Originally Posted by thsmith
I currently own a HSU VTF3-MK3 and 2 MBMs.
SInce I have started using REW and adding a BFD I am finding I do not need both MBMs and could even do without 1. So since I am selling off at least 1 MBM possibly 2 I figured I would reacess my sub as well.
For the 3 Epiks I listed above I would be interested in how they fair for music. Right now it looks like the Castle or Tower but the Conquest keeps calling me.
Would you be interested in getting together for an audition? I have a Tower in my very large room at home with no equalization. You're welcome to bring over any CDs you have and audition in my untreated/uneq-'d room and see what you think of the Tower
Regarding your questions for comparison have you seen Craigsub's rankings? If not they are here:http://www.tweakcityaudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11
They rate all of the subs you listed (sans the Tower, but they did rate the Castle which is essentially the same sub in a slightly larger enclosure) for home theater and music as well.
The PB13 and Conquest received equal ratings for music (second highest score in the test and both much easier packages to live with than the #1 from eD) but the Conquest won in sheer home theater output. If I had the extra money when I bought my subwoofer I probably would have gone with the Conquest. Space was also a small concern, and the Conquest is quite large. I assure you that when people come over they look at my subwoofer with amazement as to its size and it is ONLY a Tower
Regardless I think the PB13 Ultra is the easiest subwoofer to live with (nicest finish in the rosewood, smallest size) and probably one of the most musical. The Epik requires more size and only comes in black, but will give you some pretty amazing music performance along with the most raw output of just about any commercial subwoofer available. When factoring in price there is no commercial competition for Epik at all in my opinion.
One thing I noticed that I posted a few days ago (but just in case you missed it) was that I was listening to a well recorded pipe organ CD and for the first time ever I heard that low bass "resonate" is how I would describe it. The low note continued to ring through my "space" in my room and the subwoofer revealed the very miniscule details at low volumes and stayed clean and controlled at higher output as well.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that the Epik Tower to me is an extremely impressive subwoofer, just be prepared to wait 4-5 weeks when you order from Epik.
Hope this helps.