The difference between subwoofers and speakers pertains on the frequency range. The subwoofers are used for the lowest part of the audio spectrum and suitable for perfect bass output and there is no such restriction in case of speakers.

Both are audio system but speakers deliver high frequency and best output of sound quality. Speakers are of different types that include tenors, sopranos, altos, etc.

In case of DJ’s bands, orchestra, music system, musical concert, the set up of the sound system is basically configured with speakers and subwoofers and also with tweeters, woofers, midranges, etc.

This article helps to understand the difference between Subwoofer and Speaker.

Subwoofer Vs Speaker

What is a speaker?

A speaker is a loudspeaker that amplifies the sound output to the audience in an auditorium. A speaker refers to an electro-acoustic transducer that converts an electrical signal to sound.

The inherent working principle of the speaker is to show the variations in the electric signal and cause the device to move with and propagate the sound waves through the medium of air.

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What is a woofer or subwoofer?

A woofer is a sound system that produces the output of an audio system in an effective way. The subwoofer is actually a woofer and it used for the reproduction of low-pitched audio frequency. Generally, it called as bass.

Speaker Vs Subwoofer

The speaker causes distortion and noise and show an audible difference in an open or closed area. It plays a significant role in the audio system. Subwoofer produces the audio output in an effective way.

Design of a subwoofer

A subwoofer designed in a plastic or wooden enclosure speaker that is designed to fit with the woofers. The woofers are placed in a manner of placing several subwoofers in different places on the same area for excellent output quality.

Subwoofers are distinguished based on cost, power handling, efficiency, size, usage, and distortion characteristics.

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Subwoofer Frequency

The frequency ranges the subwoofer will deliver a typical range of frequency from 20-200 Hz.  The professional sound on woofers will be below 100Hz and subwoofers will be below 80Hz.

Types of Subwoofers

There are two types of subwoofers are available: Active subwoofer and passive subwoofer. The active subwoofers have built-in amplifier whereas passive subwoofers are woofer in an enclosure driven by an external amplifier.

Is subwoofer a speaker?

The basic difference between subwoofers and speakers pertains only on the frequency range.

The speaker refers to electro–acoustic transducer. While the woofers and subwoofers are used for the lowest part of the audio spectrum and for perfect bass sound.

The speakers don’t have such restrictions. It delivers a high frequency of output and best in perfection.