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a subwoofer is worthless

Unless the lowest frequencies are filtered from the mains, adding a subwoofer will do nothing to relieve them of trying to produce frequencies of which they are not capable. Surely it will provide additional power and fidelity at the lowest frequencies, but it will not help clarify the overtaxed mains; they will still be pumping out a distorted signal.

If little speakers sound bad when pushed hard, they will still sound bad with a sub added, but the additional bass might mask some of the distortion, or perhaps they can be not pushed so hard. That's the best way to make undersized speakers sound better: turn the volume down and add more speakers such as a sub.

Tom E
berate is 8 and benign is 9

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