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02-20-2004, 03:23 PM

I am considering a new sub, which will be used in approximately 2500 square foot dedicated theater.

Will be used for 85% HT and 15% music.

I am considering either the SVS PB2-ISD or the HSU VTF3 MK2. I am assuming that either of these would be a major upgrade over my current paradigm ps-1200. Is this correct. Which of these would you recommend. The SVS is $1000 shipped, and the HSU would be $800. if these will be similar, I would obviously get the cheaper HSU, but I am thinking that the SVS would be better, considering the 2 12 inch woofers vs. 1 12 inch woofer. Any thoughts?

My budget is be around $1000, and want this sub to absolutely great!


02-20-2004, 09:09 PM
I am trading my ps 1000 up towards a pw 2200. I always tried to convince myself that I would never need to upgrade, the ps series are only good for hip hop music, not ht like most people say.

02-23-2004, 06:22 AM
Either would be an improvement. If you have something laying around your place that you can power the sub with you may want to consider dual 25-31CS's retuned to 22Hz. Of the two listed above, if you are not moving anytime soon the HSU (currently $699 delivered while they are still on backorder) would be probably be the best way to go though it is comparable to the SVS 25-31PC+.

02-23-2004, 06:28 AM
Well, unfortunately i dont have anything around to run the passive subs with. For what reasons do you think that the HSU is better than the SVS?

Thanks for your help

02-23-2004, 09:53 AM
mdchambe Go to avs forum in the speaker section and look up "why have a subwoofer shootout".Tested were theSVS PB2+and the HSU VTF 3 mk2..They took measurements and some were done blind..Its a long thread but in there somewhere it was posted that the PB2isd was 3dbs down from the plus..Both were capable of 16hz with decent output..Hope this helps..

02-23-2004, 11:45 AM
Im sorry, how do you find that post???

02-23-2004, 01:31 PM
Im sorry, how do you find that post???

02-23-2004, 03:19 PM
...and can be puchased on line for 699 including shipping...appears to be a killer in the under 1,000 subs....at 95lbs it runs $7.36/lb which is less than Porterhouse...the rest are Tenderloin prices......

02-24-2004, 06:58 AM
Here it seems to make sense for your situation. Both are phenominal subs but the HSU is a box type sub that is cheaper than the cylinder SVS 25-31PC+. Making the decision was simply based on aesthetics and price. In your situation the HSU would be the better bargain and meets your criteria. If a person doesn't care about a large black cylinder in their HT room then flip a coin. You would be hard pressed to go wrong no matter which one you decide to go with.

piece-it pete
02-24-2004, 09:34 AM
I haven't heard the SVS but if the tubes are OK with you, check out the Hsu TN-1220HO w/250 watt amp:


-1db @ 18hz. 101db max @ 12.5 hz!

Here's the reviews:


I should add that, when I have questions, Dr. Hsu himself answers them - within a day!

I can't find the spec sheet for the SVS. 600 watt amp & 2 12s' does sound good, but without a clear spec (why can't I find it easily??) seems - hmmm. 600 watt peak?

I haven't heard the 1220HO but own a pair of their predecessor, the SW12. I love them.