Bass truly is the fundamental of one's home theater or audio system. There was a time in the world of audio that a good subwoofer was something only the bass-obsessed audiophile owned. Home Theater has changed all that, and now it is expected that a home theater system will have a subwoofer.
Many people - perhaps you - have never understood what a subwoofer's real job is. Yes, it is to make bass. More importantly, it is to make DEEP bass which immerses you in the movie/music performance rather than leaving you a mere viewer or listener.
Let's look at the math for a minute (keeping it as simple as possible). This 10 Hz to 80 Hz range represents 3 octaves of sound. Let's name these octaves Ultra-Deep (10-20 Hz), Deep (20-40 Hz) and Mid (40-80 Hz).
The ultra-deep bass is much harder to reproduce than is the mid bass. Why? Each time we drop an octave, we have to move 4 times as much air in order to deliver the same Sound Pressure Level (aka SPL or volume). SPL is measured in decibels, or dB.
Let's say we had a single 18 inch driver in a sealed cabinet: This driver requires the ability to move 0.25 inch "peak to peak" (farthest point forward the driver moves to farthest point backward the driver moves) in order to deliver 115 dB of SPL at 80 Hz (measured at one meter outdoors). This same driver would need to move 1 inch at 40 Hz in order to deliver the same 115 dB SPL. At 20 Hz, it needs to move 4 inches and finally, at 10 Hz, it needs to move 16 inches. It's now clear why a subwoofer that needs to deliver high output at 10 Hz is typically a very expensive thing to do, isn't it?
Our SS-18.1 will handle this in all but the largest rooms, and can do so for under $1000 delivered to your door. There will be many rooms in which a single SS-18.1 will deliver all the bass you crave to below 20 Hz, and sometimes to 10 Hz, with just a single SS-18.1!
For those of you with a smaller room, or who don't require 115 dB in bass output, we can start you with our CS-10.2 for an entry level price of $400. In many smaller rooms, a single CS-10.2 will deliver these high output levels of bass in a compact, affordable package.
WHAT IF I WANT THE ULTIMATE? A CraigSUB subwoofer package can be designed to take your theater into the thunderous bass known as single digits (meaning below 10 Hz). We can also do this for an investment of far less of your hard earned dollars than you thought possible.
In terms of what is needed from a subwoofer system in order to deliver this great bass, each room has its own challenges. Many rooms have a lot of what is called "room gain." These rooms are normally rooms which can be closed off from the rest of the house. For now, consider room gain a good way to get "free bass" starting somewhere between 25 and 35 Hz in most rooms. Send us your room dimensions, and we can let you know whether or not your room is able to yield the above mentioned "free bass."
We can offer you several options to help you pick out the perfect subwoofer system for your home theater. These options include multiples of our SS-18.1 subwoofers placed properly in the room in order to deliver the smoothest, most powerful bass; singles or multiples of our VERY powerful SS-18.2 subwoofer; and our VS-18.1 subwoofer which delivers our highest power levels in the all important 16-80 Hz range.
Our VS-18.1 subwoofer is ideal for the person who needs the most powerful subwoofer available (from 16 to 100 Hz) anywhere near its price range. The "V" stands for vented, and this series of subwoofers uses a slot loaded vent, tuned to 20 Hz, for both high output and deep bass.
SS-18.1 - One 18 inch driver in a medium -sized, sealed cabinet (2012 Model)
SS-18.2P - Two 18 inch drivers in a single, large, sealed cabinet (passive)
VS-18.1 - One 18 inch driver in a larger, vented, cabinet (2012 Model)
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