Do I Need A Subwoofer For My Home Theatre?

When purchasing a JENSEN home theatre system, you will invariably ask yourself the question, "Do I actually need to buy an active subwoofer, or can I get along without one?" This will be especially true if you live in an apartment or if you're working with a space that might not be able to hold yet another item on the floor comfortably. The answer to that question is one that requires you to keep a few key things in mind.

What is a Subwoofer and is it needed for surround sound?

At its core, a subwoofer is an integral part of your home theatre system that is designed to reproduce incredibly low bass frequencies alongside the higher tones of your other equipment. A subwoofer is not technically a speaker in and of itself - this is why it represents the ".1" in a "5.1," "6.1" or "7.1" home theatre configuration. It's a supplementary device, designed to allow you to get the most out of your audio reproduction. In a true surround sound set up the subwoofer helps produce the three-dimensional effect in a movie and the soundtrack. The deep sound that seems to be coming from everywhere.

Home Subwoofer Considerations

One of the most important things to understand when answering this question is the role of the subwoofer in a home theatre. Think for a moment about your favourite explosion from your favourite action film. Explosions really show off the full power of a subwoofer because they're almost exclusively made up of low bass frequencies. Without a subwoofer, you would still hear the BOOM - but it wouldn't have quite the power that you're after. You wouldn't feel it.

The Perfect Surround Sound Subwoofer

With JENSEN home subwoofer, however, your whole body (and probably the floor) will rumble. It's a more immersive experience that draws you into the movie instead of reminding you that you're sitting comfortably and safely in a room in your own home. You really feel like you're in the middle of it with those characters, which is why subwoofers are so important.

One thing to consider is that depending on the type of speakers you buy, you may not need an ADDITIONAL subwoofer for your home theatre system. Many JENSEN in-ceiling speakers come with an 8" woofer built-in, negating the need for an additional subwoofer. EHT-707 Home Subwoofer goes one step further, having a Big Bass Monster 10” subwoofer fully integrated. You should also consider your room size when it comes to selecting a JENSEN subwoofer. The big daddy EHT-707 subwoofer has enough awesome power to shake a 100m room, which will be fantastic for you when watching a Transformers movie but may make you a little unpopular with the neighbours if you own an apartment. The final consideration is do you want true surround sound? The subwoofer is one of the main elements in a 5.1 system and is need to give you the movie theatre quality surround sound. So be sure to choose carefully for your home theatre system.

The Verdict for Jensen's Surround Sound subwoofer?

Based on the aforementioned information, the answer to the question, "Do I need a subwoofer with my JENSEN home theatre speakers," becomes, "Technically no, you do not." You'll still get an unparalleled audio experience with a sole set of JENSEN in-ceiling speakers or JENSEN in wall speakers without those dulcet bass tones. It's not as if your JENSEN home theatre will cease to function unless a subwoofer is present. You just won't get earth-shaking bass like you would at the theatre or at a concert. 

However, if you truly want to recreate the cinema experience in the comfort of your own home and wish to add more boom to your room, or if you really want to be able to feel every last drum lick on your favourite album with the full intensity you would get from a live concert, the answer is an overwhelming, "Yes!"