So, my quest to find my sub upgrade for Oct (audio calibration time) has led me to these guys.
In my reading, I keep coming back to the PB13 ultra, because it is a beast. Problem for me is the $2000, not that its too much, it's just that it's $2000 . The HSU VTF15h is another one on the radar, and has an excellent price. As far as durability, the woofer might not be the best, nor the amp, but it's a damn fine and reliable sub at $1000 shipped. Today, I stumbled upon the FV15H while looking over CEA 2010 numbers, and it falls right in between price wise, and performance wise is pretty damn awesome.
The non piano black model is actually $1275, comes with the new 600w parametric EQ amp, and it appears these subs have a Q around 0.3, which would mean tight bass. The xtra adjustment built into the amps, as with the SVS, is also something I was wanting. The VTF can be tuned, but not much more than that. Lets also face the fact, the VTF produces great numbers from 30-80, but below 30 it gets beats by these other more pricey subs, even though it is the king for price/performance. I think at this point, Im looking less price and more performance.
This is the arrangement Im looking at:
FV15HP uses our new high power H600PEQ3 servo amplifier and DS1510 driver. DS1510 features anodized aluminum cone, a 3" voice coil, and 200 oz magnet. Its linear excursion range has increased to +/- 20mm (from +/-15mm of DS1500). The entire subwoofer is 12lbs heavier.
The standard amplifier is H600PEQ3 (600WRMS PEQ). The quickguide of the PEQ3 amplifier for vented subs can be found here . PEQ3 amps do not have high pass filter RCA output. The response curves with various extension frequency/damping combinations of both amplifiers can be found in our EQ page.
FV15HP black oak grain finish with H600PEQ3 amplifier and multi-tune $1274
Spike feet to match F15HP(4pcs) $45
Here are the CEA 2010 results, which would be the best way I know how to compare performance off paper:
CEA 2010 RMS @ 2 meters (ALL from Audioholics reviews)
Now, any of these compared to my VTF2, or even a VTF3, is putting out more, but you see where the Hsu (this goes for all their subs and is by Dr Hsu design) is beat below 30, period. To me the FV15HP is putting out SVS numbers, has plenty of power with a 600w RMS amp (15h is probably underpowered), and has a great price.
The guy doing my calibration concurred this is a nice sub, he still likes SVS because I think they are tops in build quality, but I can't find anything to say Rythmik isnt built well either.
Thanks for any input.
Driver DS1510 15" high excursion with custom sensing coil
Driver materials Black anodized aluminum with rubber surround
Cast aluminum basket
Copper flux modulation shorting rings
Amplifier 600 RMS class H patented servo controlled
Dimensions 18"(W) x 24" (H )x 24"(D) - (26" D with grille and heatsink)
Shipping Weight 120 lbs
Frequency Response 14 - 200 Hz (-2 dB @ 14 Hz) with LFE inputs
14 - 90 Hz (-2 dB @ 14 Hz) with LINE IN inputs
Multi-tune 18hz (2 port) and 12hz (1 port)
Crossover slope Selectable 12 or 24 dB / octave (PEQ)
Crossover range (Low pass) 25 - 100 Hz
Rumble Filter (High pass ) 18 Hz 18 dB / octave for two port tuning
Phase adjustment 0 - 180 degrees continuously variable
Bass damping factor settings high (Q=0.5), med (Q=0.7), and low (Q=1.1)
Finishes Available in honey oak vinyl or black oak vinyl
Warranty 5 years warranty on driver and 2 years on electronics
30 day satisfaction guarantee