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post #1 of 13 Old 12-07-2009, 03:20 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I'm looking for a sub in the $200-$300 range to complement my current setup:
  • Onkyo TX-SR 607 receiver
  • Energy C-C100 center channel
  • Energy C-100 front and rear

We play music, games, and movies in equal amounts. Our room is not too large, 15' x 15' or so... I'm not looking for something that will make the walls rumble ("boomy" bass gives me a headache after a short while), just something that will add extra depth to our music and movie listening experience.

I've seen the Energy ESW-V8 and ESW-V10 described as "tight" and "clean" which is probably what I'm looking for. They are no longer in production (although they can still be found if you look hard enough).

What would you recommend in that price range?

Perhaps more importantly, what questions should I try to answer to find what would work best for us?

Thanks in advance!
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I would look at the Hsu Research STF1. It's on sale right now, and I don't think the Energy subs will match that one for accuracy.
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I would look at the Hsu Research STF1. It's on sale right now, and I don't think the Energy subs will match that one for accuracy.

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If you can stretch for the STF-2, I would go for it. It's also on sale.
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If you can stretch for the STF-2, I would go for it. It's also on sale.

+1 i just drove up to hsu in orange county today, tested out the stf-2 and purchased it!

This sub produces extremely accurate and clean sound, i haven't tested any movies yet (i demod HULK at hsu), just been spinning my favorite tunes all day since i got home

It will be on sale for a little while but not for long!
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Thanks for the replies. I must say I was not expecting such unanimous advice!

I've read a lot of reviews and the STF-2 seems like a wonderful sub. For me though it comes to $390 with taxes (CA) and shipping. Is it really better than the Energy ESW-V10? I can get the ESW-V10 for $329 shipped from Crutchfield.

From what I can read they seem to be about evenly matched quality & performance-wise, so I'd prefer to go with the cheaper option... thoughts?
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Thanks for the replies. I must say I was not expecting such unanimous advice!

I've read a lot of reviews and the STF-2 seems like a wonderful sub. For me though it comes to $390 with taxes (CA) and shipping. Is it really better than the Energy ESW-V10? I can get the ESW-V10 for $329 shipped from Crutchfield.

From what I can read they seem to be about evenly matched quality & performance-wise, so I'd prefer to go with the cheaper option... thoughts?

The STF-2 crushes it across the board. It has more output, digs deeper, and is articulate. Then there's excellent customer service, great warranty, and great resale value. The STF-2 is worth every penny and more of that $61 difference.
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Thanks for the replies. I must say I was not expecting such unanimous advice!

I've read a lot of reviews and the STF-2 seems like a wonderful sub. For me though it comes to $390 with taxes (CA) and shipping. Is it really better than the Energy ESW-V10? I can get the ESW-V10 for $329 shipped from Crutchfield.

From what I can read they seem to be about evenly matched quality & performance-wise, so I'd prefer to go with the cheaper option... thoughts?

if you leave near orange county it would be worth it to drive up to hsu and pick it up for 355 after tax!
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Is it really better than the Energy ESW-V10?

Absolutely. The Energy subs aren't bad by any means, but the Hsu absolutely is superior.
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By the way, the STF-2 is on sale right now for $329
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I Purchased a stf-1 a few months ago for
my bedroom home theater setup. To say I couldn't be
happier is an understatement. Tight, musical, blends PERFECTLY
with the soundbar in my Mitsubishi Unisen( I went through 3 other subs
first- Polk, Velodyne..not being happy).

Hsu is amazing.
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Don't forget the Elemental Designs ed A2-300 subwoofer, its $350 and I prefer it over the STF2. It has a 30lb weight advantage, and is not that much bigger than the STF1, essentially just 4" wider, additionally, it can dig pretty deep, their specification sheet shows a frequency response of 18-100Hz (compared to 25Hz on the HSU).

http://www.edesignaudio.com/product_...roducts_id=407

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Don't forget the Elemental Designs ed A2-300 subwoofer, its $350 and I prefer it over the STF2. It has a 30lb weight advantage, and is not that much bigger than the STF1, essentially just 4" wider, additionally, it can dig pretty deep, their specification sheet shows a frequency response of 18-100Hz (compared to 25Hz on the HSU).

http://www.edesignaudio.com/product_...roducts_id=407

If HT were the focus, I would take the eD over HSU, but the OP stated he's looking for musicality and that's where HSU has the edge.
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Thanks guys, it sounds like the choice is pretty clear cut.

I appreciate your comments!
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