Stereo amplifiers with proper support for subwoofers

If you have a surround receiver, connecting a subwoofer is easy. In a 2-channel setup, it's often not. High-end audiophiles are a conservative crowd. Unfortunately, that means they are sceptical to "new" ideas like subwoofers and DSP / room correction - despite the fact that both can genuinely improve the sound in a 2-channel setup. Both features are a given on surround receivers regardless of price class. On stereo amplifiers, subwoofer output and active crossover support are often missing.

To get the most of your subwoofer, you should have a fairly high crossover, typically around 80hz. This will not yield good results if your amplifier doesn't have a highpass filter that relieves your main speakers of the same frequencies.

To help our customers and others find amplifiers that will properly support a subwoofer in a 2-channel setup, we have decided to curate a simple list of amplifiers and/or brands that support this.

Integrated 2-channel amplifiers with subwoofer support

Anthem STR Series

The Anthem STR series are truly modern 2 channel amplifiers with active support for subwoofers, and even feature ARC room correction capabilities. Built-in DAC.

Parasound HINT 6

The Parasound HINT 6 is an advanced integrated amplifier with adjustable crossover for both subwoofers and main speakers. It also features home theater bypass and built-in DAC.

Devialet Expert pro 220

The Devialet is a highly configurable amplifier that can be configured for subwoofer connection and also crossover configuration. Perhaps not the most intuitive solution, but potentially very powerful.

Lyngdorf TDAI series

Lyngdorf is well-known for their advanced room correction software, and their TDAI-series amplifiers is a great choice if you want a high quality stereo setup with both room correction and subwoofer support.

Marantz NR-1200

This slim 2-channel receiver has a dedicated subwoofer output and configurable crossovers that activates a lowpass filter for the subwoofer and highpass for the main speakers, in a similar fashion as surround receivers. Combine this relatively cheap receiver with a power amplifier, and you'll have a very potent solution. It also has integrated DAC and Spotify/TIDAL/etc support.

Denon DRA-800H

Integrated amplifier with dedicated subwoofer output and configurable crossover and streaming capabilities.

NAD M33

A truly modern stereo amplifier with high quality power from purifi class D amplifier modules. Subwoofer support and room calibration. 

Yamaha R-N803D

Room correction and subwoofer output as well as streaming options makes this a modern and flexible amplifier.

MiniDSP SHD / SHD Power

MiniDSP is a powerful platform with Dirac Live support and also full support for configuring outputs for instance for subwoofers. 

Bluesound Powernode2i

This powered streamer is an inexpensive option that will work well for many. It has a subwoofer output with a fixed 80hz crossover.

 

 

Please let us know if you are aware of other stereo amplifiers with subwoofer support, and we will add them to the list!

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