Review: Velodyne MicroVee Subwoofer
If your crammed for space and need some bass, try the Velodyne MicroVee.
Velodyne MicroVee Subwoofer
Velodyne MicroVee Subwoofer
January 21, 2010 by Audioholics.com

Velodyne has once again demonstrated it could provide the most amount of bass per square inch that the laws of physics would allow.

I love seeing the reaction when people sit down to hear my computer system, not realizing there is a MicroVee Subwoofer hidden behind my trash can providing all the low end boom.

It blended well with my desktop system, transforming its sheer depth and soundstage by providing the much needed low end extension my small speakers were incapable of producing. If your crammed for space and need some bass, give the Velodyne MicroVee a try.

Design

The MicroVee is one of Velodyne’s only multi-driver subwoofers sporting a sexy 6.5-inch (5-inch piston area) aluminum cone woofer and dual 6.5-inch (5-inch piston area) side firing passive radiators. The box is almost completely void of space thanks to large driver, passive cones and powerful 1000 watt amplifier.

In order to get any appreciable SPL out of such a small enclosure, it is necessary to use a high excursion driver coupled with passive radiators to increase effective cone area and a hulking amp to equalize extended bass response. Unfortunately, this is a costly solution to implement, hence the $799 retail price, which is incidentally $100 more than their next model up, the MiniVee.

The MicroVee has a pro-audio type look to it thanks to the ribbed extruded aluminum cabinet which is said to dissipate heat build up. Because of its small size, it can be neatly tucked under a desk. The MicroVee comes in black or white to blend into your room décor in case you can’t find a small enough space to hide it out of sight.

The back panel of the MicroVee has all of the functionality and connections you’d expect to see on larger subs, including:

  • Volume level control
  • Variable low-pass crossover from 50Hz to 200Hz
  • 0/180 degrees phase switch
  • Crossover bypass
  • Auto on/off
  • Speaker level inputs and outputs
  • RCA and mini-jack connections

The power cord is a two-prong type and is not detachable.

Setup

I tried the MicroVee in several locations in my office, but found it blended best with my speakers when placed on the floor below the left speaker and behind my trash can. I tried placing it on the desktop but it produced such a large tactile response that it seemed artificial when listening to bass intense music.

The MicroVee was connected to my EMP VT40.2 Hybrid Tube Amp Speaker System via speaker level paralleled to the 41-SE/B speakers. I found the line level outputs of the VT-40.2 amp to be about 10dB too hot for this sub, which caused it to reach maximum gain when the volume control on the sub was set any higher than a finger nail thickness from zero.

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Summary

Product: Velodyne MicroVee Subwoofer

Performance: 4 out of 5

Value: 3 out of 5

Price: $799

Specs:

Driver: Active 6.5” forward firing anodized aluminum cone (5” piston diameter), 2 x 6.5” side-firing passive radiators with aluminum cones (5” piston diameter)
Magnet Structure: 64 oz. (4 lbs)
Voice Coil: 2” Dual Layer
Amplifier: (Class D) 2000 watts Dynamic power, 1000 watts RMS power
Low Pass Crossover: 50 Hz - 200 Hz (adjustable) (12 dB octave initial, 48 dB ultimate)
Frequency Response: 38 - 120 Hz (+/- 3 dB)
Inputs: Speaker-level, mini-jack and gold plated line-level
Outputs: Speaker-level (120 Hz high-pass crossover), mini-jack (thru)
Phase: 0° to 180° (selectable) Subwoofer Direct(Crossover Bypass)
Dimensions (H/W/D): 9” x 9” x 9.6”
Warranty: Electronics: 3 years / Driver: 5 years
Finish: Black Anodized or White Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Pros: Small on size, big on sound | Excellent fit and finish
Cons: Touchy master volume control | Pricey


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