Soundbars are great if you need to get better sound than what your TV speakers provide. However, in such a case, a subwoofer is a necessity.
A good subwoofer attached to a soundbar adds thrilling and immersive bass impact and power that you can hear and feel. This also allows soundbars to focus on the mid and high frequencies.
With a good soundbar and subwoofer, the result will be a noticeable improvement to the soundstage and overall audio experience. If your soundbar has a pre out connection, it is intended to attach a coax RCA cable to a powered subwoofer.
Please note that it will not work with a passive (unpowered) subwoofer. So, looking for a soundbar with subwoofer pre out? So, let’s take a deeper look at soundbars with subwoofer pre out.
What Is A Subwoofer Pre Out?
The subwoofer pre out is an RCA jack that is normally located on the back of the subwoofer or receiver.
The pre out outputs signals only, not actual power. You will also see red/black speaker jacks which are for connecting speakers to it.
In general, the pre out will cust high frequencies, but pass the bass signal. Please note that the Sub Preout is for connecting to only a Powered Subwoofer.
It will not work with a passive (unpowered) subwoofer. Note also that both the Sub Pre out, and the Surr Back Pre outs are the same.
Additionally, the surround pre-outs are for connecting to another amplifier. This way, more powerful speakers/amplifiers can be used to power the Surround channels.
However, you don’t need an amplifier for the surround speakers since its already built into the receiver.
Looking For Surround Sound?
If you are looking for a true surround sound experience, then a soundbar may not be your best bet because it won’t give you the stereo effect because the speakers in a soundbar are close together.
Simply put, no standalone soundbar can produce surround sound as well as systems with surround speakers.
A nice pair of Active monitors with a subwoofer is an excellent option that will do better than any soundbar in terms of sound quality.
If you need your TV connected, then most TVs will have an analog output that will connect with any Active monitors/speakers.
The great thing about this is that you will be able to control the volume with the TV remote or cable if you have your TV codes properly setup.
Tips For Pairing Your Subwoofer With Your Soundbar
Soundbars are often good choices for TV audio. However, they should be paired with a powerful subwoofer to deliver the true sound effect expected from a good audio system.
The very best subwoofers deliver massive output and hit the deepest bass notes. In fact, a good soundbar/subwoofer combination sees each base note blending seamlessly with your soundbar.
When choosing the best subwoofer for your soundbar, there are five key things you should consider.
1. Soundbar Connections: This article is all about soundbars with subwoofer pre out. However, soundbars will always have many other connections. In fact, some soundbars have proprietary outputs that make connecting to a powered soundbar impossible. You need to carefully consider this.
2. Cabinet Size: Soundbars are popular because they are compact, you can easily place them beside your TV and they will fit right in. If you are all about home decor, then a minimal soundbar with slender proportions and discrete connections is a good choice. Also, keep in mind that a sealed cabinet subwoofer is often a great choice because they have much smaller cabinet dimensions and therefore they have smaller footprints than their ported subwoofer counterparts.
3. Playback Levels: When it comes to action movies and other shows that require high volume levels, a simple soundbar may not be quite enough. If you enjoy these types of entertainment, then a more powerful subwoofer may be right for you.
4. Room Size: Room size is very important when you think about a soundbar and how it will fill the room. Let’s say you have a massive open concept room, or a large basement. In such cases, a soundbar alone will simply not suffice. Larger spaces require a large subwoofer such as the Power Sound Audio or SVS SB-1000.
Finally, to properly reproduce bass and clean high frequencies, a subwoofer needs a powerful motor and amplifier. It needs a rigid yet lightweight driver and an acoustically inert cabinet. All these features combine to make an efficient and powerful subwoofer.
Better Alternatives To A Soundbar With Subwoofer Pre Out
2. Powered Speakers: If you haven’t purchased the soundbar as yet, you may want to consider a number of things. If you are seeking powerful sound, then a soundbar won’t be sufficient. In such a case, instead of a soundbar, you could get a set of powered speakers. You can find our list of powered speakers here.
Best Soundbar With Subwoofer Pre Out Examples
Yamaha YAS-107 Soundbar With Subwoofer Pre Out:
Yamaha ATS-1070 Soundbar With Subwoofer Pre Out
Why Does A Soundbar Need A Subwoofer?
Most soundbars will include subwoofers built in. However, these tiny subs are little more than one-note bass boxes. They offer very low power output that is little more than a distraction. It’s often muddy and laced with distortion.
At the end of the day, we all just want the ability to energize the space with chest-thumping, seat-rumbling bass. However, the fact is that soundbars by nature can’t match the output of larger audio systems. For example, a soundbar won’t match a 5.1 home theater surround sound speaker system.
In fact, a soundbar won’t even match a pair of full-range stereo speakers. In most cases, you will need a proper subwoofer to improve bass output and produce the type of powerful sound you are looking for. So, we completely understand why you may be looking for a soundbar with subwoofer pre out.
Of note, many soundbars with pre out tend to be more powerful soundbars for larger TVs. For example, many soundbars for 65 inch TVs have subwoofer pre outs.