Originally Posted by Nodscene
Thanks Chucky7 although that doesn't really answer any of my questions. As I mentioned, I have no concern in regards to the output as anything in this category is overkill
I have read that "review" although it doesn't really mention anything about SQ or much at all for that matter unfortunately.
Picking subs is definitely super difficult and its hard for me to give a full on review without something to reference off of.
My subwoofer journey went from an Onkyo HTIB sub to a BIC H100 to HSU VTF-2 MK3 to now RA Gamma 15s. I think it's rare people try multiple brands of the same class subwoofer.
For me the best way I can judge if something was worth the upgrade is, does it sound better than before and does it do it at the levels I prefer to listen to.
In current room, the VTF-2 was adequate at moderate levels but I had that feeling that it was struggling at lower levels and wasn't playing cleaning in comparison to the bass my speakers put out.
When switching to the Gamma 15s the bass felt effortless, it became a game of seeing how far I can push them but they played cleanly at least to the point where I couldn't turn of the volume anymore.
The only thing that is not working for me in regards to the Gamma 15s that is not the subs fault itself is I did not get as much room gain as expected so below 30hz is kinda lacking.
My room is smaller than yours but opens to the rest of the house so I'm likely to switch to an Echo 18 (the footprint between the 15 and 18 were close so I went big so I can leave Jeremy alone).
I would say go as big as you can (both in size and price) so there are no regrets.
Subwoofer choice wise I also considered HSU vs RA. Although I didn't get a chance to listen to the ULS here's how it breaks down based on what I know of the HSU vs what I have in the Gamma.
Finish I knew HSU is one of the best with their velvet like finish. RA feels more like wood looks more like it vs HSU which almost looks and feels like its been dipped in some thick silky coating. I like both.
Amp I heard Bash has been hit or miss, my previous HSU hasn't had a trouble. I knew ICE was quite hyped, many subwoofer manufacturers use Speakerpower for their amps.
Woofer I didn't know much outside of the fact that they looked different.
Both have plenty of simple EQ adjustments so neither came off better than the other.
End of the day I like the pricing of RA, both subs were gonna be fairly similar give or take a DB or two advantage for RA.
In my phone conversations between the two companies, HSU was quite professional but didn't really seem interested in what works for me, just "you're interest in buying this? ok we have it stock". (I've read they have great customer service but I haven't needed them for anything outside of purchasing).
When I got the opportunity to deal with Jeremy he made sure I was buying the product that best suited me and has no hesitation dealing with me even though I've changed my mind many times since the first time I talked to him. That willingness to work with me even though he has a ton of other orders coming in really sold me. If the person who makes the product is that awesome, I feel like the product will reflect that.
So unfortunately a professional level review I cannot provide.
I can only say, the Gamma 15 gives nice clean, effortless output at the levels I prefer. I'd even say it's "tight".
I think any of the popular ID subwoofers will work, it's just who you personally like the best.