Originally Posted by adm
Sort of chiming in after several other posts.
I also have the HSU FT-3 mated with my 604s & LRC 600 for the past 4 years. While each set of ears are different and the new 600s are out, I love the way mine works/sounds together.
Definetely go and listen. Even though I live on the other coast, HSU was very helpful/supportive of my questions prior to my purchase, including recommendations for layout/location. Your living near by is an added advantage.
Good luck & please post your followup.
Went over to the Hsu shop today. Love small operators! Little office/warehouse in a light commercial area. Anyway, called and talked to a lady who set me up with an appointment with Dr. Hsu. Talk about gracious, they were very friendly. I had brought a drawing of my room, measurements, sizes, he talked through placement, theory behind the designs and placement, room harmonics, variance in crossover frequency, etc. Nothing like small company service.
They have a demo room setup with their speakers, TV, receivers, couch, etc. Put in some CDs I had brought with me and went to town. Listened to some jazz, some indie rock (with lots of bad recordings!), some more mainstream music, Dr. Hsu had some DVDs we played with.
I decided on the VTF-1 over the VTF-2 MK3, mostly because of size (ie the Wife factor). Both are incredibly musical. The VTF-2 will hit deeper. But the VTF-1 goes plenty deep for me and sounded great on music. Very tight, no muddiness, clear punch, great detail.
He offered to exchange for the larger unit if I didn't feel the VTF-1 had enough punch once I got it home, but I seriously doubt I'll take them up on the offer based on what I heard in the shop.
Compared to B&W, Velodyne, Polk. The B&W just wasn't that impressive, nothing like their main speakers. And expensive. The Polk didn't win me over. The Velodyne was very nice, but a lot more expensive than the Hsu for similar sound quality, although the Velodyne has a better finish (doesn't matter to me, mine will be hidden).
Will set it up tonight, if sounds 80% as good as it did in his listening room, it's a keeper. Looking forward to it.
Will report back on in-home experience later. Looking forward to it.