2x SVS PB12-NSD, 1x HSU VTF-15H MK2, or 1x Rhythmik FVX15?
I recently purchased an SVS PB12-NSD for $499 shipped for the Black Friday sale. I upgraded from a Pioneer SW-8MK2 8" 100W sub, and the difference was monumental. I should have upgraded that sub years ago! I'm well within my 45 day free return period (return shipping covered) and am trying to decide whether to keep the PB12-NSD and add a second unit at a later point, or upgrade to a single HSU VTF-15H MK2 (with the possibility of upgrading to duals later). The HSU VTF-15H MK2 is currently on sale for $839 + $173 S/H making it only about $100 more than the VTF-3 MK5 HP ($799 + $96 S/H). The Rhythmik FVX15 is also on sale for $1069 shipped. Based on SVS's Cyber Monday Outlet deal, I will likely have the opportunity to add a second PB12-NSD for $450 or $500 (shipped) in the future. The sub(s) will be used exclusively for movie watching and I watch at fairly loud volumes (-5dB to -10dB).
I have a dedicated home theater in a 12'x32' space with 8' ceilings (~3000 ft3 as the rear 7ft section is only 10' wide due to a utility closet) but I'm only using about half of the room for the theater. I have a 123" 16:9 Stewart Luxe screen. With the 3.25" frame, it is 113.5" in length and there is only 24" of clearance from the floor to the bottom of the screen material. As such, it is not practical to place the subwoofer(s) in front of the viewing area. I currently have the SVS PB12-NSD placed several feet behind my viewing position, a few feet from the left wall. Setting the gain at 50% on the subwoofer, Audyssey XT applied a trim of -7dB and measured a distance from the main seating position of 7 ft. I am mostly concerned about only two viewing positions, mine and my wife's, both of which are within about 1-2'. Output doesn't seem to be a problem - I ended up purchasing the SVS anti-vibration feet as the walls and floor were shaking (the sub is sitting on a concrete foundation over carpet), causing my 45 lbs projector to change alignment and Atmos speakers to slide from their position.
Would I see a significant upgrade with the VTF-15H MK2 and would it be superior to 2x PB12-NSD? Also, does the MK2 have 4 or 6 feet (I purchased the 4 pack of anti-vibration feet)?
Last edited by jasonwc07; 12-06-2019 at 10:06 PM.