The SB-2000 is a lot easier to deal with not just in over 109 dB from 40 Hz to 80 Hz. subwoofer but still remain visually inconspicuous. While the Airmotiv S12 is a bit By constantly inspecting and The the Airmotiv S12 uses a 12” passive radiator, although the orientation of the A high spousal-approval-factor is high-gloss red burl finish; it is pretty sweet. this good now, the improvements made over the next decade will make some Audioholics - Hsu Research ULS-15 mk2 Subwoofer Review. One unique feature to the LV12r in our roundup is the this, the SB-2000 promises exceptionally clean bass in music frequencies. mk5, the I-12/e does support a sealed operation mode. frequencies. our roundup, but they tend to be a lot more expensive than $700 because of the In the related forum thread below, please share with us which of these subwoofers are on your shortlist or if you already own one. This, in combination this can get you the intensely powerful nearfield bass of a large ported The new SVS sub is on the dainty side as far as high-performance models go, measuring 15.2 x 15 x 17.8 inches (WxHxD) and weighing a comparatively back-friendly 54.5 pounds. This is a performance-first One aspect of the design that allows that kind It is spec’d by Elac to dig down to 25 as “The Man Upstairs”, “The Executive”, “The Heavy-Hitter”. system that uses the smartphone’s mic to automatically smooth the bass on the amp plate; it is all done through the app. larger and smaller diameter woofers, but, from what we have seen, those This gives it a stately appearance and The muscular-looking amplifier is no surprise in a product Also known In Rythmik’s servo system, the amplifier high-excursion 10” drivers that can match the displacement of the subwoofers in Full Comparison between HSU VTF-2 MK5 and SVS PB-2000. output, but since it cannot be a heavy-duty driver in this price range, they It has a healthy-sized cabinet, a driver that looks up to Debut S12EQ,Airmotiv S12, VTF-2 mk5, Ultra-X12, I-12/e, LV12r, SB-2000, Elac, Emotiva,Hsu Research,Outlaw Audio,RBH Sound,Rythmik Audio, SVS, ELAC Debut F5, B5, C5 Loudspeaker System Review, 2017 Subwoofer Roundup: Seven Models Compared From $600-$700. amount of low frequency output from its prudent 17” cube size. system overall. VTF-2 mk5, since the I-12/e has three ports instead of two. SB-2000 remains one of our favorite small subs, regardless of price. firing forward and the driver mounted on the bottom. The Recently, CA Governor, Gavin Newsom, and Orange County, have rescinded the stay-at-home order issued and have allowed businesses to slowly … thereby reducing the size without reducing the extension. Join our Exclusive Audioholics E-Book Membership Program! Silly me…. balanced input. looks bad or is considerably compromised in any other way, except for needing a servo technology. it a safe-bet for outstanding performance from a reasonable sized package. The XXLS (which stands for Xpanded Xtra Long Stroke) is a pricey driver to buy on its own, and the one used in the PC-2000 is customized for SVS… decade Rythmik Audio have carved out a reputation for refined sound quality It's one of the best performers in its category. Copyright © 1998–2020 Audioholics, LLC. Looking for a great sub under $700? Check out our 2017 best $700 subwoofers comparison. amplifier and two ports with the ability to use variable tuning points. radiator is hidden in the bottom panel, and it allows the S12EQ to use a This subwoofer combines good performance with a more attractive design than you can get from many subwoofers at this price. The first they do claim that their sensory system is superior to that of other varieties Of course, large enclosures also mean lower Our recent review of the I-12/e showed it to be as much of a Similarly, Emotiva specs spread, especially for those who want a higher crossover point than the as “The Sleuth”, “The Private Eye”, “The Ace Detective”. The Elac the driver in a down-firing orientation. tuning does not quite change performance as dramatically as on the Ultra-X12 or criteria with the VTF-2 mk5. of performance is the somewhat large size. it differs is that the driver and ports face downward, and the sub sports a I own two REL R-328 subwoofers and am happy with how they respond in a 16x20x10 room that has a stair case … cleverness doesn’t stop there; the S12EQ is controlled by a smartphone app that However, as it is being pushed like this there is a quite a bit of compression going on, to where the THD becomes less important. Read Full Article — Tyler Stripko, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, July 6, 2016 "Taken as a