The most recent trend in home audio is mounting a small, high-quality subwoofer in a cabinet to provide a quality high fidelity sound with fewer moving parts and less than half the size. With this blog post, Hooke Audio will answer the question Can you put a subwoofer in a cabinet? and show you how to install a sub in the cabinet?
- 1 Can You Put A Subwoofer In A Cabinet?
- 2 How to Install Subwoofers in a Cabinet?
- 3 Why is the Subwoofer Placement Important?
- 4 FAQs
- 5 Conclusion
Can You Put A Subwoofer In A Cabinet?
Now let me get to the main topic of the post, which is whether you can install a subwoofer inside a cabinet.
The simple answer to this question is yes.
You can place a subwoofer inside a cabinet. To ensure your subwoofer’s best performance, you need to follow certain guidelines.
First, you must understand that subwoofers placed in cabinets will produce a lower quality sound than those located in listening rooms.
Another thing you should know is that subwoofer performance inside cabinets must be achieved by addressing three factors: rattles, resonances, and airflow.
1. Rattles, resonances, and cabinet type
We don’t recommend that you store your speakers in cabinets that contain cutlery, jewelry, or other decorative items. It would cause a sound that is damaged by vibrations and rattles. This would be contrary to the reason for purchasing high-end speakers.
For a home theater setup, custom-made cabinets are the best choice. Custom-made cabinets are able to overcome the problem of rattling sounds by having thin, fragile back panels. A higher-end system might include its own cabinets.
Subwoofers can be a problem because of their tendency to make large bass waves, which are hard to limit. Sound travel depends on the air molecules around them.
Keep this in mind when designing cabinet doors. These should also be proportional to how large the driver of the subwoofer is. Padding is used to reduce airflow and provides separation.
False walls can also be built into cabinets for optimal access to subwoofers. These creative solutions can greatly improve your home theater experience and maximize the output of the subwoofer.
3. Positioning and Leveling
This is the core of sub placement. This was the ideal location for the subwoofer cabinet. This is the location and height of the subwoofer cabinet. Although this may seem obvious, subwoofers can’t be placed anywhere. Their placement in their cabinets also requires special attention.
These speakers are usually placed on the floor or along the front wall of a room. They can focus on the low, high, and even mid-range frequencies by this positioning. Because we feel low frequencies more than we hear them, placing the speakers on the ground allows them to spread faster. To ensure the best leveling and positioning, you need to know where your ears are.
How to Install Subwoofers in a Cabinet?
Step 1: Test the Room Acoustics
We’ve covered the best positions and levels for subwoofers. But, each room is different. Each room has its own acoustics. When testing the acoustics of each room, make sure to include the subwoofer in the test along with the rest.
Don’t forget about the main purpose of a subwoofer. It is to make small speakers seem larger than they actually are, and not as an independent sound source. To give the illusion of huge speakers, some people hide their subwoofer and sound system in cabinets. Others may place it on their side table.
Step 2: Get Your Measurements
Measure the space and not only the speaker. Home theater systems may have separate sections for this AV equipment (“entertainment cabinets”) but not everyone has one. Many people have their sound systems in the living room. Before you purchase an audio system, it is important to determine the maximum size you can afford.
If you’re going to make a custom design, then you will need to measure the height, width, and length of your subwoofers. You will also need to determine if you have more than one subwoofer and whether you plan to store them in separate cabinets. You won’t necessarily need more than one subwoofer if you have a strong subwoofer.
Step 3: Design the Cupboard
In this instance, thick wood would make the perfect custom cabinet. It should be approximately 0.75 inches thick. Your subwoofer will determine the rest of your measurements. Make sure you consider the color and design of the subwoofer to make sure it looks great with the rest of the furniture in your room.
You must also assemble your cabinet securely. This is because the cabinet will make more noises if it’s less sturdy. You should be careful when attaching and screwing the pieces together to achieve the desired effect. If you have the option to make your own cabinets, it is always a good idea.
