Velodyne Acoustics F-1800R II Subwoofers

F-1800R II

Servo 15in woofer, 250W amp

User Reviews (20)

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Richard   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 06, 2017]

I have been using this monster for few years, the quality is better than before: deep, clean, I only use 25% of the power and it shakes the house. It is just great for fairly bigger space. With remote control, you can easily adjust the volume. I am happy I own this one, very!

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5
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5
dlwagner   Casual Listener [Mar 19, 2006]

I have the same problem as other velodyne subwoofer owners. Humm and then the speaker trying to self destruct with loud rapid explosions. Before that started, the volume control liked to constantly turn itself to max. Can't wait to see what velodyne is going to rape me for a new Malaysian made amp.

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1
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1
Moravic   Audiophile [Jun 01, 2000]
Strength:

Adjustability, power, low freq. extension

Weakness:

Size, output noise

My unit developed a noise problem: it emits an electronic rushing sound that is easliy audible 12' away.

It has been into the shop, and back to Velodyne, twice, and has not been fixed. I have yet to determine if the unit is within spec (if so, be warned!), whether they can't find the problem, or if they are denying this obvious problem exits. Visitors to my listening room find that the noise is obvious enough.

If not for the noise and difficulty in resolving the problem, I'd probably give the product four (or more) stars each for value and overall rating. However, the noise is a serious flaw and Velodyne can't or won't fix it. Factoring in the downtime and the pain in shuttling this 100 ib. monster to the dealer and back....

Similar Products Used: Velodyne ULD-15
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2
VALUE
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2
Jani Pesonen   Audiophile [Nov 28, 2000]
Strength:

Very deep and powerful low-end. Excellent dynamics for HT.

Weakness:

Pretty big box. Slight buzz in servo-electronics (new models are worse though). More adjustable x-over would be nice.

I bought my unit second-hand.

This subwoofer impressed me at first hearing. F-1800RII had well controlled, dynamic and deep bass. It's capabilities seemed unlimited in my listening room. In the beginning I used it as lfe-subwoofer x.over defeated, but afterwards I tried it in paraller (speaker level) with my Mirage OM-10 speakers. It worked out which was a little bit surprising because Mirage's have quite extended low-end as well. Anyway, since that I also used it for music. With normal popular music it was very inaudible like a good subwoofer should be. I didn't always turn it on, when I knew that the record I was listening didn't contain any low notes. Remote-control became very handy. Velodyne was excellent with church organs. I could feel the air moving at lowest passages. Unfortunately it was too much for my walls. I tried to damp every resonance (paintings and stuff) but it was the whole wall-structure shaking.. So, because of resonances I could not listen at high volumes. Still F-1800RII gave nice extended bass tunes at moderate listening volumes (which is about 70-80dB for me). With movies this was one killer sub. It scared me several times. Nothing really comes even close to it fi you're into a movies...

Well.. just listen to it! BTW, this is better than FSR-18 and HGS-18 models (imo) so, if you can get nice second-hand unit go for it!


Jani Pesonen
pesonen.jani@jippii.fi
http://www.kolumbus.fi/jani.pesonen/audiosivut/

Similar Products Used: Mirage BPS-400 & REL Stentor
OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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4
Abbey   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 25, 2001]
Strength:

Bass (very tight)

Weakness:

Hum, relliability

This subwoofer was sold new in May 2000. In Australia, they sell slow because of the price (RRP $5200). In fact, it was the final F-1800R2 to be sold new (as verified by the distributor). It was made in 1997. The original owner may have abused it, but it was working fine. I expected good inbuilt protection given the high price. However, this proved to be not the case. I must say the bass was excellent. Next to my previous Velodyne VA-1215X2, the huge beast was tighter and went lower. I contacted the distributor prior to purchasing. His advice was "nothin' wrong with it, the sub is built like a tank, they rarely come in for repair". So I took the risk and bought the sub off the original owner. Within 4 months of low level use and TLC, the servo mechanism "kicked the bucket". I had to change the entire driver at considerable cost. Now, over the phone, the distributor said "the problem is the servo mechanism, I've repaired many. You'll need to change the entire driver". This contrasted sharply with his previous advice. Anyway, he was correct. It was the servo. One thing further irritated me. Low level hum was easily detected from the listening position. Over time, it really got on my nerves. The distributor said "They don't hum. They make a gushing noise. It's the servo. You can't do anything about it. They all make the noise!" Sure enough, I tried eveything, including a cheat plug. No luck! Whether it hums or gushes, it is noise. Thankfully, I didn't lose much money when selling it. Was I happy to see it go? You bet! Will I buy a HGS-based Velo again? Not likely! Pity I sold the VA. I had it for 4 years and it never let me down. No noise. Unfortunately, while the VA was great with movies, it was terrible with music. It is gone and so is the 18 inch beast. Maybe the new owner of the beast will not have a problem with it now. He shouldn't provided he doesn't push it too hard. It can't handle it. I know some people are prepared to live with the noise but I'm not, particularly at $5200 retail. I wonder what the HGS18 is like?? It should be better at $6000 retail. Is it?

