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CES vPulse giveaway: Thursday Winners

For attendees of CES 2012, Velodyne is giving away a set of vPulse in-ear headphones every hour, on the hour (during show hours). The Thursday winners will be announced in this blog post, as well as by text message and on our Twitter feed. Without further ado, today’s winners are:

9am: Patrick Schnepp

10am: Brad Batter

11am: Marc Silver

12pm: John Marshall

1pm: Jessica Breshears

2pm: Randall

3pm: Jim

4pm: Aaron Calvano

Winners can claim their prizes in Velodyne’s suite, Venetian suite 29-118, any time during regular show hours before 4 pm this Friday. If you’re at CES, you can enter in our suite during regular show hours.

Congrats to the winners!

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CES vPulse giveaway: Wednesday Winners

For those of you lucky enough to be at CES 2012, Velodyne is giving away a set of vPulse earphones every hour of the day (during show hours). The Wednesday winners will be announced in this blog post, as well as on our Twitter feed. So, here are your winners so far:

9am: Sarah Agan

10am: Willem de Moor

11am: TC Parks

12pm: EJ Karcher

1pm: Dylan Scott

2pm: Kieth Chu

3pm: Cecelia Eag

4pm: Kevin Beck

5pm: Alan Taffel

6pm: Shirleen Turko

Winners can claim their prizes in Velodyne’s suite, Venetian suite 29-118, any time during regular show hours before 4 pm this Friday. If you’re at CES, you can enter in our suite during regular show hours.

Congrats to the winners!

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CES vPulse Giveaway: Tuesday winners!

For those of you lucky enough to be at CES 2012, Velodyne is giving away a set of vPulse earphones every hour of the day (during show hours). The Tuesday winners will be announced in this blog post, as well as on our Twitter feed. So, here are your winners so far:

11am: Connie Koch

12pm: Janel Martinez

1pm: Kathy Turnage

2pm: Murali Dharan

3pm: Kurt Kenobbie

4pm: Walter Liederman

5pm: Tony Staffer

Winners can claim their prizes in Velodyne’s suite, Venetian suite 29-118, any time during regular show hours before 4 pm this Friday. If you’re at CES, you can enter in our suite during regular show hours.

Congrats to the winners!

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Audioholics EQ-Max 10 Contest Results

Congratulations to Wes and Christina from CA for winning the grand prize in the Audioholics forum contest!

A long-time Velodyne owner, Wes purchased a Velodyne SPL 1200 II for his very first home theater system. He is a gaming enthusiast and loves home theater, as well as being a total audiophile. Wes is still deciding where in his several home audio systems to feature the EQ-Max 10, but he’s thinking it might be the perfect fit for a 2-channel system. His favorite movie for showing off the might of a good subwoofer is the Dark Knight, so maybe the EQ-Max 10 will provide depth to the Joker’s misdeeds some time in the future!

 

A hearty thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. Keep your eye out for more exciting events in the future!

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January Specials: VX-11, DEQ-8R, and the DLS-3750!

If your new year’s resolution is to bring home the bass, then we’re here for you! To welcome the new year, Velodyne.com is offering extra-special pricing on three of our products. Throughout the month of January, you can pick up the VX-11 for [$], the DEQ-8R for [$], and the DLS-3750R for [$]!

 

Admin note: This promotion is no longer in effect. Please visit Velodyne.com to learn about current promotions.

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Show Off and Win! Contest Results

Congratulations to Bob from North Carolina for winning our Show Off and Win! contest! He will be rocking a new pair of vPulse in-ear headphones. Here’s what Bob had to say about his Velodyne Digital Drive PLUS 18 subwoofer:

 

Bob's system includes a Velodyne DD18+.

“I own a DD 18+ subwoofer.   I have owned it for about two months.   I previously owned an FSR 18 for the last 13 years and previously a ULD 15.

