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Help me decide. Are both companies and their products pretty comparable? Or is one clearly ahead of the other in sound and quality built. What is everyone's experiences with similar spec'd subwoofers.

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Fi doesn't use XBL^2. SI does (in some of their stuff anyway). That said I did have a Fi Q12 in one of my previous cars and I liked it a lot.

XBL^2 flattens the BL curve. As the cone moves in and out, the force of the magnet changes less than a traditional speaker.

I'm a big fan of XBL^2, LMT, and underhung speakers.
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Theres no XBL tech used in the HST series as far as I know.

Hard to beat the HS24 sealed for gobs of super low ULF tho.

I believe Fi will work with you on custom one off mods where Stereo Integrity has a more specific lineup.
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Once you have seen the Si drivers you konw they are high quality stuff. The Hs-24 subs are massive and a thing of beauty to look at.
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Help me decide. Are both companies and their products pretty comparable? Or is one clearly ahead of the other in sound and quality built. What is everyone's experiences with similar spec'd subwoofers.
What is your budget?
What amp will you use?

So far I really like the Ficar SSD neo 18 inch powered by an inuke 6k. My setup has different goals than most though. I installed my subs in the basement under the living room for tactile feel. Not in the same room for the audio.

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Help me decide. Are both companies and their products pretty comparable? Or is one clearly ahead of the other in sound and quality built. What is everyone's experiences with similar spec'd subwoofers.
What is your budget?
What amp will you use?

So far I really like the Ficar SSD neo 18 inch powered by an inuke 6k. My setup has different goals than most though. I installed my subs in the basement under the living room for tactile feel. Not in the same room for the audio.
Just like everyone I want it all and the best I can get. Specifically, I know I was disappointed when I was missing the midbass with my pb2000. I just purchased the nx6000d, so that will be what I have for amperage. I was always leaning toward the hst 18, but due to the 800 price tag, I was looking at the fi ht line, but they recommended the sp4. I definetly want to feel the bass, but I would also like to get as low as possible with frequencies.

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Just like everyone I want it all and the best I can get. Specifically, I know I was disappointed when I was missing the midbass with my pb2000. I just purchased the nx6000d, so that will be what I have for amperage. I was always leaning toward the hst 18, but due to the 800 price tag, I was looking at the fi ht line, but they recommended the sp4. I definetly want to feel the bass, but I would also like to get as low as possible with frequencies.
Just to let you know. If you jump on it tonight or tomorrow the hst-18 are on sale for 640$ for cyber Monday. Or if you go all out the Hs-24 are only 999$. Good luck with your decision.
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Just like everyone I want it all and the best I can get. Specifically, I know I was disappointed when I was missing the midbass with my pb2000. I just purchased the nx6000d, so that will be what I have for amperage. I was always leaning toward the hst 18, but due to the 800 price tag, I was looking at the fi ht line, but they recommended the sp4. I definetly want to feel the bass, but I would also like to get as low as possible with frequencies.
Just to let you know. If you jump on it tonight or tomorrow the hst-18 are on sale for 640$ for cyber Monday. Or if you go all out the Hs-24 are only 999$. Good luck with your decision.
Thanks for letting me know, I saw that so I'm getting some last minute opinions on the two. I know fi is a little less expensive, just didnt know about the specs and quality compared to SI. I don't want to miss out on the sale but wanted to see if fi comes out with something better and more cost effective. One of the other threads someone mentioned they were talking with fi to see if they could make some tweaks to the ht line, like a bigger motor on the ht 3 or something like that. Dont know if anything came of that though.

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I don’t know if Fi has anything that can compete with the HST-18, especially at $600, they for sure don’t have anything competitive with the HS24.

Their SSD series are super well priced, the non neo version for some reason has more motor force than the neo.


