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December 7, 2010

Do I still need a subwoofer with the floor standing tower speakers, M60 or M80?

Filed under: AV question — Tags: , , — Alan @ 2:46 pm

Q. If I get M60 or M80 floorstanding speakers for my left and right front channels in my home theater system, do I still need a subwoofer?

A. You can use the M60 or M80 without a subwoofer because both have smooth, extended bass output, but for movie soundtracks and home theater applications, the subwoofer produces lots of very low-frequency effects designated just for the sub, plus bass for the center and effects channels, especially when you have the Bass Management in your receiver set to “Small” for the center and surround speakers. If you set your main floor standing tower speakers to “Large”, the subwoofer will still handle deep bass dedicated to the LFE channel and the towers will cover bass that was mixed full frequency to the front left and right towers.

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