Integrating Two Different Brand Subwoofers

Subwoofers can add life to your favorite music, by adding deep bass notes, especially in low-frequency genres.

Most music enthusiasts prefer to boost the deeper bass effects by adding multiple subwoofers to their audio systems.

It is not always necessary to add speakers and subwoofers of the same brands to a given audio system.

However, when it comes to driving subwoofers of different brands, there are a few factors that you should consider before integrating them together.

In this article, we will discuss the factors to consider along with the pros and cons of operating subwoofers of different brands in a single audio system.

Can you integrate two different brands of subwoofers?

The short answer is yes, you can integrate two different brands of subwoofer in a single audio system. This is because most subwoofers and speakers connect with the same types of cables or wires (RCA cables or speaker wires).

Additionally, if the cables vary, you can get converters and splitters available in the market that work best with most audio systems.

However, there are some factors to keep in mind, such as the specifications and amplification requirements of the two subs should be closer or similar to be compatible.

Apart from matching the power requirements and specifications, the size of their drivers also matters the most.

Let us discuss the requirements of integrating two Subwoofers of different brands in a single audio system.

Things to consider before integrating two subwoofers of different brands

Crossover and frequency settings

If you want to integrate two subwoofers of different brands you will need to experiment with their settings for better calibration and tuning.

It can be a tedious task because you will need to adjust a few settings such as their phase alignments, SPL, and crossover settings.

Once you have found the right setting it will ultimately help you deliver the best sound quality with the combination of the two.

Power Handling Capacity

Make sure the second subwoofer you want to integrate with your sound system is of similar power.

For example: If your existing subwoofer uses 500 watts of power, then the second subwoofer should also be of the same power.

For instance, if you integrate two subwoofers of different powers such as one with a higher amount of power allowance and the other with lower, there’s a higher chance of distortion in the sound.

This is because the power won’t be distributed evenly between the two.

It will ultimately lead to overpowering the weaker sub and underpowering the larger sub.

In such a situation, you will need to install another separate amplifier for each subwoofer.

Hence, it is advised to use subwoofers with the same power handling capacities, if used in a single sound system to ensure optimal sound quality.

Compatibility

It is always best to check the compatibility between the two subwoofers, additionally, it should be able to integrate with your sound system setup.

The major factors you should look into are their impedance, sensitivity, power handling capacity, frequency response, etc,. to ensure compatibility.

Simply put, when you consider adding a second subwoofer of a different brand, make sure to buy one with similar specifications.

Connectivity (Cables/Wires)

While most subwoofers use similar cables such as RCA cables or Speaker wires, there is a possibility that some subs of different brands may not use the same.

Hence it is important to consider the available slots for connecting or integrating them is not going to be a challenge.

Additionally, some subwoofers can be connected wirelessly which will again depend on your sound system configurations.

Integration Challenges

The sonic characteristics and frequency response curves may differ in two subwoofers of different brands.

Make sure to research more on the same or simply test the tuning properties before buying the second unit.

Significant mismatches in the calibration and tuning properties of the two different subs will impact the uniformity of the sound.

It can be challenging at times, as you will need to experiment more with the crossover frequency settings to achieve a balanced and best quality of sound.

Once you have found the right setting it will ultimately help you deliver the best sound quality with the combination of the two.

Placement of Dual subwoofers

Finally, one of the major factors involved in delivering the best sound quality including the bass effect lies in the proper placement of your subwoofers.

Let us look into the best subwoofer placement ideas to match up with other sound notes and produce the best sound effects in music and movies.

You can refer to the image below that demonstrates the best placement ideas for two subwoofers in a standard living room.

Dual subwoofer’s best placement ideas

dual subwoofer placement ideas

If you refer to the above image it’s an infographic demonstration of subwoofer placement options in a living room for better sound quality output.

Options 1 & 2: Front-facing Subwoofers

The first and second images are the most standard ways of placing two different subwoofers in your living room. 

The subwoofers can be placed at the center or between the speakers of your home theatre system (refer to option 1 in the image).

Additionally, option 2 in the image suggests placing the sound system between the two subwoofers.

The following placement of subwoofers closer to your front-channel loudspeakers can help lessen phase cancellations and delayed timings (in response).

You can place the subwoofers as per options 1 or 2 whichever works best for you.