Similar Products Used: Velodyne VA-1215X2
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2
VALUE
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3
Bob Traylor   Audiophile [May 23, 2001]
Strength:

Subsonic bass at low volume. Signature Velodyne sound in an 18" spkr.

Weakness:

Low hum

Just picked up an F1800RII last week and noticed a slight low hum through the speaker. Although I have a Tice line conditioner, couldn't get it quiet.
Velodyne says this was the first of the more powerful "D" series amplifiers and the hum problem is solved by using a cheater plug (three prong to two prong converter). Got one and sure enough, no buzz.
Velodyne says if the cable comes out of the side of the back, like mine, it's an earlier model. Says they didn't know of the problem when the product shipped in 97' because it depends on electricity in your area and appliances etc. if the buzz shows up. they claim the problem was corrected when the cable came out of the center of the back. Some of these models are labeled F1800RII and some FSR 18. The company claims they have wresteled with this problem off and on over the years because the new amps were so powerful. 600 watts for the F18RII and 1230 for FSR 18.
If this doesn't solve your low hum or buzzing problem, Velodyne seemed very willing to help me go after additional fixes.
Hope this helps -

BT

P.S. I may be hung up on the Volodyne sound, but I think they have the sweetest low end on earth.

Similar Products Used: Velodyne fsr 15, fsr 12
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Leland Li   an Audiophile [Feb 11, 1998]

This is an excellent subwoofer. However a stereo pair of these takes up too much space. Claims that bass is nondirectional below 100 hertz may be theoretically true, but in practice this is simply not so. Subwoofers crossed over at 100 hertz produce strong harmonics at 200 that are easily heard. Therefore to optimize blending, a stereo pair is necessary. These speakers IMHO are too large to deal with.

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3
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Ricky Boyd   an Audio Enthusiast [Feb 25, 1998]

Believe all the hype and glowing reviews - this beast is incredible! The sound is great, full, and very powerful. The amplifier is actually (normally 600watts) 1000watts!!! The adjustments from the low-line input/output, XLR inputs, controls (remote control included) are first rate. For those that want to increase the fullness to their stereo or want an awesome surround sound system - this is THEE subwoofer for those that want/desire the BEST! None better (where is the 6th star).

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5
VALUE
RATING
Brett Weir   an Audio Enthusiast [Mar 08, 1998]

OK, everyone out there knows from the rest of the reviews about this Godzilla sub that it is pretty damn good. I just auditioned one of the new 1250 watt RMS FSR 18 subs in my house, and I shit you not, the damn thing cracked the drywall in my living room and shook the floor joists so much that there are big creases in my ceiling. I will be the first to say that this new Velodyne is one hell oa a machine, but unless you have a proper room dedicated solely to Home Theater, you will undoubtedly fuck your house up bad. Maybe my house isn't the best, but no one expects to shatter windows! Yes, it is a novel thing to have a portable earthquake machine at your disposal, but I encourage all of you who are considering it to look at the FSR 15 first. Even that one is almost too mush sub to chew on. However, in a proper home theater room without anything breakable in it, this new Velodyne 18 will take your ass and kick it clear up around the backside of your head! Velodyne all the way!

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5
VALUE
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Timo Mäki-Leppilampi   an Audiophile [Mar 03, 1998]

best sub on earth, the base is strong enought to shake the building down when needed, it's not going very down with power but, the 100hz is killing!!!!when feeded with 1,2 kw this is plain murder!!
amazing fast base for 18"
IT'S WORTH OF THE PRICE!!

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5
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