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Just got my HSU VTF2-MK5

Finally pulled the trigger and replaced my DT Powerfield 12.

This thing is a beast (literally and figuratively, as it's a pain the ass to move around). I put on episode 1 of Jack Ryan in 4k on Amazon Prime.... the bombs dropping on the village scene was immediate gratification. Got some Mad Max Fury Road in.... and some Star Wars.

Look forward to really putting it thru the ringer this weekend when I have more time to play around with trying different corners, but it just seems tighter and crisper, louder, and just more overall sub than the DT. I'll have to play around w/ the ports and EQ settings more when I can, but it's giving me smiles already. Music sounds so much better than it did w/ the DT. Much tighter and clearer. Been loving Alex Skolnik Trio on this system.... Coheed and Cambria (No World for Tomorrow) is another great mix.

The DT still works pretty damn well for a 125/150 watt sub, but this is obviously a big step up. I just decided that in my space, I'd rather stay w/ the 12" than bump up to the 15", and then I can have extra $$$ in my budget to upgrade my mains (Eying the Ascend CMT340's for an LCR setup since San Clemente is only about a 45 min drive) The new RSL's are just too $$$$ right now.

Did have a few problems, but HSU was very helpful in getting my problems resolved (broken power switch). I wouldn't hesitate to go back, and this will be one of my favorite purchases of the next decade.

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I love mine. I also enjoy the variable tuning so I can run it with various settings for music etc.

I have it set with 1 port plugged, Q of 0.7, and EQ1...the way they recommend for movies and deepest extension.
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Definitely try several (many!) sub locations to see which sounds best. Sub crawl is a great idea too. Grab some furniture sliders from Home Depot or amazon, they’ll make moving the sub around a breeze. Congrats on the sub!
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Definitely try several (many!) sub locations to see which sounds best. Sub crawl is a great idea too. Grab some furniture sliders from Home Depot or amazon, they’ll make moving the sub around a breeze. Congrats on the sub!
I think I'll try nearfield corner. run MCACC again, and let it go. Kinda wishing I'd got the VTF3, but this thing is plenty. Once it's dialed in in the correct spot, BOOOM

Any recommendations for bass challenging scenes would be great. I found the movie Limitless (Bradley Cooper becomes a genius) had some great stuff. Jurrassic Park is always fun. I guess Pacific Rim is a must have.
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… Any recommendations for bass challenging scenes would be great. …
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I think I'll try nearfield corner. run MCACC again, and let it go. Kinda wishing I'd got the VTF3, but this thing is plenty. Once it's dialed in in the correct spot, BOOOM

Any recommendations for bass challenging scenes would be great. I found the movie Limitless (Bradley Cooper becomes a genius) had some great stuff. Jurrassic Park is always fun. I guess Pacific Rim is a must have.
Pacific Rim is meh- mostly droning one note bass.

Blade Runner 2049 for the win. Ready Player 1 is great too.
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Glad you like the sub, my friend has one and I went over to give is a listen to. His had some really bad port chuffing going on, I ask him what gain it was set at he said 9. I thought about buying one of the HSU but that kinda turn me off. I know, his may be just one of the few that has that issue. The overall volume wasn't that high at all, the movie was Wonder Woman. Other than that it sounded pretty good to me.
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I think I'll try nearfield corner. run MCACC again, and let it go. Kinda wishing I'd got the VTF3, but this thing is plenty. Once it's dialed in in the correct spot, BOOOM

Any recommendations for bass challenging scenes would be great. I found the movie Limitless (Bradley Cooper becomes a genius) had some great stuff. Jurrassic Park is always fun. I guess Pacific Rim is a must have.

The grenade scene in WWZ, server room scene in Pulse, opening scene in Edge of Tomorrow, giant Lycan scene in Underworld Awakening, Black hole falling scene in Interstellar are a few.
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Glad you like the sub, my friend has one and I went over to give is a listen to. His had some really bad port chuffing going on, I ask him what gain it was set at he said 9. I thought about buying one of the HSU but that kinda turn me off. I know, his may be just one of the few that has that issue. The overall volume wasn't that high at all, the movie was Wonder Woman. Other than that it sounded pretty good to me.
Gain set at 9? Is that 9oclock or almost maxed out? That also doesn't take into account AVR settings. I'm assuming one port was plugged? Pretty much all ported will chuff if pushed to hard in to large of a room,,, or bad sub/MLP location within the room. Way to many variables to be considered.

