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lirong 11-19-2012 09:20 AM

All-

I have a Hsu STF-2 subwoofer that I purchased about 2 years ago. I bought it for a room that measures 14 x 13.5 x 8 and its use is 100% for movies.

I recently purchased a Denon 2112 and when I went to go do my setup I found that my subwoofer wasnt working. The company believes I need to replace the amplifier - which they can send me for ~$190,

I dont know whether my room REALLY needs anything bigger or more powerful. So while part of me thinks its worth spending ~$500-600 to upgrade to something better and bigger, part of me wonders whether just spending the money to repair it may be sufficient for me.

Any thoughts?

wwinkler 11-19-2012 10:35 AM

If you went through a few standard steps that Hsu Customer Support is good about explaining for checking your STF-2, then you likely have a failed amp. Spending $190 for the replacement amp is a very reasonable deal. You need to go to ~$400 (new STF-2) to get anything that approximates the quality of the STF-2.

ShaQBlogs 11-19-2012 10:35 AM

you need to hear, compare and decide.
Bumping to the 500-600$ mark gets you a really good sub....much better than the STF.

I would suggest 2 subs to even out bass unless u sit at the same place

lirong 11-19-2012 12:31 PM

Thanks.

I realize for that money I can get a better sub, just wondering whether for my room size its worth it.

Fyi listening positions are really just all in the same spot.

lirong 11-19-2012 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Steve1981 View Post

Depends on how hard you're pushing the STF-2. I mean clearly, a VTF 2.4 can dig deeper and offer greater output than the STF-2; however, if you're watching movies at say -25dB from reference and below, it's not going to mean that much. As the volume ticks higher, the STF-2 will reach its limits and the effects of greater extension will be more notable.

Thanks that is really helpful guidance and is the type of feedback thats very useful in making a decision.

Like you said, I KNOW the VTF is more capable, but as a real amateur user I just dont know how much this will matter to me. That was a good way to explain it.

I dont think I am listening at close to reference levels: post Audyssey I am typically watching things at ~-30dB. So given the volume and size of my room (and by the way, listening positions are all along a single couch right next to the sub), Im struggling with whether the added expense will prove worthwhile...

lirong 11-19-2012 05:28 PM

Thank you I really appreciate this guidance.

Could you share your opinion on one other thing?

While waiting to repair the stf2i have been using aklipsch sw-450.

How would you expect the hsu sub to compare?

leninGHOLA 11-19-2012 05:58 PM

STF-2 will be cleaner, louder, and play lower. The most important part, at your listening levels = cleaner.

lirong 11-20-2012 06:45 AM

Thanks for all the feedback. Youve convinced me to go the repair route.

Now I just need to see whether I am technically capable of replacing the amp...is that a hard procedure?

zora 11-20-2012 12:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lirong View Post

Thanks for all the feedback. Youve convinced me to go the repair route.
Now I just need to see whether I am technically capable of replacing the amp...is that a hard procedure?

It involves taking out a few screws and disconnecting two wires, you should be fine:D

lirong 11-20-2012 02:44 PM

Haha thanks guys. This help has been great.


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