Folks, just wanted to share a few initial impression of my B-stock S1500 that I received today. One thing I noticed right off the bat was that the box the S1500 came in is noticeably smaller box than the Hsu ULS-15 MK2 box. I mean nothing day or night, but a bit smaller nevertheless. Thus, the S1500 was packed like a tank though. Felt like one too...LOL!!!!
The finish in matte black was decent for the most part. But, for those dealing with a WAF you may have something to discuss with the misses. Not me! Have no WAF to deal with anymore. The Hsu ULS-15 MK2 sub does look nicer on the eyes to me. But, that is the ONLY
thing it does better than the S1500.
First thing I did when I un-boxed the S1500 is put it exactly where I had placed the ULS-15 MK2 sub. Level matched it set to 70 db, then ran Audyssey Multi EQ XT. After which, I then went back into the settings to check the levels via my rad shack spl meter. My room is very small coming in at 1,440 Ft. ^3. My seating position is about 9.5' from my front-stage. The S1500 is placed between my Front left speaker and my tv stand. As mentioned earlier, that is exactly where I had placed the ULS-15 MK2 sub.
Forgot to mention that I did set the dial to "small room" as far as it would go. Have everything in my set-up set to small crossed over at 80Hz. So, how does it sound you ask? I can sum it up in one word: FANTASTIC!
That is, the S1500 hits on a dime and stops on a dime. Bass is very tight, punchy, and well articulated. Noticeably more so than the ULS-15 MK2 sub. Keep in mind that the ULS-15 MK2 sub is no slouch in that department either. Been listening to the S1500 all afternoon in a multitude of ways with songs that I know all so well. Right now I am listening to the Smashing Pumkins via Pandora and the S1500 sounds fabulous blending seamlessly with my RTi6's. Soon, will have the RTi8 towers up and running.
In short, the S1500 meets all of my expectations and them some. I now want to sell my Hsu ULS-15 MK2 sub and get a second S1500 as soon as I can. Sooner or later, I will own a second S1500. Guess that all depends on if someone more local wants to buy my ULS-15 Mk2 sub. If that turns out to be the case, a second S1500 will be on its way to me. That you can believe!
Thank you so much Tom V. for your time and for this awesome sub. YOU have made me a customer for life! The thing is, I have not even fined tuned everything just yet and the sound is unbelievable
to say the least. That should tell you something. PSA is highly recommended!!!!!!