Originally Posted by raehza
And btw. I haven't gotten them yet. I will get them on Thursday. I will make a thread about how I feel about them shortly after and possibly a video clip. So if you want to see my reaction about 2x HSUs in a large 4500^3 concrete basement, open to many smaller storage rooms and a staircase, then wait for my response.
I'm very interested in reading your thoughts, please let me know when the time comes!
I appreciate the input from everyone. Aesthetics do play a role and in that regard, I prefer the SubMersive to the Captivator. They seem to share comparable price-to-performance but the Captivators also seem to have a very long wait-time, so i've basically ruled out that option. 2 subwoofers wouldn't be a problem either. Going that route, I think 2 VTF-15s or piano black Rythmiks would look nice in the living room.
I haven't done thorough research on the CHT subs but was kind of turned off by the results as well as the dramatic discussion of the company in the most recent GTG thread. Granted, it seems there might of been clipping anomalies with the amp, and also those CHTs shouldn't be expected to perform equally to the other subs costing 3x as much. Doing a little bit more research, they do look quite interesting for the price and it looks like my decision has been made a little bit more difficult. If I went this route, I would probably step it up to dual SS-18.2Ps. With the amplifiers, it would only be a little more $ than the SubM HP. Any opinions on how two 18.2s would fare against a single SubMersive? The CHTs are however, the most physically unappealing of the bunch in my opinion, but that's not a huge issue if they can provide significantly better results.
There will be 1 or 2 primary listening positions, but of course, additional seating is aplenty and when people are over, it would be nice to be able to wow them with audio/video exhibits. The reason I am enticed by the SubM is that they seem to consistently score an A+ for both music and movies, both of which are of equal importance in this home, perhaps with a slight preference to music. I'm looking for something that is accurate, detailed, and clean for music but can also play loud, deep and pound the chest when a movie is played. Extreme output is not a priority but for movies, I don't want a lack thereof. Right now i'm leaning more towards the SubM but still a little concerned it might not be suited for such a room. Alas, it seems my ultimate wants and desires for this set-up are constricted by budget, and a tradeoff must be made.
So to sum it up, i've narrowed it down to several different options:
1. 1x SubMersive HP at ~$2,500
2. 2x HSU VTF-15H at ~$1850
3. 2x CHT SS-18.2P + 2 Dayton amps at $2,990
4. 2x piano black Rythmik F15HP at ~$2,900
5. 2x Rythmik FV15HP at $2,700
I included the F15HPs as a dual sealed option, but not sure if they would be less than stellar for movies. And to re-iterate, the added savings of around $1,000 with the HSUs would be allocated towards an HTPC.