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why have woofer on bookshelf / tower if I have a dedicated sub?

This is probably a newb question to the experts, but if I have a separate subwoofer, wouldn't I be better off getting 2-way L/R speakers with a dedicated midrange driver and tweeter vs. a 2-way L/R speaker with a dedicated woofer + tweeter?

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This is probably a newb question to the experts, but if I have a separate subwoofer, wouldn't I be better off getting 2-way L/R speakers with a dedicated midrange driver and tweeter vs. a 2-way L/R speaker with a dedicated woofer + tweeter?
With a 2-way speaker, the woofer, will be responsible for some of the lower frequency and the mid frequencies. That's just the way it is. You can certainly look for a speaker with a driver that perhaps does not play down as low, and maybe that delivers a better mid-range. It really depends on the speaker's design and implementation of the various components, like the crossover components and cabinet design. I don't know that such a speaker exists with a dedicated mid-range and tweeter? That'd leave a big frequency gap and you'd be required to have a sub-woofer - not sure there is really a market for that. Probably wouldn't sell well when the sales guy says, "This is a great speaker, but you need to spend a lot more because it can't play very low...."

In simple terms, what you're saying makes sense - yes. Problem is, it's not quite as simple as that! But it is not an uncommon approach - investing in good bookshelves and a sub-woofer (or two) to deliver what towers would try to deliver otherwise. And a good combo of these two can outperform towers - but again, it is very dependent on the overall design.


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Thanks for your expert opinions.

Just my opinion, we can leave the "expert" part out of it....
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You don't really want your subwoofer playing above 100Hz as you can start to localize sounds around that frequency. So you need your "woofer/mid-bass" driver playing down to at least that.
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Midbass. This is where the majority of musical content is in all genres.

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