Islander Posted September 6, 2022 Share Posted September 6, 2022 On 9/4/2022 at 2:33 PM, Peter P. said: So does what you're saying is in your example above mean that since the woofer's natural low frequency cutoff is 48Hz, that a recording with high energy below that frequency can't move the cone and damage the woofer? Seems to me if you're playing some rap or EDM, those frequencies are going to reach that woofer electrically, regardless and I would expect the woofer to try and reproduce it if the signal is there. Woofers roll off at their low end, just as tweeters roll off at their top end. A woofer is a simple machine. It doesn't "try" to do anything. If you send it really low-frequency music, if it can't play it, you won't hear it. That's why we have subwoofers: because nearly all affordable (costing under, say, $30,000) speakers can't play the bottom octave or two. The sub lets us hear that part of the music that was missing when played through the speakers only. Rolled-off bottom end was not such an issue in the days of vinyl, because they have rolled off deep bass, for a couple of reasons. Remember rumble filters? They would cut off the lowest frequencies. Now we have full-range music, so we need full-range sound systems. Enter the subwoofer. This makes me think of those who write that they set their speakers as Small so that the subwoofer can "spare the speakers the load of playing deep bass", or so the sub can "do the heavy lifting". The speakers' woofers do what they can, no more than that. As another member pointed out, if you turn on the Loudness button or turn the bass control all the way up and then play the system at high volume, then you're asking the woofers to do more than they can, and damage can occur. A little common sense with the volume control goes a long way. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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