Posted April 19 2003 - 12:14 PM
| but lets just pretend for a second that you guys didn't have the great reputation you have and you were trying to win me over to buying a PB-1 over an HSU VTF-3. Assuming roughly the same price what reasons would you list for buying the SVS |
There was a lengthy thread on this subject a few months ago when the PB1-ISD was first introduced. You can peruse that entire thread at your leisure, so I'll try to be succinct and answer your question.
First, the HSU VTF-3 costs $910 shipped from HSU. The SVS PB1-ISD costs $640 shipped from SVS. That is not "roughly the same price" - $250 isn't chump change in this highly competitive segment. Another way to look at it - the HSU costs about 42% more than the SVS.
The only advantage the HSU offers over the SVS is the ability to plug one of its 3" ports and tune the sub for 18 Hz instead of 22 Hz. However, plugging a port does result in a 4 dB loss in max SPL capability.
In a nutshell, except for the ability to lower the tune, the SVS virtually matches the performance of the HSU for about 2/3 the price.
When SVS introduces the PB1-Plus, it will likely cost about the same as the VTF-3, and rest assured it will outperform the VTF-3 by a significant margin in all measurable parameters.
SVS does not introduce any product with the intention of matching the competition at any given price segment - from the outset, their philosophy has always been to beat the competition in performance and price, and they have thus far succeeded with every product release.
Both companies offer a lengthy trial period (45 SVS, 30 HSU) and a money back guarantee (all you pay is return shipping). SVS is not afraid to step into the ring with the VTF-3, even with the MUCH less expensive PB1-ISD. If you buy both, when the dust settles I doubt you will find the VTF-3 offers $250 worth of a real world performance edge over the PB1-ISD.