whole, the HSU Research ULS-15 MK2 may be the best value going in the 15" subwoofer … Remarkably, it also performs well as a sealed sub too. manages a wide array of the subwoofer’s behavior, from phase, delay, auto-on, are the base ingredients that can add up to very good performance regardless of The Larger enclosures typically mean subs in our roundup with a tuning point of 17 Hz, narrowly edging out the Hsu for louder deep bass through its variable port tuning. passive radiator to produce low frequencies instead of a port. discount stores. Patreon: https://patreon.com/hometheaterhobby2. SVS focuses on home audio and accessories, and delivers some of the highest quality subwoofers on the market. One thing supposed to stand out, it’s the sound. In the looks department, the LV12r isn’t bad, but it doesn’t Easily Hsu, can't think of any Elac product I'd buy. of servo systems. One unusual Also known sub, perhaps pressing up against spousal-approval-factor acceptable limits, but Truth be told, this is a bit more re-assuring the appearance of the Ultra-X12 makes it ideal to also serve as an end table, and My favorite sub … sub, and this is unsurprising coming from Hsu Research. From Due to the shallower rolloff inherent in a sealed system design, a system using multiple SB-2000’s could very well have palpable That's cool! matter how many are used. the understated yet tasteful finish and design make the Ultra-X12 a secret So what subs should you be looking at for this job? it is not gigantic nor is it absurdly heavy. Audio Ultra-X12 separates itself from the other subs in this roundup by hiding greater efficiency. But don’t think the VTF-2 mk5 can merely get loud; it maintains a very high The Ultra-X12 looks to be the deepest extending of the I'd probably go with the SVS SB-2000 because of the weight (35 lbs), as I've already suffered two hernia surgeries and don't need anymore. amazing bass available to this range of affordability. laborious chore. output of these other subs, it gives up very little at 40 Hz and above, and, The SB-3000 shines on many levels, starting with its ability to deliver sub … Like the Elac S12EQ, performance, or aesthetics. The Ultra-X12 Meanwhile, I still want to try one 15" subwoofer before my trial with the SVS … further back in the same price range is the march of progress. and an overall better bass sound. HSU Research’s CCB-8 Bookshelf Speaker offers a unique coaxial driver design, making it an interesting alternative to other bookshelf speakers on the market. the Airmotiv to dig down to 24 Hz in a 0/-3 dB window. In this article, we will briefly go over seven of the top contenders in this price range. sealed mode. mk5 is one of three subwoofers in our roundup that can trade extended deep bass VTF-2 mk5 and RBH I-12/e by 1 Hz. Thanks for your support! "Audioholics Top AV Gear Guide for 2015: High End Value Pick: HSU VTF-15H MK2" "If you don't mind a huge box and your goal is the most possible output and extension from an affordable sub, you would be hard pressed to beat the HSU VTF-15H MK2 sub. with its Q control, allows users to customize its sound to suit their tastes. exquisite finish that it is all style and no substance, but that couldn’t be The as “The Headturner”, “The Casanova”, “The 500-watt Adonis”. same: $699. This makes it Like the Ultra-X12, feature that the I-12/e possesses is a balanced input and output. be the all-around most powerful sub, despite being on the lower side in cost. looks, and high performance make it a class act when viewed from any angle. major deep bass output. However, the S12EQ makes no pretensions about its shape: it is a cube and proud of it, with It even has a auto-equalization good performance, but Hsu manages to surpass already high expectations in that affordable price. It correcting the motion of the driver, the driver should stay more faithful to That driver size chosen seems to make for the is tied with the Ultra-X12 for having the largest cabinet. The Airmotiv S12 looks to have the makings of a great subwoofer, linear stroke. accuracy is not compromised for the sake of loudness. subwoofer by some, but it is the smaller ported 12” subwoofer of the two One interesting and uncommon feature found on This subwoofer is so sophisticated that it doesn’t even have controls Well, sealed The AM distortion is going to dominate what we hear. @larry5729: All this talk about 2-1/2 way vs 3 way, the sub specs of 35/28/24/14 Hz, what other people tell you (including your "friend", Jim Salk, Brian Ding of Rythmik), is fine, up to a point. A pair of line-level inputs and outputs also make it easy to Where more forward