What is a Woofer?
A woofer is a driver that focuses on the low frequencies, typically ranging from 50 Hz up to 1000 Hz. If you seek for lower frequencies down to 20Hz, you should consider an additional subwoofer. If you look for a chassis that produces higher frequencies up to 20,000 Hz, you should look at our tweeter category. Regardless of which audio driver you are looking for, you will find the perfect match here at SoundImports!
Where does the Name Woofer come from?
Believe it or not, but the origin of the term woofer is simpler than you might guess. It has nothing to do with technical terms or is named after some scientist’s discovery. The name woofer comes from the onomatopoeic English word for a dog's bark "woof" – a powerful and deep sound. Did you know? The term tweeter also has its origin in the animal world. Tweeters got their name from the high-pitched and soft sound that birds make – tweeting.
What is the Difference between a Subwoofer and a Woofer?
The difference between a subwoofer and a woofer lays in its field of application. Every subwoofer belongs to the woofer category, but not every woofer is automatically a subwoofer. A woofer has a wider frequency ranger, focusing on frequencies between 50 Hz and 1000 Hz. Everything below 50 Hz is considered sub-bass and is the frequency range a subwoofer is specialised in.
Do I need a woofer?
The short answer is yes. While a subwoofer can be optional with its narrow frequency range, a woofer is a core component of almost every DIY speaker (exceptions might be a flat-panel speaker that you build with exciters). The reason for this is its wide frequency range of 50 Hz to 1000 Hz. When you do not install a woofer in your speaker and just work with a tweeter, you miss a great amount of “depth” in your music. Therefore, a woofer is crucial. But: keep in mind that there are a wide variety of woofers! You can alternatively also choose a full-range-woofer.