Velodyne Introduces EQ-MAX, the First Cost-Effective Subwoofer to Combine Remote Controlled Auto-EQ and High Performance Bass Production
New affordable subwoofer series features one-touch remote control setup, built-in processing, and advanced engineering to deliver dynamic bass performance
Morgan Hill, Calif. â€“ September 8, 2011 â€“ Velodyne, the world’s leading manufacturer of powered subwoofers, has introduced the EQ-MAX Subwoofer Series, the 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 simple touch of a button. Available in 8â€, 10â€, 12â€ and 15â€ models, the budget-friendly EQ-MAXâ€™s rich feature set and advanced technologies combine to deliver high performance bass without the typical complications of system calibration.
â€œThe new EQ-MAX subwoofer series offers a combination of high performance bass, Auto-EQ and other features never seen at this price point,â€ said Bruce Hall, president of Velodyne Acoustics. â€œMade possible by Velodyneâ€™s 28 years of subwoofer innovation, EQ-Maxâ€™s rich feature set and advanced technologies combine to deliver high performance bass, simply and affordably.â€
Velodyneâ€™s EQ-MAX subwoofers are easily integrated into any home entertainment systems thanks to 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 â€œEQâ€ button found on the included remote control. The built-in equalizer takes over utilizing Velodyneâ€™s Digital Signal Processing (DSP), automatically calibrating the subwoofer to deliver optimum bass performance that is unsurpassed.
In addition to the â€œEQâ€ function, the EQ-MAX remote control lets users control all of the subwooferâ€™s functions with visible feedback on the front panel. The remote allows users to switch between a number of presets; set the sub to â€œNight Modeâ€ 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 Velodyneâ€™s newly designed, efficient, digital â€œClass Dâ€ amplifiers, which feature a switching-mode power supply. These amplifiers nearly eliminate the issue of wasting energy as heat, keeping bass peaks clean and dynamic. This easily enables the EQ-MAX to reproduce difficult, ultra-low frequencies such as explosions, pulsing drumbeats, or classical organ pieces.
EQ-MAXâ€™s powerful Class D amplifiers are complimented by four custom designed â€œExtended Excursionâ€ drivers developed by Velodyne. These drivers are engineered with vented pole-pieces that increase power handling and assure long-term reliability and performance. The subwooferâ€™s large, dual layer copper wound voice coils are specifically matched with massive magnets (4.66lbs – 10.14lbs) to provide dynamic bass listeners can actually â€œfeelâ€.
Velodyneâ€™s unique Distortion Limiting System is another key to EQ-MAXâ€™s superior sound performance. With digital precision, the subwoofer achieves maximum output from both the amplifier and woofer motor construction without the risk of overdriving; resulting in deeper bass extension, bigger impact and less distortion.
The subwoofer series includes an adjustable 40Hz-135Hz low pass crossover that allows the sub to match any home entertainment system speakers. Velodyneâ€™s â€œSubwoofer Directâ€ feature allows the EQ-MAX series to play the output of the LFE channel of a 5.1 or 7.1 channel receiver unaltered, assuring listeners the highest level of system performance without any degradation.
EQ-MAXâ€™s cabinets are engineered using a down-firing ported design, minimizing the audible distortion known as â€œport noiseâ€, while maximizing bass impact. Designed to blend beautifully into any setting, the EQ-MAX series is ideal for in-room or custom installation applications.
Retail pricing is set as follows:
EQ-MAX8 â€“ 8â€ model â€“ $479
EQ-MAX10 â€“ 10â€ model â€“ $579
EQ-MAX12 â€“ 12â€ model â€“ $679
EQ-MAX15 â€“ 15â€ model â€“ $979
For more information on the Velodyne EQ-MAX subwoofers, visit http://www.velodyne.com.
Velodyne Acoustics, Inc., founded in 1983, is universally recognized as the leading manufacturer of high-performance, low distortion powered subwoofers at all price levels. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, the company’s technically innovative audio products are available through a select group of authorized dealers, custom installers, and distributors worldwide. For more information visit www.velodyne.com.