If you’ve ever wanted to add that deep, low-pitched sound to your music or movies, a subwoofer is the perfect solution. Not only can they improve your listening experience, but they’re also easier to connect than speakers and amps.
How to Connect a Subwoofer to Your Computer
There are 2 basic ways you can use your subwoofer with your PC: by using a Y-splitter or a USB sound card. Both of these methods will require a few cables and some simple steps.
A Y-splitter will split the audio output from your PC into left and right channels for the subwoofer. To get started, plug the Y-splitter’s 3.5mm plug into the green audio output of your PC.
Then, connect the other end of the Y-splitter to the line inputs of your subwoofer. This will allow you to control the crossover frequency of your subwoofer.
How to Connect a Subwoofer with an External Soundcard
If your computer doesn’t have any audio-out ports, the easiest option is to use an external sound card. These cards are available at most electronics stores and can be used with any PC.
You’ll need to purchase a sound card that supports the subwoofer’s signal type, whether it’s digital optical or analog. This will make it much easier to configure the subwoofer’s settings and ensure that it’s receiving the correct signal from your PC.
How to Connect a Subwoofer via USB
If you have a modern laptop or desktop computer, you can connect your subwoofer using this method. First, you’ll need to purchase a USB sound card that is compatible with your subwoofer’s sound inputs.
Next, you’ll need a 3.5mm to dual RCA cable. This cable will convert the 3.5mm headphone-style audio input from your laptop into the left and right RCA connections on your subwoofer.
Once you’ve connected the two cables, you can plug in your subwoofer to a power source and test it out. This can be done with either a power strip or wall outlet.
How to Connect a Subwoofer With a Home Theater System
If you’re using a home theater system, you can get the best possible performance from your Klipsch subwoofer by connecting it directly to your receiver or preamp. This is not recommended for every set-up, but if you’re able to do so, it can improve the overall experience of your music and movies.
Alternatively, you can use your home theater’s built-in amplifier or receiver with your subwoofer. However, you should still take some time to experiment with the connection until it sounds perfect.
How to Connect a Subwoofer using Bluetooth
You can use your smartphone or tablet’s Bluetooth connection with your subwoofer. Just make sure that the two devices are within a few feet of each other. If you don’t have any, it’s worth investing in a Bluetooth adapter to make the connection between your device and subwoofer.
Then, you’ll need to adjust the bass managment on your laptop or desktop computer to match the level of the subwoofer. This can take a little bit of trial and error, but it’s well worth it for the quality of the music you can listen to.