A UK press release in the next week or two will highlight some interesting new products from Velodyne. VX-10 First off, Velodyne have now launched the VX-10 subwoofer. This is a small high performance budget model. The VX-10 will carry a 10" driver powered by a 100 watt RMS amp (peaking at 150 watts for short intervals) This will be a ported model which will help boost the LF. The models come in Cherry wood and Silver finish. The high street retail price of these will be a storming £249. Digital Drive, The now infamous Velodyne 1812 will herald other "Digital Drive" products from Velo. This mother of all subwoofers (which I've already nicknamed King Kong ) is constructed using solid cast alluminum with cavities for extra weight loading of it's off the shelf and already not so light weight of over 400 Lbs. As some already know, it has a single 18" driver and a single 12" driver. Both are powered by a 3 kilowatt (3000 watt) amp. I'm told that such is the draw of power at switch on, an (approx) 30 amp spur socket is a necessity for the installation of this animal. The key feature of the 1812 are the EQ capabilities which will be passed down to a line up of Velodynes new premier "Digital Drive" range. These will be DD-10/ DD-12/ DD-15 and DD-18 The DD-15 and DD-18 as they will be known feature modified amp's and drivers of which exact details will be released shortly. They will also have a composite video out, Beyer Dynamic pro microphone, mike stand, and 20 meter lead. These subs will contain an onboard parametric room EQ system that will smooth out the frequency range in given listening positions. Sidetracking here a little. As mentioned in a previous post, the size of these optimal listening positions will still very much depend on the manual placement of your sub. Regardless, the user will have the opportunity to punch in (via video display, hence composite video out,) six different presets. Incredibly, this means that if you have to give up your sweetspot for a guest, you can actually take it with you Hit a button on the remote, it's over at chair number 3 The DD range even has an RS232 port for future software upgrades..... As this is somewhat of a unique product, Velodyne will not allow a power-buy on the Digital Drive range This means that the price hike (approx 20-25%) from the HGS range will actually be 40-45% without the power-buys This means that the HGS-15 and 18 will be somewhat of a bargain if you can still get one after June. These products are targeted to launch at the end of June. Keyword here is targeted. Certain aspects of sofware and programming are not yet finalized and "could" lead to delays. We don't know. What we do know is that the hugely successful HGS-15 and 18 (which both passed the Ultra 2 spec very recently) will carry on for at least 6 months and possibly longer.