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is a cheap subwoofer always better than using none at all?

I'm new to all of this and just bought my first receiver and speakers last week, I got a pair of the Sony Core SSCS5 bookshelves on a Black Friday sale. I also have a cheap 50W Yamaha NS-SW40 subwoofer that was part of a home-theater-in-a-box, it was thrown in for free with the receiver.

I expect that I'll upgrade it eventually, but for now... there's no reason for me to stick with 2.0 over 2.1 in this situation, is there? Is a weak subwoofer always better than none at all?
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I'm new to all of this and just bought my first receiver and speakers last week, I got a pair of the Sony Core SSCS5 bookshelves on a Black Friday sale. I also have a cheap 50W Yamaha NS-SW40 subwoofer that was part of a home-theater-in-a-box, it was thrown in for free with the receiver.

I expect that I'll upgrade it eventually, but for now... there's no reason for me to stick with 2.0 over 2.1 in this situation, is there? Is a weak subwoofer always better than none at all?

Instead of your last question, the real question is what's best for you in this situation. I would say let your ears be the judge. You will most likely like the sub for movies/gaming/TV, for music it could go either way. Since you already have the sub, try it and see.
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is a cheap subwoofer always better than using none at all?

Not sure what the low end of the Sony’s is, but I would be willing to bet that even a little 8” will bolster the low end for music at least. High volume levels or bass intensive music might stress it some though.
Depending on the size of the room, it probably won’t do a lot for HT as it won’t have much extension, and certainly won’t have much useable output below about 30hz, where good movie bass is.
I would definitely try it out, but definitely keep an eye on a future upgrade.
Oh to your last question, like usual, it depends... lol
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Remember when stereos had bass and treble knobs?
And you turned the bass all the way up?
At first you said this is cool, but after a few of your favorite songs you said, wait, that is not supposed to sound like that, its awful.
Moral; you can use it but keep the gain turned down.
Accent the music but don't let it muddy the sound.
[ I am assuming critical music listening, because that's all I do.]
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