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Today I smashed the piggy bank and bought a Velodyne Optimum-10 sub that has internal equalization to replace a ten year-old PSB sub that hasn’t.

My system allows two subs and, last year, I bought a Velodyne SPL-1000R. For some reason running both was difficult in setting up the bass. I am a believer in buying speaker in pairs and the two, the Velodyne and the PSB Subsonic 111 didn’t match. Nothing wrong with the PSB, when I bought the sub it was the best available in that price range, yet the design was a ported bass and that put out a different wave in the room to the Velodyne (front firing, no ports). I spent much time positioning the subs to get the bass working but it was a compromise. If I had both front firing or both ported I don’t think it would have been as hard to setup. Having a mismatch was difficult. So the decision to get the Optimum-10.

So, after being offered a price I couldn't refuse, I set up the new Optimum-10 and ran the EQ program (the speaker comes with a mike to do this) and set the crossover to 80 Hz, THX recommend. I haven’t finished getting the bass the way I want it (lows that add rather than those smashing small ornaments) and I’ll do that this weekend. However, in the initial placement and EQ, the sound overall seems clearer.

Elly thought the dialog on my test (Master and Commander) was easier to hear and my CD test (Ray Lynch’s Bests) seemed to have better location use of the other speakers.

What I haven’t done is run the Yamaha amp’s YPAO speaker balance. It will be interesting to see if the other speakers than bass change settings.

Let you know.

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