Passive DJ Subwoofers

Working DJs know the importance of a clean, powerful bass signal in their music. A passive DJ subwoofer links with a separate power amplifier to enhance the low frequencies of a final live mix, creating more space for other speakers to deal with mid and treble signals. A passive DJ sub is frequently used at live venues and nightclubs to enhance the listening experience of the audience.

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  1. Vonyx 18" Passive Subwoofer
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    £229.00
    Vonyx 18" Passive Subwoofer
    • 500W Max Power, 1000W Peak Power
    • Powerful 18-inch large magnet woofer with built-in low pass filter
    • 250W RMS / 500W Max power handling for excellent sub bass response
    • Wood and carpet cabinet gives deep resonance-free bass reproduction
    • Professional connections include NL4 speakon, 1/4" (6.35mm) jack socket and gold plated 4mm binding post
    • Frequency response of 20Hz - 300Hz with max SPL of 119dB
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  2. Max12SUB 12" Passive Subwoofer
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    £125.00
    Max12SUB 12" Passive Subwoofer
    • 400W RMS Power/800W Max Power
    • A compact 12 inch, 800W max power subwoofer with a fantastic clarity of bass frequencies
    • Tough carpet covering and protective grill for added protection to the cabinet and driver
    • Protected corners and recessed handles make this lightweight unit road-ready and easily transportable
    • Connected to the amplifier via either the 6.3mm jack connections or the clip terminals on the rear of the speaker
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  3. Max15SUB 15" Passive Subwoofer
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    £155.00
    Max15SUB 15" Passive Subwoofer
    • Large 15" 1200W woofer
    • Covered with damping carpet
    • Deep resonance-free bass
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  4. Vonyx 18" Passive Subwoofer Pair
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    £429.00
    Vonyx 18" Passive Subwoofer Pair
    • 2x Vonyx Speaker Subwoofer Deep Low Bass Sub DJ Disco Club Party 18" 1000w Woofer
    £429.00
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  5. Max 12" Passive Subwoofer Pair
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    £195.00
    Max 12" Passive Subwoofer Pair
    • Speaker Type: Passive (Subwoofer)
    • Side Embedded Hollow Handles
    • Application Use: Medium Parties/Venues
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  6. 15" Passive DJ Subwoofer - Vonyx
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    15" Passive DJ Subwoofer - Vonyx
    • 300W powerful passive subwoofer
    • Built-in low pass filter
    • Speakon/NL4, 6.3mm jack and terminal connections
    • Handles on the sides for easy handling and transport
    • Top hat to allow a top speaker to be placed above it
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  7. Max15SUB 15" Passive Subwoofer Pair
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    Max15SUB 15" Passive Subwoofer Pair
    • Speaker Type: Passive (Subwoofer)
    • Side Embedded Hollow Handles
    • Application Use: Large Parties/Venues
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  8. Max12SUB 12" Passive Subwoofer & Bag
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    Max12SUB 12" Passive Subwoofer & Bag
    • 1x Max 170.679 12 Inch Passive DJ Subwoofer 800W
    • 1x SoundSak SOUNDSAK MINI Speaker Bag Universal Fit Cover Case Up To 12 Inch
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  9. Max12SUB 12" Passive Subwoofer Pair with Bags
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    £259.00
    Max12SUB 12" Passive Subwoofer Pair with Bags
    • 2x Max 170.679 12 Inch Passive DJ Subwoofer 800W
    • 2x SoundSak SOUNDSAK MINI Speaker Bag Universal Fit Cover Case Up To 12 Inch
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  10. Max Max18SUB 18" Passive Subwoofer
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    £180.00
    Max Max18SUB 18" Passive Subwoofer
    • Large 18" Passive Subwoofer with 1600w MAX power rating
    • Choice of inputs on the rear including 2 x 6.35mm Jacks or bare wire cable terminals
    • Capable of producing deep bass with a frequency response of 30 - 300Hz
    • Integrated top hat mount on the top for using a 35mm pole to mount your full range speaker
    • Protective corners to avoid knocks and bangs as well as handles built in the sides for easy transportation
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A passive DJ subwoofer draws power from an amplifier and does not contain a built-in amp, unlike an active unit. Each speaker driver is built within a hard-wearing cabinet complete with a protective metal front grille. These speakers go hand in hand with most other passive PA systems, enhancing the overall depth and scope of their stereo capabilities.

Passive DJ Sub

Passive DJ subs are designed to improve the bass and sub-bass signals in contemporary audio. When linked with an existing passive system, the speakers will work together to deliver more accurate reproduction of the music. DJs typically play songs that have a heavy sense of rhythm, which particularly requires the drum and bass tracks of the song to sound well balanced.

