Velodyne keeps improving the performance of its compact subwoofers, putting huge amounts of low bass sound into a compact cabinet. The Optimum 8 has an 8″ forward firing woofer with 6.5″ piston diameter and achieves low frequency response down to 26 Hz. The robust built-in Class D amplifiers delivers a spell-bounding 1200 watts RMS and 2400 watts dynamic
Velodyne’s Optimum Series features a contoured cabinet design and beautiful high-gloss, black piano lacquer finish or cherry veneer. The Optimum Series also features a front panel interactive display. Each time you press a button on the included remote control, the results are displayed on the front panel. Adjust volume, select a listening preset, correct phase, turn on or off the front LED, or limit the output for late night listening. Four programmable listening presets let you call up blocks of favorite parameters to easily sculpt the sound without reaching behind a subwoofer to constantly adjust.
The automated, one-button, 7-band EQ room correction system with included microphone makes initial set up something a 5-year-old could do. And the DSP digital control on the Velodyne Optimum-8 delivers tight and tuneful, hard-hitting bass just the way you like it. The Optimum 8 has a frequency response of 26-240 Hz, power delivery of 2400 watts Dynamic, 1200 watts RMS, and is 11″ high, 10.5″ wide, and 14″ deep.
The Optimum Series includes the Optimum-8, Optimum-10 and Optimum-12, which replace the SPL-R Series. Each model is 3 decibels louder than its predecessor. The drivers incorporate light, stiff Kevlar-reinforced resin cones, massive 21 pound magnet structures (on the Optimum-10 and Optimum-12) and 2.5-inch to 3-inch copper wound voice coils and vented pole pieces. The mic-input jack and power switch are located on the front panel. Adjust volume, turn on/off the front LED, adjust phase or limit output for late night listening and view the results on the front panel.
Beautiful styling, unmatched performance, low distortion, ease of use and incredible dynamic output are just a few ways to describe Velodyne’s Optimum Series. Optimum-8 is the smallest, and I’d consider it the best value. But you certainly can’t go wrong with any of the Velodyne’s Optimum Series. Pricing runs as follows: Optimum-8 ($1,299) , Optimum-10 ($1,699), Optimum-12 ($1899).