Originally Posted by AllenA07
I would love your opinion on it. I don't see many people who have experienced both.
First off these are two capable subs produced by two nice guys (Tom V and the Doc), good guys to deal with for support and help. From my posts and joined date it's obviously that I just got into home theater at these levels after years of HTiB, but thanks to members of the forum I am happy with my set up now and waiting for the next upgrade. Room is 12 W X 21L X 8 H sealed.
Projector Sony HW50
Screen SI 133"
Aprerion 5T (7.0 Speaker set up
Synology DS 213
Okay now to the sub business; I was in the same position you are last year but after months of research and following shadyj and basshead81 battle out
with their passion for each company, I ordered XV15 after communicating with Tom V (again great guy to deal with). After calibration my AVR set the sub at -4db which I felt was not strong enough so I increased the LEF level in the AVR to 0, then started watching the 5 star bass movies I had. Truth be told the bass was awesome and the sub was pressurizing the whole room.
Then I throw in OHF with Monument scene (which we all know is one of the most challenging bass scenes in movies), I heard a port noise and it kinda killed it for me cos I hate port noise. I had to lower the LEF level in the AVR to get rid of the port noise which to me meant I needed more sub than the XV15 was giving me, so it was time to jump to the next level on the food chain which was VTF 15 or FV15.
I ordered the VTF15 and after calibration my AVR set the LEF at -7 which again I increased to 0, bass was awesome and best of all to me was no port noise listening at 0.0 (reference level). The only reason I return the XV15 was the port noise with a few scenes but overall a very capable sub.
PS: Is the VTF 15 a better sub? absolutely yes, buy what you can afford from XV15 to VTF15 to FV15HP ( I am very happy with my VTF 15 sometimes I feel like I should have jump one level higher with FV15HP but I am just gonna add another VTF 15.