Yamaha YST-SW300 VS. HSU VTF-2 ....Help

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  1. Terry.P

    Terry.P Stunt Coordinator

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    I currently have the Yamaha YST-SW300 subwoofer. It is acceptable but I am looking to upgrade and feel that it is the weakest link in my setup. The Yammy is a 12" side firing active seveo subwoofer with a 185w built-in amp at 5 ohms. Frequency range is supposed to be 18hz-170hz (-10db) The bass is good but, I think it can be improved. It can get quite muddy and boomy at times.

    I have been seriously looking at the HSU VTF-2. It's a 10" down firing with a 150 watt amp. Frequency reponse is 25hz-100hz at maximun extension mode.

    Would the VTF-2 be more of a lateral move or a significant improvement? I would use the subwoofer for 90% HT & 10% Music.

    Any comments would be appreciated.
     
  2. ColinM

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    I've never used that particular Yammy, but I did spend some time with the 'higher end' 10" YST-SW320? It was horrible. Supposed 250w down to 20Hz, but it could barely do 30, and most of the sound was port noise.


    The HSU should completely kill the Yam. It certainly has the reputation.
     
  3. Terry.P

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  4. Drew Bethel

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    You really shouldn't mention Yamama and HSU in the same sentence...the HSU is in a totally different league of subwoofers.
     
  5. Terry.P

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    Like Colin, I used to own the Yamaha YST-SW320. It was pretty and small but it sucked. Below 35hz there was nothing.

    So definitely go with HSU. Probably no comparison.
     
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    The VTF-3 and 1220 are both tremendous subwoofers. Dr. Hsu has the 1220 laying on its side in his demo room, so he definitely sees no problem trying to make the sale with that configuration. I was already mighty impressed with the VTF-2, which I bought from him. The VTF-2 extends down to 24 Hz with authority, with usable bass down to 20 Hz. The VTF-3 and 1220 just rocked the house even more. Funny thing happened when he played 16 hz tones through the 1220. I thought I was hearing port noise, but it was more of the objects that were being rattled at 16 Hz. Wow. Whoever buys any of these subs will go home satisifed.
     
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    The Yam 320 (heard this in a pawnshop, even after I tried to adjust it I thought it was horrible) sub's cabinet's too small, as is the port area (not even including length), and the quality of the amp is such that I don't believe that it's capable of the power that is claimed. HSU seems to have the right amount of volume (based on similar drivers modeled in Winisd), might have slight porting problems, but the amp seems capable; and this isn't even including the good DR's reputation as well. I think the VTF-2 is definitely a step up but the VTF-3 or one of the cylinder subs is the way to go for long term happiness imho.
     
  9. James Edward

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    The VTF-2 would be significantly better. When I went from the VTF-2 to an SVS 20-39PC, the difference was incremental, not night and day. And I'm sure you've read enough on this forum to know that SVS goes both very deep and very loud.
     
  10. Terry.P

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    "The 20-39 was on my list also but I believe that I can pick up a used or b-stock HSU for a couple hundred less than the SVS."

    Terry, where can you get b-stock HSU subs?
     

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