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    Default Looking for a new 10" sub, HSU?


    Anyone have experience with HSU subs? LINK

    I'm looking for a new 10" sub. Tried the Aperion Bravus 8" and while it could handle the music very well, home theater was a real problem with rolling off a lot higher than I expected. Same with the GoldenEar Forcefield 4.

    Tried to find a USA REL dealer, but only one in Berkley.

    Anyway - recommendations welcome. Thanks
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    A few questions what's the budget? I am assuming around $700 since I believe that is the price on the Golden Ear. Will you be using it more for music or movies? How big is your room? As far as my experience with HSU I dont think I could be happier with mine for the price I paid, if/when I upgrade I think I would go with HSU again or possibly SVS.

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    Hey Caliber, thanks for the input. The room is 13' x 18' with vaulted ceilings. 70% movies, 30% music. Budget - I'd like to stay in the 700-1k range if possible. A 10" is probably the max to put up front, and I will pair the new sub with an existing 8" in the back corner, crossed over to the mid-bass range.
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    I humbly suggest you consider this one for purchase. Velodyne's Digital Drive subs are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timecop View Post
    Hey Caliber, thanks for the input. The room is 13' x 18' with vaulted ceilings. 70% movies, 30% music. Budget - I'd like to stay in the 700-1k range if possible. A 10" is probably the max to put up front, and I will pair the new sub with an existing 8" in the back corner, crossed over to the mid-bass range.
    Why is a 10" the max size driver up front?

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    Good question - the room is a very open floor plan, with the plasma above the fireplace and the a/v gear in a recessed nook. The only things in the room are floor-standing speakers and sub. I've been living with an 8" sub up front, and with it's smaller cabinet - it was doable. I have a loaner 10" rectangular sub on loan which sticks out like a sore thumb.

    With that small of a listening space and a second 8" sub in the back, a very well performing front 8" works fantastically. I demo'd the Aperion Bravus IIa 8d, however it was dropping off at higher volumes - especially in movies. So, I'm compromising on a 10" if I can get it to perform. The Bravus IIa 10d isn't available for another 30 days, so I'm looking at some other options.

    I will say this - the bravus IIa 8d twin passive radiators really help that sub reach a lot lower than I thought it could, especially for a $450 8" sub. Music was pretty great on it, but home-theater pushed it past it's limits.
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    Ok so, basically you need a small footprint because you don't have room for a huge sub, correct? If that is the case I think a REL t series would be great because of the size and incredible bass reproduction that it is capable of. That being said I would suggest you take a look at the B&W asw 608 or the 610 before purchasing anything. I recently got to spend some time with both of these models and I must say I was shocked at the output these small cabinets were capable of, not mention how refined and tight the bass was, really really shocking I was very impressed. . I don't know if HSU is the answer for you, because their subs are just enormous. Here is a link to the B&W http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Speake...es/ASW608.html

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    I agree that the REL T series would meet your footprint needs and deliver room filling bass.
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    I'd really love to check out an REL sub - but this is proving problematic in the USA.... maybe Denver is a cold-spot for REL? I did demo a velodyne optimum closed 8" sub this evening, and I have to say - I'm pretty impressed. I need a little more headroom that the 8" provided, but that was an excellently performing sub with tight bass.

    Unless something drastic happens - I'll be chasing a 10" velodyne optimum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timecop View Post
    I'll be chasing a 10" velodyne optimum.
    Why not a Velodyne DD10? It will outperform the Optimum from all standpoints, and you can probably find a good deal for it on the second-hand market, or from an authorized dealer (the whole DD line has just been upgraded to the newer DD+, so retailers are probably encouraged to sell out the last DD pieces and start keeping new units in stock).

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    I'll take a listen to the DD10 today when I return the gear, but the street prices on new DD10s are almost double that of the VO10. Also - I'm not that keen on purchasing used speakers, especially subs.
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