This type of speaker is suited to live music events/nightclubs as part of a wider network of passive speakers. As mentioned, the sub focuses the bass frequencies in the mix, allowing audiences to hear the music exactly the way artist/DJ intended they hear it during the production stage. Bass signals travel a great distance, making a passive sub suitable for live venues and outdoor events.

Passive Bass Bins

Some may know this item as a passive bass bin, this term is generally understood by audio specialists to mean the same thing. Please note that almost all passive speakers need a connection to a power amplifier to work effectively and the same goes for a passive bass bin. There are mixer-amplifiers available in the amplifier collection which both power the speakers and provide users with dials to refine the bass, middle and treble signals to their tastes.

If a regular amp is chosen for simplicity, it is advised to include a mixer as part of your DJ set up. A mixer allows DJs to harness the full capabilities of a passive bass bin, having the freedom to mix the low-end sounds in a much more audible way. Care should be taken to avoid pushing the passive sub too far, however, as this could result in the distortion of your sound.

Bass should indeed be prevalent in the mix but this presence should not overpower the other sounds in the music itself. This can make for an uncomfortable audio playback regardless of what speakers are in use, if this begins to happen to a mix then the bass is being overloaded and should be dialled back. This occasionally happens during the use of a dual speaker passive system, with a subwoofer included in the speaker line this load is shared across a third entity for maximum clarity.


Frequently Asked...

What is a passive DJ subwoofer?

Passive DJ subwoofers are a popular choice amongst working DJs, and are commonly used in nightclubs and various venues. Passive subwoofers are not powered, which means they must be connected to a separate power amplifier with a speaker wire. Once connected to your system they focus on low frequencies and produce a powerful, clean bass sound, enhancing any event. We provide a range of passive DJ subwoofers to suit all locations and purposes.


What are the benefits of a passive DJ subwoofer?

Passive DJ subwoofers have many useful benefits. Firstly they tend to be smaller in size and lighter than active subwoofers, making transport and set-up easier. Passive subwoofers are also considerably cheaper than active units. However you will need to factor in the cost of an amplifier to power the subwoofer. An additional benefit is that a passive subwoofer does not need to be connected to a mains power supply. Instead it receives power from the amplifier that it connects to with speaker wire. This can make placement easier as the subwoofer does not have to be in close proximity to a power source, perfect for large indoor spaces and outdoor events.


How do you set up a passive DJ subwoofer?

A passive DJ subwoofer is straightforward to set up. It will first need to be connected to a suitable external amplifier with a speaker wire, so that it can receive power. It therefore does not need to be connected directly to a mains power supply. The amplifier will then connect to your DJ mixer/controller with a signal cable. Passive subwoofers can also be connected to a mixer-amplifier, which allows the DJ to power speakers and control the output from a single device. This can make set-up easier, as less equipment is needed.


What types of passive DJ subwoofers are available?

There are a variety of passive DJ subwoofers available, each varying in size, power and features. Popular sizes of passive subwoofer range between 12 inches and 18 inches, with max output power often varying between 300W and 1600W. The frequency response will also vary, but is usually between 20-200Hz. In addition, passive subwoofers will often have an inbuilt crossover or filter network, to ensure a clear deep sound. We provide both individual subwoofers and pairs to meet all needs.


How many watts is good for a passive DJ subwoofer?

The ideal wattage needed for a DJ subwoofer will depend on your needs, and how much power you require. The amount of power that you need will largely depend on the size of venue you wish to fill with sound. For example, a beginner DJ practising at home would require a lower wattage, with a total of 300 watts sufficient. Whereas a working DJ in a large venue may choose a pair of subwoofers with a combined wattage of 2000W.


How do you power a passive DJ subwoofer?

A separate amplifier is required to power a passive DJ subwoofer. The subwoofer will connect simply to a compatible amplifier with a speaker wire. When purchasing your equipment make sure the amplifier matches the subwoofer in power and impedance to prevent damage to equipment. Our expert Electromarket team can advise on compatibility and product specifications can also be checked.


Can a passive DJ subwoofer be powered by an active speaker?

It is not possible for a passive DJ subwoofer to be powered by an active stereo speaker. Active speakers may have an output, but this is designed to power the same type of speaker. Therefore an active stereo speaker could power a passive stereo speaker, but not a subwoofer. A passive subwoofer will need an external amplifier or mixer-amplifier to provide power.


What is the best passive DJ subwoofer?

To find the best passive DJ subwoofer, consider your individual requirements, for example; size, power and usage. For instance, a beginner DJ would suit a compact subwoofer with 300W, while a professional DJ may choose a pair of passive subwoofers with 1200W max power. We provide a range of high-quality, hard-wearing passive subwoofers which vary significantly in size and power. Get in touch with our expert Electromarket team who can help you find the best subwoofer for your requirements.