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Born and bred in the Silicon Valley, I have an innate passion for all things technology. I'll post about advancements in home theater, quality sound, music apps and much more. If I bump into you while walking, its probably because I'm ruling my world with my iPhone. Sorry!
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At Velodyne, Bass is Our High Note

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When you’ve been doing something exceedingly well for more than 30 years, it’s easy to forget that excellence is hard work.  Velodyne’s been a leader in subwoofers and bass technology for so long that our achievement has seemingly become part of the furniture (no pun).

So how did we get here – and how do we remain the class of the field?

For one thing, we’ve been single-minded for most of our existence.  Long before home theater was even a gleam in the consumer electronics industry‘s eye, Velodyne was one of the few companies manufacturing subwoofers.  As the audio business evolved, subwoofers found their way into people’s living rooms, but over the course of that evolution, Velodyne continued to make subs and little else — all the while delivering superior, low-distortion bass reproduction.

Today, there are a lot of speaker companies who believe that putting a big speaker in a big box with an amplifier and hitting some crazy dB level is all you need to do to create a quality sub. Velodyne’s legion of loyal consumers knows better.  We’ve pioneered and patented some fundamental bass technologies over the years, from accelerometer-based servo systems and DSP tuning to high efficiency amplifiers, equalizer based room correction, and more.  Every one is dedicated to recreating the most accurate bass possible.

What’s behind the magic?

  • Energy recovery amplifiers – At better than 95 percent efficiency, our ERS digital amplifiers generate less heat and deliver more power, to provide maximum output and reliability without wasting energy.
  • DSP Control – Our subwoofers are digitally tuned for greater accuracy, maximizing output while lowering distortion, and providing distinct output parameters that enable consumers to customize the sound to their source.
  • Digital high gain servo – Our accelerometer-based servo system measures driver cone movement and compares it to the incoming signal, then adjusts the amplifier accordingly.  The result: dramatically reduced distortion.
  • Equalizer-based room correction – It’s a given that room variation affects sound reproduction.  Relying on real time room analysis, many of our subs can adjust multiple EQ points below 140Hz, thereby tailoring the subwoofer’s output to the specific listening environment and ensuring the most accurate possible playback.
  • Massive magnets – The driver’s magnet structure operates much like a car’s engine and brakes; it enables the amp to deliver power to the driver and controls how precisely the speaker cone starts and stops.  We’ve long been known for our massive magnets; they ensure our ability to accurately start and stop even the larger driver sizes (think: 18-inch) without the sloppiness that has been known to plague other large drivers.

For decades now, reviewers and retailers alike have attested to our legacy of performance.  That support continues to keep Velodyne in the conversation when the topic turns to the best subwoofers on the planet.

 

 

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The Wi-Q Series: Out of Sight, but Definitely Not Out of Sound

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In a twist on that old adage about kids, subwoofers should be heard and not seen.   Which is precisely the idea behind Velodyne’s new Wireless Wi-Q® 10 and 12 subs.

Affordable, powerful and feature-rich, the Wi-Q series is the culmination of Velodyne’s three decades of leadership in subwoofer technology.  With no clumsy wires, it can be quickly integrated into any entertainment system – in any location within 50 feet (15 m) – or concealed in custom cabinetry.

The wireless Wi-Q 10 and 12 subs put the boom anywhere you want in a room, by eliminating awkward cables that limit optimal placement of a subwoofer and maximize bass performance.  You’ll get incredible output, stunning impact and deep-bass performance no matter where you place it.  Dubbed “The Smart Sub,” the Wi-Q series of wireless subwoofers offer:

  • Remote control set-up and operation, including Auto EQ, presets, night mode, volume control and phase adjustment
  • Efficient green digital amplifiers that accurately reproduce ultra-low frequencies
  • High output extended excursion drivers engineered with vented pole pieces and dual layer large copper voice coils specifically matched with 7.40 lb. magnets to provide dramatic bass you can feel
  • Velodyne’s exclusive distortion limiting system, designed to achieve maximum performance without overdriving and to achieve deeper bass extension, bigger impact and less distortion
  • Flexible crossover with subwoofer direct: an adjustable 40 Hz-120 Hz low-pass crossover enables the sub to ideally match any main speakers.  The subwoofer direct feature allows the Wi-Q to play the output of the LFE channel of a 5.1 channel or 7.1 channel receiver unaltered, assuring the highest levels of performance.

The Wi-Q is a pretty awesome value right out of the box, but if your budget is tight, refurbished models are available as well.  Wearing the “certified” seal, they’re virtually good as new [click here].  Indeed, price-wise, the Wi-Q question just might be, “how low can you go?”

