The Case for Multiple Vehicle Subwoofers, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the primary benefits of installing multiple smaller subwoofers for your car audio system rather than a single larger one. While certain situations might dictate only one, there are more where using multiple will increase the quality of your sound and also improve the consistency no matter where passengers are seated.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, our car audio and speaker system installation pros will guide you toward the perfect subwoofer setup based on your vehicle and your overall needs. In today’s part two, we’ll go over how multiple subs help you achieve multiple channels, plus how they reduce localized bass issues and assist with space concerns in many vehicles.

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Multiple Channel System

Using multiple subs allows you to utilize a two-channel system (or even a multi-channel system in some cases), which has the effect of “preserving” bass from your system. Imaging is increased, and the overall soundstage grows when you have multiple sources of bass. This is vital for smaller speaker types in the car, which almost always do best with multiple subs rather than a single larger option.

Space Considerations

One common concern clients ask us about when designing their car audio system: Will subwoofers take up too much space in my car? This is an especially frequent query for smaller vehicles with limited trunk space available.

And in certain cases when using a single large subwoofer, space indeed might be a concern. But with multiple smaller options, you do not have to take up entire chunks of trunk or under-seat space – rather, you can fit them into limited spaces that are generally out of the way. On top of the other sound benefits we’ve gone over here, this is often the factor that tips clients over the edge and causes them to choose multiple subs.

Reduction of Localized Bass

Finally, one issue that can arise from certain single-speaker setups is listeners being unable to hear deeper octaves of bass. Because the sound only comes from one place, the ability to hear at this lower level is sometimes compromised. Multiple subs eliminates this issue, however, even when connected to a single channel – listeners have a harder time discerning where the bass is coming from with their inner ear, and it will sound like it’s coming from all over the car. This eliminates the “localizing” effect and allows for deeper bass tones to be properly transmitted and heard by everyone in the vehicle, no matter where they sit.

For more on why multiple smaller subwoofers are often preferable to a single larger one, or to learn about any of our car audio, window tinting or automotive services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.