Velodyne reduced its opening price point on active subwoofers with
room-correction technology to $479 with the launch here of four models in the
consists of 8-, 10-, 12- and 15-inch models at respective retail prices of
$479, $579, $679, and $979. All come with remote control of subwoofer
functions, including room correction.
To use the subs'
five-band DSP-based room-correction technology, users place a subwoofer in its
intended location, place the included microphone in the desired listening
location, and push the remote control's EQ button, the company said.
In addition to controlling
the EQ function, the subs' remote lets users adjust phase, switch among presets,
set the sub to "night mode" to limit output, illuminate the sub's front
display, and mute the subwoofer.
The subs are
powered by Class D amps with switching-mode power supply. They also feature
extended-excursion drivers with vented pole-pieces to increase power handling
and deliver long-term reliability, the company said. Velodyne's digital
distortion limiting system enables the subwoofers to achieve maximum output
without a risk of overdriving, thus yielding deeper bass extension and less
distortion, the company added. Downfiring ports are designed to reduce audible
In 2008, the
company launched an active-subwoofer line with room correction with the same
driver sizes at price points of $599, $699, $799, and $1,099.