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post #1 of 10 Old 03-03-2012, 04:28 PM - Thread Starter
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I need some advice between these two subs. It will be used exclusively for movies and located in my basement theater with about 3000cf.

I can purchase both of these subs used for the same price. The 10" SVS is the last version they sold prior to discontinuing it last year. It is about a year old and has the 400 watt sledge amp and latest driver. I like that it carries the remainder of the 3 year warranty. The HSU is much older but also has a larger woofer. The cabinets are similar in size with the HSU dual vented with one plug and the SVS has a single port no plug option.

I would welcome any suggestions on which sub would be better. I realize this is a subjective question but I do not have the option to audition these in my theater.

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If this is being used for HT, I would personally pick the HSU mainly because it is a 12" driver, it will have better LF extension. Just curious what you're going to be paying for these?
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They are $375. I actually considered buying both but I do not have the budget right now.
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i would save and get a new HSU or SVS that would fill that space or present your current maximum budget for better suggestions.
But as was said if you have to choose between the current two the HSU.
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Get the Hsu. The VTF3 sub is definitely a step up from the PB10. The PB10's performance is somewhere between a VTF1 and VTF2, but its not on the level of a VTF3, even an older one.
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When I moved my HT from my main floor (suspended floor) to my basement (laminate over concrete, ~3,375 cu.ft.), I upgraded from a PB10-NSD (a tremendously good sub) to a PB12-NSD (an even more impressive sub) in order to get the pressurization necessary to compensate for the loss of "floor effect" (vibration transmitted through suspended-floor joists).

(And eventually I went to dual ChaseHT SS-18.1s because I wanted even more.)

IMO - and as others have stated - either go with the bigger used sub or save up and buy a newer/bigger/better sub. You won't regret it.
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I appreciate all of the feedback and input. I think for now I will go with the HSU and perhaps in a year or so assuming my financse settle down I will look to something larger. No one commented on the price being to high or two low so I will take that as a sign that the HSU for $375 is at least a reasonable price.
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I just sold my pb10 used for 200... these were 400 new so 375 used I feel is a rip off. But the hsu I think would be the better buy, just try and lower the price
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When I spoke to SVS they indicated that retail for the upgraded PB10 with sledge and new driver was $549, not $400. Regardless I am going with the HSU based on all of the feedback. We are working on an lower price now. Thanks to all for the feedback. Todd
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When I spoke to SVS they indicated that retail for the upgraded PB10 with sledge and new driver was $549, not $400. Regardless I am going with the HSU based on all of the feedback. We are working on an lower price now. Thanks to all for the feedback. Todd

I bet you will be happy with the VTF you really don't see complaints on their subs and they seem to last a long time.
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