Head to Head Comparison with Hsu ST1 and the Velodyne loses
28 January 2014
Summary: Speakers depend greatly on the beholder's ears, the room and amplifier etc. It also depends on the application (audio vs home theater etc). This may be even more true for subwoofers. Please take this into account when reading further. Your needs and application might lead to a different conclusion. I wanted a little lower extension in my small living room stereo system for low to moderate level (loudness) playback.
Summary: I've had a Velodyne (8 inch)in my stereo system for about 10 years and loved it... I decided to try an up grade, so I went for the Impact-10 but it did not do the job... It really is very light weight literally, and the bass reproduction is also light weight...no pop or punch, just rumbles... My opinion...
Excerpt: I have another Velodyne Sub on my main surround sound system so my expectations were high. It functioned as described. It was easy to install and adjust. Sounds great. It really rounds out the sound on my second system. No problems with the order and shipping. B&H was great as always.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality
Summary: I purchased this subwoofer to supplement my main speakers which sound nice, but are lacking in bass. This subwoofer complements them well. The overall sound is much richer and the subwoofer really fills out the bass. For the price, it's a nice unit with good definition. I'm very happy!
Summary: Just completed the home theater - a 20 x 16 finished attic. Polk rc85i speakers and this sub complete the 5.1 setup. This sub creates a very clean and powerful low end for music. For movie tracks, some scenes that want to rumble the room have no problem doing so with this sub. In the middle of a movie, I've had to look over at the sub in awe more than twice in one week. Nicely done Velodyne.
Summary: My first impression of the Velodyne Impact 10 was accurate and lasting. When I first picked it up I was amazed how light-weight it is (about 22 lbs.). It also sounds light-weight. My second impression was also lasting and accurate. It is a handsome-looking little box. It is also a handsome-sounding little box. The opening piano chords from Adele's Live at the Royal Albert Hall rang with a realistic resonance, but this is no boom box.
Summary: This subwoofer replace an old Klipsch I had for over 10 years - good bye good friend. The new Velodyne has great sound, not boomy, but solid bass punch. Initial impression of materials and workmanship is quite good. It would be appropriate to have a subwoofer input on this speaker rather than "Y-ing" or running the speaker cables from the amp. Did follow recommendations to put volume at 1/4 and then control from the amp - this seems to work well.