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Velodyne EQ-Max 15 Subwoofer Review

by February 26, 2012
  • Product Name: EQ-Max 15 Subwoofer
  • Manufacturer: Velodyne Acoustics
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: February 26, 2012 21:00
  • MSRP: $ 879
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Velodyne EQ-Max 15 Specifications

  • 15” forward firing long throw woofer
  • 1” HDF enclosure with down firing ports
  • Amplifier: 750 watts rms, 1500 watts dynamic power
  • Frequency Response: 23-120Hz +/-3dB (14-240Hz Overall)
  • Finishes: Black vinyl
  • Dimensions (H/W/D): 21.5” x 19” x 21”
  • Weight: 75 lbs. (shipped)
  • Warranty: 3 years electronics (5 years driver)

Driver features

  • Reinforced fiber cone
  • 10.14lb magnet structure
  • 2.5” diameter 4 layer copper voice coil
  • Vented pole piece

Additional Features

  • Removable grill
  • Remote control
  • LED display
  • One touch auto EQ room bass correction
  • 4 EQ pre-set curves: Movies, rock, jazz/classical and games
  • Variable low pass filter, 40-135Hz 12dB/octave (24dB ultimate)
  • Phase: 0, 90, 180, 270 degrees
  • Auto on/off
  • 80Hz 6dB/octave high pass crossover

Inputs/Outputs

  • Unbalanced (RCA) inputs and outputs
  • Speaker level inputs and outputs L/R
  • Front panel microphone input (1/8”)
  • 1/8” 12V trigger

Pros

  • Remote operation
  • EQ presets
  • Well protected

Cons

  • Large
  • Limited deep bass extension

Introduction

Velodyne's EQ-Max line arguably offers the most bang for the buck out of the current Velodyne roster with a plethora of upscale basic features similar to those found on their higher end lines and missing from other manufacturers subwoofers. The largest model the EQ-Max 15 at $879 is the least expensive Velodyne model to offer a 15" driver. The reinforced fiber cone driver is housed in a large 21"x19"x21.5" enclosure with a vinyl finish that has a pleasing dark brown wood grain character to it. The removable grille bucks the typical square trend and is instead contoured towards the bottom around the driver which further enhances the appearance. The driver is vented from the bottom of the enclosure via a pair of 3" diameter ports and the whole system is powered by a 750 watt rated class D amplifier. Additional features of the EQ-Max line include: Remote control, 4 user selectable EQ presets, speaker level inputs and outputs and auto room EQ with a supplied microphone. It's no surprise that the EQ-Max 15 had a powerful presence with movies due to the vented alignment and 15" driver, but extra deep extension is not its forte. That being the case the EQ-Max 15 achieved the Audioholics Medium Room rating. Powerful and dynamic music playback is where the EQ-Max 15 really excelled and judging from some of the objective measurements, it is easy to see why. Feature laden and DSP operated via remote control from the comfort of your seat, the EQ-Max 15 certainly has a lot to offer.

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Recent Forum Posts:

Craigslist Joe posts on March 06, 2012 14:18
Velodyne quality costs lots of rubles, comrades.
ack_bak posts on February 28, 2012 11:00
zhimbo, post: 868077
Remember the room rating includes home theater use, so bass <32Hz is important. That's the qualifier - If you don't much care about <32Hz (and not everyone does), the numbers favor the Velodyne.

Quoting John:

Exactly. While I would take the SVS over this on because I am more of a home theater guy, I am sure there are lots of people that care more about the mid bass region and the Velodyne beats the SVS there and would most likely preferred for music. Velodyne is also known for giving your lots of features on their subs (like remote controls) and that may appeal to some.

But for the price, there are other ID subs I would take over the Velodyne.
kini posts on February 28, 2012 09:55
Pretty disappointing performance for a 15" sub. I'd bet the Cadence 15 would out perform it for less than half the price.

Hopefully the Klipsch SW115 will be better.
zhimbo posts on February 28, 2012 09:53
its phillip, post: 868081
Guys, his name is Josh

D'oh!

My apologies to Mr. Ricky.
Ricci posts on February 28, 2012 09:01
The EQ-Max-15 misses the large room rating by virtue of it's 25Hz and 31.5Hz performance which is part of the minimum criteria.

The PB12-NSD does better at those 2 bands so it meets the criteria.

And yes…My mother gave me the name Joshua.
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