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Velodyne EQ-Max 12 review

Packing plenty of punch and dynamics, THE 225w powered Velodyne EQ-Max 12 is a force to be reckoned with Tested at £825

Our Verdict

Powerful and agile with heaps of rhythm, the Velodyne continues to be a hugely enjoyable sub

For

  • Lots of deep bass
  • bags of punch
  • user friendly

Against

  • Some may want a little more precision
  • not the most stylish sub we’ve seen

With a 225W class D amp powering its forward-firing 30.5cm driver, the sound coming out of the Velodyne is powerful enough to fill even very large rooms without losing control. The downward-firing port and sturdy cabinet (propped on rubber feet) ensure that there is minimal port noise affecting the output, too, leaving notes clean and deep.

There’s plenty of agility and punch here, combined with great dynamics. It could do with a touch more detail, but the EQ-Max aims to be enjoyable rather than clinical.

User-friendly and serving up a cheerful sound with plenty of authority, it’s worth every penny.

The Velodyne EQ-Max 12 has a 225W class D amp powering its forward-firing 30.5cm driver, meaning it's powerful enough to fill even very large rooms without losing control.

The downward-firing port and sturdy cabinet (on rubber feet) ensure there'is minimal port noise affecting the output, too, leaving notes clean and deep, while the pushbutton automatic equalisation. handled from the remote control, helps set-up no end by 'dialling-in' the sub to suit your room.

That's the 'EQ-Max' bit of the model designation – the '12' is, of course, the size of the driver in good ol' US inches.

Velodyne EQ-Max 12 subwoofer has automatic set-up

Velodyne EQ-Max 12 subwoofer has automatic set-up

There’s plenty of agility and punch here, combined with great dynamics. Yes, the sound could do with a touch more detail, but the EQ-Max aims to be enjoyable rather than clinical.

User-friendly and serving up a cheerful sound with plenty of authority, it’s worth every penny.

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