Blaupunkt has launched Velocity 2Go, which has the distinction of being the world’s first headphone-jack portable stereo speaker systems that have the ability of being converted into car audio subwoofers, just about in a jiffy.
The Velocity 2Go powered speakers produce room-filling full-range sound when connected to any device with headphone output jacks. And when used in a car, they deliver deep, clean bass to add weight to the sound of a basic four-speaker car stereo system.
Blaupunkt’s latest portable speaker systems come in two sizes, each with powerful high-efficiency amplifiers, two long-throw polypropylene woofers and two silk-dome tweeters in a robust, attractive ported aluminum enclosure with MDF internal walls for reduced cabinet resonance. The aluminum speaker ports also function as amplifier heat sinks with the cooling flow of air increasing in proportion to power levels. Power for the four bi-amp configured amplifiers and active crossovers is supplied by a car’s 12-volt electrical system, an AC adapter, or rechargeable AA batteries sustained by a built-in charger. A defeatable auto-turn-on function activates whenever an audio signal is detected.
The Velocity 2Go 5 includes dual 5-1/4-inch woofers along with a pair of 3 D4-inch tweeters in an 8 liter enclosure and has the ability of linear frequency response from 50 Hz to 25000 kHz. The larger Velocity 2Go 6 makes use of 6-1/2-inch woofers and 1-inch tweeters in a 15-liter enclosure, enabling it to deliver higher output, and linear response down to 40 Hz.
Apart from the 3.5mm headphone jack input, there are also rear-panel RCA inputs for use with variable line-level outputs from a home, preamplifier, TV set, or other audio device. The unit’s built-in amplifiers incorporate the ability to deliver a combined output up to 160 watts of power (80 watts RMS) when connected to either an AC or 12-volt DC source, and 60 Watts max (30 watts RMS) when powered by eight standard rechargeable AA batteries.
When the Velocity 2Go is transformed into a powered car subwoofer, its low pass active filter network comes into play, limiting reproduction to frequencies below 120 Hz and removing the tweeters as an audio source. A wide array of subwoofer controls, including gain, low-pass frequency, and signal phase adjustments guaranteeing seamless integration with existing car stereo gear, are packed in. A rear-panel multi-port input can be used with the included cable to instantly connect the Velocity 2Go to 12 V DC power, speaker-level or RCA audio inputs, making it remarkably fast and simple to hook up to nearly any car audio system. In addition, there’s an optional QuickOut Dock available that can offer instant connection and subwoofer mode activation.
The Blaupunkt Velocity 2Go 5 and Velocity 2Go 6 headphone-jack portable stereo speaker systems are available right away for $399.95 and $449.95 each, respectively. The optional QuickOut car dock is priced at $99.95.