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"what does the HF offer over the HO?"
the theory at least is the hf has half as many windings in the coil. this reduces the inductance in half. again, in theory, that will help transient response and some forms of distortion, i.e. it will improve sound quality. the downside is that reduces power handling and it also reduces motor strength because there is not as much coil in the gap. as a result, larger enclosures are required for the same q.
to the best of my knowledge, nobody has actually a-b compared them and i haven't seen anyone with an ho to be complaining about sound quality (it does after all have three shorting rings), so who knows how great the difference is.