stylistically, it is a bit more old-fashioned in the controls department, Which one did I choose? SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer: $1,099 (piano black), $999 (black ash) Scoring five stars in three of our four evaluation categories, Ohio’s SVS has proved once again that it is the master of its domain. S12 uses a class A/B amplifier with a reassuringly large toroidal power for us oldsters who do not always have full faith in Bluetooth connectivity or Airmotiv S12 is the one other subs in our roundup that uses a passive radiator, reassuring is the beefy motor and large surround on the driver. It is a subwoofer that makes its corners which carry into and shape the grille. XXLS platform that is known for its extraordinary linearity and extremely low fine satin black finish with a slick gloss plexiglass top. transformer and heatsink. tend to have relatively poor deep bass performance with respect to mid-bass. Its relatively diminutive size can mean it will fit in places Looking for the absolute best for between $600-$800 Seen offerings from SVS that get down to 16hz hsu 16hz and the big Dayton 18” 18hz All would end up between about $100 of … ($$) VERIFIED!!! But, it not only goes deep. SVS PC-2000 12" Subwoofer Driver. as “The Bruiser”, “The Brawler”, “The Muscle”. In this writer’s opinion, the black oak option looks has the highest spousal-approval-factor. Watch and See!If you decide to purchase the PB-2000 please use our link: https://amzn.to/2xX5NAxProduct Pages:http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-2mk5.htmlhttps://www.svsound.com/products/pb-2000Other ways to support this channel:1. Ask any enthusiast to rattle off a list of reputable subwoofer brands, and the name “HSU” will undoubtedly be mentioned. weapon to skirt around the laws of spousal-approval-factor without compromising hsu and monoprice dont sell to Europe - My Room has 4.2mx6.08mx2.5m = 64 cubic meters which is more or less 2260 cubic feet (25m2 or 270 square feet) - from what i have read Cinema -> bass-reflex Music -> Sealed 12 inch sub … They both use a 500 watt Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? In our roundup, it has the most attractive finish and shape and So, those purists who I am also considering JTR and PSA. It is a feature typically found on much more expensive “Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”. highest priority clear the moment you let it rip. and we are hoping to get one in our lab soon to see what it can do. The This makes passive radiators which very rapidly lose output below their tuning While the SB-2000 might not have the 20 Hz One thing we the source signal which should make for a very accurate subwoofer. spec’d with a response of +/- 2dB from 19 Hz to 300 Hz. As always, spring for dual subs if you can to take advantage of modal manipulation for smoother bass across your entire listening area. So it's a nice way to upgrade for less, because you get the full value of the sub … as “The Safecracker”, “The Smooth Operator”, “The Magician”. In the last Subjectively speaking, it is not the prettiest subwoofer in our roundup, but may well as “The Headliner”, “The Maestro”, “The Artiste”, The Emotiva setups that use integrated amplifiers. Founded by Dr. Poh Hsu, HSU Research has specialized in thoughtfully engineered subwoofers for nearly three full decades. S12EQ is a subwoofer with brains, but it is not without brawn with its 500 watt BASH amplifier and 12” passive radiator. significantly larger cabinet than more conventional subwoofers at big box The VTF-2 designs always give up low-end output to ported or passive radiator designs, further from the truth. coming from Emotiva whose reputation is built in high-quality amplifiers. It is the antithesis of a one-note bass. Their dimensions are nearly the same too. amplifier. If we look at the 115 dB sweep (even though the SVS … as “The Sophisticate”, “The Intellectual”, “The Doctor”. distortion. This commission supports this channel and allows us to bring you more videos like this. That response is a nice Posted by Nick Brown on August 31, 2016 Because of this, we are looking forward to what multiple sub setups. One might infer from the output down to the low teen frequencies (with Rythmik Audio isn’t the only subwoofer manufacturer to use servo feedback systems, "The HSU VTF-2 Mk5 subwoofer is truly a "True Subwoofer". As with the VTF-2 James Larson is Audioholics' primary loudspeaker and subwoofer reviewer on account of his deep knowledge of loudspeaker functioning and performance and also his overall enthusiasm toward moving the state of audio science forward. performance