Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Los Angeles , CA
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Posting in diy because at least a little of this will be DIY , maybe.
So on Thursday I went and bought an HSU VTF3 mk 2 from a guy on CL . She ran , sounded fine playing from a smartphone to test , visually was in fair shape , missing one foot(leg) , whatever , easy fix , cone and surround were in good shape. Agreed on a price , I loaded it in my truck and headed out . I stopped for a bite to eat , then went to pick up my joint custody pup from my ex's house and headed home . Got back , brought the sub upstairs , flipped it upside down to assess what I was going to do about the missing foot , and discovered that some A@*HAT had vandalized my sub while it was in the truck! There was a dent in the cone , with some flaking blue paint in it , daylight showing through in one small spot in the dent when I pulled the driver , and several creases in the cone that were all NOT there when I bought it. I know I checked it , and the sellers pics also showed it in fine shape . My fault for leaving it alone and out of site , but damn...
So , I fired it up anyway , it is worlds better than what I had , and I will not be running this thing anywhere near what most of you would consider even the minimum level , so my questions are :
1. at very conservative levels , is a small ( coffee stir straw) sized hole in the driver going to diminish the sound quality , or would it only come into play as the sub starts being pushed ? I'm in an apartment , this will almost always be at very low and nearfield for just a taste of rumble .
2. Does anyone know of a suitable replacement driver for this? I haven't been able yet to find the specs so that I can compare to available drivers . A solution would be greatly appreciated , but if anyone would like to teach me how to fish (point me in the direction to find the solution myself) that would be even more valuable . If anyone knows if Hsu has or sells a replacement as I didn't have a chance to call during the week , but I'll be checking in Monday .
3. Since I have this 350W Bash amp on this thing , and a damaged cone , I was maybe thinking if I needed to replace the driver in my situation , and if said driver was going to cost more than a PA460 , that I might look into building a V.B.S.S. as a replacement . Does that sound like a terrible idea? I know I won't be able to tweak the response like with an inuke with DSP , but would this option have any merit at all if I really am missing out with the damage on the existing driver? I was planning on doing a V.B.S.S. due to price before this Hsu came up , but the price I got the Hsu for was probably half what building one V.B.S.S. and an inuke 1000dsp was , and again , for now at least I am volume limited.
I'm open to any and all suggestions , help , ideas or ridicule for leaving this thing unattended to be molested by some hoodlum who doesn't think anyone should have nice things . Thanks for reading my rant.
It was like that when I got here