Velodyne Acoustics has introduced the EQ-MAX Subwoofer Series, the company's first line of subwoofers at its price-point to feature remote control operation and built-in processing that enables users to maximize bass performance with the touch of a button.
The EQ-MAX series features Velodyne’s newly designed, digital “Class D” amplifiers, with a switching-mode power supply.
The series is available in 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch and 15-inch models.
“The new EQ-MAX subwoofer series offers a combination of high performance bass, Auto-EQ and other features never seen at this price point,” said Bruce Hall, president of Velodyne. “Made possible by Velodyne’s 28 years of subwoofer innovation, EQ-Max’s rich feature set and advanced technologies combine to deliver high performance bass, simply and affordably.”
Velodyne’s EQ-MAX subwoofers are able to be integrated into any home entertainment system with the digitally controlled five-band equalizer. Users simply place the subwoofer in the preferred location, place the included microphone in the desired listening area and push the “EQ” button found on the included remote control. The built-in equalizer takes over utilizing Velodyne’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP), automatically calibrating the subwoofer to deliver optimum bass performance.
In addition to the “EQ” function, the EQ-MAX remote control lets users control all of the subwoofer’s functions with visible feedback on the front panel. The remote allows users to switch between a number of presets; set the sub to “Night Mode” to limit the output; illuminate the front display of the subwoofer; access phase adjustment to get the best possible match between the subwoofer and speaker system; and mute the subwoofer.
At the heart of the EQ-MAX series is Velodyne’s newly designed, digital “Class D” amplifiers, which feature a switching-mode power supply. These amplifiers nearly eliminate the issue of wasting energy as heat, the company says, keeping bass peaks clean and dynamic.
EQ-MAX’s Class D amplifiers are complimented by four custom designed “Extended Excursion” drivers developed by Velodyne. These drivers are engineered with vented pole-pieces that increase power handling and assure long-term reliability and performance. The subwoofer’s dual layer copper wound voice coils are specifically matched with large magnets (4.66 lbs - 10.14 lbs) to provide dynamic bass.
The subwoofer series includes an adjustable 40Hz-135Hz low pass crossover that allows the sub to match any home entertainment system speakers. Velodyne’s “Subwoofer Direct” feature allows the EQ-MAX series to play the output of the LFE channel of a 5.1 or 7.1 channel receiver unaltered.
Retail pricing is set as follows:
EQ-MAX8 – 8” model – $479
EQ-MAX10 – 10” model – $579
EQ-MAX12 – 12” model – $679
EQ-MAX15 – 15” model – $979