I've been wanting a VMPS subwoofer for the past two years. Finally, a local buyer was selling his VMPS 215 subwoofer for a great price, so I grabbed it. The sub has a 15" active megawoofer and a 15" passive radiator. It also sports a 1,000 watt amp, the same one being sold at Parts Express for $399. I believe the folks at VMPS add Dynamat to the enclosure and upgrade the wires to Analysis Plus, but I'd have to open her up to verify that (of course, I'm gonna do that real soon). I was reluctant to go back to using a plate amp, but this one is surprisingly superb. The 215 will replace my DIY 15" sub.
OK, I picked up the sub this morning and hooked it up.
My initial impression is that it sounds much cleaner than my DIY sub. It's very polite, like a British aristocrat. The sub is for HT only, but I'll bet it sounds fantastic with music. It appears to go as low as my DIY, and the tactile feeling is there, only different and to a slightly lesser degree. Whereas my DIY has rough hands, the 215 is a gentle massage.
Aesthetically, it ain't much to look at, so I didn't bother taking pics. Mine is light oak, but since it's tucked away in a corner, it's fine the way it is. I was preparing to refinish the cabinet, but have decided against it. The good thing is that it's a lot smaller than my old sub, so my wife will probably appreciate that. (She hasn't seen it yet, so don't tell her.) Unlike what I normally do, I'll probably leave the stock power cord on there.
Overall, I'd say it's mainly a lateral move, even though the bass is much cleaner. I'm cool with that. I guess I gotta get used to it. This means my friend can finally get his hands on my DIY sub (he's using a "small" SVS 25/31 in a huge room). Once I sell off my DIY sub and sub amp, I'll break even on the purchase.
The 215 with megawoofer upgrade and amp sells for $1,048 direct from VMPs.
I still gotta spend some time playing around with the EQ knobs and stuff to get it dialed in properly. The sub is not broken in yet, so I may report back if there are significant changes. I rented a couple of movies, including Fantastic 4, so I'll give the sub a proper workout tonight and tomorrow.