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Looking for a sub or pair of subs with similar fit & finish to HSU ULS-15 MK2

Budget: < $2500
Size Requirements: If I go with a pair of subs, I'd like the width to be less than 20". Smaller the better. If only a single sub, width isn't a concern. I'd prefer height to be under 24". I could potentially go a bit taller, but it would prevent me from upgrading my drop down projector screen to a larger size down the road.
Room Dimensions: ~2300 cu ft, but have an open floor plan so it opens up to something more like 6,500 cu ft and there's open staircase to the 2nd floor. Home theater is in my family room, so it's not a dedicated space.
Primary Uses: 80% TV & Film, 20% Music/Games
Listening Habits: I don't listen at crazy levels since I'm in a residential neighborhood, but definitely like to feel bass.
Appearance Requirements: Needs a high WAF. Would like a cabinet with a rosenut/rosewood hardwood veneer to match existing cabinets/decor
Timeframe: ASAP. Previous sub died.

I need to replace a failed Epik Empire. That sub did Ok in my home theater, but it was never meant to be a permanent fixture. Probably the most restrictive aspect of my ideal sub is I'm looking for hardwood veneer in rosenut or rosewood, which seems to eliminate most options. I don't want a black box. Yes, my Epik was a black box and my wife hated it. I was originally looking at the dual drive HSU ULS-15 MK2, but from reading lots of posts, the HSU VTF-15H MK2 is more commonly recommended for individuals with similar usage patterns and environments. However, I am not digging the looks of VTF-15H MK2.

Any suggestions for subs with similar fit and finish to the ULS-15 MK2 that are more oriented towards low frequency response?
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You don't like the looks of the rosenut VTF-15H? Perhaps due to the exposed ports?

Would you be interested in a piano black finish? (http://rythmikaudio.com/FV15HP.html) Expensive, classy, shiny black box.
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https://www.powersoundaudio.com/products/s3012

Choose your wood veneer finish.


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Are those all real veneers? The price delta over satin black is $200, which may be enough to get real veneers. I'm thinking of "black ash", which is usually vinyl.)
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Are those all real veneers? The price delta over satin black is $200, which may be enough to get real veneers. I'm thinking of "black ash", which is usually vinyl.)
Yes, very high quality real wood veneers. Remember, PSA's standard finish is not a cheap China vinyl wrap like most other companies.
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Are those all real veneers? The price delta over satin black is $200, which may be enough to get real veneers. I'm thinking of "black ash", which is usually vinyl.)
Yep, very much real. My S1510 in American cherry:





The way Tom explained it to me is all the finishes use the same base (real) wood veneer, then they stain it after it's on the sub. The finish names are indicative of color, not the type of actual wood. Don't take my word for that, I might be misremembering, I'd shoot Tom an email to confirm if you're interested. All I know for sure is the finish looks amazing.
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Thanks for the advice, and the pictures. Even if PSA uses some stained wood other than fruitwood, those look very good.
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Budget: < $2500
Size Requirements: If I go with a pair of subs, I'd like the width to be less than 20". Smaller the better. If only a single sub, width isn't a concern. I'd prefer height to be under 24". I could potentially go a bit taller, but it would prevent me from upgrading my drop down projector screen to a larger size down the road.
Room Dimensions: ~2300 cu ft, but have an open floor plan so it opens up to something more like 6,500 cu ft and there's open staircase to the 2nd floor. Home theater is in my family room, so it's not a dedicated space.
Primary Uses: 80% TV & Film, 20% Music/Games
Listening Habits: I don't listen at crazy levels since I'm in a residential neighborhood, but definitely like to feel bass.
Appearance Requirements: Needs a high WAF. Would like a cabinet with a rosenut/rosewood hardwood veneer to match existing cabinets/decor
Timeframe: ASAP. Previous sub died.

I need to replace a failed Epik Empire. That sub did Ok in my home theater, but it was never meant to be a permanent fixture. Probably the most restrictive aspect of my ideal sub is I'm looking for hardwood veneer in rosenut or rosewood, which seems to eliminate most options. I don't want a black box. Yes, my Epik was a black box and my wife hated it. I was originally looking at the dual drive HSU ULS-15 MK2, but from reading lots of posts, the HSU VTF-15H MK2 is more commonly recommended for individuals with similar usage patterns and environments. However, I am not digging the looks of VTF-15H MK2.

Any suggestions for subs with similar fit and finish to the ULS-15 MK2 that are more oriented towards low frequency response?
Why not get a pair of the ULS-15 MK2s? I use it for TV/movies/gaming, and it is a solid sub.

If not, I would go with PSA - they were my second choice, but opted for the HSU because it was less expensive (I'm Canadian, so the cost of things coming from the US is about 30% higher than the US list price).

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Music: Cambridge Audio AXR100 | Stanton T.62 | Cambridge Audio AXC35 | KEF Q150 L/R | Elac S10EQ Subwoofer

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Funk is in Canada, if I'm not mistaken. He can do any sort of finish you like. The downside is it's all custom built ($) and the wait is months ...

https://www.funkaudio.ca/

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