For the review, I received two SC-IW's, consisting of five boxes, four for the
drivers and speaker boxes, plus one for the SC-1250 class D amplifier.
Although the SC-1250 has a built-in parametric equalizer, most installers
will recommend purchasing Velodyne's outstanding SMS-1 equalizer as well,
and an SMS-1 was included as part of my installation.
Because the job was a retro-fit rather than new construction, installation
was performed primarily by Veloyne technican Rick Yoder, with help
from Geoffrey Marks, Director of Sales, Western Region. What would have been
a two or three-hour install for new construction turned into a two-day job,
made necessary by meticulous cutting of the drywall, re-routing electrical
pulling speaker cable through the walls, mounting the enclosures, then
mudding, taping, and re-painting the existing drywall. Suffice it to say,
consumers wanting to install the SC-IW's into an existing room will have a
higher bill from the contractor.
The grille was then painted
to match the wall. Here's what the final installation looks like (the upper
rectangle is a sound panel, not part of the subwoofer installation).
Pictures really don't do justice of how well these units blend in with the
wall. Once installed, the only sign of the in-walls existence were small
painted grilles on the front wall. They are essentially invisible to the
naked eye. We're talking through-the-roof SAF ratings.
The space-saving benefit was immediately apparent in that I could hang
acoustic panels right over the drywall to absorb reflections from my main
speakers. Needless to say, my wife is very happy to have the big subs out
of the room. She asked me if I would miss showing off the large subwoofers
to friends (she knows how a guy likes to show off his big
subwoofer), but I told her I'm secure enough in my masculinity and would
enjoy the look on friends' faces, noticing the lack of visible subwoofers,
asking where all the rumble was coming from.
Go to Part III.
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