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Old 01-21-2009, 09:13 AM   #1
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Please discuss your Hsu subwoofers in this thread. You can include pictures, reviews, or any other comments regarding your subwoofer.

Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.hsuresearch.com/subwoofers.html
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:29 AM   #2
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This was originally posted here: http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=24

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I own an HSU STF-2. I really have nothing bad to say about it. I don't have a lot to compare it to, but it is very affordable and will absolutely destroy any HTIB sub out there.

It is extremely well made, and nice to look at as well:






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Old 01-21-2009, 09:30 AM   #3
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Originially posted here by DavidAg02: http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=27

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I was also looking at these also along with the SVS subs. I have heard nothing bu t good things about the HSU also..
I really wish that I had more to compare it to so that I could give a proper review! This is my first sub that is not a HTIB sub, but I am amazed by how it outperforms what I have previously owned. A friend of mine has a Velodyne that cost about the same as the STF-2. While the Velo is also quite a bit better than a HTIB sub, its just not as good as my HSU. The Velo hits hard and goes deep, but it seems to struggle with fast, sequential bass notes which is something the HSU handles with no trouble at all.

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My STF-2 is on the way! Scheduled for delivery on Thursday...can't friggin wait...

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Old 01-21-2009, 09:31 AM   #4
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HOME THEATER ROOM

I have several subwoofers. In my home theater room, I have two Def Tech front speakers with 15" powered subwoofers. In addition, I have three external passive subwoofers and one active (powered)subbwoofer. Three of them have been modified with new and more powerful drivers installed in them. See Upgrading & Building Subwoofers thread.

In 1998, after spending a couple hours with Dr. Hsu, I purchased two of my subwoofers from Hsu Research. They are large, beautiful, and perform like a pair of angels (I never knew angels could create bass sound ). They have very high WAF appeal. These are the pictures:







This powerful Cinepro amplifier drives the two subwoofers mentioned above.




The third subwoofer in my home theater room was originally a 15" DBX passive subwoofer that I had purchased in 1989-1990. I recently overhauled this subwoofer. It is very large and powerful. This is a picture.




This Pyle Pro volume control and crossover network controls the subwoofer.




This powerful Carver amplifier sends between 1,000 to 2,000 watts to the bad boy mentioned above.




The fourth subwoofer is a 12" powered Acoustic Audio subwoofer.










The subwoofers in my home theater room are properly calibrated and create a smooth and even bass across the room for all locations. The bass sound is not boomy and does not rattle the house, although I can easily do that. I am sometimes surprised at people who make exaggerated claims about their single subwoofer that may not even be positioned properly in the room. My conclusion is that their sub needs calibration.


TWO-CHANNEL ROOM

I recently built this 12" passive subwoofer for my two channel room to supplement my vintage Polk RTA-15TL speakers.




The following Hsu crossover and DBX amplifier control the above subwoofer.

HT Room: Panasonic PT-AE8000, Epson 1080UB Proj., Mitsubishi 65" Diamond Series HD TV, Yamaha-RX-A3010 Rec., CinePro 6-Ch. Amp. (350 W/Ch, 8 Ohm), Proton D1200 Amp., Behringer EP4000 & EPX3000 Amps., Oppo BDP-83, Sony BDP-S790, Audio Technica Tuntable, Mitsubishi S-VHS, 2 Def. Tech. Super Towers w 15" subs, 1 Def. Tech. Center & 1 Martin-Logan Center, 2 Def. Tech. Surr. & 2 PSB Surr., 2 Cadence Presence, 2 Bose 901 Rears, 2 Modified HSU 12" Subs, 1 ED DIY 12" Sub, 1 ED DIY 15" Sub, Velodyne SMS-1 Subwoofer Equalizer, DirecTV HD, Monster HTS 5000 & APC H15 Power Conditioners.
Two-Channel Room: XiangSheng Tube Preamp., Carver TFM-45 Amp. (375 W/Ch), Behringer EPX4000 Amp., Onkyo CD player, Denon Turntable, Yamaha Tuner, 2 Vintage Polk RTA-15TL Speakers, 2 LCY 100 Super Tweeters, 2 DIY Folded Horn Super Towers with 15" Sub., 1 Modified AA HD-SUB12
Family Room: Mitsubishi 73" Diamond Series TV, Yamaha DSP-A3090 Rec., DirecTV HD-DVR, PS3, Zvox Speaker, 1 DIY 12" Sub.

