I've seen several folks who have substituted an HSU sub in their otherwise complete Aperion setup. Looking at similar price points here's what I see:
Aperion S-10: 25hz, 200W continuous, 10inch woofer
HSU VTF-2 Mk 3: 18hz (max extension), 25hz (max output), 250W continuous, 12 inch woofer
However, when looking at similar technical specs we have this:
Aperion S-12: 20hz, 250W continuous, 12inch woofer ($600)
HSU VTF-2 Mk 3: 18hz (max extension), 25hz (max output), 250W continuous, 12 inch woofer ($500)
Aperion S-10: 25hz, 200W continuous, 10inch woofer ($500)
HSU VTF-1: 25hz (max extension), 25hz (max output), 200W continuous, 10inch woofer ($400)
So....from a technical specs perspective the HSU is a better value. The VTF-2 is a hundred dollars less than the similar performing S-12. This, plus some additional features (dual mode, bypassible X-over), I assume is why HSU appears to be a popular substitute for the Aperion subs, that much is obvious but equally obvious is what matters most is the sound and I haven't seen any comparizons in their sound quality. Has anyone here done a listening comparison between the two makes? How would you rate the two manufactuers relative to other similarly priced units? I do about 50/50 mix of HT and music so am looking for much more than just a gut-thumping HT sub and would like a good balance between that and musicality. Any opinions?
Edit: Forgot to ask but there seems to be a significant difference between manufacturers regarding sub placement. HSU very much likes the idea of placing the sub behind or next to the listening position (calling it "near field") while most seem to have moved away from this and primarily recommend placement in a front corner. Anyone have an opinion about this?