What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Wed, 6 Oct 2010, 10:00am

Velodyne CHT-8Q

Tested at £445
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5

Cracking – Velodyne’s strongest budget offering in an age

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For

  • Automatic installation, potent sound, value for money

Against

  • A little slower than some, but not enough to cause too much heartache

Velodyne has been working hard to maximise the competitiveness of its affordable subwoofer range.

To that end, the new CHT-Q line-up (available in drive-unit sizes from 20cm up to 38cm) includes digital power amplification, coupled to impressive onboard DSP (digital signal processing).

Together with a microphone-based automatic calibration system, this is designed to ensure an optimised sound regardless of your system and your room's acoustic properties.

Combined with a remote control and an LED display, the result is a subwoofer anyone can configure in moments – and as proper configuration is 90 per cent of the battle of setting up any subwoofer, that's an asset that really shouldn't be underestimated.

Serious bass stomp

The CHT-8Q belies its status as the baby of the range with 180W of output and a gutsy, potent sound: for many real-world rooms, its bass will be more than adequate, especially since the Velodyne's relative agility makes it more suited to music use than some of its forebears.

True, a B&W ASW610 is faster still, but for outright stomp – and for ease of use – this Velodyne more than merits a five star rating.

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