Subwoofer connection types can be confusing for a first-time buyer. I know this looking back to when I was building my first car audio system. There are so many Subwoofer connection types available on the market today, it can be difficult to choose the correct one when installing your subwoofer enclosure and amplifier. So, you want to make sure you’re prepared by knowing what all those Subwoofer connection types mean and the best ones to use.
Subwoofer connection types
It is important to understand the different types of subwoofer connections when setting up a home theater system. Before we learn what they are, let’s see what a subwoofer is and why it is important in the first place. Subwoofer: The word ‘Subwoofer’ is short for ‘Sub-Woofers’. They are designed to reproduce the low-frequency sound effects that are generated by explosions and other low-frequency sounds. Subwoofers are used in home theater systems and in music systems.
Here are the different types of speaker connections that are used for subwoofers.
- Type 1: Wires with the subwoofer connected to the speaker box.
- Type 2: Wires run from the subwoofer to the speaker box, but the subwoofer is designed to stay with the car.
- Type 3: The subwoofer is connected to the speaker box with wires. You can run the wires from the subwoofer to the car stereo, over to the speaker box.
- Type 4: This type of speaker connection is for the subwoofer. There are holes in the speaker box that you can run speaker wires through. They will connect to the subwoofer.
If you want to connect more than one subwoofer to the speaker box, you can run the wires through the holes in the speaker box to the subwoofer. This type of speaker connection is the most common.
The two common speaker connection types are speaker wire and speaker cable. The primary difference between speaker wire and speaker cable is the thickness of the wire used in the cable, as well as whether the wires are clad in a durable protective sheathing. Speaker wire is designed to be flexible and can be used to run from the speaker to a receiver or amplifier, or from wall-mounted speakers to the speaker wire in a wall or ceiling.
Speaker cable, on the other hand, is designed to be run inside walls, ceilings, and conduit. It is not designed to be run across exposed areas, such as from a stereo receiver to a set of wall-mounted speakers. It’s also not recommended for running from a receiver to a subwoofer, because most subwoofers have only one or two connections, and speaker cable tends to be in a higher price range.
What are the different types of subwoofer cables?
There are three types of subwoofer cables:
- Analog subwoofer cables (standard RCA), Digital subwoofer cables, and Powered subwoofer cables. : An analog subwoofer cable consists of only one RCA connector and a pair of single cables that go from the left and right channels of the amplifier to the two subwoofers in a system. They carry the low-frequency audio signals from the amplifier to the subwoofers.
- Digital subwoofer cables are balanced cables made of one pair of conductors that go from the left and right channels of the amplifier to the two subwoofers. They carry a single channel of the low-frequency audio signal from the amplifier to the subwoofers.
- Powered subwoofer cables are used with powered subwoofers. They carry the low-frequency audio signal from the amplifier to the subwoofer. In some cases, they also power the subwoofer.
What is LFE subwoofer connection?
LFE stands for Low-Frequency Effect. The LFE subwoofer connection is used to connect the subwoofer with the left, right, and center channel speakers. Right now all TV manufacturers are using 5 cables for the surround sound. The 5 cables have 3 functions.
- Red and white audio – Used to connect the sound source with TV.
- Red, white and yellow video – Used to connect the sound source with TV.
- Blue and yellow surround sound – Used to connect the TV to the A/V receivers. 4. Red, white, and yellow surround sound – Used to connect the sound source with A/V receiver. The A/V receiver splits the low-frequency audio signal from the surround sound and sends it to the subwoofer.
Do I need a special cable for the subwoofer?
No, you do not. All that is needed is a special connector on the end of the cable that will connect to the subwoofer. The only three types of cables you can buy are RCA, Coaxial, and Optical. Optical is the best choice because it is made to handle a lot more information. However, it can be more expensive than other types of cables. Coaxial cable has a dual metal core, which allows it to carry a lot more information than a standard RCA cable.
The only difference between RCA and coaxial is that mostly all RCA connections are red and white, while coaxial cables have yellow, white, and red. The red and yellow carry the left channel, and the white and red carry the right. Because of the dual-core, coaxial cable is able to carry a lot more information than an RCA cable and is a better choice for a subwoofer cable. RCA is the cheapest, and is most common, but is not the best choice.