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Breast Cancer Awareness

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As many of you already know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is something that affects the lives of many people in ways that are both measureable and unmeasurable. In recognition of this, Velodyne is running a promotion this month on our pink vPulse in-ear headphones. We are offering 2 pink vPulse for $50 on velodyne.com and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to a breast cancer charity.

Breast cancer affects many people in many different ways. It is true that about 1 in 8 American women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. It is also true that about 40,000 women will die from breast cancer just this year alone. Breast cancer research is of great importance to those affected, whether, victims, survivors or their families. Funds are required to support scientific research, whether it be to raise awareness about early detection and treatment options, prevention, risk reduction, and research into possible environmental contributors.

How can you help? Spread the word. Many band together to do breast cancer walks, which are as much about support and solidarity as raising funds for the cause. Be a good friend, spouse or child to someone you know that is affected. And, hope for the cure.

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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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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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Wordless Wednesday

Some things just leave you speechless.

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You Need A Subwoofer for This Music!

There are some songs that just aren’t the same without the bass. When you’re listening to these songs without a subwoofer, you can hear the muted bass, and know that there’s something more to the song. You listen with a pained expression on your face, and you long for Velodyne’s Optimum 12-inch subwoofer to hear that much-needed bass. For too long have you heard Usher’s “Yeah” through tinny headphones. For too long have you suffered through Gorilla Zoe’s “Lost” with your bass-less computer speakers. You’re craving a subwoofer! You need bass!

Certain types of music have more bass than others, and so need a subwoofer for the best sound. Some of these genres include bass techno, rap, hip-hop, and other genres. Included in the bass techno category is a type of techno called Hardstyle, which includes DJs such as DJ Pavo, DJ Zany, DJ Paco, The Horrorist, and Amber Savage.

Some rap/hip-hop artists include Eminem, Dr. Dre, Drake, LMFAO, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, P. Diddy, Jay-Z, Soulja Boy, and many others. Hip-hop and rap are the two genres in which bass is the most widely spread. It’s difficult to find songs in these genres that don’t have bass, so if you’re a fan of hip-hop or rap, one of Velodyne’s quality subwoofers is the perfect thing for you. It’ll bring the bass like it’s meant to, and your favorite songs will sound awesome.

For those who aren’t into techno, hip-hop, or rap, subwoofers can still reveal a whole other layer of sound that you didn’t know existed. Maybe you listen to rock, metal, jazz, or the blues. All of these genres have bass in them, with talented bassists making amazing music. With a quality subwoofer, you can hear those bass lines, and the music gains another level of depth. You can’t go wrong with one of Velodyne’s subwoofers.

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Donald Dunn 1941-2012


I’m not going to lie—I had no idea who Donald “Duck” Dunn was until I saw the news story announcing his death. You probably have no idea who he is either. Upon further investigation, I learned that I have been hearing his songs all my life. You probably have been too.

A bass guitarist from Memphis, Tennessee, Dunn was a session musician, playing with Booker T. & the MGs, the Blues Brothers, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, and many others. He lent his bass to The Mar-Keys for “Last Night,” to Otis Redding in “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” to Booker T. & the MGs for “Time is Tight,” and to Rod Stewart in “Tonight’s the Night.”

To pay homage to Duck Dunn’s memory, went on YouTube and found “Time is Tight.” I settled back in my chair to listen, eyes closed. The song began to play, and I started out of my chair. Yes, it was Booker T. & the MGs, but it was almost unrecognizable. The tiny, built-in speakers for my computer were woefully inadequate for Dunn’s complex bass. The sound became distorted, tinny, and hollow. It pulled all the soul out of the music, which horrified me. As a devout music lover, it pains me to hear such soulful music being mangled so carelessly. Turning off the song, I took out my vPulse headphones, plugged them into my computer, and eagerly waited for the beautiful and complex bass to begin. The song immediately came alive and I began to relax as I heard Dunn strumming his bass guitar, each a unique and separate sound, unlike the low, constant hum I heard before.

Donald “Duck” Dunn was a great man and a great bassist. Even in death, he taught me something valuable. A good set of speakers makes all the difference.

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Wordless Wednesday: Digital Drive PLUS

Just a little iPhoneography fun today. What better subject matter than the deep, soulful, low-distortion, bass of our Digital Drive Plus.

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What do Audiophiles and Elephants Have in Common?

When the working day is done, I can usually be found writing fiction from the comfort of home. Currently, I’m working on a story about the relationship between a mahout and his elephant. I’m still largely in the research phase, which means my early morning hours are now saturated with all things elephant.

So, what does this have to do with audio?

One of the most interesting things I’ve learned about elephants is the way they communicate with each other. Elephants can “speak” to each other over long distances by producing and receiving infrasound, a sub-sonic rumbling, which can travel in the air and through the ground much farther than higher frequencies. The frequency range in which humans can hear sound is 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Sounds are generally considered to be infrasonic if their frequency is less than 20 Hz. This low frequency sound can’t be heard by humans, but it can be felt. This is how our subwoofers allow you to feel bass rumbling through your body during an epic battle scene. They go infrasonic. For instance, our flagship Digital Drive PLUS series produces frequencies as low as 8.8 Hz overall (14.4 Hz +/- 3 dB).

These infrasonic frequencies can also be felt by the sensitive skin of an elephant’s feet and trunk, which pick up the resonant vibrations much as the flat skin on the head of a drum. To listen attentively, every member of the herd will lift one foreleg from the ground, and face the source of the sound. They will often also lay their trunks on the ground, as well. The lifting of one leg will presumably increase the ground contact and sensitivity of the remaining legs.

The discovery of this new aspect of elephant social communication came with breakthroughs in audio technology, which can pick up frequencies outside the range of the human ear. The pioneer in this type of research is a woman named Katharine Payne. Payne is a researcher in the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University. In 1999, she founded the lab’s Elephant Listening Project. The Bioacoustics Research Program team developed Autonomous Recording Units (ARUs), which are used to continuously record elephant vocalizations in forested areas. These units are hoisted high into trees, protecting them from elephant damage. They are waterproof and will record unattended for up to six months. The ARUs have performed extremely well in the difficult climate of Africa’s tropical rainforests. Reportedly, the biggest problem has been damage to the power cables caused by inquisitive chimpanzees.

In 2004, Payne’s initial recordings of elephants were selected as one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Incidentally, I highly recommend taking a look at the list of recordings on record. It might surprise you to see what else is there.

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