Originally Posted by blooberry
One manufacturer I remember from waaaaay back is Velodyne. Are they still considered good? I am realizing that I don't really see anyone talking them up anymore.
Thanks for the info!
I have had a Velodyne Optimum 8 sub for ten years now, and have no intention of getting rid of it, for the following reasons:
- low distortion from sealed enclosure and 1200 W class D amplifier; certainly lower than the distortion of my dual 6" tower speaker setup (note that 150 Hz and below THD is especially difficult to measure, even in a full anechoic chamber)
- in house room correction specifically for the sub included, with an insanely long mike
- remote included with different modes available
- quality crossover and useful (to me) biamping feature: I run a passive attenuator, giving my power amp only the high pass, knowing that it's a bit soft in the bass and that midrange is its strongest feature
- more compact enclosure than most, good for people who have to move for work in another country
A twelve would probably more more air, yes. But Velodyne has powered the hell out of a smaller driver to make the most of the available space.
I heard that the company had gone downhill when the children took over: they are more interested in manufacturing more cheaply than creating innovative products. Their website is still up, but doesn't make any sense. Competition at $1500 and up is probably better than the Optimum line, $700 and under, probably worse. I don't really know how different subs really sound: certainly the differences would be more subtle than between the treble or midrange of different full range speakers. I am willing to pay more money for lower distortion in a sub, but not at this time. I would definitely be looking for Class D again and not Class AB. I would probably look at a Martin Logan Dynamo for around $1000.