 

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Winner of Stereowise Wireless Headphone Shootout

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Velodyne is honored to have been awarded the Editor’s Choice Award from StereowisePlus in the “Wireless” headphone category.  Based on their design, features, quality, and performance, the vBold exceeded their expections. We couldn’t be more proud! Read the full post here.

Features and Specs: Make a statement. vBold®Our wireless headphones offer Bluetooth® connectivity compatible with your iPhone®, iPod Touch®, iPad® or any Bluetooth® capable device. Wireless sound reproduction is accurate and true thanks to aptX® coding. A direct connect audio cable is included for optional wired connection. Collapsible design In addition to the convenience of being wireless, the vBold can be folded up for compact storage. Now you can bring Velodyne’s legendary audio technology with you anywhere you go. Signature style International artist, Marta Hall, created the signature style and shape of the vBold. You get the best in style with Velodyne’s accurate and true sound experience. Built-in rechargeable battery The vBold features a built-in rechargeable battery that allows for 10+ hours of talk and music listening time. A micro USB charging cable is included for charging your headphone. Features: • Outstanding wireless sound quality utilizing apt-X® coding • Bluetooth® v2.1 connectivity with >30 foot range • Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology • Intuitive controls • High-quality microphone for phone & online video games • Energy efficient design with exceptional battery life • Collapsible design for easy storage • Available in 2 stylish colors: Matte Black & Satin Silver Accessories: • 4 foot, 3.5 mm (3/8″) audio bypass cable • 1/8″ to 1/4″ plug adapter • Micro USB charging cable • Carrying pouch Specifications: Driver size: 40 mm Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz Sensitivity: 105 dB/1 kHz/1 mW Impedance: 32Ω Frequency range: 2.4Ghz – 2.4835GHz Transmission range: Up to 10 m (33’) Power: Lithium-ion polymer battery, 3.7V/430mAh (rechargeable) Operating temperature: 0 C – 40 C Supports Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, A2DP v1.2, AVRCP v1.0, HSP v1.2, HFP v1.6 Supports codecs SBC, AAC, apt-X Battery Specifications: 100 hours standby 10 hours talk and music 1.5 hours recharge time

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift For Stylish Moms

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Mother’s Day is coming up on May 11…have you purchased your gift yet? Every year, we mull over the same old options: perfume, jewelry, flowers, etc. If your mother is cool, and likes music and has a sense of style and taste, we have just the thing for her.

80-leopard_1Our vLeve and vFree are both unique, high-quality headphones. In addition to their teardrop shape, designed by our President and artist Marta Hall, they obviously have the incredible Velodyne sound. We have created a reusable skin, made of either PVC or silicone depending on the style, that serves as a headphone cover, much like the iPhone covers on the market. These skins have fun, artistic designs in many colors that can be switched out to match an outfit or a mood. These skins turn your portable electronics into an instant fashion statement.The headphones make quite a statement on their own. They are collapsible and come with their own drawstring carrying pouch which comes in handy when they are not in use. The vLeve is a great wired headphone which creates the perfect base for any one of our designer skins. The vFree headphone is equipped with Bluetooth technology. Music on the go, free of wires is a pretty amazing thing. Additionally, the battery lasts 10 hours and is rechargeable.  What are you waiting for? Shop our website so you don’t show up empty-handed.

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Another Great CES In 2014

welcometoCES2014This year’s International CES was great for Velodyne. We were able to hold many face to face meetings with our worldwide suppliers and distributors. We really do value our relationships and it’s nice to be able to solidify our partnerships in this manner rather than the usual Skype call. We also had the opportunity to connect with the press directly at Unveiled and conduct recorded and live-streaming interviews.

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IMG_4222During the course of the week, we were able to show off many of our new products. In addition to our vLeve, vBold and vQuiet, we had our vFit on hand. It had literally just come in, and is technically still not available, but our first fitness headphone was well-received. Our new wireless sub, the Wi-Q, was a big hit. We gave it front-and-center status in our suite at the Venetian, and are sending out several units for reviews. We also had many subs in finishes the public has not seen from Velodyne before. We had subwoofers in gold, red and purple metallic. Additionally we had a subwoofer wrapped in leather. CES gives us the ideal opportunity to get feedback from both the press and our customers on potential new products. Velodyne personnel and staff who really know our products inside and out were on hand to answer technical questions regarding our audio equipment. The constant flow of traffic through the suite was exciting and kept us going all week long.

IMG_4264A definite highlight was receiving the Editor’s Choice Award from Stereowise Plus. Velodyne President, Marta Hall was on-hand to receive the award personally.

