Originally Posted by niccolo
That seems very fair and I imagine will be helpful to the OP. Any reason you didn't include Hsu and SVS on your shortlist?
I actually did consider them, most post was getting long and I didn't wanna bore people to years, but now that you ask....
I actually pulled the trigger on a couple of close out special SVS pb12-nsd's earlier this year. I listened to them for about three weeks, decided I wanted more so I initiated the return process (top notch service btw, they really do take them back no questions asked). My 6k cu ft room was just too much for the nsd's. The next jump in their ported models is the 12+ line, which is pretty darn expensive. And a quick look at third party measurements shows svs doesn't stack up very well in regards to output for the dollar. They excel in a lot of other regards, just not there. In house measurements for PSA show the xv15se actually outperforming the svs plus line in many regards, for hundreds of dollars less, a much smaller foot print, and far less weight! I know some people will cry foul on this comparison, but third party measurements have matched their in house data within error for all instances I am aware of (original xv15, xs15se, and xv15se), so i feel it's somewhat valid to compare. Just seemed like more value to me, and I suspect Josh Ricci will confirm this in the coming months.
HSU is a little different story. Their VTF15 is a great product, and seems worthy of consideration no doubt. In fact I had been pretty set on it for my next upgrade as it is probably the most flexible product in the ~$1000 price range, but I just wouldn't make use of the features. Having owned an outlaw lfm1-ex for the past few years I've come to realize that plugging ports just isn't for me. Big room requires big output, and I need all the help I can get! In two port open mode the VTF15 and XV15se are pretty comparable, but the XV15se is $120 less or so, and quite a bit smaller. Again, the value seemed too good to pass up.
Overall the value on the xv15se seems pretty high to me, which drives nearly every decision I ever make (must be the engineer in me, it's annoying to be sure). I'm an outlier on this forum in that I could swing something like dual JTR Caps (or more), but I find more pleasure in value than I do in getting performance at all costs. Throw into that Tom V's EXCELLENT service across the board (he even came into the office on July 4th to troubleshoot an amp issue I had, and kept constant communication with me on his website chat throughout
), and I simply can't recommend a sub company higher than Tom's PSA company.
So there is my logic tree, for better or worse. I would not have regretted any of the other choices, all of these companies are flat out awesome in my dealings, and I would recommend all of them. What a great time to be a bass enthusiast!