Velodyne DD15 - worth repairing the plate amp?

The amp in my 2008 Velodyne DD15 is dead as a door nail. 

How good is this old marvel compared to today's offerings?

Worth investing another $500 (to have amp repaired, incl roundtrip shipping, tax, etc)? Or just use as passive sub?

How does it compete to modern subs, for example SBS SB-2000 or SB-3000 (both under $1k pre owned)?


This may sound silly but what are you all doing to pry these plate amps out of DD-15s and such? Mine has developed an intermittent blatting sound and the dang amp doesn't want to budge. I'm sure there's an adhesive from the factory involved. I'm nervous to pull any harder on the hi-level input banana jacks.

I didn't have too much trouble getting the amp out but I'm not surprised it happens.  There's no adhesive but I think some sort of gasket maybe is sticky.  It'll come, worst case scenario you have to accept a little cabinet damage and pry it out with a screw driver.  

I often half insert the screws back in, push/pull them to the side (to jam) and apply lifting force to seperate the seal tape from the wood.

If nothing works: put 2 wood screws (in new holes, small pre drill but not all the way through) in. 

  1. Repair Cost: If the cost of repairing the amplifier, including shipping, tax, and any potential labor charges, is around $500, it may be worth considering, especially if you have a strong attachment to the subwoofer or if you believe the subwoofer still performs well in your setup.

  2. Subwoofer Performance: The Velodyne DD-15 was a capable subwoofer in its time, but advancements in subwoofer technology have occurred since 2008. Newer subwoofers, like the SVS SB-2000 or SB-3000, offer more power, better bass extension, and improved features. If you're looking for enhanced performance and modern features, upgrading to a newer subwoofer might be a better option.

  3. Compatibility and Features: Consider the features you need, such as room calibration, connectivity options, and integration with your existing audio setup. Modern subwoofers often have advanced features that can enhance your listening experience.

  4. Budget: If your budget allows, investing in a newer subwoofer might provide you with a more satisfying and up-to-date audio experience. Both the SVS SB-2000 and SB-3000 are well-regarded subwoofers, and their performance can be significantly better than the Velodyne DD-15, especially if you have the space and budget for them.

Ultimately, the decision to repair the Velodyne DD-15 or upgrade to a new subwoofer depends on your preferences, priorities, and budget. If you're looking for improved performance and features, a new subwoofer like the SVS models you mentioned may be a good choice. However, if you have a strong sentimental attachment to the Velodyne or are satisfied with its performance, repairing it may also be a viable option.