sub·​woof·​er ˈsəb-ˈwu̇-fər How to pronounce subwoofer (audio)
: a loudspeaker responsive only to the lowest acoustic frequencies

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As the cool kid of the Corolla Hybrid lineup, the SE model offers the $600 option to belt out the tunes with a nine-speaker, 800-watt JBL system that uses a 10-inch subwoofer. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 18 Oct. 2022 There's plenty to like about the JBL Bar 5.1 Surround soundbar, which comes with a single soundbar and a large subwoofer. Pcmag Staff, PCMAG, 11 Oct. 2022 Of course, a subwoofer is limited in size by physics. Christian De Looper, BGR, 3 Oct. 2022 Like Roku's other subwoofer, the Wireless Bass has to live within 30 feet (9.1 m) of the television in order to work. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 12 Sep. 2022 By comparison, the pricier Leviathan V2, which includes full-range, tweeter, and passive radiator drivers, plus a subwoofer and THX Spatial Audio, claims 45–20,000 Hz. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 21 Sep. 2022 The Roku Wireless Bass subwoofer is meant to boost the bass heard with Roku's Streambar, Wireless Speakers, or TV Wireless Soundbar. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 12 Sep. 2022 Goose prototyped the Ranger system in the back of a Lariat-trim vehicle, which includes a large subwoofer behind the rear seat. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 3 Aug. 2022 Its range-topping McIntosh sound system includes 23 speakers, a 1375-watt amp and a 12-inch subwoofer—and, importantly for audio snobs, the cool blue McIntosh analog needle display. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subwoofer was in 1975

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“Subwoofer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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sub·​woof·​er -ˈwu̇f-ər How to pronounce subwoofer (audio)
: a loudspeaker producing only the lowest frequencies

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