Home Theater

13 Subwoofer Demos That Rock the House

To ensure clients' emotional connection with today's home theater systems, a home theater must deliver tight and impactful bass. Here are some music and movie recommendations that communicate the power of today's subwoofers.

Eric McBride, sales engineering manager, custom theater specialist for Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Rotel and Classe, likes to use the opening scene from "Batman: The Dark Knight" to evaluate the low-frequency performance of a home theater.

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Robert Archer · March 11, 2015

No other product category represents the home theater market more than subwoofers.

Consumers often equate home theater with large video screens and room rattling bass. Looking specifically at the audio side, the public has become more sophisticated with a growing number learning that reproducing those thundering dinosaur steps and exploding asteroids requires more than a product that makes loud thuds.

People are now realizing that it takes a combination of quality room design and well-engineered components that are able to articulate mid- and low-bass frequencies. 

With all of that said, showcasing the capabilities of today’s subwoofers can be a difficult task. Modern music is often compressed and lacking dynamics. While there are plenty of movies that provide simplistic explosions and other action, the scenes themselves aren’t always compelling to viewers.

Saving dealers the trouble of finding quality music and movie demo content geared specifically to showcase subwoofers, here are recommendations from some of the top loudspeaker companies.

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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