inch Powered Subwoofer

Pros:

  • Super hard, punchy bass, great for action movies and music
  • Zero port noise when tested, no noise distortion overall
  • LFE input enabled
  • Well built, somewhat heavy which is good

Cons:

  • Next to none. Only downside that may hurt is the price, which isn’t too bad for a sub woofer of this caliber

YST-SW216 10″ 100 Watt Powered Subwoofer Black

Pros:

  • Built for a home theater with depth
  • Huge range of frequency listening
  • Magnetically shielded for use near a TV
  • Great for casual movie listeners who want to up their movie watching experience

Cons:

  • Not built for music listening
  • A bit larger than most sub woofers

 

Pros:

  • Great for both music and a theater system
  • Deep and strong bass potential, full sound
  • Great brushed aluminum finish, built well
  • Great with big rooms and high ceilings
  • Can be purchased in both wired and wireless format

Cons:

  • A bit expensive, but you get what you pay for, especially for sub woofers
  • Should be optimized out of the box for maximum performance

Klipsch Sub-12HG Synergy Series 12-Inch 300-Watt Subwoofer with High Gloss Trim

 

Pros:

  • Functions well with both music and movies
  • Great bang for the buck
  • Deep and punchy bass

Cons:

  • Limited output for medium to larger sized rooms
  • To optimizes experience, fine tune the sub woofer before use

SVS SB12-NSD – 12″, 400-watt DSP Controlled, Sealed Box Subwoofer

Pros:

  • One of the best sub woofers in terms of sound depth that we tested
  • Deceptively low price for a professional grade sub woofer
  • Phenomenal for both music and movies
  • Zero sound distortion when we tested it to the max volume

Cons:

  • Takes some time to optimize for performance out of the box

Klipsch R-110SW Subwoofer

Pros:

  • Optimized for music, but works well in a home theater
  • Cheaper and better overall than the R-12SW counterparts
  • Punchy bass and versatile depth, especially with highs and lows
  • Strong, solid build of sub woofer

Cons:

  • Still rings in at a high-ish price. Definitely worth it, as it comes with a warranty if purchased on Amazon through Klipsch

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