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Gain set at 9? Is that 9oclock or almost maxed out? That also doesn't take into account AVR settings. I'm assuming one port was plugged? Pretty much all ported will chuff if pushed to hard in to large of a room,,, or bad sub/MLP location within the room. Way to many variables to be considered.
Yeah one port was plugged, I don't know what setting he had in the AVR but like I said the overall volume wasn't very high and he may need to move it elsewhere....couldn't say on that.
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Yeah one port was plugged, I don't know what setting he had in the AVR but like I said the overall volume wasn't very high and he may need to move it elsewhere....couldn't say on that.

Lots of variables, as mentioned, but in 1 port mode the VTF-2.5 is prone to having port noise issues at times. A single 3" port can struggle at times when a lot of air is being moved.

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Lots of variables, as mentioned, but in 1 port mode the VTF-2.5 is prone to having port noise issues at times. A single 3" port can struggle at times when a lot of air is being moved.
Thought one 4", one 3" port? Guess i thought wrong. A single 3" would explain a propensity to chuff a little easier.

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Thought one 4", one 3" port? Guess i thought wrong. A single 3" would explain a propensity to chuff a little easier.

The VTF-3 is the model with the two ports different sizes. VTF-2 has two ports, both 3".
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The VTF-3 is the model with the two ports different sizes. VTF-2 has two ports, both 3".
Jeez,,, i'm getting sloppy,,,,, thanks for the correction!!

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Jeez,,, i'm getting sloppy,,,,, thanks for the correction!!

No problem. Anymore I get things wrong more than I get things right.


Port area was one of the great things with the RBH I series subs. Even in lowest extension mode you had two of the three 3" ports open. Port noise was never really a problem. RBH was supposed to be coming out with a new line of subs a long time ago, but nothing has ever been released.

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My vtf3mk5 also displays massive amounts of chuffing at any volume level at <17hz with one,both, or no ports plugged. Its just too much for this setup. The fix is to eq it out. With the 12" being a smaller box, i would assume that it would have a different frequency that it doesn't like. Get a tone generator to find it and eq it out. Id rather have no subterranean bass than subterranean bass and a ****load of port noise. Not much material is down that low anyways and that is meant for the guys with 4 dual 18s and buttkickers anyways IMHO.<20hz isn't that big of deal to the regular guy with only 1 sub as 1 sub isn't enough to rock your world unless your theatre is in a closet. YMMV
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So, moved it right next to my couch. Nearfield corner placement. It really sounds strong now. Volume at 9 o'clock.... and the subwoofer level is MCACC auto set at +2db, but it still sounds strong at 0db. I've only tried 1 port open so far. Will need to try sealed and wide open just to compare, but it's an improvement so far.
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My vtf3mk5 also displays massive amounts of chuffing at any volume level at <17hz with one,both, or no ports plugged. Its just too much for this setup. The fix is to eq it out. With the 12" being a smaller box, i would assume that it would have a different frequency that it doesn't like. Get a tone generator to find it and eq it out. Id rather have no subterranean bass than subterranean bass and a ****load of port noise. Not much material is down that low anyways and that is meant for the guys with 4 dual 18s and buttkickers anyways IMHO.<20hz isn't that big of deal to the regular guy with only 1 sub as 1 sub isn't enough to rock your world unless your theatre is in a closet. YMMV
Can't have chuffing with both ports plugged. Maybe just massively over driving it and the driver is crying out in pain.

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Can't have chuffing with both ports plugged. Maybe just massively over driving it and the driver is crying out in pain.

Maybe it's actually coming from around the driver. I had what I though twas port noise on my VTF-15H MK2, but it was actually coming from the poorly sealed driver. I doubt this is the case, but if this person actually does get what sounds like port noise with the ports plugged, then it's not out of the realm of possibility.

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Actually, I think I'll need to do the sub crawl and figure out the best placement. Nearfield sweet spot is much smaller and the bass just disappears when I shift positions on the couch (first world problems... yes indeed)

One more question- Would there be a benefit in running the HSU and my old DT sub as dual subs? Is it a big issue if each sub is different? They're both 12" at least.

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