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HSU VTF-15H MK2 vs SVS PB-3000 vs Monolith 15

Greetings. Trying to get one of these subs around the holidays. My space is about 17'x 29' open floor plan with vaulted ceilings that peak about 10 feet. The MLP is on the short side of the room 12.5 feet away from a pair of tower speakers near the back wall, about a foot off the wall. Let's assume 5000 cubic feet. I don't listen to my movies at reference level but eventually plan to have two of them. Size is a factor since I want to tuck it away near the couch and the Monolith seems to be taller than our sofa. I don't have space in the front for a subwoofer. The Tv is left to a corridor.

I've narrowed it down to either VTF-15H MK2 or PB-3000. Does the PB-3000 give more bang for the buck? It seems to have higher output. From a technical standpoint I know it's more than just the specs. Can someone comment on the performance? The SVS is smaller and more expensive 800 watts RMS (2500+ watts peak) vs 2000 W Short Term, 600 W Continuous.
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If you could stretch the budget a bit the PSA V1812 would meet your size requirements and give you more output than the other options. That is a big room so you need as much output as possible in my opinion. The Mono is an excellent option but it sounds like you've ruled it out because of it's height.
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At $1300, shipped, the PSA V1512 is worth a look:
- 15" driver
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One other possible option is Rhytmic FV15HP. I found out they are local to me and I can drive up there. Might be best in terms of saving on shipping and support.
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One other possible option is Rhytmic FV15HP. I found out they are local to me and I can drive up there. Might be best in terms of saving on shipping and support.
This is your best bet and best bang for your money.

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Well then without a doubt I would get the FV15HP.
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One other possible option is Rhytmic FV15HP. I found out they are local to me and I can drive up there. Might be best in terms of saving on shipping and support.
Rythmik makes good subwoofers. With them being local, I think it's a no brainer.
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One other possible option is Rhytmic FV15HP. I found out they are local to me and I can drive up there. Might be best in terms of saving on shipping and support.
Withe money you would save, you could step up to the FV18

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One other possible option is Rhytmic FV15HP. I found out they are local to me and I can drive up there. Might be best in terms of saving on shipping and support.
If you live in Texas, you will have to pay sales tax.

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If you live in Texas, you will have to pay sales tax.
He meant save money on the shipping I think.

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He meant save money on the shipping I think.
Yes, of course.

Since he is also considering other products, he needs to include that in the total cost.

If I were living in North Cal, it sucks to order from Hsu Research because I am hit with both the shipping and sales tax.

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Well then without a doubt I would get the FV15HP.
Yep, this option is best, without question.

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If you've seen some of the measurements for the Monolith THX Ultra 15 from AVS members on this board, you'll see the sub is a monster. More comparable to the SVS PB-4000 in overall performance, but digs deeper with more authority. It has some great flexibility on how you run it with the 3 port configuration.

Subs>RBH I-12e, I-12. HSU VTF-15H mk2. Monolith THX 12(x2), THX 10(x2). XTZ 1X12. SVS PB-1000(x2). Speakers>JBL Studio 270/235c/230/225c. Sony CS3/CS8/CS5. QA 3020i/3090Ci, 2020i/2000c. Monolith Cinema 5bs. Polk RTiA1/CSiA4. Other Audio>Sony MDR-Z7m2,V6, XB900n,700,XB32,XB31. Sennheiser HD58X,HD4.50,PC37X. HiFiMAN HE4XX. Philips SHP9500. SIVGA SV004. SA HDTwo. HyperX CloudPS4. TB Elite AtlasAero. LG FH6,RK8,RK7,PK5. HK Onyx Studio4(x2).
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Ranking them:

#1 )Monolith 15 / FV15HP
#2 ) HSU VTF-15H MK2
#3 ) space.......
#4 ) PB3000

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The tax kinda brings FV15HP back up to the sale price with shipping which sucks. It will make adding a second one a bit of a stretch financially. The value would be in the support and return options if the sub doesn't work out in my space.
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