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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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Don’t Miss This Sale On The EQ-Max 10 Subwoofer!

EQ-Max 10 - Just one of the EQ Max Products on Sale

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Velodyne’s EQ-Max goes on sale, offering perfect equalization for an affordable price. Have you always wanted a high-end subwoofer but didn’t think it was within your reach? Think AGAIN!

Velodyne’s EQ-Max 10, which took home the CEPro Award for Best Subwoofer 2011, is now on sale for $449.77. The subwoofer features auto-EQ for perfect equalization, a feature which has historically been reserved for Velodyne’s most premium products. Sing along with us as we celebrate this unprecedented offer! Now’s your chance, don’t miss out!

Imagine there’s no reason,
For perfect sound if you try,
No discordant beats,
Only harmony for you and I.
Imagine all the music lovers,
Singing for today…

Imagine you own a Velodyne EQ-Max,
It isn’t hard to do,
Because for a limited time it is only $449.77,
Which means you can afford it too.
Imagine all the music lovers,
Dancing for today…

You may say I’m an audiophile,
But I’m not the only one,
So I hope you take advantage of the EQ-Max sale,
And the world can listen as one.

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Dancing Oobleck: Cornstarch and Water

It might not be the safest thing to do with your prized subwoofer. But it’s so much fun! If you’ve never heard of oobleck, you’re in for a treat.

Oobleck is a Non-Newtonian mixture that consists solely of cornstarch and water. When agitated, oobleck acts as a solid. When calm, it acts as a liquid. This is duality in nature is essential for oobleck’s purpose concerning subwoofers.

If placed on top of plastic wrap covering a subwoofer, the oobleck will lie benignly in a puddle while the subwoofer is off. However, once the sub begins emitting sound at low frequencies, such as 20 Hertz, sound waves become visible in the oobleck. As the volume is increased, the vibrations become stronger and the oobleck does much more than mimic the wave patterns of the sound. It begins to jump and dance, wiggle and stretch. It forms strange shapes, thrusting out little tendrils before coming together in eerie humanoid forms. Once you’ve had your fill of dancing oobleck, you turn the subwoofer off, and the oobleck monsters melt back into that same benign puddle of goo.

If you’re afraid of harming your subwoofer, don’t be. Cover the outsides with newspapers, and use multiple layers of plastic wrap to ensure no oobleck leaks through. Once you’re done, your subwoofer should be just fine.

If you want to make your dancing oobleck even more entertaining, add food coloring and watch the way it mixes together. It’s fascinating to watch. It might sound silly, but once you start watching, you start grinning, and you can’t seem to tear your eyes away from the dancing oobleck.

Here’s a little teaser to whet your appetites for oobleck:

(This one doesn’t have a plastic protector, but yours should if you want your sub to stay nice)

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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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Summertime Fun At the Drive-in

Last night we went as a family to check out “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” at our local drive-in. The movie itself did not disappoint, as our friendly quartet of zoo animals head to Monte Carlo this time around. An abundance of non-stop action and bright, colorful circus acts absolutely delighted my children. But even more fun than seeing an entertaining, animated film was the fact that we were in our car and the kids were in their pajamas. We brought our own popcorn and drinks from home and made ourselves comfortable while enjoying the cool, fresh air. Listening to the sound coming through the car’s stereo system I was reminded of the drive-in experience of my youth when my parents would bring me to this very same drive-in theater.

By the time I was born, drive-in theaters were on the decline due to rising real estate costs and the invention of VCRs and video rentals. In the height of their popularity in the 1950s and ‘60s, rural areas with acres of wide open spaces were the ideal places for large movie screens and hundreds of cars to gather watch the latest films. In the beginning, the sound was broadcast in various ways, from speakers on the screen itself, then from a row of speakers in front of the cars. Later, the sound was pumped out through small, tinny-sounding speakers that each car could utilize complete with their own volume controls. This is what I remember from my childhood: the scratchy, monophonic sound coming from the (1!) speaker hanging from the car window.

Today the sound is transmitted through an FM station and is piped in right through our car speakers. Gone are the days of worrying about parking close enough to the pole so the speaker can reach…no more messy wires to deal with. The drive-in experience is really quite fun in the summer time. It’s a very convenient option for kids who may not want to sit still for an entire feature film or can’t remain quiet.

Truth be told, I am positive I would have a better quality movie-watching experience in the comfort of my own home. My home theater system, complete with a large flat-screen TV, surround sound and earth-moving subwoofer – not to mention easy access to the restroom and kitchen – is hard to beat. It’s the novelty and nostalgic fun that brings my family back to the drive-in every summer. The things we do for kids.

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Maximizing the sound setup in your listening room

 

Surround soundIt may seem counterintuitive, but the ultimate goal in properly placing your subwoofer is to create the illusion that it’s not there. The full, rich, big sound should seem like it’s all coming from your speakers. Your subwoofer should be the strong and silent type, while your speakers garner all the glory.

The setup of the sub is critical towards achieving this goal. But don’t worry if you’re not a custom installer. Here are some basic tips for setting up your new sub.

I always recommend experimenting with the placement of the sub. If you have some flexibility, placing it in the corner will usually increase the output by about 6dB. That’s due to what’s called the corner loading effect. But corner placement may also exaggerate your room’s peaks and valleys, so experimentation is still a good idea.

A good place to start is by pinpointing your prime listening position, better known as “the sweet spot”. In layman’s terms, pick your favorite chair or couch spot. Now place your sub in that spot, but not on the floor. It’s best to place it directly on the chair or couch. The idea is to place the sub in the exact location you’ll be sitting most of the time. Now turn on your favorite music, preferably something that’s heavy on the bass.

Now you’re ready to crawl around on the ground to all the locations in the room where you might place the sub. The object here is to identify the spots where the bass sounds the most full and natural. Remember that this isn’t a test of your bass expertise. Sound is subjective and the best spot is going to be the one where the bass sounds the best to your ears. That’s the spot for your sub.

Some additional tips for your listening pleasure

  • Another item to consider is proper output level.  A common tendency is to set the sub volume too loud. The goal here is to integrate the sub into the speaker system so it works seamlessly, producing sound in equal parts throughout the entire frequency range.
  • Keep in mind that hard surfaces are reflective and will generally produce sound that’s a little on the bright side. If you have hardwood floors, an area rug or something soft will help prevent sound reflection by absorbing it and preventing it from bouncing back and “blurring” out other sounds.
  • If your speakers and sub are all small, keep the sub within a few feet of the front left or right speaker. This is so the bass sounds like it’s coming from the speakers, not the sub. If your speakers and sub are fairly large, you have more options for placement.

Does anyone out there have their own personal tips for subwoofer placement? I’d love to hear them!

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