Option 3: Opposite direction

Another alternative is to place the two subwoofers close to the listening area which is preferred by many.

If you refer to the above image option 3 the subwoofers are placed on the opposite walls (left and right walls) facing each other.

The fact is most music lovers feel more comfortable and enjoy the bass effects being closer to the units such as placing them around the couches.

Option 4: Opposing corners

For better surround bass effects you can place the two subwoofers in the opposite corners of your living room.

The two subwoofers in opposing directions and corners of your room will distribute more linear bass throughout the living room.

For more integrated sound you can try to slightly move them to find the best sweet spots with accelerated bass.

This may increase the setup task and will need lengthy cables to run around the corners of your room for connectivity.

However, if your active subs are operated wirelessly, it will ease your task of placing them around any corner of the room.

Finally, it depends on your comfort zone to place the subwoofers from the above options and experience the best audio quality in your living rooms.

Pros and Cons of integrating two Subwoofers of different Brands

Here are the possible pros and cons of integrating subwoofers of different brands.

Pros

Deep Bass Output

The addition of a subwoofer in a sound system helps reproduce the lower frequencies to add bass to the audio notes.

If you add another subwoofer to the existing sound system it will help enhance the bass effects even better.

Easy to Customize

Adding two Subwoofers of different brands can help you customize your installation style.

You can choose from a variety of options with similar specifications available from different brands and add to your sound system.

Liberty of choice

Although, subwoofers of the same brand models will give you similar specifications but won’t give you the liberty of choosing different shapes and styles.

However, this is always possible when you explore a variety of different brand subwoofers.

Cost-effective

If you already have a subwoofer integrated into your sound system and is of an expensive brand. You can choose a subwoofer from a different brand with the same specifications and at lower cost.

This will help you add more bass to your sound system without impacting your budget.

Better Sound experience

If you are successful in integrating subwoofers of different brands in a single audio system, you may experience unique sound notes in some cases.

This is because subwoofers of different brands differ with sonic properties and the combination of two odds can deliver unique sounds.

Cons

The cons of integrating two Subwoofers of different brands are as follows:

Tedious Setup

Understanding the setup requirements of a Subwoofer with unfamiliar brands can be complex in most cases.

You will need to do all the research and experiments in setting up the subwoofer with your existing sound system.

Size and Shape

It will be difficult to find a subwoofer of a different brand to match the shape and size of your existing subwoofer.

Hence, you will need to look for multiple options to get close to the specs and size you desire.

Unmatched style

A Subwoofer enclosure of different brands will not always match the theme of your existing sound system.

It may look awkward to some when it comes to the overall appearance of the sound system in your room.

You will need to align them properly and in a creative way so that it does not look like an odd man in the row.

Space utilization

Subwoofers are typically larger units compared to traditional speakers because they use large drivers to pump air.

Adding more than one subwoofer to the sound system will utilize more space in your room.

Integration challenges

Integration challenges among the two subwoofers can occur due to various factors;

  • If the two subwoofers have significant differences in power consumption.
  • Dissimilar Phase controls for delaying incoming signals.
  • Marginal difference in frequency response range, etc,.

To overcome the above challenges you will need to do a lot of research before choosing the second subwoofer of a different brand.

Also Read: Pros and cons of subwoofer

Final Thoughts

Subwoofers of different brands can be integrated into a single audio system if they hold similar specifications for functioning and connectivity.

Tuning and calibration can be tedious, however, it is important to match the frequency responses and sensitivity level for better integration and delivery of great sound quality.

Although you get the liberty of choice in customizing your audio system of different brands, you will need to do a lot of study and experiments for successful integration.

Another important factor is their proper placement in your room, it ensures that your sound system will output a balanced and best-quality sound.

If you are confused or if it looks challenging in the integration process, always seek advice from the audio experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need two subwoofers?

In most small home theatre and car audio systems, the inclusion of dual subwoofers makes the low-frequency distribution in the entire room or space more even and flatter. It is not always necessary to have two subs, however, if a bigger-sized single subwoofer is not a good fit in your space then you can include two small subs.

Is it ok to use two subwoofers?

If your single subwoofer struggles to provide the desired bass notes in your room, you can add another subwoofer to balance the bass effects. However, before investing in another subwoofer unit make sure to reposition the existing subwoofer in different corners of your room and play music to check if that resolves the issue.

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