My New Velodyne SPL-1000 MK II

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  1. General Skanky

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    I've just bought a SPL-1000 MKII.

    My room is 14" 6' x 14" 10' x 8" 6' ish.

    I bought the 1000 for several reasons, after looking at many alternatives and models from all sorts of manufacturers.

    We had to have a diminuitive sub, but it also had to sound good. For a while I thought my only real choice was going to be a DD10 at £2000.

    The current Velodyne CHT-R range is either too big or small for what I wanted from the sub. The same goes for the new SVS sub which is too big. There were othe options like B&W, but in this case size really does matter, as you'll see from the photos. :)

    I'd heard an original 1000 a while back and always remembered just how excellent it was. At the time I couldn't believe such a small box could produce such quality. At that time I owned a CHT-15 which I could compare it too. There wasn't much difference.

    The new 1000 MkII has a class D amp, which with all it's benefits helps massively.

    It also looks very good in gloss black, so wife friendly.

    It also has a much better spec 'on paper' than say, a CHT10.

    Now, I have to be careful how I word this as many people have bought and obviously love their CHT-R's.

    It is very arguementative, as the room they are placed in is the biggest deciding factor to the final sound quality.

    However, all things being equal, the spl range is at least the equal if not better than the CHT-R range, imho only of course. We all hear and like different things.

    It offers massive, quality output from a tiny box. Right down to 24Hz +/- 3db. Pretty good going in anyones books.

    From my past experience, the 1000 can create as much of a riot with films as the big boys, I promise.

    In the end, it really was the only choice for us in our room.
     
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    A photo to show relative size.
     
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    The rear.
     
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    Where it ended up.
     
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    Blue LED.
     
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    I've not heard the new mk11 spl's but im a fan of the old models...and they certianly have plenty of grunt for such a small box.

    May be time to sell my Rel qe100 as the wife has always hated it in the front room....easily hide that oxo cube anywhere :laugh:


    :thumbsup:
     
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    I have to say Velodyne do make some lovely looking subs excellent finish and i love the Piano black.

    John :)
     
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    Wow! that is absolutely tiny - I think that must be one of the highest WAF subs around with its size and finish :smashin:

    Mark.
     
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    Yup. Piled on the brownie points like you wouldn't believe!:laugh:

    Steak for tea for a week.:)
     
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    Looking good ,i can just about remember how good the deco sub was.I'm shure the spl range would have been my upgrade path if it wasn't for the new svs.
     
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    Well, as you know, size wise you can't go wrong.
     
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    Looks good. :thumbsup:
    How does it perform?
     
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    Difficult to quantify, but we're more than happy with it.

    As I said, imho opinion, a comparable sub would be a CHT-15.
     
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    Wow! At a fraction of the size that is pretty impressive.
     
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    The spl-1200 would be more of a match, but no complaints here with the 1000.
     
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    General,

    I've had my eye on a SPL1000 for about a year (problems with builders have delayed). I would love a SVS but just don't have the room...I still toy with the idea now and then.

    The size is definitely a strong point. I've got a pretty similar sized room to you. Out of interest what speakers have you matched it with?

    Jus
     
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    Does anyone know how the BK sub compares as that is pretty small as well but they quote +- 6 db.
     
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    The BK sub is excellent value for money but I don't see it matching the SPL 1000 which costs considerably more and is in a higher division altogether.
     
  19. General Skanky

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    We now have ATC active 10s for surround duties.

    At the moment it's only 4.1 as we're humming and haaing over a projector and where to place things.

    Tbh, the type of speakers shouldn't really be a problem as a good sub from any brand should underpin well regardless.

    I too considered a BK sub, but knew that unless I went for a 'big gun' from the off, I'd end up upgrading at some point.

    If size wasn't an issue, then SVS etc would have come under consideration. But as you can see, the 1000 fits in quite nicely.
     
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    I tested that very sub and for music it was exemplary, punchy and cohesive sound. I felt the DD12 was a revelation for movies when compared. Not sure how it would run against a DD10.

    How lovely does it look, which is why i wanted one.
     
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    If my budget had allowed it, then the DD seires aswell as other brands would have been looked at.

    Tbh though, £2000 for a DD10 is a lot of money. I know it's well spent, but we just couldn't stretch that far.

    I'd much rather try and justify spending £1350 on a centre speaker.:laugh:
     
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    Absolutely mate. It is stunning and I was amazed at how well built it was.
     
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    how do you like the sub? i'm looking at the pb10-isd and this one. i want something that's good for music and ht. i might go for the the spl-1000 if it's worth the money and better or as good as the pb10-isd. what do you think? thanks
     
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    Sorry, not sure if you asking all of us or just the General. IMHO I did not want the SPL1000 for the movies. I wanted a sub with good output down to 20Hz and unfortunately it didn't do it for me. In saying that it performed very well down to it's registered limits, so from that point of view it does exactly what it says on the tin.

    As I have said in the other post be careful with the size of the SVS, it's huge in comparision to the SPL and that has to be a factor.
     
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    ok stu, thanks. i have to find a way to demo the spl in my home.
     
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    where did you buy the spl 1000 and how much did it cost you?
     
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    AV-Sales are authorized Velodyne dealers and actually sponsor this forum. They have a large ad at the head of this page so give them a ring as they are normally very competitive on price to forum members as many people in the plasma forum will tell you
     
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    I bought mine elsewhere, but as Ian said, this forum sponsor sells this range.

    It should cost £899 in gloss black.

    I'm sure if you ask nicely they will look after you.
     
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    Mornin'

    Depending on where you live or are willing to travel, we have the SPL1000 mkII in demo room two. Give me a call and we can arrange a demo with your own music and films that you are familiar with. I can also move the sub into two other rooms that may be more like your own in size and character, this would obviously mean a little extra waiting time to setup in each room, but you will appreciate the end result.

    Regards
     
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    Hayes,

    Do you offer home demos as well, so we can hear the sub in situ with the speakers, amp etc we have?

    Jus.
     

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