Originally Posted by Drew Dough
Thanks. Can you explain that a little more? Why does the HSU have an advantage on a second floor? Not sure what you mean by "getting room gain"? I'm still learning about all this stuff
Well they would both get a bit of room gain being on a second floor. Room gain, I don't know the technical explanation others here can probably explain better, but you end up with better tactile response on a second floor, or a suspended floor. Like my house is on pier and beam if you know what that is. My floor in almost the entire house will vibrate when I turn my single LVX12 up. In my little 1000 square foot house the doors and windows rattle, because the vibration generated by the sub is being "magnified" because my house isn't on a concrete foundation. This is from the Anthem website
"Room gain is the slight rise in upper-bass and mid-bass frequencies that naturally occurs when sound is reinforced by the boundaries of a room: the floor, ceiling, and walls. Research has shown that the human brain is aware of this gain, but we filter it out of our conscious experience. Scientists theorize that we evolved to push it into the subconscious. Otherwise, we'd be constantly distracted by it.
When we walk into a room, we are aware of room gain, but our brains are processing its effect in the background. When we listen to a music system or home theater system in a room, research has shown that our subconscious brain expects to hear the effect. When the sound has a flat frequency response (i.e., with room gain removed), our minds are aware that something is wrong. Because of this, understanding the natural bass reinforcement of a room and preserving it is crucial when correcting the room’s sonic problems."
To be honest I would start with 1 of either, they are both good subs, I am partial based on what I own but at the same time I can't compare with the HSU because I have never heard it. I chose the Rythmik because to me it seemed to do more with less power. I am NOT saying that is %100 true. It also doesn't hurt that they are "local" to me being in Texas. But I can say this much either way you go you will be happy they are BOTH very well liked around here.