Velodyne HGS-18 assessment

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  1. John H

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    I have been using a pair of Definitive Technology PF18TL subwoofers in my system for a few years now. I also have been using an Audio Control PCA III on the signal. The PCA generates subharmonics 1 octave below the original signal and mixes them in. It uses a sampling range of 70-35 Hz. So basically it is adding 35-17½ Hz subharmonics.
    I replaced the PF18's with a pair of HGS-18's on Friday. Over the weekend I did a little tweaking and demoed the subs in my system.
    The Velodynes outperform the Def Techs in the low end by a fairly good margin. They extend much deeper with greater output. The bass is also tighter and more controled.
    I use my subwoofers in conjunction with a pair of Buttkicker tactile transducers. I am finally pleased with the low end in my system.
    TV suggested considering 4 Ultras as an alternative. Unfortunately due to space that was not an option.
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    Yep! The big Velodynes are awesome. However, you're comparing apples to oranges. The HGS-18 costs a lot more than the PF18TL subs do. That means a lot more high end components went into the HGS-18. The PF18TL is an attempt and at large and powerful, yet inexpensive sub. At least inexpensive given it's power and driver size. So yes, the HGS-18 is a lot better in the low end. I love mine.
    [Edited last by Hubert on September 25, 2001 at 08:28 AM]
     
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    Excellent to hear John,
    I remember thinking...probably YEARS ago now(when we first bumped into one another)...you'd eventually end up with dual 18" servos [​IMG]
    I see some Buttkicker2s,and a pair of HGS10/12s(for your surrounds) in your future...
    TV
     
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    John H
    Could you please edit your signature? It has an usual amount of blank space at the bottom.
    Many thanks.
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    John, Good to hear that you are happy with the HGS-18's.
    How do you have them set up? Left/Right or mono?
     
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    John, if that matters Stereophile just came out with their latest recommended equipment list and now only the $4k Revel is considered class A SW together with the big Velo. [​IMG] Have fun.
    PF
     
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    I would take the SGHT reviews of subwoofers with a grain of salt since they don't actually do measurements. That being said, the Velodyne is an awesome subwoofer.
     

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