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Best Subwoofer Deals for May 2022

Between soundbars, speakers, and other audio components, setting up a home audio system can be a confusing and expensive process. But one component you really shouldn’t overlook is a subwoofer. These units provide an extra bass hit which can make a big difference to your home theater setup when listening to music of watching movies. You can pay hundreds of dollars for a good-quality subwoofer, or even more if you’re looking at high-end options. But it is possible to save some cash on top subwoofer brands like Klipsch and Sony by pinpointing the best subwoofer deals.

Today’s best cheap subwoofer deals

Don't let its size fool you — the MagniFi Mini is on par with some of the best, full-sized soundbars on the market in the audio department, creating a soundstage that fills the entire room. more
For around a buck fifty, the Sony 10-inch 115-watt subwoofer might be the best you're going to get for this cheap. It'd be a good option if you're looking to double up on woofers, too. more
Housing two 12-Inch Terminator subwoofers, this MTX Audio 1,200-watt 12-inch dual sub has all you need for pumping up the bass in your car. Available with sealed or vented enclosures. more
Looking for a full speaker system with a subwoofer? This 5.1 surround sound system from Klipsch is perfect for any home stereo or home theater setup -- without costing more than a grand. more
With its great combination of cutting-edge design and solid performance, this 8-inch subwoofer from Klipsch's Jamo Studio 8 series looks and sounds great in any room. more
Along with its striking looks, this slim 8-inch woofer from Theater Solutions is hugely versatile when it comes to placement. Mount it under or behind furniture, on the wall, or almost anywhere else. more
Vizio is the king of soundbar value, and this 5.1 system is a great deal. With a subwoofer so thin you can hide it under your couch and support for DTS Virtual:X, this is the upgrade your TV deserves. more
To add a bassy boost to an entire room, this subwoofer offers all of the power you want but without any annoying cables to get in the way. Connect wirelessly for a sleeker look. more
A subwoofer is the cornerstone of any decent home theater surround-sound system. Klipsch makes some of the best subs you can buy. This model will deliver bone-shaking bass on a budget. more
Who says bigger is always better? The Definitive Technology SuperCube 2000 packs a powerful 650-watt output in a 7.5-inch woofer for serious enthusiast-tier sound in a small package. more
Delivering up to 400 watts of power, this subwoofer is a fantastic addition to any home theater setup if you want room-filling bass. more
Turn up and feel the bass with the wireless Klipsch R-12SWi, giving you the opportunity to listen anywhere at home, be it in the living room or your home office. more
Realize cinematic audio from your TV with this TCL soundbar. It's integrated with a Fire TV 4K media player, offering a complete streaming experience. more
This 100W subwoofer will add oomph to your movies and music. From respected brand Polk, it has high quality construction and an attractive look as well as great sound. more

How to choose a subwoofer

SVS SB-16 subwoofer review
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A subwoofer is an essential component of your sound system, but the good news is that you don’t have to shell out a fortune to get a good one from a trusted brand. That’s not to say that the absolute best subwoofers aren’t pricey, though; just know that there are a lot of options out there that are capable of fitting all but the tightest of budgets. Sony, Polk, Klipsch, JBL, and Dayton Audio are just a handful of brands that spring to mind which offer solid subwoofers at reasonable prices. Serious audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts can choose from high-end makers like MartinLogan, Paradigm, and SVS, to name only a few.

After setting your budget, there are a few things to consider when choosing a subwoofer. These bass-boosting speakers are fairly straightforward — their single job is to put out deep, heavy low audio tones — but you don’t want to rush into the first subwoofer deal that looks nice and meets your price limit. Pay attention to overall dimensions (the size of a subwoofer can be hard to glean from pictures alone) to make sure the one you’ve got your eye on will fit in the space you’ve set for it, and pay double attention to wattage and connection options. This is especially important if you’re setting up a more complex home theater system where the subwoofer will be integrated into a network of speakers and input/output devices connected to an A/V receiver.

It’s also important to consider subwoofer setup and placement. Is it wired or wireless, and will this determine whether you can place it where you want it? Does it feature an app to help with installation and managing calibration settings, and if so, does it do its job well? Reading professional and customer reviews can help you to get a picture of the end-user experience. Placement is particularly vital. Don’t be afraid to test out your subwoofer in different rooms, if possible, and to move it around and use it in different areas of the room for a few hours to figure out for yourself where it works and sounds best. The size, shape, windows, and furnishings of a room all affect the acoustics of the space, and sub-optimal subwoofer placement will hinder its performance.

Finally, if your system can support it, you should consider purchasing two subwoofers instead of one. Two subwoofers will almost always perform the job better than a single unit, no matter the acoustics of the room. A/V receivers feature numbered designations that indicate how many power channels they have for speakers and subwoofers. For example, a 7.2-channel receiver has enough channels for seven speakers (the minimum for true surround sound) and two subwoofers, whereas a 7.1-channel receiver can only support one sub. If you’re shopping for subwoofer deals but are also looking to buy an A/V receiver, we recommend going for one that can support dual subwoofers, even if you only plan to use a single subwoofer now.

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