• 07-19-2004, 11:21 PM
    remmib
    Good small subwoofer under $350?
    I'm looking for a small sub (8" or 10") to match my Polk Audio RM7600
    satellites and center. The obvious question is why not go for Polk PSW303 or
    PSW404 (both are in the $300 range). My constraint is that there isn't a lot
    of placement option for the sub, the only slot that I could fit a sub
    is about 12"W and 16"D, Height is not an issue here. The PSW303 just
    barely fit, it's my default choice but I'm hoping experts here may suggest
    alternatives.

    I'm looking for a decent quality sub with clear bass and low distortion mostly
    used for music.Ideally it can go to 30Hz or lower. I don't need a lot of power
    since the listening area is just about 13'x13', a 100W RMS sub should be
    sufficient.So far I have tried the PSW303, and PSW550, and found both meet my
    sound requirement. (PSW550 sounds better but it doesn't fit the physical
    and price constraint).

    The following speakers also fit the physical requirement, but I don't know
    their sound quality. Does anyone have experience with them?

    Infinity PS8
    JBL Northridge EP150

    Is it worthwhile for me to look into these subs at all?(bring one home and try
    to match) Or should I just stay with the PSW303? Appreciate any other sub
    recommendations or ideas. Given there are hundreds of sub vendors, there gotta
    be more than 3 subs that can fit the bill....
    Thanks in advance.
  • 07-20-2004, 01:19 AM
    chimera128
    If you like the sound of more expensive subs.. don't compromise. Save your money and get what you really want, especially if you have a limited budget. No sense in buying something that you will want to upgrade the moment you get it in the door.
  • 07-20-2004, 04:14 AM
    46minaudio
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by remmib
    I'm looking for a small sub (8" or 10") to match my Polk Audio RM7600
    satellites and center. The obvious question is why not go for Polk PSW303 or
    PSW404 (both are in the $300 range). My constraint is that there isn't a lot
    of placement option for the sub, the only slot that I could fit a sub
    is about 12"W and 16"D, Height is not an issue here. The PSW303 just
    barely fit, it's my default choice but I'm hoping experts here may suggest
    alternatives.

    I'm looking for a decent quality sub with clear bass and low distortion mostly
    used for music.Ideally it can go to 30Hz or lower. I don't need a lot of power
    since the listening area is just about 13'x13', a 100W RMS sub should be
    sufficient.So far I have tried the PSW303, and PSW550, and found both meet my
    sound requirement. (PSW550 sounds better but it doesn't fit the physical
    and price constraint).

    The following speakers also fit the physical requirement, but I don't know
    their sound quality. Does anyone have experience with them?

    Infinity PS8
    JBL Northridge EP150

    Is it worthwhile for me to look into these subs at all?(bring one home and try
    to match) Or should I just stay with the PSW303? Appreciate any other sub
    recommendations or ideas. Give there are hundreds of sub vendors, there gotta
    be more than 3 subs that can fit the bill....
    Thanks in advance.

    http://www.hsustore.com/stf1.html

    Give this one a try..
  • 07-20-2004, 09:20 AM
    Buzz Roll
    You can try the sub kits at PartsExpress. I hear they're pretty good for the money.
  • 07-20-2004, 09:37 AM
    remmib
    Looks good on paper
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 46minaudio
    http://www.hsustore.com/stf1.html

    Give this one a try..


    The spec., price, reviews and all look good on paper.
    I don't mean to judge the book by its cover, the website of hsuresearch isn't
    quite as nicely done as some other well known names like Polk, Paradigm,
    or Velodyne, etc...

    Anyone in this forum actually has one or has experience with the STF-1?
    Can you share your experience?
  • 07-20-2004, 10:00 AM
    agidol
    Why not try Velodyne CHT10?
    I own one and they can produce nice and clear bass, excellent for HT or music. Velodyne seems ready to discontinue their CHT lines so you can get them for less than $200 at 6th ave.com or JnR.com. If the size fits your room, I'm sure you will like it.
  • 07-20-2004, 09:16 PM
    JeffKnob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by remmib
    The spec., price, reviews and all look good on paper.
    I don't mean to judge the book by its cover, the website of hsuresearch isn't
    quite as nicely done as some other well known names like Polk, Paradigm,
    or Velodyne, etc...

    Anyone in this forum actually has one or has experience with the STF-1?
    Can you share your experience?

    I have not heard the STF-1 but I have heard the STF-2 and it was great. I am sure you will be very impressed by the STF-1.

    I personally made my own subwoofer enclosure and used Adire Audio speakers but if I were buying a subwoofer it would definitely be a Hsu Research or an SVS. SVS is out of your price range.
  • 07-21-2004, 09:54 PM
    remmib
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JeffKnob
    I have not heard the STF-1 but I have heard the STF-2 and it was great. I am sure you will be very impressed by the STF-1.

    I personally made my own subwoofer enclosure and used Adire Audio speakers but if I were buying a subwoofer it would definitely be a Hsu Research or an SVS. SVS is out of your price range.

    Thanks for everyone's input, after reading surfing the web quit a bit, there seems to be
    lots of positive comment about the Hsu subwoofer. I am leaning toward getting
    the STF-1. Unfortunately buying online is the only way since there doesn't seem to be a local dealer I can just go visit, listen and pick it up. Buying without being able to hear it first is a risky thing. Although they have a 30 days return policy, repacking and shipping isn't really something one would look forward to... ..
  • 07-22-2004, 05:24 AM
    46minaudio
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by remmib
    Thanks for everyone's input, after reading surfing the web quit a bit, there seems to be
    lots of positive comment about the Hsu subwoofer. I am leaning toward getting
    the STF-1. Unfortunately buying online is the only way since there doesn't seem to be a local dealer I can just go visit, listen and pick it up. Buying without being able to hear it first is a risky thing. Although they have a 30 days return policy, repacking and shipping isn't really something one would look forward to... ..

    Check and see if you have a local compusa.They sell HSU...
  • 07-23-2004, 09:16 AM
    remmib
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 46minaudio
    Check and see if you have a local compusa.They sell HSU...

    Went there yesterday, they don't carry the STF-1, and they charge 15% restocking
    fee :(
  • 07-23-2004, 06:51 PM
    chimera128
    Went to compusa to listen to the HSU STF-2. Customer service was horrible, no one was working in the Home Theatre area. I tried to go up to the customer service desk but all 6!!!!!! of the compusa people were helping 1!!!! person. Since so many people have talked so highly of this sub company I will go back and try to get a listen on another day. However I can only imagine that bad customer service will hurt the company as I'm sure many people don't know a lot about the subs. There were other more well-known manufacturers represented. Don't understand why a company with a good product would try to sell in a computer store but hey, if it works.