Do you have a subwoofer that you don’t want everyone to see? Maybe it’s taking up too much space in your living room. Or maybe you just don’t want it to be the focal point of your room. No matter the reason, there are ways to hide your subwoofer and make it disappear into your décor. Check out these tips for hiding your subwoofer in a car and in your living room and see which one works best for you!
Steps to Hide Subwoofer:
Following are the easy steps that you should follow to hide a subwoofer in a car.
STEP 1: Install the Subwoofer
The first thing you need to do is install the subwoofer. This is pretty straightforward: just plug the woofer into the 12-volt positive terminal on your car’s accessory battery. If you have a different type of battery, you will need a set of 12-volt jumper cables. Then, turn the key on and wait until the dash lights turn green. If all goes well, you should hear a nice deep thumping from the subwoofer at idle speed (I didn’t even turn the car over when I heard it - it was already turned over, just waiting for the green light).
STEP 2: Set Up Your Speaker System
In the factory, the Taurus speakers have a very simple set-up: the woofer is mounted under the dashboard and a single speaker is placed in each door. The factory speaker is pretty loud (you can’t miss it if you hear it), but they’re also very inefficient. To compensate for this inefficiency, most other manufacturers of Taurus speakers install two speakers, one in the front and one in the rear.
After installing the subwoofer, I realized that this was exactly what I needed. I was able to place two of my speakers in each of the rear doors (which makes the speakers much more efficient). Now, when I turn the car on, I hear a deep thumping noise, which is way more satisfying than before. I also noticed that I didn’t have to turn the car over before the bass kicked in - the bass just started as soon as the engine was turned over.
STEP 3: Check Out the Speaker Wire
To make sure that the new system is working correctly, you’ll need to check your speaker wire. When the car is turned off, press the “Mute” button on the radio and turn the ignition key to “Start”. If you see the lights on the instrument cluster (they are green if the radio is off) but no music coming through the speakers, then your wiring must be okay (and you must have been careful with the wire). Otherwise, there is something wrong with your speaker system. The only way to figure out what the problem is will be to get some expert advice.
Tips to Hide Subwoofer:
We all want a flat, spacious, and clear-sounding system. Unfortunately, most of the time the reality is something quite different.
Whether it’s an old car with a subwoofer rattling around inside or a system with a cheap amplifier and speakers, the sound of the woofers will often become the loudest thing about the system.
The good news is, with a little bit of ingenuity and a small amount of creativity, you can make your system sound great by hiding the subwoofer. How to hide the subwoofer? Let’s take a look at some of my favorite tips…
In many cases, it’s easier to hide the subwoofer if it’s hidden anyway. For example, you could add some shelves into your wall for your sub to hide behind, which would also create a place for cables to run.
Make Your Cables Longer:
If your sub is a sealed enclosure (one that uses foam, not rubber), you can cut a hole in your floor or ceiling, and then use duct tape to secure a wire to the bottom of the enclosure and extend it up to your speaker. This way the sub is on the floor and the wires aren’t too far away from the speakers. This technique works great when there’s already a gap between your wall and your speaker, or if your sub is a sealed box and you don’t have access to it.
Add a Little Space Between Your Speaker and Walls:
You can add space between your walls and your speaker with some of the same techniques used in the last tip. This will make it much easier to hide a sub in your system.
Hide the Speaker in Your Ceiling:
Instead of having a sub mounted on top of your speaker, try hiding it inside a ceiling, above your speakers. For example, you could use a closet shelf, pull it out from under the speakers, and then reattach it with duct tape.
Place the Subwoofer in the Middle of Your Room:
If you have a good amount of headroom, it’s often possible to put a sub in the middle of your room. This gives your bass a huge boost. However, make sure that the speakers you use are not close to the wall, since this can cause distortion when the sub is in the center.
The Bottom Line:
If you’re using a sub, you should be using a sub box. That’s what it’s there for, after all. As for the actual process of hiding it, there are a lot of ways to do it. Some are more permanent than others.
If you’re willing to invest in a sub-box, this will cost you somewhere around $100-$200. However, if you’re already looking for a sub, you should consider getting one of those. It’s a lot cheaper and can be installed almost anywhere.