Originally Posted by JackOften
*Re-ignites the fire*
It's easy to sit here and poke holes at HSU (and even SVS) subwoofer performance per dollar, but you guys keep forgetting to factor in security that you purchased a product that will be supported in the future.
I've been on these boards for 5 years, and we've seen some good subwoofers backed by questionable companies come and go....
... and now it seems Epik.
Who's to say that PS or Rythmik arn't the next ED? It seems easy to undercut the prices of the 'old guard' internet direct subwoofer sellers, but they never leave themselves enough profit margin to make sure they can stay around when something goes wrong (which always seems to be a bad bunch of amps) . Just today I saw a thread where a guy who owns a Epik subwoofer isn't confident enough in the company to buy a second... so his first instincts are to go to PS and Rythmik. Two companies who are younger (less than 4 years) than the warranties they offer (5 years on woofer).The thread starter is still rolling the dice. Even though I'm a poker player, i'm not willing to spend a grand on an A/V component and not have some security that if the AMP goes bad, there's someone to help me... a 10% performance increase (maybe 15% or higher, you get the point) isn't worth the piece of mind of knowing that the company I purchased from isn't going down. Granted there's no guarentee that HSU isn't going down tomorrow, but they have a better track record than most ID subwoofer companies in this regard.
Now i'm not going to sit here and tell you as a ULS-15 dual drive owner that the ULS-15 is the best home theater subwoofer ever created, but for those who want a quality product with low extension in a small(ish... relative I know) footprint it's not to be overlooked.
No, Hsu Research isn't going to be going "down" any time soon. Dr. Hsu has been is the subwoofer business for a long time (over 20 years now?). He's well respected by his peers. And Hsu makes some excellent subwoofers, and always has. The original OP wanted to know why the ULS-15 wasn't given its due.
I know first hand that the ULS-15 is a great subwoofer, especially when you consider its size. I also know I personally had a problem with the ULS-15, and so has several other people. That doesn't mean you throw the baby out with the bath water. What it means is perhaps Dr. Hsu should take a look at the identical complaints and consider making a few minor adjustments. I think Dr. Hsu is a subwoofer guru, but this is his first sealed design (at least I believe it is). I would have loved to have kept the Hsu in my home, but instead I returned it and chose the PSA.
No one has a crystal ball, and yes, taking a chance on a new subwoofer company isn't the safe bet, but it was one I was willing to make (and obviously, quite a few others), mainly because the people behind PSA cut their teeth big time with SVS. But anything can happen in business, and only time will tell if my decision was a good one or not.