Are your speakers or subwoofers reproducing too much bass to your own liking? Or is that bass boominess ruining all your favorite music, and really starting to annoy you? If you say yes and your speakers or subwoofers have ports then I got good news for you. Introducing speaker port plugs, a product that will solve these issues in a heartbeat.
What is Speaker Port Plugs
As the name suggests, it is a plug that can be used to plug on your home audio speaker’s ports, this will prevent air from moving in and out of the speaker cabinet. It is a simple product that can work wonders for your home audio system.
When to use Speaker Port Plugs
There are a number of scenarios and reasons for you to use these speaker port plugs. Mainly is to tame the bass and ensuring your home audio system sound natural with bass precision, not like some boombox.
Speakers Placement near to Back / Side Walls
This is one of the most common reasons to start using a speaker port plug, as you will get a lot of bass reinforcements from the back/sidewalls. The mid-bass frequency will be accentuated causing your sound system to sound boomy and throwing the tonal balance off which will ruin the music listening experience. Not to mention, the headache you will get from boomy bass, or is it just me.
Not all of us can afford a decent-sized dedicated sound-treated room for music listening pleasures. The rooms will be usually small and clutter with all kinds of stuff such as furniture and being in an environment where everything is closer to the boundaries, these will not only accentuate your low-frequency range but also make things sound slow.
Unique Subwoofer Settings
This could be the least common reason to use a port plug but it sure looks fun to do so. What do I mean by this, you might ask. Let’s use HSU Research VTF-15H MK2 Subwoofer as an example, this amazing sub has a hybrid operation that enables it to function as either a ported or sealed sub. By using the port plugs provided by the manufacturer, along with the EQ settings of the VTF-15H MK2 sub, you can change it to either 2 open ports, 1 open port, or completely sealed.
With these various settings, it gives you more control over how you want your subwoofer to sound and making it easier to incorporate into your existing home audio system. For instance, when watching a movie, you may want to open 1 or 2 ports and when listening to music, you may want all ports to be closed thus converting it into a sealed subwoofer.
Not everybody taste in music is the same, and not everyone has the same taste for bass. For instance, there are people who find ports reproduce undefined and bloated bass, and prefer the port to be plugged. There are others who prefer the ports to be open. There is no right or wrong in this matter, plug it or not, is entirely up to you. You may want to have some speaker port plugs at home on standby, just in case you feel like changing the ‘sound’ reproduction of your sound system from time to time.
Two Types of Speaker Port Plugs
To give its user even more control, there are two types of port plugs in the market. One will be a closed-cell foam/rubber plug, which totally blocks off the airflow thus making the speakers’ enclosure act like a sealed design.
The other will be an open cell foam plug, which still allows some air to flow in and out of the speaker, unlike a rubber plug which completely blocks it. This will help in reducing the port output of a speaker. With these 2 options, you can test them to see which one best suit your need and requirement.
Will it really help or damage my speakers
It would not damage your speakers when sealing the port but please get speaker port plugs from reliable sources. It is best to get them from your speaker manufacturers when possible. Though, it may ruin the aesthetic of your speakers, if the port is located at the front. Imagine having a rubber plug stuck in front of your speakers.
It really does help, if it doesn’t then you wouldn’t see any speaker port plugs out in the market or be provided by the speaker manufacturer themselves. There are audiophiles who gave it a go on their speakers and found tighter clearer bass. Not only it clears up sloppy bass, but it also made the midrange sound more clearer and transparent, giving it a better tonal balance. These are just some of the feedback I’ve taken from others.
Having speaker port plugs on standby is great, when some music you are playing requires more clarity on the midrange and lesser bass emphasis, you can use them to tune it for you.
To sum it up
Speaker port plugs could be one of the most useful and simplest products ever created. It could help solve so many problems at very little cost and the returns you will get are almost priceless. For example, instead of changing the whole room to fix the problem, you’ll just get a rubber plug to simply plug it into a speaker port. Plus it is also fun to experiment, as you won’t know what kind of sound improvements you will get.
Port plugs may not be suitable for all speakers, you can try checking with the manufacturer first before committing. If port plugs come with the speakers you have purchase, then by all means use them. If you really don’t want to invest a single cent but still want to try it out, you can try using a rolled-up sock. I have read online that there are some people who stuff rolled-up socks and even straws into the port but to be honest, if it’s me I wouldn’t try it.