Originally Posted by Metalbender
I feel that FW has some of the best woodwork and craftsmanship bar-none. But the drivers and electronics in that sub are a little off par (on my limited experience and research) especially on a $1700 sub. My opinion is that FW is a great custom speaker manufacture and will build speakers to your wildest dreams and budget. Warpdve had some insane stuff built but he did not use any of the stock drivers or electronics offered by FW. If my budget allowed i would copy Warpdve and have FW build me a sub.
Not that it matters at this point, but the Titanic MKIII is a very well regarded driver, as are the CSS drivers. I'm not sure one could make a claim that the HSU driver is as good or better. As a DIY you'd be looking at about $800 to $900 for materials alone on that sub, so at $1k is a pretty good deal.
The LT1300 amps have had their bad rap for good measure, haven't heard of many failures of late though, but could be wrong. It's still one of the best performing plate amps under $1k though.
Definitely agree on the warranty side of things.
The HSU has a first class warranty, and lots of documented happy owners on this forum alone, and have been a well known and respected ID brand for numerous years. FW seems to be more geared towards the DIY'r who typically spends much more time researching drivers, enclosures, modelling them in WinISD to get an understanding of how well the sub performs, etc. and is therefore more comfortable than an average consumer in what FW delivers, and wants a custom made kick-*ss enclosure.
Anyhow, you're going to love your sub, and even if the FW one "could" outperform it, you'll not have to worry about it as you'll a) never know and b) will be too happy playing with your new toy to care.