The bass from the DD 18+ is incredible, particularly with movies.   The room calibration Auto EQ with my laptop worked superbly and merged very well with the main’s.   The only drawback is that it weighs about 150 lbs and is difficult to move and foam had to be put behind pictures and some doors to prevent room rattles created by the subwoofer.

This is clearly the only Velodyne subwoofer that I would own.”

 

 

We also loved what Hugo from Colorado, our first runner-up, had to say about his system:

“I’ve owned my Velodyne VA12BVX10 for about 10 years now. It was given to me by my brother and I was absolutely amazed by the sound clarity and quality of it. I love the low end bass it produces as well as the ground shaking power. I have tried other subwoofers in the past but I always had my trusty Velodyne by my side. I’ve never had an issue with it even after a decade of use.

I use it mostly for music but I also use it for movie night. Everyone loves coming over to watch because they love the feeling of being in the action.

If I were able to pick any Velodyne subwoofer I think it would have to be the Velodyne DS-10. It has an amazing amount of power, really nice design, and it can get to lower frequencies than the current subwoofer I have now.

To sum up everything your products are truly outstanding and I would recommend them to everyone.”

 

Thanks to everyone who entered. We love seeing Velodyne subs in the context of your systems!

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Dealer Spotlight: Audio Obsession


We’re really excited to kick off 2012 with our first “Dealer Spotlight” feature. Most custom installers know that Velodyne makes the best subwoofers available, but custom installation goes way beyond a single sub. And it’s not for the novice. We’ve seen some insane setups over the years, and it’s clear these people take their sound seriously. You could say they’re obsessed with audio.

And speaking of obsession, let’s get started with our first dealer spotlight.

Velodyne Dealer:
Audio Obsession
Gilroy, California
408.656.8086
ronweav@aol.com

Principal: Ron Weaver

The master craftsman cheerfully surveys his workshop domain.

The Man Behind the Company

Ron Weaver is a custom installer whose life-long passion has lead to a new career in his retirement. He spent 35 years working as an engineer for IBM, but has been passionate about audio his entire life.

“About three years before I retired, I picked up a copy of ‘Speaker Builder’ magazine and all the lights went on,” he said.

A self-proclaimed Velodyne enthusiast, Ron started building speakers with his brother when he was 14 years old. He also sang in church choirs and played the cello.

“Music was always a big part of growing up,” Ron said. It’s not surprising he majored in classical voice and music while attending college at San Francisco State. But he switched his major and graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in mechanical engineering, which lead him to IBM.

And a decade after retiring from IBM, he’s busier than ever designing and installing home theatres all over the west coast. His reputation and business is built solely on word-of-mouth.

Ron runs Audio Obsession out of his home in Gilroy, California. Did we mention he’s also obsessed with woodworking? Not only does he lovingly craft custom cabinets, but he also built his entire home.

“We designed every square inch of this house,” he said. The “we” includes his wife, who gave him the thumbs up to complete the home theatre before the rest of the house was done.

 

Ron's attention to detail is reflected in the beauty of his custom cabinets. He will only use one piece of wood for each cabinet, to ensure consistency in the grain.

The Equipment Behind the Sound: About Ron’s Setup

We asked Ron how awesome his home theatre had to be in order get that kind of spousal approval. Much to our delight, Ron invited us over to find out. And the answer was nothing short of spectacular.

“This room has been designed to be as ideal as you can make it for listening,” he said.

The powerhouses behind the setup are two Velodyne Digital Drive 18 subwoofers, the most powerful Velodyne subs available at the time the room was designed. (Ron is looking to take his setup to the next level with a pair Digital Drive PLUS subs.)

Ron chose Velodyne for two main reasons. The first is our servo feedback, which dramatically improves the accuracy of the sound reproduction. Velodyne was the first subwoofer company to address this. The hanging sensor on the cone can sense what’s happening and what’s coming. This allows for incredibly low distortion, typically 1/10 the amount of competing subs.

