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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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Summer’s Here: Tips To Help You Wake Up In The Morning

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Do you often find yourself hitting the snooze button in the morning at the sound of your alarm clock because you are not yet ready to get out of bed? This tends to happen even more during summer since many of us stay up later since it stays light longer. We also tend to be more active in the evening due to the light and warmer weather, which can also lead to more barbecuing and socializing, creating the need for more rest. So how do you combat these things to get yourself up in the morning?

My first suggestion is that you try to adjust your circadian clock. Your circadian clock is your body’s internal clock that tells you when to go to sleep and when to wake up. So how do you adjust your internal clock? There are several factors that go into how your circadian clock is influenced. One factor that affects your clock is light. Light signals to your body when it is time to go to bed and when it is time to wake up. In one of my previous posts I suggested avoiding bright objects like T.V. and computer screens an hour before bedtime. When it comes to waking up the opposite is sort of true. Instead of avoid light in the morning you need to expose yourself to it. Open up your blinds if it is sunny out. If not, then turn on lights in your bedroom to make it bright. Bright light helps your body to accept that it is time to get out of bed and begin the day.

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Next, try to play with the time that you go to bed but not with the time you wake up. Our bodies sleep in cycles. The best time to wake up is when we are in the lightest phase of the cycle. By changing the time that you go to be but not changing the time that you wake up, this teaches your body that wake up time is inflexible and therefore it must instead adjust your bedtime. By setting a rigid wake up time your body will start to become tired earlier.

A great way to wake up is  by turning on music. Some may use music as their alarm clock. Upbeat, happy tunes will rouse you from sleepiness, get your blood pumping and may even get you singing. If your living situation is such that a stereo system complete with subwoofer is a too much for the rest of your household (or your neighbors!) in the morning, put some headphones on while you’re getting ready so you don’t disturb anyone.

There are two final pieces of advice that I have for you to help you get up in the morning. If you find yourself frequently hitting the snooze button, then you need to make it more difficult for yourself to do this. One such way is to set your alarm out of reach so that you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off. This helps to avoid the temptation to go back to sleep.  Lastly, you should try to maintain your sleep pattern every day….including weekends. This is probably the hardest thing for all of us to do. I find it very difficult to not want to sleep in on the weekends but keeping our sleep pattern will make it easier to get out of bed on Monday morning, typically one of the toughest days to wake up. Give these a try and let us know how they work out for you. Or, share your tips if you have a great way to get yourself out of bed in the morning.

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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!

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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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