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Help me decide! Hsu VTF-3 MK5 vs DIY RSS460HO Sealed

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I am about to buy a pair of subwoofers for my new home theater, and I have it narrowed down to the Hsu VTF-3 MK5 and the Dayton RSS460HO in the sealed cabinet from Parts Express. I am looking for opinions on which one would be best for me.


19.5' x 16' x 9', so about 2800 ft^3 and on the second floor. Along the back wall, half is enclosed and the other half is an 8' wide opening which leads to the open staircase and the foyer below.


I will need to cross the subs at about 100-120hz. I am looking at the HO instead of the Ultimax because I have read that the midbass sound quality is better. I would like to keep the cabinet size reasonable which is why I would opt for the sealed cabinet. I will mostly be using the room for movies. I like to watch at a decent volume, and I would like to have good quality, low-distortion bass at a level that matches the rest of the system down as low as I can reasonably get. Down in my living room I have a BIC PL-200 II and I'm looking forward to something that will sound a lot more impressive for the theater. At the same time, I don't feel the need to turn it up to ear-splitting volumes or crank the bass up so much that it overpowers the rest of the system.


2x Hsu VTF-3 MK 5 (on sale)

2x RSS460HO, sealed flatpack cabinets, Crown 2502 amp, duratex, connectors, etc

Price-wise they are about the same. I do lots of DIY stuff around the house and I don't mind doing the work to put the DIY subs together, but I would just as soon avoid the hassle if the performance isn't going to be significantly better.

The Hsu gets great reviews and would be ready to go out of the box, but I keep reading from people doing DIY that you can get better performance for less money. I compared the CEA-2010 measurements and they look pretty similar for the most part. Is there anything about the relative performance that the chart doesn't tell? It seems like maybe a lot of the DIY guys built their subs a few years ago when component prices were a lot lower than they are now. I'm wondering if there is more to the story?

Please tell me what you think!
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Personally, I would go the Ultimax route...but that's just me. I don't believe you listed your size constraints, but I'd build two Johnny subs(24" X 25.5" X 32") for whichever 18 you choose. If that's too big then build two Marty cubes

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