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HSU VTF-15h mk2 vs PSA V1510 vs Rhythmic FV15HP

Howdy! Looking to upgrade my current Martin Logan Dynamo 700 (even the SO thinks an upgrade is needed!). Searching around has me more confused than ever . I'm looking to stay below $1500 currently for a single sub, with adding a second down the line.

It will be going into the living room (open concept) which is 19.5W x 11.5L x 9H, but opens up into the dining room (19.5 x 25 x 9) and kitchen (10 x 14 x 9), so there is a bit of space to fill. It will be used primarily (95%) for HT/TV viewing and 5% gaming. It will play music, but only as background noise, so the focus if on HT/TV viewing. I'm not too picky on appearance either, as long as its finished .

With the above said, I have narrowed it down to the HSU VTF-15h, PSA V1510 or the Rhythmik FV15HP.

With shipping and/or applicable taxes the HSU comes to around $1022, the PSA $1149, and the Rhythmik $1515. With the HSU, the only thing I would worry about is additional shipping, should anything happen during initial shipping or the warranty period. I have read great things about all 3 and their customer service.

Really wish there was a way to hear all 3 to make a decision, however does anyone have feedback amongst those 3, especially considering the use case is HT/TV? Is the Rhythmik worth the additional $ for such a use? Is it going to provide more impact or be louder?

Finally, are any of these 3 known for running Memorial day sales/specials?

Thanks!
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^^ Wow, first post after 10 years joining the forum
The FV15hp is $1399 shipped. Whether it worth the additional $$ is hard to answer and it is up to you to decide. I haven't seen the 3 companies running special for a while.
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^^ Wow, first post after 10 years joining the forum
LOL, yeah been into audio for a long while (mostly car). I tend to exhaust all avenues before posting. In this case, I think I have just over-researched leading to confusion, coupled with the fact that with these ID companies it is difficult to get hands on with them

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The FV15hp is $1399 shipped. Whether it worth the additional $$ is hard to answer and it is up to you to decide. I haven't seen the 3 companies running special for a while.
Since I live in Texas, I have to pay tax on the $1399, taking that total up to the mentioned $1515. Thanks for the feedback!
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^^ If you live close enough, pick the sub up yourself in Austin will save you some $$$. If you don’t want to do that then you could order Rythmik sub from ascent acoustic and avoid paying tax, so it will be $1399 shipped.
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^^ If you live close enough, pick the sub up yourself in Austin will save you some $$$. If you don’t want to do that then you could order Rythmik sub from ascent acoustic and avoid paying tax, so it will be $1399 shipped.
Nope. Even if you order from Ascend Acoustics, you will be charged with sale taxes as a Texas resident because the product is shipped from Austin, Texas. You won't be charged for sale taxes until the subwoofer ships. After the subwoofer ships, you will see an extra charge in your credit card for the sale taxes portion.

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Howdy! Looking to upgrade my current Martin Logan Dynamo 700 (even the SO thinks an upgrade is needed!). Searching around has me more confused than ever . I'm looking to stay below $1500 currently for a single sub, with adding a second down the line.

It will be going into the living room (open concept) which is 19.5W x 11.5L x 9H, but opens up into the dining room (19.5 x 25 x 9) and kitchen (10 x 14 x 9), so there is a bit of space to fill. It will be used primarily (95%) for HT/TV viewing and 5% gaming. It will play music, but only as background noise, so the focus if on HT/TV viewing. I'm not too picky on appearance either, as long as its finished .

With the above said, I have narrowed it down to the HSU VTF-15h, PSA V1510 or the Rhythmik FV15HP.

With shipping and/or applicable taxes the HSU comes to around $1022, the PSA $1149, and the Rhythmik $1515. With the HSU, the only thing I would worry about is additional shipping, should anything happen during initial shipping or the warranty period. I have read great things about all 3 and their customer service.

Really wish there was a way to hear all 3 to make a decision, however does anyone have feedback amongst those 3, especially considering the use case is HT/TV? Is the Rhythmik worth the additional $ for such a use? Is it going to provide more impact or be louder?

Finally, are any of these 3 known for running Memorial day sales/specials?

Thanks!
The only extra shipping on the HSU would be if you want to return it. If it's defective return shipping would be covered or they would send you the parts to fix it.

At the sale price it's a great deal.

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Monolith 15 should be in this lineup of possibles. $1299/shipped and is sometimes on sale for $100 to $260 off. It is right there with the more expensive FV15HP in terms of capability, with both of those being a step above the HSU or PSA.

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It will be hard to find someone with experience with all of them, especially with equivalent models in an A B comparison.

But I don't think you can go wrong with either, and it seems like all those get high praise from their owners.

Personally I have the HSU VTF15-MK2 and extremely happy and would recommend it. I just can't say if it's better because I haven't tried those in my room and setup.

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The Rythmik is more fairly compared to the PSA V1811, which is in the same price range and fairly similar in size.
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The output numbers for the HSU and the Rythmik are available on data-bass.com, so you can view them online. Personally I think the premium for the Rythmik is worth it.


The PSA should come pretty close to the Rythmik and would be a good value. The Rythmik might have a bit better of a low end.


Another often recommended value option is the HSU VTF3-MK5, a pair of 15" ported subs for a bit over your budget for one.
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In my opinion, the performance of the three subs is close enough that you should base your decision on other factors, such as:

-Country of origin. Does it matter to you if the product is made in China, or made in USA?
-Warranty. 2 years? 5 years?
-Size. The three are probably very similar but check H,W,D.
-Aesthetics. How do you like the finish quality? Grille? Appearance?
-Adjustability. Set it and forget or lots of configuration options.
-Extension(output is probably close enough to not matter between the three)
-Contact each company. Get a feel for how responsive their CS is.
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HSU VTF-15h mk2 vs PSA V1510 vs Rhythmic FV15HP

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The output numbers for the HSU and the Rythmik are available on data-bass.com, so you can view them online. Personally I think the premium for the Rythmik is worth it.


The PSA should come pretty close to the Rythmik and would be a good value. The Rythmik might have a bit better of a low end.


Another often recommended value option is the HSU VTF3-MK5, a pair of 15" ported subs for a bit over your budget for one.

The data on data-bass for the HSU 15H is for the original 15H....not the new mk2 one which has nearly double the amp power of the original and a different driver as well. The output of the mk2 is a good bit higher across the board compared to the original.
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The data on data-bass for the HSU 15H are for the original 15H....not the new mk2 one which has nearly double the amp power of the original and a different driver as well. The output of the mk2 is a good bit higher across the board compared to the original.

Good catch. Looking at both product pages the new version seems to be 2-4 db better across the board.

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Thanks all for the help! I ended up ordering a PSA V1811. Can't wait for it to get here and put it to the test!
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Thanks all for the help! I ended up ordering a PSA V1811. Can't wait for it to get here and put it to the test!

That's quite an upgrade! Enjoy.
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