Bookshelf Speakers

Blaupunkt Velocity 2 Go Powered Speakers for Portable Players

ARTICLE INDEX

blaupunkt-v2gospeakers-front-main.jpg

Introduction

Blaupunkt is a subsidiary of Bosch and is headquartered in Hildesheim, Germany. Since the 50's the name has been associated with quality car stereo electronics, and the company has sold millions of products over the years. As times have changed, Blaupunkt now continues to innovate with advancements in navigation systems as well as stereo products.

One of Blaupunkt's newest loudspeaker products, the Velocity 2 Go (V2Go), is an example of this innovation. The company must have thought of the saying "killing two birds with one stone" while designing it.

The Velocity 2 Go is an indoor stereo system designed for use with MP3 players, and it can also be used as a subwoofer to be placed in a vehicle, and finally it's a portable battery-operated stereo system that provides musical ambiance for any outdoor get together, be it afternoon picnic, backyard party, or summertime barbeque. Actually, that's three birds with one stone, so let's get a better look.

Specifications

  • Design: Two-way
  • Drivers: Two 1" Silk Dome Tweeters, Two 6.5" Woofers
  • Amplifier: 80 Watts RMS
  • MFR: 40 Hz - 120 Hz Sub Mode; 40 Hz - 20 kHz Full Mode
  • Inputs: 1/8" Mini-jack, RCA
  • Dimensions: 8.7" H x 18.9" W x 9.4" D
  • Weight: 15.5 Pounds
  • MSRP: $449 USA
  • Blaupunkt

The Design

The V2Go is a portable active stereo system that can run off of 8 AA batteries or AC power from a wall outlet or DC power from a car battery. It measures 8.7" H x 18.9" W 9.4" D and weighs 15 ½ lbs. The model I was sent for review is called the Velocity 2 Go 6, but there is also a Velocity 2 Go 5 model available that has the same kinds of features using smaller woofers and tweeters and costing a little bit less.

The amplification inside can provide 80 watts RMS and 160 watts of peak power while connected to either an AC adapter or a car battery; however when the system is running on rechargeable batteries, the power is cut to 30 watts RMS and 60 watts peak.

blaupunkt-v2go-speakers-figure-2.jpg

The system features two 6.5" woofers and two 1" silk-dome neodymium tweeters, and there is a bass reflex port built into the back that's designed to provide additional cooling as power levels increase. The cabinet structure is made out of mostly aluminum, and MDF is used for the interior walls.

The V2Go has two modes of operation. Full mode has a frequency range of 50 – 25 kHz, and this is the mode used when one plays music from a portable music player such as a Zune or iPod. The second mode, called Subwoofer mode, has a frequency range of 40 – 120 Hz and is designed so the V2Go can be connected to a car stereo and placed in the vehicle's trunk or interior to enhance the bass response of the music. There's a switch on top of the unit so that one can manually set the mode, but there's also an automatic sensing feature built in that can change the mode, depending on how you are using it.

I was impressed with the fit and finish of the Velocity 2 Go. It looks great indoors or outside with its high quality brushed aluminum finish, glossy black face, and logo on the front that glows neon blue when powered on. The quality of everything is top notch, and this is one of the more attractive active stereo systems I've seen.