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Fi's FB page mentioned they have a HT4 model in the works. I haven't seen any details yet though. The SI HST's are excellent subs for sure, but it's unfortunate their prices have increased so much over the years. If I recall, the original HST 18 was around $560 when it came out and the original IB-24 was $699.
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Fi's FB page mentioned they have a HT4 model in the works. I haven't seen any details yet though. The SI HST's are excellent subs for sure, but it's unfortunate their prices have increased so much over the years. If I recall, the original HST 18 was around $560 when it came out and the original IB-24 was $699.
You can still get the IB24 aand i believe they are less expensive than the others. Andthat 699$ price was a introductory price to gain interest and some cash. They are 999$ right now and i got mine for 900$ last spring. It pays to be patient and get what you want on sale. You save 550$ on them right now and i saved 750$ by watching and waiting. Their are deals to be had. Just be glad they are not 1599$ still.
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Once you have seen the Si drivers you konw they are high quality stuff. The Hs-24 subs are massive and a thing of beauty to look at.
That magnet looks so tiny
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That magnet looks so tiny
It doesn't look tiny in person. The problem with 24" subs is that photos don't do them any justice. It is so hard to show the true scale of the things. Just remember the raw driver weights 115# the magnet slugs are probably 12" across and like 5" thick. It it a beast in every way. But looks like a 12" sub when photographed.
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Fi's FB page mentioned they have a HT4 model in the works. I haven't seen any details yet though. The SI HST's are excellent subs for sure, but it's unfortunate their prices have increased so much over the years. If I recall, the original HST 18 was around $560 when it came out and the original IB-24 was $699.
I wonder how this ht4 will measure up to the hst 18.

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I've had Fi subs in my car in the past and loved them (their SQ oriented lines). I recently asked them if they had a 21" or 24" HT sub on the horizon and they just laughed at me (literally).

So I just ordered some SI HS-24's!
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For another 45 minutes for us East coasters, Fi is offering 15% off with the coupon code HAPPYHOUR.
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Thanks for letting me know, I saw that so I'm getting some last minute opinions on the two. I know fi is a little less expensive, just didnt know about the specs and quality compared to SI. I don't want to miss out on the sale but wanted to see if fi comes out with something better and more cost effective. One of the other threads someone mentioned they were talking with fi to see if they could make some tweaks to the ht line, like a bigger motor on the ht 3 or something like that. Dont know if anything came of that though.


Might try checking the classifieds for used drivers, never know if you might run across a good deal on an HST18 or HS24.


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Might try checking the classifieds for used drivers, never know if you might run across a good deal on an HST18 or HS24.


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I do believe that @hd0823 has at least 1 maybe 2 hs-24 for sale unless he decided to keep them.
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If it helps at all - I had subwoofers from each company in my old G35x. The performance was awesome - but most importantly, the customer service from each company was top notch.

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It doesn't look tiny in person. The problem with 24" subs is that photos don't do them any justice. It is so hard to show the true scale of the things. Just remember the raw driver weights 115# the magnet slugs are probably 12" across and like 5" thick. It it a beast in every way. But looks like a 12" sub when photographed.

HS24 with a Soda Can for some perspective...
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Hey @uniquepattern did you buy more Hs-24 or is that from when you originally got yours?

Another perspective for you here. My 4 yr old was helping me the other day i left the room and when i came bach i couldn't find him. Then he said i am over here and i found him in the enclosure. It gives a good sense of how big they are.
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@Randy_J I wish I could find the room for another pair...

Looks more like a playhouse then a subwoofer enclosure... lol....

and another shot.... Thats a Polk psw125 12" Sub...

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Get the 24"s.... Get the biggest ones you can afford. I don't theres ever been one person thats been "man, I should have got the 18's" after getting the 24's..... just sayin'

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@Randy_J I wish I could find the room for another pair...

Looks more like a playhouse then a subwoofer enclosure... lol....

and another shot.... Thats a Polk psw125 12" Sub...


You are right that it looks like a play house. He was happy as a clam sitting in there. I think he drew pictures inside the box for about 45 minutes.

I think my B&W asw650 would fit about the same as your polk inside the box.
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Get the 24"s.... Get the biggest ones you can afford. I don't theres ever been one person thats been "man, I should have got the 18's" after getting the 24's..... just sayin'
Morbid but it's like I never heard of anybody ever laying on their deathbed and saying "Man, I wish I had worked more!"

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