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HSU Research VTF-2 Mk2
9 Reviews
rating  4.67 of 5
MSRP  499.00
Description: Powered bass-reflex subwoofer tunable for maximum frequency extension (25Hz) or maximum output (32Hz), 10" driver, 250W amplifier, On/Auto/Off power switch, continuously variable 30-90Hz bypassable crossover at 24dB/octave rolloff, 0/180° phase toggle switch, magnetically shielded, removeable power cord, 19.5"H x 14"W x 18"D, shipping weight 57 lbs.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gillbuddy a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Blends in nicely with a 7.1 Infinity Primus set up and is excellent for the lows when movie wathching. I keep it nearfield in a dedicated HT room which is a little too large for a sub of this size. I Would however reccomend a Bigger sub if yor room is over 2500Cu'. If its under I would say this sub should be on your shortest list. I have not owned it long enough to evaluate music with it but for HT it is a grat sub. I keep it in max outlet/ max volume mode instead of max extension. It seems to sound best in my room that way.my room needs serious treatments starting with bass traps.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $429.00

Purchased At:   HSU.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alex1269 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I'm an 'old guy'. Bred on live music in the 40's, HiFi when you had to build it yourself. Heard stereo first at the '55 GM car show. Bought my first stereo in '60. Discovered the NY Audio Society when Fisher, Dahlquist and Koss were still members.

In '75 a fellow enthusiast and I followed up an audio show with a visit to Radio City. As the house organ shook the entire theater, my friend said, "Now that's what I want my woofer to sound like!"

The VTF2 MK2 is the closest yet. A suble, indistinguishable seam with my vintage Advents, but a very noticable depth, mostly unnoticed until I sat down. My couch felt like a vibrator (ala Radio City).

The best I've heard (the deepest and most accurate) since before my AR 3a was rebuilt. The original 3a was more accurate (as accoustic suspensions will be) but could not go as low, and was not as powerful (even bi-amped).

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by upsetdog a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I've only had this sub for a few days,but after setting it up and playing a few tunes I just sat there for a while. I couldn't believe what I'd just heard. I've had a few subs like Acoustic Research, Sony and Polk. But the Hsu is in a different league. Deeeep tuneful bass was what I heard on Dave Holland's disk's. The same was true on Buster Williams cd's and Marcus Miller. But one thing I didn't expect was the increase in sound stage and detail. Set up properly, a real sub bass system brings out music that was hidden by the boom,boom,thud of lesser subs. I started playing stuff I don't like any more just to hear the difference.
Movies are a whole different story. This sub will show you where all of the loose stuff is in your room. I have to secure and put some pads on my side and rear dipols. I'm more interested in the musical aspects of this speaker then movies ,and the Hsu blends really well with my B&W 805's. For the money, or any money this is a no brainer.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Hsu Research



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luis31 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I hate to do this, but I have to question nguyend6 claims of "lack of definition and detail for music" for the VTF2-MKII because that certainly has not been my experience with this sub. Perhaps he forgot to take into account how much his room acoustics, more than likely, affected the overall sound of the sub and, therefore, his final assessment.

Subwoofers that are "tuned" to play in the lower octaves will be more susceptible to room acoustics anomalies, sub misplacement, erroneous level/phase, etc.

My experience with this sub is contrary to what the previous reviewer claimed. This sub is "every bit as musical" as the NHT sw12 (which I previously owned...) and does not come close to the VTF2 MKII's bass extension. In fact, the Hsu performed "musically" as good as a REL Strata III sub that I brought home for audition and for the significantly lower $$$ price tag, it was a "no brainer".

Highly recommended...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $499.00

Purchased At:   HsuReasearch.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nguyend6 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2006

Bottom Line:   
After having read many rave reviews I decided to give this VTF-2 MKII a try. I also listened to several subs from $500 up to over $1K such as B&W 650, Paradigm PW2100, JM lab 11 and 13 inch subs, KEF PS2150, Velodyne SPL1000R, etc. I let this sub break in enough before I give it an evaluation. I have to admit that this sub hits very low. The sound is very deep, clean, lush, and very powerful. It certainly goes deeper than some other more expensive subs like the Velodyne SPL1000R. For home theather it serves the purpose well. For music, however, it lacks a little definition and accuracy. I then compared this with the NHT sw12 ($750) since I had very good experience with NHT sub. This NHT is not quite as deep as the HSU (27HZ instead of 25Hz), but it is much more musical and acurate, and the build quality and astheatics are also superior. I ended up choosing the NHT over the HSU. For the price, the HSU is a good choice especially for hometheater. If you need better definition and accuracy, the KEF psw2150 ($600) or the NHT will do better.

Here are my gear:
Denon AVR3802 receiver
Marantz CD player
Panasonic RP91 DVD player
Panamax power conditioner
Adcom 5400 power amp
NHT 2.5i fronts speakers, NHT 1.5 rear and NHT SC1 center.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $499.00

Purchased At:   HSU




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