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Velodyne Optimum-10

Powered subwoofer with built-in room equalizer (Cherry veneer)

6 Reviews

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1,200 watts of room-thumping bass for your sound system

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Experience high-impact bass with Velodyne's Optimum-10 subwoofer. A 1,200-watt amplifier and 10" driver provide the low-frequency muscle. Powerful DSPs (digital signal processors) monitor and adjust the Optimum-10's bass quality, for deeper, more accurate performance. Line-level and speaker-level inputs let you connect this sub to just about any home audio system. And you can use the variable crossover and phase control to fine-tune the sub's output, so the bass will blend in perfectly with the mids and highs coming from your main speakers.


The Kevlar-reinforced woofer provides tight bass.


The amp dishes out 1,200 watts for hard-hitting bass.

High-quality sound with an automatic room position equalizer

Remote and mic

An included microphone and remote help you tailor the sub's output to your room.

The handsome, compact cabinet features a convenient front-panel display of your volume, crossover, and phase selections — no more struggling to read the settings on the rear panel. And the included remote lets you adjust the sound from the comfort of your couch. The Optimum-10 uses an automatic equalizer to tailor the sub's low-frequency response to the acoustics of your room. Just plug in the included microphone, place it in your favorite listening chair, and hit the "EQ" button on the remote. You get clean, low-distortion bass no matter what size your room is or where you place the sub. You can also choose from four customized audio presets that modify the sub's sound to suit your tastes and source material. And for late-night listening, switch to Night Mode to keep the kids asleep and the neighbors happy.

Product Highlights:

  • acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure
  • 1,200-watt RMS Class D amplifier
  • 10" front-firing driver with dual-layer voice coil
  • frequency response 24-120 Hz (±3dB)
  • continuously variable 40-120 Hz low-pass crossover with bypass mode
  • 4-position phase control (0º, 90º, 180º, and 270º)
  • stereo line-level/LFE inputs
  • stereo line-level output with 80 Hz high-pass crossover
  • speaker-level inputs with binding post connectors
  • video-shielded (prevents magnetic distortion on tube TVs)
  • Room Bass Correction automatic equalizer (microphone included)
  • four customized listening modes (Movies, Jazz/Classical, Rock/R&B, Games)
  • Night Mode limits maximum output
  • volume and mute control
  • signal sensing auto on/off
  • remote control
  • 13"W x 13-3/8"H x 16-5/8"D
  • weight: 43 pounds
  • warranty: 5 years parts and labor for drivers, 3 years parts and labor for electronics
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Powered subwoofer with cherry finish
  • 6' AC cord
  • Grille (installed)
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 Lithium battery
  • Microphone with attached 20' Cable
  • Microphone stand
  • User's manual
  • Warranty information
  • Owner's registration card

Very easy to install - I used the built in equalizer to adjust for the room, then used Audyssey in my receiver to adjust to the rest of the speakers, and perfection. The bass is deep and tuneful. The rumble is awesome. I couldn't be happier with the results.

pickerall, Falls Church VA


Velodyne Optimum-10 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

OMG - What Great Sound - Audiophile Bass Supreme

Bassdude from Dallas, TX on 12/15/2016

What an incredible subwoofer for... audiophiles... who want to augment their standmount monitors, or Maggies, or whatever. Got this for all of the above at a "street price" of $1200. Took about an hour to unpack, set up, integrate and "dial in." Which is made easy by the remote and on board DSP with mic. The result is a warm, rich, full sound, with improved detail resolution, tone, tenor and texture, expanded soundstage, improved imaging, and a life-like sound. None of that boomy, uncontrolled bass... just... fast, tight, deep bass without distortion. A double bass, or cello... sound like the real, live instrument. Stop your search... and... get this sub. You'll be glad you did... IF... you're an audiophile like me, who just wants your music to sound like the real, live musicians are there in the room with you.

Pros: Great sound Easy set up Value priced

Cons: None

Velodyne Optimum-10

pickerall from Falls Church VA on 7/2/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to install - I used the built in equalizer to adjust for the room, then used Audyssey in my receiver to adjust to the rest of the speakers, and perfection. The bass is deep and tuneful. The rumble is awesome. I couldn't be happier with the results.



Great for smaller rooms

Ray from San Diego on 11/13/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Optima 10 Cherry looks great and has great sound with movies or video. Big sound from a surprisingly small cabinet. But I have a 15x18 room with an 11 ft ceiling and one open wall. The volume on the 10 needs to be set at 40 of 50 to hit the sweet spot with music. So I will replace it with an Optima 12, which will not have to work so hard.



Velodyne Optimum-10

HERB from Hanover, PA on 11/9/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is my first sub. I connected it up with a pair of JBL-100's of a past era (I still think they are very good speakers). Adjusting the sub volume and cross over frequency was key to achieving an excellent level sound spectrum. I used a CD which played frequencies between 140 to 20 cps at 5 cps intervals to balance the units after I used the built in equalization feature. The result is bass that is accurate and tight, not boomy, and blends in perfectly with my JBL's. I enjoy a broad music genre. The sub added a reality to the music that is outstanding. I think this is a great sub.



