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  1. #1

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    Default Subwoofer: PSW505 or HSU STF-2?

    Looking to buy a new subwoofer soon. My budget is around $400, so I am considering the Polk PSW505 or the HSU STF-2. I would probably be using it mostly for gaming/movie/TV. My other speakers are RTi8 and Csi3.

    My room layout is about 22'x14', with open space (another 22'x10 or so) to the right.

    Which one will be better for my situation? Thanks.

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    As I'm sure others will chime in to say as well, I would definitely go for the STF-2. I upgraded from a Polk PSW350 to the HSU STF-3 (this model is no longer in production) and could not be happier. While I'm sure the PSW505 is a more stout sub than the PSW350, I don't think the PSW505 can compete with the STF-2. The difference between the two will be substantial.
    My HT
    HDTV: Panasonic PT-61LCX65 61" Rear Proj. LCD
    AVR: Harman Kardon AVR 235
    Video: 80GB PS3, Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD
    Fronts: Polk Audio RTi8
    Center: Polk Audio CSi3
    Amp: Emotiva LPA-1
    Surrounds: Polk Audio R150
    Sub: HSU STF-3

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    Wait for SVS recommendation from Polk Experts. You can't find a thread without SVS for Sub recommendations. :D

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    Well since MKZ took care of the SVS recommendation - I would say go with the HSU... :D
    Mains.............Polk LSi15 (Cherry)
    Center............Polk LSiC (Crossover upgraded)
    Surrounds.......Polk LSi7 (Gloss Black - wood sides removed and crossovers upgraded)
    Subwoofers.....SVS 25-31 CS+ and PC+ (both 20hz tune)
    Pre\Pro...........NAD T163 (Modded with LM4562 opamps)
    Amplifier.........Cinepro 3k6 (6-channel, 500wpc@4ohms)

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    For your room size, you should save another hundred bucks or so and get an STF-3 or VTF-3.

    Do it right the first time.

    But here's an even better option than the Hsu subs:

    Get the Knight.
    HT/2-channel Rig: Sony 50 LCD TV; Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player; Emotiva LMC-1 pre/pro; Rogue Audio M-120 monoblocks (modded); Placette RVC; Emotiva LPA-1 amp; Bada HD-22 tube CDP (modded); VMPS Tower II SE (fronts); DIY Clearwave Dynamic 4CC (center); Wharfedale Opus Tri-Surrounds (rear); and VMPS 215 sub

    "God grooves with tubes."

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    Vote for the HSU and what Early said :)
    AVR: Elite VSX-21TXH
    Amplifier: B&K 7250 Series ii
    Misc: Velodyne SMS-1
    Mains: RTi-10
    Center: CSi-5
    Rear: Boston DSi460
    Sub: SVS PC-Ultra
    TV: Panasonic TC-P58V10
    DVD: Panasonic DMP-BD60K

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