sub·​woof·​er | \ ˈsəb-ˈwu̇-fər How to pronounce subwoofer (audio) \

Definition of subwoofer

: a loudspeaker responsive only to the lowest acoustic frequencies

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Some 21 speakers and six subwoofers pipe in cinema-quality sound in the theater and its 20-foot-wide screen. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Sugar Ray Leonard eyes a $52-million prize in Pacific Palisades," 27 July 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Amazon has previously attempted to improve the Echo’s sound with tweaks and offered a standalone subwoofer and device that links the speakers to a stereo. Mark Gurman / Bloomberg, Time, "Amazon Is Building a Voice-Controlled Robot That’s Like a 'Mobile Alexa'," 12 July 2019 The online tech behemoth has previously worked to upgrade the Echo’s sound with software tweaks, offering a standalone subwoofer and add-ons that connect the speaker to a stereo. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Amazon is releasing a high-end Echo speaker in 2020 and working on home robots, report," 12 July 2019 Listings on Amazon UK show a new Echo Sub, a subwoofer designed to work with Echo speakers, and a new Amazon Smart Plug, a socket adapter with Alexa capabilities, both with an availability date of October 11. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon Echo subwoofer and Alexa-capable smart plug may be on the way," 20 Sep. 2018 Each float comes with a 20-watt amplifier, waterproof speakers, and dual 70mm subwoofers to give you an unmatched level of sound quality that can be enjoyed alone or with an entire pool party. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Soundfloat's Pool Float Comes With a High-End Bluetooth Speaker System Built In," 25 June 2019 The wireless subwoofer includes a 6-inch down-firing woofer and 100W of bass, tech that would certainly improve the quality of existing Echo speakers. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon Echo subwoofer and Alexa-capable smart plug may be on the way," 20 Sep. 2018 There are also four speakers in the ceiling and two subwoofers. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "An Oscar-Worthy Home Theater in the Family Basement," 16 Jan. 2019 Only available in shades of gray New power adapter takes up more space on a wall outlet Bass response is lacking without external subwooferThe reason the new Echo Dot is so much better comes down to its new design. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review: better looks, better sound, same price," 12 Oct. 2018

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subwoofer

technical : a speaker (sense 5) that produces very low sounds

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