Bass Management System

Bass Management System handles multichannel low frequency content.

The principle of bass management is that the bass content of the main channels and the Low Frequency Effect (LFE) channel are directed and reproduced only by loudspeakers capable of handling them, whether they are main system loudspeakers or one or more subwoofer(s).

In stereo reproduction, signals from 20 Hz to 20 kHz need to be replayed. Large multi-way monitoring systems will reproduce such a wide bandwidth evenly. With multichannel audio, professional and consumer audio systems must also be able to reproduce audio between 20 Hz and 20 kHz for each channel. To achieve this, main monitors, subwoofers and crossover electronics should work together.
 
A Bass Management system uses either analogue electronic circuitry or software based filtering which will filter low frequency information from the main channels and route that information to one, or more, subwoofer feed.

The dedicated LFE channel can also be monitored via that subwoofer and added to the low frequencies of the other main channels.  Therefore, the Bass Management’s basic and main goal is to ensure that the entire audio bandwidth of all channels can be accurately monitored.

Bass management benefits are:

  • The subwoofer extends the system frequency response down the lower limit of the audible range
  • Monitor can produce a higher maximum sound level when not reproducing low frequencies
  • Optimized low frequency reproduction by selecting adequate subwoofer location; monitors can also be placed more freely
  • Subwoofer’s output are aligned in level and phase with monitors allowing flat and accurate reproduction down to 19 Hz and across the crossover point
  • LFE channel output level (0 or +10 dB re. main channels) can be selected for accurate reproduction depending on the source type
  • The ability to bypass the subwoofer allows to evaluate the audible impact of the subwoofer