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I have a listening area that is 14x25ft that opens up into a great room which is 28x25 ft with 8ft ceilings, 80/20 mix of movies/music, budget of around $700. I believe the Hsu VTF-3 MK4 is the best single sub to energize this entire area, but I am tempted to consider running dual Energy S10.3's since they are on sale for $200 at Newegg. Is the Hsu really worth the extra $300?

If I go with the side firing Hsu, the woofer will only be about 9 inches away from the wall (which is actually a sliding glass door). I have the option to draw a curtain over the glass door to give it a less reflective surface, and that would then only give the woofer about 3-4 inches of clearance. I'm not sure how sensitive the woofer is to having open air in front of it? If so, then it looks like a sub with a down or front firing woofer is in my future (i.e. Outlaw LFM1-EX).

Appreciate any thoughts- thanks!
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How big is the opening into the great room? That is a HUGE area for any sub, $700 wont really get it done...

You shouldn't play around, no point in spending $700 only to not be satisfied. Just go with a VTF15 so you know it will do the job.
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How big is the opening into the great room? That is a HUGE area for any sub, $700 wont really get it done...

You shouldn't play around, no point in spending $700 only to not be satisfied. Just go with a VTF15 so you know it will do the job.

It is (unfortunately) wide open, so I basically have a 28x25 ft room where the listening area is on the right half. As I have little kids, I don't need the capability to crank up to a high SPL, just want clean and competent for now. Maybe I can try to up the budget to that VTF-15H, do my part to help the economy.
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Ah okay. I thought you had an additional 28x25 foot room to your 14x25 room. I think the vtf3 could handle that, if you aren't trying to go crazy.
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