Originally Posted by JimWilson
Your efforts are certainly laudable, and the more stuff that appears on data-bass.com the better, but was all this even necessary? Josh has very
solid cred in this industry, so I have to assume he would have been able to contact Dr. Hsu -- or just about anyone else for that matter -- and secure virtually anything he wanted. If I can get subs from all these companies, free of charge, then surely Josh must be able to as well. He's miles ahead of me in this arena, yet even I have almost no problems at his point. I haven't paid for shipping in the better part of two years, so I doubt any company would ask Josh to.
Jim, much respect and I see Ricci has cleared this up already but here is my take. This thread did start kind of heated, but I think we all agree that the more testing done by one person leaves much less for error and even though it started as a heated debate we have all come together for a common goal and gained much needed respect for each other and accomplished an awesome common goal by coming together.
For me it is a kind of mystery that will satisfy my own wonders. When I was looking to upgrade I had already owned an Outlaw sub which Dr. Hsu had a hand in developing. At the time I bought the Outlaw I had a limited budget and at the time I was ready to upgrade I had a budget. I had originally always wanted a Hsu and this was at the time the 15h had come out and was tested by Audiohlics. I remember reading the review and being kind of disgusted by the ugly remarks made by the reviewer and having it revised etc... I read every post multiple times from Audioholics to the 200+ page thread here on AVS and then the review came out from a real world shoot out between multiple subs from members on here and it solidified my desicion to go with Hsu.
So was this necessary? To me, from all of the mixed reviews to get the one review from the one reviewer that I have followed and trusted, yes, it is. I never expected Ricci to PM me about reviewing a sub that has been out better than a year. Ricci did mention that he usually charges to review a sub as it takes time and he schedules around weather conditions, family, etc.., but he wanted the chance to review the 15h and would do so free of charge as long as it was sent to and from him. An excellent opportunity IMO, come on its like Star Wars fans having a chance to have George Lucas play with your Darth Vader action figure, ok maybe not George, but Mark Hammil... All kidding aside I was going to ask Ricci to sign my sub as a review unit, but it was just too much as I am too far away to make it cost affective so we found someone closer.
I know this got heated as a Hsu vs PSA, but to me it has nothing to do with that. I have what I have and if I could afford more i would have that. In the end I put up money to satisfy my own curiosities, help others and it was really awesome to come together with other members to possibly be the pioneers of getting something like this done.
Thanks to all involved!