With the new VTF-3 MK4, we have added most of the new features from our VTF-15H – hybrid tuning, variable Q, sealed operating modes – making this one of the most flexible subwoofers we have offered to date, catering to virtually any audiophile’s preferences. The VTF-3 MK3 was well known for its sound quality. With the added Q control and sealed mode options, even higher sound quality is now possible. Unlike most of it's competitors, the VTF-3 MK4 comes in an expensive custom satin black paint or real wood veneer.
As with the VTF-3 MK3, the MK4 features heavily flared 4” round ports, which nearly doubles the port size compared to other subwoofers with dual 3" ports or single 4” ports.
Harnessing the unique Variable Tuning Frequency port technology (VTF), each port uses the air generated from the long throw woofer to dramatically boost the deeper frequencies. Both ports are large, with enormous flares to virtually eliminate port noise and distortion. This kind of port design is extremely tricky to engineer, and the VTF-3 MK4 succeeds down to a very deep 16 Hz with one port open (in maximum extension mode).
The reason for variable tuning is that all subwoofer designs, especially consumer-level subwoofers, involve tradeoffs in design. You cannot have a small subwoofer that goes very low, plays very loud and costs very little. Traditionally, the engineer decides what tradeoff he or she thinks is best for the consumer. The consumer has to take it or leave it.
The VTF-3 MK4 changes all that. It allows you, the user, to choose the tradeoff. If you enjoy music that is loud but does not have much deep bass, set the VTF series for maximum output. That way, you get maximum dynamic range with the lowest distortion. If you like music with deep bass, set it for maximum bass extension to reproduce the deep bass accurately. You can even switch between the two modes depending on what you play. That means effectively you get a subwoofer that can play loudly, and can play low, all in one, at a reasonable price!