15-Inch Subwoofers: The Best Compromise on Size, Power

Woofer cones of this size offer a solid middle ground for churches seeking a mix of solid bass and subwoofer units that don't run too large, particularly for portable churches needing quick setup and tear down.

15-Inch Subwoofers: The Best Compromise on Size, Power
Among the many 15-inch subwoofer cone options is this Renkus-Heinz CF15S-5R, among the 10 subwoofer potential choices included in the associated slideshow.
15-Inch Subwoofers: The Best Compromise on Size, Power
Among the many 15-inch subwoofer cone options is this Renkus-Heinz CF15S-5R, among the 10 subwoofer potential choices included in the associated slideshow.

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15-Inch Subwoofers: The Best Compromise on Size, Power

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With so many choices available on the market for subwoofers, it can be a challenge to determine what type of subwoofer would be ideally suited for a worship space.

Upon acknowledging the need for “full” sound in your worship space, based in large part to having a system thought of as lacking depth or energy, the addition of a subwoofer or subwoofers is the logical next step.

Among the three most common sizes for subwoofer cones are either 12-inch, 15-inch or 18-inch. With there already having been slideshows appearing on Worship Tech Director for the 12-inch and 18-inch varieties in recent months, this breakdown includes 10 compact powered subwoofer models of the 15-inch variety.

Previous subwoofer slideshows on Worship Tech Director:

18-inch subwoofer models (11 models highlighted), Reaching Down Deep: 11 Subwoofer Options For Your Worship Space
12-inch subwoofer models (11 models highlighted), In Need Of A Subwoofer In Your Church, But Not Something Massive?

Depending on the size of your church, you might find yourself opting for one mid-priced powered sub for the full worship space, or possibly look to intricately position multiple subwoofers throughout.

Recognizing that for many churches, the 12-inch subwoofer models might not be seen as ideal for their limited “oompf,” while 18-inch models often present a problem of being too large, particularly in certain setups, a 15-inch model offers a good middle ground.

Each of these 15-inch subwoofer models listed here should more than suit one’s needs, providing a decent amount of power without being too large. They also do well in being positioned in worship spaces without having to be too obtrusive, while also not detracting from the space’s aesthetics.

If you are looking to slide a subwoofer into a system that currently is without one, the easiest setup options available would be to either run the subwoofers in parallel with the system’s main speakers, or to run the bass-heavy instruments through the aux in your audio mixing console, paired with the subwoofer’s internal low-pass filter.

Among the different manufacturers shown here worthy of investigating that would serve as a good match in a worship space, include dB Technologies, Electro-Voice, JBL, Mackie, Peavey, PreSonus, RCF, Renkus-Heinz, Turbosound and Yamaha.

And while there are other units that require separate amplification, the simplicity in setup that comes with these 10 units that include amplification is often seen as ideal for houses of worship. The power capabilities between these 10 models listed here range from at least a robust minimum of 400 watts continuous for the Renkus-Heinz subwoofer, up to at least 1,000 watts continuous for the dB Technologies sub.

While some of the subwoofer units can be mixed and matched with other main system speakers, a few of the subwoofer models are aimed to be paired with mains by the same manufacturer. For instance, the Renkus-Heinz CF15S-5R sub was developed as a companion piece for Renkus-Heinz full-range CF speakers, with the sub serving as a mounting base for Renkus-Heinz’s full-range line of speakers.


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Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
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