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Hi all,
I am selling my beloved VTF2 mk3 and planning to upgrade to the VTH15H. Room size is about 14x19x10' enclosed. I will be using the Denon 3312 receiver and only plan to use only ONE sub in this room (Wife won't allow dual mad.gif). I will be sitting about 10' from sub with it being directly infront of me. Like the title says: Is the VTF15H the best a thousand $ can buy? and yes, I have read thru all the shoot outs along with the new Power sound XV15 threads. I just want you guys/gals to confirm VTF15H is it. I can go up to $1300 if there is one better. 100% used for movies watching unless music is part of it. Thank you for chiming in.
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If you can spend up to $1300 I think there are some very competitive subs, like the Rythmik FV15, Chase VS18.1, and SVS PC12 Plus, but for a grand the VTF15h is what I would choose. Move your budget up to $1400 and you can get the Power Sound XV30, that thing looks like an absolute monster.
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How about the Power Sound XV15 for $799 shipped?

http://www.powersoundaudio.com/collections/power-x/products/xv15
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How about the Power Sound XV15 for $799 shipped?
http://www.powersoundaudio.com/collections/power-x/products/xv15

Looks interesting. I wish it had an amp with q control.
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I just built two Rythmik FV15HP's for approx $900 each. That was after shipping them to Washington State, and driving them across the Canadian border and paying all necessary taxes. Wood, veneer, glue, grill...all in $900. Easy -peasy.
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Thanks all. The XV30 is too big in size. The XV15: I will have to wait for Ricci's review to make decision. The Rythmik FV15 looks nice, not sure if it is better than the VTF15H?
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I just built two Rythmik FV15HP's for approx $900 each. That was after shipping them to Washington State, and driving them across the Canadian border and paying all necessary taxes. Wood, veneer, glue, grill...all in $900. Easy -peasy.
I am not handy. Is it hard to do? My tools consist of a screw driver and a hammer:eek:
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I was on the fence between the VTF15 and the Epik Empire for weeks. In the end, I chose the Empire based on no particular reason other than a mental coin flip and several members on here telling me that (in essence) since I wont be listening to movies and music anywhere near reference level, I would be happy with whatever I chose.

I am VERY happy with my Empire and would not hesitate to buy one again. As another option, if you can go to $1300, what about two of these Outlaw LFM-1 plus
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I know that this isn't a diy thread, but it is a get a good deal thread. A screw driver and hammer won't get this job done I am afraid. Good luck in your search for great sound on a budget. For me it was diy.
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It would be my pick in the price bracket. Good looking sub (if the size isn't an issue) with great performance and a lot of built in flexability. I had duals and they were outstanding performers.


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I had duals and they were outstanding performers.

What did you replace them with?
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What did you replace them with?

Had to downsize due to space constraints, got an TC Sounds LMS-18 in a sealed enclosure.


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The guy picked up my old VTF2, so I need a replacement real quick. Torn between Rythmik FV15HP and HSU VTF15H now. Coming from hsu, I really like what I have been hearing with the vtf2, so the vtf15h must be a huge upgrade; however, the FV15HP is no joke either. From what I have been reading, the FV15HP can even dig lower with more output v.s the 15H. Is that true? What would you guy do? Thanks again.
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I would choose the FV15HP, but it does cost a little more money smile.gif

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Go for the Rythmik, for the exact same reasons you mentioned. These advantages are probably the result of its better components: bigger amp, better driver, the whole servo thing, it's a long list.

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I did not realize that i have to pay tax for Rythmik as i am in TX, so with the $200 tax and shipping that put the FV15hp to $1400, i think i ll be happy with the $1k vtf15 unless you guys think the fv15hp is $400 better.
I cannot do side firing sub (the Empire) as the sub will sit between my component shelves.
Do i miss anything other sub out there? Thanks.
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Rythmik subs are also sold through Ascend Acoustics here in California. You should give Ascend a call and ask whether or not you'll have to pay tax if ordered through them.

