Basically the VTF series is going upmarket to separate the series from the new STF series (mainly in the glossy finish stakes for the moment). I will be most interested to see the actual results of the testing, but I imagine the gain in amplifier power (100w) should not have that much of an effect on back to back listening comparison's with the current VTF-2 and VTF-3. It will have some very "slight" output number advantages (great for number hunters) but we are not talking chalk and cheese differences here (IMO).
That being said I do understand that the VTF series will be (in the next update) getting some "significant" advances to help separate it from the STF series. At the moment the main difference between the STF-2 / VTF-2 MK2 and the STF-3 / VTF-3 MK2 is glossy paint and variable tune (I am not sure I buy the extra 50w story).
With the up coming two big features that Hsu has planned to be added (in the next VTF revision) the differences will certainly warrant the extra money for a lot more buyers. The STF series was alway going to become the no frills buy for those who like things with less buttons and gadgets but who's main concern is price. Once the MK2 VTF series starts shipping I think the equivalent STF series will go from strength to strength at the expense of the VTF series sales.
As for the current VTF-2, you certainly are not going to be rushing out to part with it, because although spec sheet marketing is alive and doing financially well.......who cares when your little 150w / 10" sounds and delivers like the VTF-2 can do !
I bet a lot of manufacturers wished they had a design that performed as well that they could sell for $799. For them to have one that performs as good as the VTF-2 and sells for $499 .... would be like winning the biggest lotto.
|we will all be getting Sunfire's 2700w sub.
They make great door stop's and they make even the worse music even more horrid. I wonder if I could buy one to turn my daughter off Britney for life? Horrible Bob's little boom boxes..... that prove sales are not all about sound quality.
|I was at first concerned that 150w was not enuf
I would love a dollar for every-time one of my audio buddies thought I had at least a 12"/15" and 300/500watts. What got them even more baffled was when playing very detailed orchestral and deep organ. When they saw that it was ported .... they simply refused to believe that it was keeping up and yet there it was playing 20Hz notes (loudly). They sat on top of it to try to pick up all its faults, and all they could do was pick up a bit of port noise on the real low 16Hz notes (9Hz under the subs rating).
All in all for the money its a great subwoofer and one that has been my favorite value buy even though I also have its big brother the VTF-3 and a 1220 which are also super sounding subs.