Add a sub to your Twenty set-up and get ready to rawk.
Summary: Good sound below 100 Hz is cheap. Go buy a powered subwoofer and hook it up to your Twenty. You’ll be glad you did.
If you’re fortunate enough to own one of Griffin Technology’s Twenty amplifiers, then you know what a freaking gem it is. (in the spirit of full disclosure, I work for Griffin Technology. That said, everything I say here still holds.)
Any speakers, an old Airport Express and those bookshelf speakers your spouse made you pack away when you get married and you’re all set to stream music.
I’ve been enjoying the heck out of mine this Christmas especially now that I’ve added a subwoofer to the setup. A 200-watt powered sub plugs into the mono sub out on the back of the Twenty unit and holy cow it makes such a difference.
My Twenty is hooked up to some Bose 201 Series II’s (ca. 1987) and between the Apple Lossless codec and the amp chips built into the Twenty, the sound is fantastic (as fantastic, rather, as the mp3 files allow). But as you’d expect, there’s limited low end. Plugging in the sub activates the Twenty’s built-in crossover.
And suddenly Paul’s bass is there as I listen to Sgt. Pepper. And when I feel like frightening the cats, the 10-inch sub is more than enough to rattle the china and bring out all the murky low- end goodness in The Bends.
Good sound below 100 Hz is cheap. Drop a hundred on a powered woofer, hook it up to your Twenty and get ready to piss off the neighbors.