You may have seen the thread that compares the bigger models. Since that thread is beyond my league, I thought I would start this. My use is 50/50 for music and HT or may be more for music. Please note that the pros and cons are purely based on my needs so they are subjective. I am leaning towards the SVS SB12 but if the bias seen in the other thread on PB13 Ultra also applies to the low end SVS subs i.e HSU subs are better for music, then I have to reconsider my options.
I have already returned the STF-2 as I was not impressed by the STF-2 compared to my 10 yr old Sunfire Junior. I dont want to return another HSU sub. I also returned the SVS SB10 last year, again not much better than my 10 yr old sunfire junior. So I want to be 100% sure this time.
Major "pros": 35 lbs, smaller foot print
FR plot is available at SVS web site and there is also a professional review at Audioholics conforming the response claimed by SVS
Better packaging (double boxed)
HSU VTF-2 MK4 link
Major "cons": 64 lbs ( I guess that is just the sub), bigger foot print. Shipping weight may be even more.
No FR plot at HSU web site. There is a review online by HT Mag but it is not an exclusive review of the sub.
As per that review, the upper -3db point is 122Hz which is much lower than SB12, if I want
to use smaller speakers and a higher cross over
Based on the STF-2 I got, I could say it is a lousy packaging. Single flimsy box with only corner foams.
But if the VTF-2 Mk4 performance for music is night & day better than that of SB12, then I could consider. Outlaw LFM-1 Plus is another option. But I guess they are basically the same subs.