Another highlight was Marta Hall’s interview on a webcast for Geekbeat.TV. She so eloquently shared information about our company and our three divisions, as well as our headphones and our artist skins. The exciting part for most was when she announced we would be giving our free headphones to everyone who came to our website to register for our newsletter. It was incredible – the response we received was outstanding. In Velodyne’s spirit of giving, it is just another fun way we can share our great products with the public.

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IMG_4236Due to some recent announcements by the Ford Motor Co., we had David Oroshnik from our LiDAR division present at the show this year. Our LiDAR car was on display in the Sands Ballroom, where thousands of onlookers each day could see our technology scan the environment in real-time, 3D, on a large flat screen. David held plenty of meetings and press interviews for this division and answered all of the product questions regarding our patented LiDAR technology as well. The questions ranged from basic, “What’s that?” to the very complicated. It was quite a busy spot to be as we also had our headphones and skins on display complete with a listening station.

IMG_4340Velodyne is a fun and intrinsically artistic company. We had one of our friends and fans, Marquette King, punter from the Oakland Raiders on hand to take photos, sign autographs and discuss his love of the brand. We also had two talented dancers from SCC Presents reign in the crowd and distribute literature. There was never a dull moment for us in the Ballroom.

IMG_4367We also participated in the Fashionware wearable tech fashion show again this year. This show is “growing up”. With it’s own room dedicated to the show in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, this year’s presentation had a full runway, modern lighting, 2 large screens and a hosted bar and warm appetizers. We had two models in the show, one wearing our vBold bluetooth headphone, and the other wearing our vFree. Both models wore outfits that were featured from other wearable tech companies. This was the perfect environment for us to show our products as fashion and technology are at the core of who we are. It was an honor to participate in this event.

How will we top CES 2014? We now have almost a whole year to prepare for next year’s show. We will need every last minute. Until then, Las Vegas. Viva!

 

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Velodyne at CES January 7-10, 2014

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world descend upon the city of Las Vegas, Nevada for the International CES. Thousands of exhibitors use CES as the platform to share their technological innovations in consumer electronics. These big players in technology also launch thousands of new products at this show each year. We will kick off CES 2014 with Unveiled. This official CES media event will be held  at Mandalay Bay, Level 3, South Seas Ballroom C on January 5, 2014.

Just like last CES, Velodyne will have a presence in two spaces. In the Sands Ballroom, we will occupy spaces #71119 and 71121 with our LiDAR car. We will have one of our fully functioning LiDAR units on display, complete with a real-time readout/display on a monitor. We will also have a headphone listening station at the rear of the car for those who are interested in our personal audio line. We will also occupy last year’s suite at The Venetian, #30-131. In this suite, we will have not only have our headphones but our subwoofers and accessories as well. Current and new customers will be meeting with our sales and executive staff as well as demoing our offerings. New on the lineup for this year will be our vLeve with artist skins, vBold bluetooth headphone, and our vQuiet active noise canceling headphone. Additionally, our latest headphone, the vFit, just arrived at Velodyne headquarters this week, and will be on display. This new headphone is an in-ear model with an earhook which is great for keeping the headphones on during strenuous activity. We will also have our Wi-Q wireless subwoofer as well as many other favorites from both our sub and headphone line.

We will also be participating again in the Fashionware Show, which is a wearable tech fashion show held in the Venetian Ballroom Level 2 on January 9. This is a spotlight on the new popular sector where fashion and technology meet and a perfect fit for Velodyne.

Hope to see you there! Ping us in advance on Twitter if you’d like to meet up: @velodyneaudio

 

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Sound and Hearing loss

earpictureSo what exactly is sound? Well, sound comes from vibrations which produce waves that travel through the air that we breathe in order to reach our ears and be heard. Now inside of the cochlea in our ears are tiny little hairs that are moved by the vibrations in the air. When the vibrations cause the hairs inside of our ears to move, the hairs turn the vibrations into electrical signals that which are then transmitted to our brains in order to make sense of them. Now these tiny hairs inside of our ears are a very delicate and sensitive thing. When the volume of sound gets too loud these hairs can be damaged. When they are damaged from hearing too much noise these hairs fall off. This is what causes hearing loss. As more and more of these hairs fall off the worse your hearing loss becomes. To make things even worse these hairs do not ever grow back once they are gone. This is the reason that hearing damage/loss is permanent and cannot be repaired once the damage has already been done.

