Here is CEA-2010 measurement of STF-2 (from Hsu website) and NX-BAS-500 (from Sound and Vision review)
Hz Max SPL Max SPL
20 94.2 96.2
25 107.1 105.5
31.5 112.7 114
40 114 116.1
50 116.9 116.8
63 118.6 116.5
U-low Ave 20-31.5
STF-2 104.7db NX-BAS-500 108db
Low Ave 40-63
STF-2 116.5db NX-BAS-500 116.5db
Based on measurement above, do you think that they are similar performance-wise?
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Hsu website says 1m ground plane measurement. Brent in S&V says he peformed CEA-2010A output measurement at 3m and added +9.5db to scale the measurement to 1m reporting standard mandated by CEA-2010.
Once you drop below $500, I don't think you will find a better quality sub than Hsu's lower offerings. They would be my pick if I had to limit my budget to under $500.
I feel the same way; I've tried some other sub $500 subs, and HSU makes a better sub IMO. If the OP can push his budget to $499, the SVS PB-1000 is definitely an upgrade.
|Hsu Research Stf 2 , Nixeus Nx 500 Fusion Xs Network Media Player|