Originally Posted by device04
I'm a newbie and lurker in the subs forum, but I am in the same dilemna choosing between the STF-1 and X-Sub. Is there a marked difference between the two that justifies the ~$60 (if you compare the X-Sub for ~$245 w/shipping and 5year warranty vs. STF-1 on discount plus shipping and add-on warranty to 5 years at ~$305) difference? It seems that there are few people that have had experience with both of these subs. I have asked craigsub and as stated by an earlier post, his suggestion is that these are comparable subs that really deliver similar results. I would like to hear experiences with the STF-1, in particular though as I know must less about that one than the X-Sub.
I think ViCyniC's math is more correct. The STF-1 is now $270 shipped, so there isn't a big difference in price. Hsu's price includes a 7 year speaker warranty (2 on electronics).
I have an STF-1, but I use it mostly to listen to classical music, not HT. It is excellent at that job, delivering clean, clear lows. Instruments are well defined. Not a trace of boom. And it plays flat as low as FM radio goes, which I verified with an SMS-1 trace (-3dB at 30Hz in my mid-sized test room).
I also found it easy to integrate with my main speakers, despite the fact that my HK stereo receiver has no bass management. Hsu's 24dB low pass filter was a big factor in this.
I read somewhere that Dr. Hsu took special pride in this model. A listener once said he mistook its sound for a VTF-3 when visiting the Hsu plant (obviously, he wasn't listiening to WOW at the time!
). Some hype there, no doubt, but I doubt I would hear much difference in my application. In any case, Hsu clearly doesn't treat the STF-1 like a stepchild, as some manufactures do with their lowest priced offerings.