Summary: There is a local audio dealer in Denver who allows customers to trial the gear in-home overnight, or for a few days. When we talked about my unhappiness with ported and open enclosure subwoofers, he suggested a sealed version - specifically the velodyne optimum series. He gave me a caveat - that the bass would sound "correct", and that some people wouldn't prefer it this way. Once I got this home and positioned correctly, I was amazed. The bass is indeed a lot tighter.
Summary: I have owned many Velodyne subwoofers in the past, once they seup right, they work great. Previous Velodynes works better in playing movies than music, but recent ones works equally good once setup right. The optimum 10's piano black finish and shape looks great, works effortlessly, but the remote handset sucks.