Originally Posted by RxDrugDealer
Even though I feel I have learned much on this site about home theater, I still am a novice when it comes to most of this. I don't think I will need variable tuning. I would also rather have a 5 year.vs 2 year warranty. I feel like this knocks out the HSU offerings. With that being said, is there a reason that the xv15 is more popular right now on this forum vs comparable subs (the pb12 in particular)? Theres about a $50 price difference between the two, with the pb12 edging out the xv15 in this category. Other than price and size, what are the main advantages/disadvantages of these two well-reviewed subs?
The XV15 has more output and has deeper bass. The PB12 is more linear and has very low distortion, even when pushed to the edge. The VTF3 has more output than the PB12 and extension to match the XV15. It is also very linear even when pushed, although it still probably won't match the PB12's very low distortion profile. The Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX
deserves mention here. It is a lot like the VTF3, but a bit cheaper. The Outlaw, PB12, and XV15 can be compared directly here
, as well as the Hsu VTF15h. Basically the PB12=cleaner bass, the XV15=louder bass, with the Hsu/Outlaw inbetween.
If you can do just a little bit of assembly and can push your budget a little bit, check this kit out.
It's heavy, and after shipping it is closer to $1k in price, but it is using two high quality drivers in a very inert cabinet with plenty of juice. It will have a lot of output and very high quality sound, potentially much better than any of the others discussed. It would be my first choice from any of the subs discussed so far (save for the Rythmik FV15HP).