So what is a safe level of sound? Well, the answer to this question is surprisingly complex. It is actually possible for any sound that is 85 decibels or higher to cause hearing damage. The other important factor in determining how much sound is too much for your ears is the duration of exposure. It is generally recommended that you have no more than 15 minutes of exposure to sound of 100 decibels. This is roughly the maximum volume of many MP3 players and other portable music devices that we typically use on a day-to-day basis. The louder that the sound gets the less time that it takes to cause hearing loss. Exposure to any sounds of 110 decibels or greater places you at risk of permanent hearing damage with anything longer than 1 minute of exposure.

So what are some simple tests to determine whether or not the sound that you are being exposed to is too much? Your ears will usually give you some warning signs that that the sound that you are hearing is too loud. One general indicator that that noise around you is too loud is that you have to raise your voice to be understood by people that are close by to you. Another obvious sign is that the noise hurts your ears. The threshold for pain is roughly 120 decibels which is as loud as a jet engine at takeoff. A third and somewhat more subtle way to know whether or not the noise is too great is if your ears ring after listening to a sound. This often happens to people after going to loud concerts or possible listening to loud music on headphones for a while.

In the end your hearing is a very precious sense. Once it is gone it is gone forever so if you find yourself in a situation where you are experiencing too much noise take some simple steps to protect yourself. The first way you can protect your ears from noise is to just simply walk away from the loud sound. If you are unable to simply walk away from the excessive noise then you should put earplugs in your ears. Lastly, avoid listening to excessively loud music for long periods of time. We all have to put away our headphones from time to time.

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New From Velodyne: vBold Bluetooth Headphones

 

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Just in time for the holidays, Velodyne is launching our sophomore wireless headphone effort, the vBold. The vBold is conveniently compatible with Apple products and Bluetooth compatible devices. Their unique design is credited to Marta Hall, our President and recognized international artist. Similar to the vFree, the vBold have intuitive on-ear controls which set these headphones apart from most headphones on the market. These headphones are available in matte black and satin silver and fold up into a carrying pouch included in the box.

Some noteworthy features of the vBold are the re-chargeable battery which lasts over 10 hours, with the flexibility to use them wired if needed (wire included). The microphone in the headphone can be used for phone calls as well as online gaming. The convenience to move freely while talking on the phone, hands-free is priceless. The Bluetooth connectivity goes to a range of 30+ feet so the ability to function untethered becomes extremely easy.

Want to impress your friend or loved one with an amazing gift for the holidays? Go bold. vBold.

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The Latest Trends in Headphones

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Velodyne has an established, 30-year foothold in the audio industry and has catered to those that expect and demand high-quality sound. This started with our ground-breaking subwoofer technology in the 1980′s and has continued on to our first headphone released in 2010 to our most recent headphones released this year. With the ubiquity of iPods and smart phones in recent years, everyone from kids to teens to adults of all ages have been utilizing headphones for portable audio.  Trends have certainly developed as headphones have become a fashion accessory.  Listeners have become much more conscious of the color, shape and size of the headphones that they are wearing in addition to (and sometimes in place of!) the sound quality.IMG_3059

Veldodyne products do not require you to compromise your listening experience for the sake of appearances. Our on-ear vFree wireless  headphones are available in black, white and silver. Skins designed by our President and recognized public artist Marta Hall, are now available for our vFree headphones to allow for customization, personalization and expression of style while being able to enjoy the music free of cords if you wish. The sleek style and modern look of the vFree headphones is extremely attractive but our spot-on style doesn’t end there.vFree Skins Fashionware

Our vTrue studio headphones are in a luxury class all their own. Made from forged aluminum and genuine, supple leather, our vTrue headphones epitomize function and fashion -  providing excellent sound quality and clean bass. The vTrue headphones are large over-ear headphones which make them comfortable to wear and provide a great seal to block out outside noise. With the recent popularity of all things retro, the large pads and ear cup design have really struck the fancy of true audiophiles who appreciate the crisp, true sound of the music and the bass output Velodyne customers have come to expect.IMG_4284

Our vPulse in-ear headphones are an extremely versatile product.  Available in black, pink and our signature “Velodyne electric blue”,  the vPulse provide plenty of variety in the color department.  The vPulse utilize a flat cord which has gained popularity recently due to its tendency to tangle less than the standard round shaped cords.  The vPulse are equipped with a mic and controls located on the left hand cord which is a recent trend that we have seen from headphones which allows you to easily switch from music to phone calls and gives you the ability to control volume and playback without having reach into your pocket.IMG_3540

Consumer electronics is an industry that is constantly evolving with trends and new advancements in technology. In regards to fashion, sometimes the old becomes new again. But one thing can be certain, the only thing that is constant is change. Velodyne is here for the long haul, to evolve and advance with technology and trends. Stay tuned for new headphones to be released later this year. You won’t be disappointed!

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