“You want it to sound the way it’s supposed to and Velodyne does that,” Ron explained.
This realistic sound reproduction is also enhanced by the raw power of Velodyne subs. In fact, Ron said most people are (incorrectly) convinced there are “Buttkicker” transducers in his home theater seats, a product which vibrates in conjunction with crashes and booms on-screen. With Ron’s setup, he has no need for “Buttkickers.” The subs do all the work, bringing to life on-screen events such as an epic battle scene from Master and Commander that we had the pleasure of viewing on Ron’s system.

“No, it’s just the Velodyne subs doing what they do best!” he said.

The second reason for Ron’s choosing Velodyne is our auto-equalization feature. This feature smoothes out frequencies in the room that might otherwise cause less-than-ideal sound in certain locations.

And why two subs?

“Two is always better than one because of standing waves,” Ron explained. The standing sound waves cause disparities in sound volume in different parts of the room for specific frequencies. These standing waves are the reason for placing speakers and seats in very specific places in the room.

Ron also built the ceiling to minimize peaks and valleys in sound volume around the room. It’s similar to a cathedral-type design and the pitch is 9 feet in the front and 13 feet towards the rear. This type of ceiling helps spread out the standing waves to reduce peaks and valleys.

The walls are also a critical aspect of the room. They are double-studded and isolated from the rest of the house. The placement of the unique, reversible acoustic panels was determined by sophisticated computer design and helps strike just the right balance of sound absorption and reflection, even at lower frequencies. And at $90 each, the panels alone were several thousand dollars. The panels are hidden behind a stretched fabric system for aesthetic reasons. Ron was able to come very close to the ideal 350 milliseconds RT60 decay times across the entire audio spectrum. Even the carpet pad is specially chosen for its acoustic properties.

Ron clearly takes his audio seriously.

“It takes a lifetime to really understand it, but anybody can appreciate it,” he said.

The full rundown

Equipment list

  • Onkyo Pro PR-SC886 THX Ultra2 Certified 7.1 Preamp/Processor
  • ARCAM P7 Seven Channel Amplifier
  • JVC RS-35 Projector with Panamorph motorized Scope Lens System
  • Oppo BDP-93 Blu-Ray Player
  • Sony BDCX-7000EX 400 Disc Blu-ray Changer
  • Escient E2-300 Music Server
  • Vudu XL Video Server
  • SI Screens 133” Black Diamond 1.4 Screen
  • DirecTV DVR-HR21
  • Furman Elite 15i Power Conditioner
  • Middle Atlantic Slim 5 Rack System

Speakers

  • Left/Center/Right – Audio Obsession Custom MTM’s with SEAS Excel Drivers
  • Side/Rear Surrounds – Audio Obsession Custom In-Walls with SEAS Drivers
  • Subwoofers – Velodyne DD-18 (2)

Control systems

  • Control4 HC-300 Controller
  • Control4 7” Touchscreen
  • Universal Remote Control MX-3000, MX-6000, MRF-350

Lighting

  • URC and Control4

Cabling

  • AudioQuest, Planet Waves, Liberty

Seating

  • United Leather & NS Designs

Room acoustics

  • FabricTrak Track Systems
  • AVRS Acoustic Panels
  • Guilford of Maine Acoustic Fabric
  • Karistan Carpet Underlayment
  • A/V RoomService Designed Calibrated and Certified

Installation by Audio Obsession

Miscellaneous

  • Draper Motorized Window Blackout Screen
  • Custom Woodworking by Audio Obsession
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Happy New Year from Velodyne!

Happy new year, audiophiles! To ring in 2012 in style, we’re offering the Optimum 8 for $589 until 10:00 am PST on January 3rd. Keep an eye out for other exciting January specials, such as tax-free purchasing (we’ll pay the tax for you)! More promotion news is on the way next week, so be sure to check back.

 

From all of us at Velodyne, we hope the year ahead is filled with joy, prosperity, and of course, bass!

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EQ-Max 15 Review from Audioholics

Andrew Gash from Audioholics takes a look at the EQ-Max 15. Find out why he thinks this sub is “kind of like Lady Gaga”!

 

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