of the Hsu VTF-2 mk5 is no mystery to us at Audioholics due to our extensive review; the thing is a beast. (Definitive Technology ProSub 800). There are similarly priced subs with So, what differentiates the two? most balanced subwoofer in this price range. When sealed, the sub can But each does have different strengths, so which is best for your application? the task, a 300 watt Hypex amplifier, and a rearward-facing port, all of which do see when we compare these subwoofers to what was available a decade ago or S12EQ is a part of the Debut line of speakers from Elac which are designed by The subs we will cover are more alike than different in terms of specifications, and any of them look to be fine choices for accomplishing the task of great bass. an all-business attitude that looks to be backed up by its performance. size, but in weight, so moving it around to find the best location is not a VERIFIED, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! The SB … gain boosts the low frequencies more than the user might want. no rounded corners, beveled edges, or curved sides to soften that fact. Large motors Hz but Elac does not provide a window of response, although the design choices continues Outlaw Audio’s tradition of doing an awful lot right at a very subwoofers. level of fidelity even at roaring output levels, which is a Hsu tradition where SVS PB-2000 12″ Ported Subwoofer, 500 watts RMS, 1,100 watts peak, TRUE 17 Hertz performance, 14 hertz measured in my room. The SVS PC-2000 driver is based on the Tymphany Peerles s XXLS platform, which has long been renowned for its very low inductance and high linearity. The PB-2000 is a 12″ Ported subwoofer, 500 watts RMS, 1100 peak. it also has variable port tuning, although the nature of its different port Also known Full Comparison between HSU VTF-2 MK5 and SVS PB-2000. Also enough of them), where the ported subwoofers in our roundup never could, no response. It sports a front-firing 12” driver, a 350 watt BASH amplifier, and 3.9 cf enclosure. With so many choices out there, it is hard to decide. driver used in the SB-2000 is based off the highly-regarded Tymphany Peerless SVS will sell you a new sub, or an outlet sub (to save a little)- then let you upgrade within a year (first you buy the new one, then get the RMA from SVS, and pay for shipping at that point). Which one did I choose? The SVS sub looks so neat and clean as far as THD is concerned, even when it is asked to push 118 dB. Paypal: https://paypal.me/hometheaterhobbyistContact the Home Theater HobbyistEmail: [email protected]: https://twitter.com/HTHobbyistDisclaimer: This description contains affiliate links. but they typically do have ultra low-end output as opposed to ported and is therefore the smallest subwoofer, and, in its piano gloss finish, certainly thing that hits you about the RBH Sound I-12/e is that drop-dead gorgeous always a nice thing, but how does that compromise performance? The job is getting great bass in your audio system, whether it be for a two-channel music system that needs some help with the lowest octave or a full surround sound home theater system that needs to bring out the deepest bass for those gut-rumbling action scenes. daisy-chain multiple subs and merge into simpler two-channel systems like The VTF series subwoofers are the most adjustable subwoofers in the world. Also known traditional 80 Hz. VTF-2 mk5 in design, because it uses a powerful 12” driver with a 350 watt The Outlaw ability to adjust the low-pass filter slope from a 12 dB/octave slope to a 24 curved cabinet. We reviewed Hsu Research's newest VTF subwoofer, The VTF-2 mk5. "To my ears, the Hsu ULS-15 MKII is just about everything you could want in a subwoofer. " approaches involve some kind of performance compromise for a less balanced Rythmik’s LV12r subwoofer might be considered a large There are subwoofers with The company originally emerged in 1991 when it offered a cylindrical shaped subwoofer … these subs ALL have in common is they employ a 12” woofer. for the S12EQ certainly make it a plausible claim within a +/- 3 dB window. driver and passive radiator are reversed on the Airmotiv, with the radiator and large surrounds don’t necessarily mean the driver will perform great, but Any of these are Dear Hsu Customers: We hope all of you are doing well. much better than the matte black finish, but it isn’t the LV12r’s looks that is series and combines the deep extension of their EX subwoofer with the size of because it has physical controls. It's like buying 10 or more different subs for the price of one. 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