Excellent, Powerful Subwoofer

Eric from Las Vegas, NV on 1/31/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Optimum-10 is an excellent, powerful subwoofer, capable of adding well- defined deep bass to moderate-sized listening spaces. Setup and routine operation is very simple, thanks to the included remote control. If limited floor space is a concern, its small footprint is a big plus, as it does not in any way compromise sound quality. The build quality and outstanding cherry wood veneered cabinet place this subwoofer among the very best in this price range.



Velodyne Optimum 10

Micky from Ashburn, VA on 1/25/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very clean and accurate reproduction of low end frequencies. Plenty of power Easy on the eyes (Cherry finish)




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Video Shielded Yes
Woofer Size (inches) 10
Woofer Composition Kevlar/Resin
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Outputs No
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 40-120 Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq 80 Hz
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 1200
Frequency Response 24-120 Hz
Height (inches) 13-3/8
Width (inches) 13
Depth (inches) 16-5/8
Weight 43 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 3 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research



Class-D Digital Amplifier: The Optimum-10 features Velodyne's patented ERS (Energy Recovery System) Class-D digital amplifier. The amp delivers 1200 watts RMS and 2400 watts dynamic power. Rated at over 95% efficiency, the ERS amp generates minimal heat, making it incredibly reliable.

Kevlar Reinforced Driver: To compliment the powerful amplifier, the subwoofer uses a 10" driver with a multi-layer, Kevlar reinforced, resin cone and high-excursion EPDM rubber surround mounted in a die-cast aluminum basket, and a massive 346 oz (21.6 pound) magnet structure.

Two-layer Copper Voice Coil: The driver incorporates a unique 3 inch, inside/outside wound, two-layer copper voice coil that assures linear travel, and allows for the heat dissipation needed to handle the power delivered by the 1200 watt RMS ERS amp.

DSP: Texas Instruments DSP chips and customized software are used to accurately adjust the Optimum-10s sonic parameters, resulting in a fantastically detailed bass output.

Display: A blue LED display on the front of the sub indicates the phase, EQ preset, night mode, and volume. The display turns off when the sub goes into standby mode, or it can be turned off manually when the sub is playing.


Volume: There are volume buttons on the front and rear of the sub, and on the remote. The volume scale runs from 0 to 80 and is displayed on the front panel.

Low-pass Crossover: The crossover control allows you to adjust the upper limit of the subwoofer's frequency response from 40 to 120 Hz. The Optimum-10 has multiple staggered low-pass crossovers; the slope at the crossover point is 12 dB/octave, the slope one octave above the crossover point is 48 dB/octave.

Subwoofer Direct: Turning the crossover knob to the counterclockwise most position engages the Subwoofer Direct feature, bypassing the built-in crossover and allowing frequencies up to 200 Hz to pass to the woofer. This feature is used with an outboard crossover.

Phase Adjustment: The remote control allows you to adjust the phase of the subwoofer's output signal in 90° increments (0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°) to optimize the sub's performance, given it's location and your listening position.

Auto Equalizer: The Optimum-10 has an internal 6-band parametric EQ that is automatically set using the included microphone. With the mic in your listening position, engage the auto EQ feature using the remote and the sub emits 12 sweep tones covering frequencies from 20 to 150 Hz and optimizes the EQ settings for the room.

Presets: There are four presets designed for specific applications:

  • Movies: maximum output and impact for special effects (25 Hz subsonic filter/+4 dB boost at 35 Hz/+5 dB volume boost)
  • R&B-Rock: driving bass for today's rock and R&B music (28 Hz subsonic filter/+4 dB boost at 50 Hz/+1 dB volume boost)
  • Jazz-Classical: tightest, cleanest, lowest distortion bass (15 Hz subsonic filter with no bass or volume boost)
  • Games: maximum loudness for video game impact (34 Hz subsonic filter/+4 dB boost at 62 Hz/+4 dB volume boost)

Night Mode: Using the Night Mode limits the maximum output of the sub.

Remote: The Optimum-10 includes a wireless remote that controls power, volume, EQ, presets, phase, mute, light, and the night mode. An IR sensor is on the front of the sub in the upper left corner. The remote's dimensions are:

  • Width: 1.580"
  • Height: 3.392"
  • Depth: 0.313"

Auto Turn-on Function: With this function in the "auto" position, the subwoofer will turn itself on automatically when an audio signal is present. If no signal is present for approximately 8 minutes, the unit will switch to standby mode. When the auto-on feature is turned off, the sub remains on unless you manually turn it off using the master switch on the rear panel.


Preamp Level Input (RCA): The line-level jacks should be used when connecting the subwoofer to a pre-amp, signal processor, line-level crossover, or receiver with pre-amp level outputs. If inputting a single LFE signal, connect to the left input.

Preamp Level Output (RCA): The stereo line-level output has an 80 Hz/6 dB per octave high-pass crossover for use with a pre-amp. The preamp output is only useful when a full range stereo signal is sent to the preamp inputs.

Speaker Level Input: The speaker-level jacks connect directly to the speaker outputs of any amplifier, integrated amplifier, or receiver. Your amplifier section will notice no additional load when you use these inputs due to their high impedance. The speaker inputs have 5-way binding posts.

Mic Input: The included microphone plugs into a mini-jack input on the front of the sub.

IR Input: A mini-jack IR input is used if you have a universal remote system with IR repeater.

12V Trigger: If a mini-plug is connected to this jack, the sub remains off until 12 volts is applied across the terminal. Polarity is irrelevant.

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