What are Full-range Woofers?
A full-range woofer is a speaker that covers most of the frequency range of human hearing, which goes from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. While most woofers are designed to reproduce low frequencies, full-range woofers can not only reproduce low frequencies, but also go into the high-frequency field, that is usually reserved for tweeters. This makes a full range woofer the perfect allround driver that we can find in most applications where space might be limited to install both; a woofer and a tweeter. However, it is important to stress that its size is always a trade-off between the bass and treble. The smaller the cone, the better it performs in high frequencies at the cost of reaching lower frequencies. The same rule applies the other way around - the bigger the fullrange woofer, the lower frequencies it reaches at the cost of limitations above 15 kHz.
Overall, full range woofers offer superior sound quality and are an excellent choice for those who want the best possible audio experience in a small cabinet. Full-range woofers are particularly popular in desktop setup or in bookshelf DIY speaker kits as they do not rely on an additional woofer or tweeter to reproduce the full frequency range of human hearing, making it possible to build small and compact speaker pairs. Here at SoundImports, you can buy fullrange woofers from a great number of premium brands. Some of our best brands for fullrange woofers are Dayton Audio, Markaudio, Tang Band, and Visaton.
Do I need a Full-range Woofer?
If you're wondering if you need a fullrange woofer, the answer is maybe. It all depends on your specific home audio setup and what kind of sound you're trying to achieve. A fullrange woofer is a great compromise when there is no space or budget for both a woofer and a tweeter because it can reproduce the lows, mids, and highs of music with equal clarity. Since full range woofers do not require crossover components, their overall performance is cleaner in ranges where woofers or tweeters require crossover boards.