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^^ Thanks. I will give them a call.
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You could always go with 2 - 12" subs. I have not heard them before but they are made by SVS. I do have an SVS sub (PC12-NSD) and it is very nice.
You can get the SVS Dual-SB12-NSD ... which I think would sound better than 1 - 15" sub.. just my opinion. Price is $1,149.00 + Free Shipping.

https://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/sealed-box/dual-sb12-nsd

The HSU will obviously go lower then the 12's ... the SVS goes down to 23 Hz (probably because they are sealed) and the HSU goes down to 16 Hz. The SVS I have goes down to 18Hz, probably because it's ported.

Just thought I would throw that out there because you asked for other alternatives.... I just think that the 2 - 12's will fill the room better than 1 - 15" would. Feel free to disagree smile.gif

Just thought I would add.... I have seen the HSU VTF15H and it's a monster!! A very beautiful monster at that.

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How about the Power Sound XV15 for $799 shipped?
http://www.powersoundaudio.com/collections/power-x/products/xv15
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Just need to see how the pro reviews with some db numbers. it looks so awesome with the 15" driver, 500W amp, spec, and warranty. I might give it a shot.
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Just need to see how the pro reviews with some db numbers. it looks so awesome with the 15" driver, 500W amp, spec, and warranty. I might give it a shot.

I have two XV15 and I absolutely love them. I'm certain that the reviews will validate what I've experienced as a great product for the dollar.
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@Cowboys... here's a thread I think you'll enjoy.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1430846/is-it-fair-to-compare-power-sound-xv15-and-hsu-15h

Good luck in your hunt

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I did not realize that i have to pay tax for Rythmik as i am in TX, so with the $200 tax and shipping that put the FV15hp to $1400, i think i ll be happy with the $1k vtf15 unless you guys think the fv15hp is $400 better.
I cannot do side firing sub (the Empire) as the sub will sit between my component shelves.
Do i miss anything other sub out there? Thanks.

How far are you from Rythmik? If it's close enough and they sell from there you can save yourself the shipping costs. I have the Hsu VTF-15h. They are just down the road from me and I got it directly from them. I saved on the shipping, but still had to pay the tax.
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Rythmik is in Austin which is about 3 hrs drive for me. Ascend Acoustic is also selling Rythmik in California which saves me more than a hundred in tax but they charge $50 more for shipping. I am leaning toward the fv15hp as more reviews favor it over the vtf15h. I will call Rythmik to see if they can give me a deal. Thanks.
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Hi all,
I am selling my beloved VTF2 mk3 and planning to upgrade to the VTH15H. Room size is about 14x19x10' enclosed. I will be using the Denon 3312 receiver and only plan to use only ONE sub in this room (Wife won't allow dual mad.gif). I will be sitting about 10' from sub with it being directly infront of me. Like the title says: Is the VTF15H the best a thousand $ can buy? and yes, I have read thru all the shoot outs along with the new Power sound XV15 threads. I just want you guys/gals to confirm VTF15H is it. I can go up to $1300 if there is one better. 100% used for movies watching unless music is part of it. Thank you for chiming in.

I have a Rythmik FV15 and it is simply amazing. Is the VTF15 a good buy for 1K. Many will say yes! Some will say no. But I can tell you from experience that the Rythmik FV15 in your size room that's enclosed will rock your world. It is amazing on music and a killer on movies.

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Rythmik is in Austin which is about 3 hrs drive for me. Ascend Acoustic is also selling Rythmik in California which saves me more than a hundred in tax but they charge $50 more for shipping. I am leaning toward the fv15hp as more reviews favor it over the vtf15h. I will call Rythmik to see if they can give me a deal. Thanks.

I think the Rythmik FV15HP would be a better sub vs the 15H, but it should be as it is about $400 more. I really debated between the two myself but decided to go with one VTF15H now and then take the savings vs the Rythmik and put it towards a future second VTF 15H.

You are also approaching dual Epik Empire territory vs one Rythmik...
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I can't do dual (WAF) plus a single fv15hp is probally more than I can handle in my <2700ft^3 room. Anyone here orders the fv15hp with the 550W option? It is a hundred less than the 600w version. I don't think 50w more makes a difference for $100 i save. Don't you guys agree?
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50 watts shouldn't make a difference at that point, less than 1 db, it might not even be humanly audible.
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At this price, it'd be hard to beat two Epik Legends for $900.

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