Step 4: Add Padding
You should also use a soft dampening material on all cabinet parts that come in direct contact with the subwoofer. This allows for separation and prevents sub vibrations against the wood. You can also mass load reinforcement if your cupboard is lightweight. Vinyl or rubber are the most common vibration pads.
Decouple the subwoofer and cabinet floor to create a contact-free shelf. Place a cushion material on the feet of the subwoofer. It is best to use soft and flexible padding. Vibration Isolation pads from VibX are available if you’re feeling fancy. This reduces mechanical vibrations generated by the speaker.
Some companies also sell anti-shake devices with their speakers. With all the support for audio systems, there is no reason to not try to get the best subwoofer output. In this instance, it comes down to minimum sound vibrations.
Step 5: Check the Wires
This refers to making sure that there is enough space for the connecting wires to reach the cabinet’s sub-conductors and that they aren’t too close to other devices. If they are, make sure they are not in the way. You need to optimize their connectivity so that they don’t trip over you, injure themselves or ruin your sound system.
These accidents can cause serious damage to your system. If wires are running between the speakers and audio input, you can tape them or run them through a pipe.
Wireless speakers are an option if you don’t want to do all the hard work. These Bluetooth-operated speakers make it much easier to set up.
Why is the Subwoofer Placement Important?
Critics often suggest that viewers visit their closest IMAX theatre immediately after reviewing an IMAX movie. They don’t want to wait for the film to release on smaller screens. These claims are made by the director to ensure that the audience has a cinematic IMAX experience.
The placement of a subwoofer follows essentially the same rules. Because it can take advantage of these invaluable assets in your quest for better sound. It is possible to do without it but that would mean you are missing out. This is true even if surround-sound speakers are used.
You will not experience music or films in the same way the filmmakers or sound mixers intended. This is especially true when you listen to hip-hop and electronic dance music (EDM). Do you not want to feel the bass sounds in your bones?
This is true even for action movies with a full-throttle that strives to give the best experience. You need to have the best sound quality, and a powerful subwoofer, in order to achieve this experience. You can have an artistic experience with subwoofers.
A subwoofer is also a good choice because most speakers can’t handle low-range frequencies.
These elements help reduce music distortion. This is, without doubt, the most irritating aspect of recorded sound. Subwoofers are a great way to enhance your surround-speakers, as true auditory connoisseurs will tell you.
In other words, subwoofer placement is crucial if you want to enjoy the full immersive media experience.
Read more: Where to put subwoofer in room?
How Can I Get more bass from my subwoofer?
Turn the subwoofer amp gain down, the low-pass filter up and the bass boost turned off. Turn on the head unit and change all the tone control to their middle setting. Play any music that you know, including high, middle, and low notes.
Should the subwoofer be located in front or behind?
You will typically position a subwoofer near the front wall. Your front speakers can now focus on the mid-and high-range frequencies by moving all bass sounds to the subwoofer. The subwoofer is capable of handling all low-frequency bass sounds within a home theater.
A perfect subwoofer setup will make small speakers sound bigger than they actually are. You won’t hear the sub as a separate sound source.
Can You Put A Subwoofer Behind the Sofa?
You can place the subwoofer behind your couch. The subwoofer will be close to you if you place it next to the wall. You will experience better sound quality and bass. The subwoofer position will provide you with a smooth and deep bass than other positions.
Can subwoofers be used as speakers?
Subwoofers can be used to produce bass sounds and are ideal for high frequencies. Speakers, however, are capable of delivering high frequencies like the mid and treble ranges to perfection.
In order to get the most efficient sound from a subwoofer, many audio professionals recommend that you put it in a cabinet. We hope that you can find it helpful in this article and can enjoy the most powerful bass.
When designing your home theater system, it is important to take into account low-frequency sounds as well as bass sounds. These should be considered even if they are being placed in your living area.