Home theater speakers are a very sensitive topic to many people, even those who have been in the know for a long time. There are pros and cons with every type of speaker and subwoofer out there on the market. Let's face it; if you have friends that enjoy movies, then you will need to select a subwoofer that not only plays loud enough but also has a great sound profile. If your budget does not allow for extremely high-end speakers, then you will need to be comfortable with the lower-end ones that should work just fine with most home theater needs.
Most people understand the advantages of using a top-of-the-line home theater audio system, but they still want to be able to use the speakers at their leisure. This is where a good set of home theater amplifiers come into play. The two basic types are sealed or box and single-channel. A sealed amp uses a sealed box to house the amp and is the preferred choice of many. A box amplifier, while much less powerful than the multi-channel variety, does have advantages.
First off, sealed amps allow you to customize the sound profile for your speakers. When planning your new home theatre design, you can choose a subwoofer and amp set up that works great for your specific tastes without having to cut costs and sacrifice sound quality. You can have custom-made boxes that utilize different material choices, or you can use a subwoofer and enclosure that is like a scaled-down version of what is found in your typical surround sound setup. Whatever the case, sealed amp boxes allow you to get just the right sound for your home theatre.
However, there are a couple of cons associated with using sealed boxes. Perhaps the biggest con is the difficulty of upgrading or replacing them when your specific audio components become out of sync with one another. Sound systems are constantly improving and evolving, but sound components tend to become outdated rather quickly. This can cause a delay in the arrival of new, updated sound systems from the manufactures. If you want your subwoofers to work with the latest and greatest surround sound systems, you might be better off going with a different application or brand name.
The other issue that can come with using a subwoofer and enclosure in your home theater system is the difficulty of connecting the subwoofers to their appropriate amps. This can pose a challenge to even the most patient of enthusiasts. Not only does the distance increase with the subwoofer, so does the difficulty of getting both the amplifier and the subwoofer to work together. Many people who have tried to work with multiple subwoofers and amps have had some pretty good luck in getting everything to work together. However, there are still times when one component fails to work with the others.
One common failure of a subwoofer box occurs when the wire used to attach it to its amplifier is too long or has a poor electrical connection. It can also happen if the subwoofer box is not tightly secured to the speaker. In addition, some car amplifiers will fail if the wire used to attach it to the car amplifier is too long. Both of these issues will affect the power delivered to the speaker. If the power is low, the speaker will not reproduce a clear and crisp sound as it should.
A powered subwoofer is recommended for use with a home theater system because the subwoofer boxes tend to hold back the maximum amount of power that is allowed into them. The subwoofer must remain at a specific wattage so that the sound produced by the amplifier will match that of the subwoofer. A powered subwoofer will allow you to increase the number of watts that the amplifier uses so that all the sound that you want will be reproduced. Many people do not realize that many bass tunes are held back by subwoofers from reaching full volume. With a powered subwoofer, you will hear everything in your movie or music play loud and clear.
These reasons are why a subwoofer is one of the most important parts of a complete home theater system. The best brands in the industry have dedicated subs that will fit all of your needs. The brands that will give you the best performance and lowest distortion levels are the Yamaha and Phillips subwoofers. These companies have universal compatibility and a very high peak power rating, which means that they will not disappoint you.