Selecting a Subwoofer : The Nitty Gritty

Most music consists of a full range of audible frequencies, from low bass (bass guitar, cello etc) to high treble (cymbals, piccolo) although a notable exception is John Cage’ Four minutes and Thirty Three seconds. In simple terms – the lower the sound, the longer the sound wave and the more energy required to generate it. In practical terms – bigger speakers and a more powerful amplifier.

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“Bass is an essential part of music and is the part that adds the drive and excitement, try to imagine Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean or Prodigy’s Fire Starter without any bass, for example.”

“Can’t we just use a more ‘bassy’ speaker?”

To explain why this is not really the answer we need think about what a speaker is doing. In its simplest form a speaker is a vibrating membrane that is generating sound (pressure) waves and to produce lower sounds, the speaker cone has to move more slowly and further. This is no problem on its own but at the same time we need it to produce the mid and treble frequencies. These sounds require a very quick response and result in a very complex vibration pattern. Expecting a speaker to do both low and high frequencies inevitably ends in a compromise of both. The practical result of this compromise is at best a muddled, less defined sound and at worst a distortion that will lead to the destruction of the speaker. The only solution is a dedicated bass speaker, a subwoofer.

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Fortunately there are a wide range of compact, high performance woofers on the market now. Speakers that will operate in very small enclosures and take up minimal space. In a lot of cases, where I’m upgrading a factory Bose or Meridian system, I can use the existing bass speaker location for a completely stealth installation. In many cases I can use wheel wells, under seat locations or custom build enclosures in boot recesses. Even when none of this is possible there are woofers from Jl Audio and Hertz that offer spectacular performance from a unit little bigger than a couple of shoe-boxes.

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At Car and Home Stereo my system designs are always sympathetic to the vehicle but most of all it is my passion for music and great sound that drives my recommendations.

Pitch Perfect – Rainbow’s Profi Line

Here at Car & Home Stereo Macclesfield, we’ve fallen head over heels for the Profi brand.

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Uncompromisingly brilliant, these incredible pieces of equipment embody the precision and passion of real expert craftsmanship. The sound is so crystal clear, that you feel as though you’re at a live performance. Our resident car audio system expert and musician Tim described the sound as ‘utterly transparent’, and when you hear what these speakers can do when installed with precision – you understand why.

 

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We’ll be honest, Profi line is not the cheapest way to get your hands on an audio system for your car. However if you want the best possible quality of sound, we think the Profi kit is worth every single penny. In common with all high end car sound systems, proper installation is vital to getting the quality of sound that you’ve paid for. Here at Car & Home Stereo of Macclesfield, we have a trained musician and qualified sound engineer with a passion for crafting perfect audio environments. Tim Campling offers a bespoke and comprehensive instillation service, tailoring each of his creations to the requirements of your vehicle and sound system – achieving perfect harmony between the two.

 

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Our doors on Sunderland Street, in the Heart of Macclesfield, are always open – so if you’d like to come by for a chat, look or a listen – make sure to pop in!

We look forward to seeing you.

All about Car & Home Stereo!

Welcome to Car & Home Stereo! We are, of course, a shop specialising in audio systems but so much more as well.

Our aim is simple: to provide the best possible sound and exciting audio experiences.

Delivering that aim can take many paths but we have the products and tools to realise it. At this point I could just list all the different brands and product types we stock but that wouldn’t really help would it? I see my job as the deliverer of experiences. That may sound a little corny but I can’t think of a better description.

Let me introduce myself. I’m Tim and I have been the chief installer at Car & Home Stereo for over 30 years. I’m a qualified electronic engineer and keen musician. In those 30 years I have seen an almost unbelievable change in the equipment we have used and installed. Every different type of car has passed through our workshop and while the range of available solutions has constantly expanded and evolved, the goals have remained the same. Some products have promised much and delivered little while some unassuming boxes have revolutionised the way we think about audio. I strive to find the perfect devices to achieve the ultimate performance.

And there is the challenge; in a constantly changing arena while dealing with individual clients that all have differing requirements, how do you choose the right products? The only solution as far as I am concerned is to extensively test and evaluate products, invest in training and technology while constantly striving to improve techniques. If I focus on the end result then I can carefully choose the right products to achieve it. Of course that requires a good understanding of the clients requirements and that is why there are a lot of questions to ask. All great systems start with a conversation!

If you are ready to start your musical journey please call in or call me on 01625 432707 or 07971 928 881.