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Old 01-21-2009, 06:17 PM   #5
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I got my STF-2 yesterday. I ordered the thing Friday afternoon at 2:55pm EST, and received it Tuesday at 9:56AM EST, Anaheim, CA to Charlotte, NC, in two business days! That's even with the long weekend for MLK day. Great service by HSU. I haven't had a chance to calibrate it yet or watch a movie, but I have hooked it up. It definitely is an improvement over my PSW-10(which I got for Christmas!?!). When the upgrade bug bites, I guess it has to be scratched. Now, I just may be satisfied...for now...
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I got my STF-2 yesterday. I ordered the thing Friday afternoon at 2:55pm EST, and received it Tuesday at 9:56AM EST, Anaheim, CA to Charlotte, NC, in two business days! That's even with the long weekend for MLK day. Great service by HSU. I haven't had a chance to calibrate it yet or watch a movie, but I have hooked it up. It definitely is an improvement over my PSW-10(which I got for Christmas!?!). When the upgrade bug bites, I guess it has to be scratched. Now, I just may be satisfied...for now...
Wow, you got that super fast. Awesome!

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Old 01-27-2009, 05:07 PM   #7
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I ordered my VTF-3 on a Friday morning (California) and it was at my door (New Jersey) on Tuesday morning. I replaced an original VTF-2 (10", 150w) with a VTF-3 MKIII (12", 350w) in Rosenut.

Everyone thinks it is an end table it is so beautiful.

And the thing rocks.

I have it in a 16 x 16 x 10h room with 2 openings to a 30 x 15 and 13 x 13 rooms and it is glorious. I have the level pretty low so I am not even pushing it hard.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:23 PM   #8
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Cosmo,

How would you compare the VTF-3 to your older VTF-2?
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Would love to see some pics of the new sub and finish!

Panasonic TC-P50G10 1080p Plasma | Onkyo 805 | PS3 Slim | Xbox360 | Wii | APC H10 | Harmony One
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:06 AM   #10
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Cosmo,

How would you compare the VTF-3 to your older VTF-2?
I love them both. My VTF2 was the original MK1 with the 150w amp. I used it in a fairly small room without many openings.

When I moved to the new house I was just driving it a lot harder than I was comfortable with. But I was trying o fill around 6000 cubic feet.

I think the new VTF2 MK3 would have been fine but I like knowing that even set at "3" this sub handle anything I have thrown at it. I have had it for abut 2 months now.


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Would love to see some pics of the new sub and finish!
I will take some this week and post them ASAP.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:01 PM   #11
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I have a STF-1...the cheapest Subwoofer that HSU makes and I LOOOVEE it...I cant imagine what the higher up models are like. If you are looking for a sub for around $300, definitely add it to your list to look at. Its has a fairly small footprint also which I think a lot of people might not know.
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I have a STF-1...the cheapest Subwoofer that HSU makes and I LOOOVEE it...I cant imagine what the higher up models are like. If you are looking for a sub for around $300, definitely add it to your list to look at. Its has a fairly small footprint also which I think a lot of people might not know.
My buddy has an STF-1 in a room that is 12 x 30 x 8h with openings to his kitchen and an open stairway to the second floor and that thing still rocks.
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Hsu makes a great sub, my current one is overkill for my setup, but always good to know i'm future-set
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Hsu makes a great sub, my current one is overkill for my setup, but always good to know i'm future-set
I agreeeeee! I was tinkering with mine over the last few days after I moved it, and OMG, it rumbles. I've dialed it down multiple times. Originally in it's bad placement and settings I had it at 75% volume, then down to 50% with a new placement, now 25% with it's settings, and it still overpowers everything.

I've also been playing with the multiple port set up, and found that only using one port verse two works better for me. It will be great to finally move into a house soon (hoping before too much longer) and be able to crank it back up!
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Who owns a Hsu? I'm going to pull the trigger on a VTF-2 MK 3 on Monday. Comments or opinions from anyone?
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I have the VTF-3 and couldnt be happier, it performs great at all volumes, and is always clean sounding!! Let me know if you want any specific details about it, but I love it!!!
Panasonic- TH50PZ700U, Denon AVR-3808 (Pre/Pro), B&K Reference 200.7 Amplifier, Denon DBP2010CI, Quad 22L Floorstanding, Quad L Centre, Quad 12L Bookshelf, HSU Research VTF3 Mk2 Subwoofer (all in Rosewood), All Audioquest interconnects
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http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=82552

you will find HSU owners and discussion topics in the above thread

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I absolutely love how deep and clean my HSU VTF3-Mk2 sub is. I have it in a gorgeous rosewood finish, just like my speakers. I'll try to get pics up soon!!
Panasonic- TH50PZ700U, Denon AVR-3808 (Pre/Pro), B&K Reference 200.7 Amplifier, Denon DBP2010CI, Quad 22L Floorstanding, Quad L Centre, Quad 12L Bookshelf, HSU Research VTF3 Mk2 Subwoofer (all in Rosewood), All Audioquest interconnects
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Thanks for the replies. I tried searching the forum for "Hsu" but didnt see the owners thread.
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I have the VTF-3 and couldnt be happier, it performs great at all volumes, and is always clean sounding!! Let me know if you want any specific details about it, but I love it!!!
What finish did you choose?

EDIT: It's in your sig. Oops. Any comments about the finish? My wife is a bit picky!
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