The Velodyne Story
David Hall, Velodyne founder and inventor, doing
what he does best.
Velodyne Acoustics, Inc. has been the industry leader in subwoofer performance for almost three decades. It’s no surprise that Velodyne resides in Silicon Valley, known worldwide as the breeding ground for high-tech innovation and invention. Velodyne subwoofers and audio products represent the fusion of technical innovation with the art of beautiful industrial design.
The ULD-18 lands Velodyne on the map
It was 1983 when David Hall, Velodyne’s founder and chief engineer, introduced a technological breakthrough in subwoofer design that revolutionized the reproduction of low frequency sound. The invention was the driving force behind the ULD-18. It incorporated a patented, accelerometer-based High Gain Servo System to control the woofer cone movement.
The massive 120 lb. speaker system went lower, played louder and produced distortion levels that were 20 to 30 times less than anything else on the market. The ULD-18 garnered dozens of international awards and acknowledgments, including the 1984 Special Engineering Award.
The ULD series was the first of many acclaimed subwoofer series over the years, including:
- Digital Drive
Velodyne continues to redefine the audio industry with innovative technology
Along with continually refining existing technologies, Velodyne has pushed the limits of subwoofer engineering with other technologies, including:
- Dual Tandem Voice Coil
- Energy Recovery Amplifier
- Digital High Gain Servo-Control
- Digital Drive Room Bass Equalization System
In 2003, Velodyne introduced the world‘s first digitally tuned subwoofers with DSP technology. The application of DSP technology to subwoofers allowed accuracy in tuning and long-term reliability unlike anything else. Engineering the digital EQs, crossovers and filters ensured a level of precision for the highest possible performance with Velodyne subwoofers.
Versatility that allows for seamless system integration
Velodyne subwoofers contain the industry‘s most flexible and complete feature packages, allowing perfect integration with virtually any system. The high-quality crossover networks in all Velodyne subs can actually double a receiver’s usable power and even lower the main speakers’ distortion levels when using the “Subwoofer Direct” feature with the LFE output! Velodyne engineers meticulously engineer crossover parameters to guarantee a perfect blend with any system, regardless of speaker size.
Over the years, the audio industry has shifted its emphasis to custom installation. And Velodyne has continued to lead the way, developing subs that deliver superior sound in every type of system. Starting with the introduction of the world's first remote controlled subwoofers, Velodyne has engineered sophisticated and easy-to-use digital room bass EQ systems; easy to build in-wall, in-cabinet, in-floor and in-room subwoofers; and one button to perfect bass automatic equalizations for music, theater and games. Today, Velodyne has a subwoofer for every application.
To ensure maximum output and minimum distortion, unique “Anti-clipping” circuits in Velodyne subwoofers automatically monitor the amplifier, allowing the subwoofer to utilize its full power capacity without distorting. Exclusive “Dynamic-compression” and over-excursion circuits are also integrated into Velodyne subwoofers to protect from overload and provide extraordinary reliability and durability. Today, with extensive testing and quality control, Velodyne subwoofers are the most reliable in the world.
Not surprisingly, Velodyne holds more patents for subwoofer design than any other manufacturer in the industry.
And our flagship series, the Digital Drive PLUS, is considered to be the industry benchmark in bass reproduction. It is the world’s most accurate subwoofer and produces the lowest distortion bass in the industry at under .5%
David Hall testing his motorcycle.
Defining the industry for three decades
Throughout the years, reviewers, music lovers and home theater buffs alike have consistently ranked Velodyne subs as the best in the world.
Just listen to what the critics have said about Velodyne subs over the years:
“What is most striking about the sound is the seamless blend from a smooth, well-articulated bottom end...up”—Audio Video Interiors
“When Velodyne announces a new subwoofer, the earth trembles...literally.”—Stereophile Guide to Home Theater
“…the lowest distortion I have ever measured in a subwoofer.” ”—Secrets of Home Theater
“If I were their competition, I’d be worried that Velodyne has just put most of them in checkmate with this very impressive line of subs.” ”—Audioholics