Velodyne Makes Subwoofers Easy
by Lisa Montgomery
If you thought subwoofers were all about boom and thunder, think again, says Bruce Hall, president of Velodyne.
As one of the only companies in the A/V industry that specializes solely on subwoofer design, engineering and manufacturing, he knows what he’s talking about. “A good subwoofer isn’t just loud, it produces nice, clean bass with minimal distortion.”
With that goal in mind, the company has released a new line of subwoofers with technology that allows the products to automatically adapt their output to suit a homeowner’s chosen speakers and the acoustical characteristics of the chosen listening environment. As a bonus, the DD+ (Digital Drive Plus Series) subwoofer is housed in elegant cabinetry that can be visually integrated easily into the room decor.
There’s nothing complicated, at least for the end user, about the auto equalization process. “You just put a disc (included with the subwoofer) into a CD player, which plays a test tone, and the subwoofer automatically adjusts,” Hall explains.
In addition be being easy to set up, the DD+ subwoofer boasts twice the output—a 4.5 to 6 dB upgrade—from Velodyne’s previous Digital Drive Series. Other notable specs: more than 3,000 watts of dynamic power, low bass distortion of less than 0.5%.
The cabinetry of four models in the Digital Drive PLUS Series (DD-10+, DD-12+, DD-15+ and DD-18+) are available in a choice of gloss ebony featuring an elegant cathedral grain, satin cherry or walnut finish.
The suggested retail prices are $2,999 for the DD-10+, $3,499 for the DD-12+, $4,999 for the DD-15+ and $5,999 for the DD-18+.
In keeping with its theme of simple setup, Velodyne also now offers a wireless subwoofer, the WiConnect-10. By eliminating the need for wiring, the sub can be placed anywhere in a room. The only installation requirement is that it be plugged into an electrical outlet.
The new sub uses a 2.
4GHz transmitter with a range of 50 feet. The transmitter can either be placed on top of a receiver or cabinet or easily mounted to a wall, and offers a choice of four selectable channels which allows for optimum connection and interference-free operation. It sells for around $549.
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