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!