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Is a HSU VTF-15H too much for my smallish room?

post #1 of 33
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My room is about 1,400 cubic feet. Right now I'm running dual Bic America 12's but am starting to wonder if I should just keep them for good bass coverage in the room or try this one out. I get the feeling that when I'm watching some movies that I'm missing quite a bit of the bottom end and some output.

I'm still within my 30 day return window on one of the Bics.

Thanks

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post #2 of 33
It won't be too much, unless you only ever listen at low volumes. You will definitely be gaining lower frequency output, plus lots of headroom, and if you never really need to blast it, that will help its long term reliability. It also keep distortion much lower. I would have a ton of fun with a beast like that in a room that small. THX Reference levels, here we come!
post #3 of 33
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Sounds like you're giving me permission to pull the triiger on the order. Question is.........How will the wife feel about it....lol.
post #4 of 33
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Sounds like you're giving me permission to pull the triiger on the order. Question is.........How will the wife feel about it....lol.

She will hate you. biggrin.gif
post #5 of 33
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I think she does already......lol.
post #6 of 33
In a 1,400 cu.ft. room, you'd get plenty of performance (extension & output) from any one of these (including the VTF-15H):
- SVS PB12-NSD ($769, shipped)
- Outlaw LFM-1 Plus ($549 + shipping) or EX ($649 + shipping)
- HSU VTF-3 MK4 ($649 + shipping)
- PSA XV15 ($799, shipped)
- Epik Legend ($499 + shipping, or dual Legends for $899 + shipping) or Empire ($799 + shipping)
post #7 of 33
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Thanks for the reply. I tend to like front firing subs better than downfiring ones. No reason I can think of besides being able to take the grill off of the front firing sub.

Looks like the best deals to be had are on the downfiring subs.
post #8 of 33
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Thanks for the reply. I tend to like front firing subs better than downfiring ones. No reason I can think of besides being able to take the grill off of the front firing sub.
I'd say that's a pretty good reason. smile.gif

I really like my current subs, but they're downfiring and since I'm practically OCD about placement, I never tip them over just to enjoy those magnificent 18" drivers... frown.gif

wink.gif
post #9 of 33
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Exactly. i like to see the drivers on all my speakers.
post #10 of 33
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Exactly. i like to see the drivers on all my speakers.
Your ears don't care, subwoofers radiate omni-directionally. And downfiring/rearfiring subs have lower distortion, because that distortion is in the form of midrange harmonics that don't radiate omni-directionally.
post #11 of 33
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Your ears don't care ...
That's because his ears don't have eyes, so they can't see the drivers no matter which way they're oriented. smile.gif
post #12 of 33
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That's because his ears don't have eyes, so they can't see the drivers no matter which way they're oriented. smile.gif
I guess, but what always matters the most is how they sound.
post #13 of 33
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I guess, but what always matters the most is how they sound.
I agree.
post #14 of 33
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Wow!!
post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by Bill Fitzmaurice View Post

I guess, but what always matters the most is how they sound.

Of course. But as much of a placebo as it can be, visual aesthetic DOES play a part in many peoples enjoyment of their systems. I get excited over unmeasurable, irrelevant to the audio frills sometimes, and If it enhances the experience on a personal basis, then do it I say, as long as it doesn't involve $1000 cables :P
post #16 of 33
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And downfiring/rearfiring subs have lower distortion, because that distortion is in the form of midrange harmonics that don't radiate omni-directionally.

Whoa! I don't know the science well enough to know whether this is a radical notion, but it sure sounds like one. It also sounds entirely plausible. Whoa.
post #17 of 33
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Whoa! I don't know the science well enough to know whether this is a radical notion, but it sure sounds like one. It also sounds entirely plausible. Whoa.
Radical? Hardly, it's been a well known fact in the audio engineering community for about 80 years. Give or take.
post #18 of 33
Bill, are you saying that those harmonics are above 80 hz and are therefore non-directional, and so are masked moreso on a downfiring woofer? If so, that sounds sensible to me. I'm not trying to be critical, I am just trying to understand what you are saying.
post #19 of 33
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I almost feel sad packing up both my F12's. But on the bright side, I should be placing an order for an Hsu VTF3-Mk4 or SvS PB12-NSD tomorrow. I think i'm going to pass on the vTF-15H. I think that might be a little more than I need and certainly a lot more than I want to pay for a sub.

I still can't decide right now which. I know I like the look of a front firing sub more but to be honest, the PB12 isn't as handsome a sub as the F12 so that might now play as much of a role.
post #20 of 33
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Originally Posted by Prime316 View Post

I almost feel sad packing up both my F12's. But on the bright side, I should be placing an order for an Hsu VTF3-Mk4 or SvS PB12-NSD tomorrow. I think i'm going to pass on the vTF-15H. I think that might be a little more than I need and certainly a lot more than I want to pay for a sub.
I still can't decide right now which. I know I like the look of a front firing sub more but to be honest, the PB12 isn't as handsome a sub as the F12 so that might now play as much of a role.

