lol I was never arguing that the OP should get a VTF3, not with a $1k budget! I was arguing the notion that the VTF3 is only a slight improvement over the Mirage, I think it is more than that, but I am only speculating from specs, I have not heard the Mirage. To be honest, I don't even think the Mirage would be a bad sub at all, it looks pretty good for a B&M sub, from what I can tell. But Tom's list is weird, and I have to wonder about how consistent that testing is. Also if you have not brought the subs to the edges of their performance, you don't really know how they compare. Yeah, they sounded about even in a small room with moderate volume, but a small 8" sub can match a large 18" sub if the loudness is kept low. It's when you turn things up that the difference becomes clear.
Anyway, to bring the thread back on topic, I would ask the OP what he listens to, and what he wants from a sub. If it's something like needs a lot of detail, I would go for a Rythmik F15 or F12. If it is something that wants some big dynamics, a Hsu VTF15 or Epik Empire might be a better idea. For loud movies and games, I might swing toward the VTF15h, and for loud music I might give the Empire a try.