Does adding a subwoofer bring any musical gains to a hi-fi speaker setup?

Although not typically part of a hi-fi system, we wondered whether the addition of a musical-sounding sub-bass system would bring gains to your listening pleasure.
Does adding a subwoofer bring any musical gains to a hi-fi speaker setup?
Yes
80% (474 votes)
No
20% (121 votes)
Total votes: 595

COMMENTS
Mr Julian Ashley's picture

Most people have no idea how to use subs correctly. Use should be subtle, not ham-fisted, overdriving the room.
Done well, it is possible to achieve great integration. Always use a minimum of two, preferably sealed box designs for best results.
Adding a cheap subwooter is often a disaster; simply multiplying problems in listening rooms.
Subs can offer an extended response and a whole new dimmension to your musical experience.

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