Velodyne SPL12 subwoofer reviewed.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 |

When choosing a subwoofer for your room, there are a lot of factors to consider. Among them, the size, colour, position of the sub, and most importantly for us, the performance. Trying to get the best performance out of your subwoofer while keeping the interior decorator happy is not as easy as you think. This is because the best performing subwoofers tend to be big and bulky and not very interior-decorator-friendly.

Fortunately, this is a generalization and not all great performance subwoofers are big and bulky. Enter the Velodyne SPL12 subwoofer.



Velodyne Acoustics have been rated as the #1 subwoofer company for over 25 years and know pretty much everything you need to know about bass and producing copious amounts of it. Velodyne have always focused on tight, accurate, musical bass that has made their subwoofers world famous. Velodyne’s SPL-Ultra range of subwoofers use an active system that limits the amplifier’s audible distortion, keeping the woofer from being overdriven, all the while reducing the overall output distortion levels. And because they’re experts in their field, squeezing 2400 Watts (dynamic power) of heart thumping bass into a beautiful, compact (only 40cm x 45cm) interior-decorator-friendly cabinet was no big deal for them.

Besides being powerful and compact, the SPL12 has an array of clever features, enabling easy setup and customization for all music and movie aficionados. Starting with an intuitive interactive front panel. The display allows you to configure an automatic 7-band digital room equalization program, as well as start an automated room bass correction system with a single button press, optimizing the bass performance of the subwoofer in your room and right to your exact seat.

The SPL12 Uses Velodyne’s patented “Energy Recovery System” amplifier that delivers 2400 watts dynamic power, 1200 watts of continuous RMS power at over 95% efficiency. You get all the impact and excitement of the most dramatic special effects and the lowest frequencies with detail and definition without wasted energy.

The SPL-Ultra drivers feature Kevlar reinforced, multi-layer resin cones mounted in die-cast aluminum baskets with colossal magnet structures. The drive units incorporate Velodyne’s unique inside/outside wound “Dual-Tandem” voice coils assuring linear drive unit travel, and very limited distortion.

The combination of a beautifully stylish, low distortion, ultra-powerful compact subwoofer with incredible dynamic output and unrivalled performance ticks all the right boxes for us. So if performance is key in your system and you want to keep the interior decorators happy, this is a subwoofer you certainly need to audition.

We have them in both our Sandton and Menlyn branches, ready to literally blow you away.
Call Sandton 011 884 5165
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