Last Updated on May 13, 2022 by Devon
The bass boost button on your car stereo is a great way to turn up the music and feel the beat. However, does it work as well for you like your favourite artists? Do you want more from your amplifier than just a few extra decibels from the speakers? In this article, we will discuss how variable bass boost works and what its pros and cons are, so that you can decide whether or not to use this feature in your vehicle.
Pros and cons of variable bass boost
Pros of variable bass boost
-Variable bass boost lets you dial in exactly the amount of low end you want to add to your music. This can help make up for inadequate factory or aftermarket speakers that lack the full frequency response required for optimal sound reproduction.
-It is especially useful with factory systems – since they often do not have enough bass to give you that “thump” that defines modern music.
-Turn the juice up exactly where you want it – for example while listening to some smooth jazz – some may find an enhancement around 60Hz to be just the right amount, while others might prefer more of a 100 or 120 Hz boost.
-A great way to get more out of your factory system while not spending a fortune on replacement speakers.
-Impair the clarity and intelligibility of speech – since it increases low frequencies while decreasing higher ones. This reduces the crispness of dialogue in movies, and also makes it harder to hear sirens and other high-frequency sounds.
-Variable bass boost may not be as effective on some factory systems, compared with aftermarket ones. For example, factory systems that lack a dedicated subwoofer output or external amplifier – since they were designed for more casual use like simply playing the radio. If you are looking to upgrade your factory receiver, see if it has subwoofer pre-outs. This would make it easier to connect the variable bass boost device without having to run additional RCA cables from your aftermarket head unit or amp running to the amplifier in question.
-For optimal sound quality, you should disable the feature when listening to music with complex instrumentation or vocals, like classical or rock – where you want to hear all the details of what you are listening to.
-It is the only seems like it’s doing something if your factory speakers lack low end. I would recommend trying to improve your existing speakers before buying a variable bass boost device.
For example, adding an amplifier to your factory speakers might be able to give you all the low end you want, without sacrificing clarity – since it can be run at a lower volume than an external subwoofer.
The potential benefit of a variable bass boost is that you can get more out of your speaker system. You can adjust exactly how much extra thump you want and where you want it (e.g., 60-120 Hz). This can help compensate for factory speakers that lack low end and allow you to retain some factory components while upgrading others – like the amplifier and speakers.
Cons of variable bass boost
The potential disadvantage of the variable bass boost is that you lose clarity as it increases the low frequencies, compared with higher ones. In addition, the feature may not be effective at all on some factory systems, which were designed to play music or radio – and not low-frequency bass. It also only seems like it’s doing something if your factory speakers lack low end. If you’re looking to upgrade your factory receiver – make sure that it has a subwoofer pre-out so that you don’t have to run additional RCA cables.
People should disable the feature when listening to music with complex instrumentation or vocals, such as classical and rock – where you want to hear all the details of what you’re listening to. For optimal sound quality, variable bass boost is only effective on factory systems that lack low-end bass. Adding an amplifier to your existing speakers may be able to give you all the low end you want, without sacrificing clarity – since it can be run at a lower volume than an external subwoofer.
People who want more out of their speaker system with factory components should consider a variable bass boost. To compensate for factory speakers that lack low end, they can adjust exactly how much extra thump they want and where they want it – e.g., 60-120 Hz. This may not be as effective on some factory systems, which were designed to play music or radio – and not low-frequency bass.
You lose clarity as you increase the low frequencies compared with higher ones, but the feature may not be effective at all on some factory systems. If you are looking to upgrade your factory receiver – make sure it has a subwoofer pre-out so that you don’t have to run additional RCA cables. Variable bass boost is only effective on factory systems that lack low-end bass and can help compensate for speakers that do. For optimal sound quality, people should disable the feature when listening to music with complex instrumentation or vocals.
1. Is it OK to use bass boost on AMP?
Answer: The truth is, it’s always better to boost the low end signal by adjusting your speakers or adding EQ rather than by using an AMP with bass boost. The main advantage of an AMP with bass boost is that you can use one to increase system efficiency and power handling.
If you’re looking for an easy way to improve the quality of your sound system’s bass, skip the amp amps altogether! They are made for speakers that are too small or lightweight – not big towers. Amp amplifiers are designed for amplifying low-frequency drivers in speaker systems where efficiency demands a high power amplifier at little cost in weight and size.
2. Where should I set bass boost on AMP?
To compensate for the human ear’s reduced sensitivity to low-frequency sound, a bass boost is designed to emphasize this part of the audio spectrum. So the bass should be set as high as possible without distortion – it’s actually better to have more highs or mid-range coming out of your speakers than low frequencies if you want people to hear what’s playing. But also remember that not all music has a lot of bass in it, so make sure you check your EQ settings regularly.
3. Is bass Boost bad for subwoofers?
Answer: Yes. Adjusting a subwoofer’s bass boost is a trade-off between the increased quantity of bass and the distortion that results from high output levels.
Increasing the amount of bass may produce lots of sound energy, but it will often come from smaller transducers that can’t handle as much power as larger ones. Smaller size speakers are subject to compression at higher volumes, which limits how loud they can be played without losing their ability to reproduce accurate detail within their range.
And amplifying these sounds through out-of-warranty or inexpensive systems with poor quality parts and/or insensitive amplification is an even worse decision than starting with “low quality” components in the first place!