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Velodyne SPL-1500R or Velodyne Optimum-12

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Is the Velodyne SPL-1500R or Velodyne Optimum-12 better for music and home theater? Which would have the most output? I saw them posted used for a good deal and I'm trying to decide between the two.
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Looking at the specs they are both very similar but the Optimum 12 actually has a better frequency response and has one more band (7 as opposed to the 6 of the SPL-R) of room EQ. In all practicality if you set them both up in the same room and EQ'd them the same I do not think you could pick one over the other as the drivers are basicvally the same. Same magnet structure, cone material etc. By physics I would obviously think the 15 will move more air. The fact that the 12 has a frequency response down to 13 Hz +/- 3 is quite exceptional however. The SPL-R is rated only down to 20 Hz. Due to the fact that the Optimum 12 is the newer of the two you are looking at as far as when they were released from Velodyne (the SPL-R's have been out for quite a few years now) I would imagine that Velodyne has a little newer technology in the Optimum amp and are able to get more out of it.

Again once set up and EQ'd both would be very good performing subs. If HT is your thing as much or more than music the extra few Hz of low end and the one more band of Eq would lean me to the Optimum.

I hope this helps out and good luck, and enjoy what you end up with.
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Yes, I'm torn, because both the Velodyne SPL-1500R and Velodyne Optimum-12 seem like such great subs. I thought maybe the bigger SPL-1500R would be better for home theater.
I have a pair of spl-1500r and think they perform very well with home theater. I have since upgraded to dual pb-13 for more output down low. I did very much enjoy their clean sound and the eq. I will miss them when i finally sell them as the wife told me 2 need to go. don't think either would be a bad choice.
There are two Velodyne SPL-1500R and Optimum-12 subs for sale on Audiogon right now from the same seller for a great price.


I just saw the Velodyne Optimum-12 posted for $925.00.
Looks like a great deal, so probably a good time for me to jump in.

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