Well If you go with the VTF-3/4 (I owned an VTF-3/3) it should be more than enough for a 1400 cu ft room. Mine was in 1800 cu ft room (enclosed)
and it had more than enough output, low output also. Remember the driver is side firing, so you might want to turn it sideways to view the driver. tongue.gif

vardo
post #21 of 33
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Well If you go with the VTF-3/4 (I owned an VTF-3/3) it should be more than enough for a 1400 cu ft room. Mine was in 1800 cu ft room (enclosed)
and it had more than enough output, low output also. Remember the driver is side firing, so you might want to turn it sideways to view the driver. tongue.gif
vardo


You said owned.

Why don't you own it now? Did you upgrade to something else? Was there something you didn't like about it?
post #22 of 33
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Originally Posted by Prime316 View Post

I almost feel sad packing up both my F12's. But on the bright side, I should be placing an order for an Hsu VTF3-Mk4 or SvS PB12-NSD tomorrow. I think i'm going to pass on the vTF-15H. I think that might be a little more than I need and certainly a lot more than I want to pay for a sub.
I still can't decide right now which. I know I like the look of a front firing sub more but to be honest, the PB12 isn't as handsome a sub as the F12 so that might now play as much of a role.

Might as well go for the VTF15H and if finance allows. Believe me, there is nothing more than you need in this forum cool.gif Think about it, your dual F12's are more than most people need outside of this forum. I know you like front firing but the PSA XV15 is such a great value.
post #23 of 33
Prime, I had it (VTF-3/3), and many other HSU Subs as well, for many years. They are a terrific company, and a lot of people forget or don't
remember the buzz about the original VTF-1's, HUS's first "box" sub you could purchase online. Prior to that HSU's offerings were
cylindrical shaped subs (which were very good at the time, and still are). I live close by the headquarters of HSU so it was easy for
me to save on shipping. I started with two VTF-1's, and upgraded from there. Each time I "upgraded", I got a substantial
discount.

I've been in this hobby a long time (old guy, and my posts probably reflect that). Over 60 and still upgrading (or so I think). Just trying
different subs and I'm lucky I can do that. My back aches today, because yesterday I moved two Epik Legends into a stereo listening (they were my home theater subs)
area, and unpacked and placed dual Power Sound Audio XV-15's in my 1800 cu ft theater room. I like duals as they even out the sound.

So far the sound is awesome. With the XV-15's (at loud levels), they dig down to 15hz at almost 115db. Epiks couldn't do that.
(or IMO a VTF-3/3 for that matter). So just trying different things......the urge (at least for me) to upgrade never goes away. wink.gif.

vardo
Edited by vardo - 11/18/12 at 2:44pm
post #24 of 33
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Well I was about to order the VTF3-Mk4 when I heard my wife speaking in my head. She's always tell me not to cheap out when buying things because I always end up returning what I buy for what I wanted eventually anyhow. And she's right. I know I would have been looking at the MK4 wondering why I didn't go as big as I could. Even if it performed above my expectations, I would still have done it so.....

I ordered the VTF-15H.
post #25 of 33
Nice excuse, using your wife like that.

tongue.gif

Good choice.
post #26 of 33
I agree....excellent choice.

vardo
post #27 of 33
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Originally Posted by shadyJ View Post

Bill, are you saying that those harmonics are above 80 hz and are therefore non-directional, and so are masked moreso on a downfiring woofer?
The harmonics are directional, so they're attenuated when they have to go around corners. Below 80Hz is omni-directional, so there's no attenuation, no matter which way the driver faces. But the vast majority of users aren't aware of this, so front firing dominates the marketplace.
post #28 of 33
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I'm of course a novice at this compared to you guys but I think front firing subs dominate because they provide that immediate satisfaction like your other speakers that have removable grills. You get to see what's going on and it provides a different look to your home theater. I really don't think it has anything to do with anything technical.
post #29 of 33
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Originally Posted by Prime316 View Post

I'm of course a novice at this compared to you guys but I think front firing subs dominate because they provide that immediate satisfaction like your other speakers that have removable grills. You get to see what's going on and it provides a different look to your home theater. I really don't think it has anything to do with anything technical.
You're correct, it's mainly based on looks. When the average consumer looks at a sub and doesn't see a cone they think they won't hear the sound it makes the way that they should. That's because they think that speakers project sound the same way light bulbs project light. They don't.
post #30 of 33
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Yes, I know.

I had a Klipsch sw450 as my only sub in my home theater for the last 3 years or so. It is a down firing sub. Every time I looked at the thing, all I saw was a plain black box. Nothing exciting at all.

When. Got the itch to go in another direction with my home theater, I bought two Bic America F12's. Gorgeous subs in my opinion. I always left the grills off of them because I really liked that look. Did it make them work better...of course not but my home theater looked the way I wanted it to look.
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