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)?


The DD series doesn't connect to a computer. The plus series does. Although there is a way to upgrade the firmware for the DD series with a computer but it takes a special cable from USB to serial

So how do I use the provided measuring (velodyne) microphone if not via computer?


The microphone connects to the plate amp. There is also a video output that you connect a monitor to. You would be best printing a copy of the manual for the sub and following what it says. The manual for the SMS-1 is pretty similar. There is a lot of information in that manual that will answer many of your questions and describes in detail how to set it up. It is available on the Velodyne site.

Thanks, I need to read the manual (already downlaoded a while ago). So the DD-15 HAS computer connection. Do I have a remote (need to check) for the DD-15? If so, hope I did not misplace it somehow.


It has composite video out for on-screen display. It does not connect to a computer. The computer connections are for software updates. It does require the remote and on-screen display to set everything up. It runs frequency sweeps that you can see in real time. It has graphic and parametric eq capability. Just read the manual.