Most home theaters, if they have surround sound at all, typically use a single subwoofer to reproduce bass frequencies. Many experts recommend at least two, and some bass fanatics really go crazy with multiple heavy-duty subs. What works in your home theater?
Anyone who has struggled like I have to get good bass knows that the subwoofer itself is only one part of the equation. Even the most powerful or capable sub in the world is at the mercy of your room acoustics and can leave you lacking bass if you can’t find precisely the best location to place it. Theory has it that two equivalent subwoofers placed on opposite ends of the room (typically in diagonal corners) can help to even out peaks and dips, and provide more uniform bass to all the seats in the room. Four subwoofers (either one in each corner, or one in the center of each wall) may be even better.
Unfortunately, however, good subwoofers tend to be an expensive purchase, and many home theater fans simply don’t find it realistic to buy more than one.
For the past couple months, I’ve been testing an SVS SB-4000 subwoofer for an upcoming review. For the evaluation, I find it best to just use the one subwoofer by itself, so as to not color the results. If I choose to purchase this one after the review is completed, it’s very doubtful that I’ll be able to afford a second identical unit. Although I still have my smaller SB-2000 model, it’s not ideal to pair unevenly matched subwoofers. I’m also limited by the layout and furnishings in my room as to whether I’d be able to find a good place to put the second sub for the best results.
As such, I’m not opposed to running multiple subwoofers, but I don’t know that it will be practical for me to do so.
What do you do in your home theater?