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Rhythmik FVX15, HSU VTF-15H MK2 or PSA 15V

I have an Epik Empire that has been working fine and sounds great, but recently, it's been making sporadic popping noises and the plate amp is always hot. Based on it's history, I suspect the amp may be going bad. I'm not sure I want to wait for it to fail since it may be a fire hazard and/or may damage my receiver. I don't want to bother replacing the amp. Not worth my time or effort. I want to replace it with something comparable in the near future.

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Rhythmik FVX15
HSU VTF-15H MK2
PSA 15V

I don't listen too loud. -10db is about the loudest I ever go.

I have 3 other subs in the system. An Outlaw LFM - EX 1. an Outlaw LFM - 1 plus and an Epik legend. I know it's a hodgepodge. I like to play around with subs and they all had good sales.
My plan is to put the new sub on 1 sub channel and the other 3 on another. Mainly because, due to aesthetics one sub will be on one side of the room and the others will be on the other.

Money isn't a huge issue, but I would prefer to spend as little as possible. And I'm married, so whatever I buy will end up costing me at least double. I also prefer to stick with an established well regarded vendor. I don't want any hassles.

Any suggestions?
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I have an Epik Empire that has been working fine and sounds great, but recently, it's been making sporadic popping noises and the plate amp is always hot. Based on it's history, I suspect the amp may be going bad. I'm not sure I want to wait for it to fail since it may be a fire hazard and/or may damage my receiver. I don't want to bother replacing the amp. Not worth my time or effort. I want to replace it with something comparable in the near future.

I'm thinking of...
Rhythmik FVX15
HSU VTF-15H MK2
PSA 15V

I don't listen too loud. -10db is about the loudest I ever go.

I have 3 other subs in the system. An Outlaw LFM - EX 1. an Outlaw LFM - 1 plus and an Epik legend. I know it's a hodgepodge. I like to play around with subs and they all had good sales.
My plan is to put the new sub on 1 sub channel and the other 3 on another. Mainly because, due to aesthetics one sub will be on one side of the room and the others will be on the other.

Money isn't a huge issue, but I would prefer to spend as little as possible. And I'm married, so whatever I buy will end up costing me at least double. I also prefer to stick with an established well regarded vendor. I don't want any hassles.

Any suggestions?
If you want to spend as little as possible, pick Hsu VTF-3 MK5. It is the cheapest 15" ported sub among all established ID companies. It is just $862 delivered, unless you are in California...
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Another less expensive option would be the XV15se for $749 in the PSA outlet center.
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I have set up dual drive HSU's for two different brother-in-laws; I have 1 Rythmik FV15HP in my living room. The HSUs are an excellent value and good subs. I subjectively think the Rythmik is a slightly better sub, but have not ABX'd them or taken measurements in the same room. The Rythmik is also more money. I suspect you would be happy with either brand.

Of note if you can wait a month the new Monolith's look pretty interesting. The 15" has a pretty stout looking driver and a 1000 watt amp. I am intrigued.
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I have set up dual drive HSU's for two different brother-in-laws; I have 1 Rythmik FV15HP in my living room. The HSUs are an excellent value and good subs. I subjectively think the Rythmik is a slightly better sub, but have not ABX'd them or taken measurements in the same room. The Rythmik is also more money. I suspect you would be happy with either brand.

Of note if you can wait a month the new Monolith's look pretty interesting. The 15" has a pretty stout looking driver and a 1000 watt amp. I am intrigued.
But the Monoprice 15" sub is $1300 plus shipping... Then the OP might as well just get a 18" sub... Then the $2000+ super subs are not that much more...

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But the Monoprice 15" sub is $1300 plus shipping... Then the OP might as well just get a 18" sub... Then the $2000+ super subs are not that much more...
Its a slippery slope indeed. But based on my buying experience with monoprice, I suspect their subs will occasionally go on sale for 15-20% off with maybe free shipping with discount codes.
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XV15se in outlet is a good buy.
How much performance is lost between this and the 15V? Just general thoughts, no measurements necessary.

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How much performance is lost between this and the 15V? Just general thoughts, no measurements necessary.


I have the 15V and I was told that it measures around 1-2db higher in output compared to the XV15se. 15V will dig a tad deeper in extension as well.
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How much performance is lost between this and the 15V? Just general thoughts, no measurements necessary.
1-2db down low, 1db above 50hz... 15v has 2-3hz better extension.
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Not sure if the OP is still around but I think I read somewhere on AVS that the Ice amp provides better sound quality also. Can anyone verify? If so the $200 up charge may be worth it over the one in the outlet.

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Yea the 15v is worth the extra 200.00 but XV15se is still really good for 749.00.
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