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Old November 21st, 2011, 6:07 AM
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Outlaw LFM-1 EX vs HSU VTF3 MK4

I wanted to buy the HSU VTF3 MK4 but it seems like this sub is never on sale. I have to pull the trigger this Black Friday and if the HSU is not on sale then I will be forced to buy the Outlaw. Since my budget is capped @ $600 shipped and the Outlaw can be had for less than that, how much better is the HSU VFT3 MK4 for 100% HT use in a dedicated HT room? My HT room measures 17 x 20 x 8 with a small opening that leads to a stairway. My current sub is the JL F112 which gives me all the output I will ever need and have some room gain as this sub goes to 20 Hz easy. I am moving the F112 to a 2 channel music only room and I need another for my HT room. Help me decide, please !!!. Thanks.
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Old November 21st, 2011, 6:41 AM
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The EX is like HSU's previous generation VTF-3 Mk2. It had the same capabilities at high/mid bass as the 3.3, but at the deepest freqs the 3.3 edged it mainly because of the port area, which resulted in much less port noise...

The HSU will play cleaner at the deepest freqs. This can be noticed if you are a critical listener or pay attention looking for unwanted noises.At higher freqs, however, I think they very are close.

The HSU in my opinion has a nicer finish as well. Though decision, because of the EX price, but then again the HSU has more controls to make it sound like you like it.
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Old November 21st, 2011, 7:02 AM
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The EX is like HSU's previous generation VTF-3 Mk2. It had the same capabilities at high/mid bass as the 3.3, but at the deepest freqs the 3.3 edged it mainly because of the port area, which resulted in much less port noise...

The HSU will play cleaner at the deepest freqs. This can be noticed if you are a critical listener or pay attention looking for unwanted noises.At higher freqs, however, I think they very are close.

The HSU in my opinion has a nicer finish as well. Though decision, because of the EX price, but then again the HSU has more controls to make it sound like you like it.
Thanks. That is my dilemma, very tough choice. I like the more control option on the HSU VTF3 MK4 and the brand name of HSU. It would have been nice if HSU run some kind of sale at lease on big occasions like Black Friday. I can't justify $240 more for the HSU over the Outlaw Ex though.
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Old November 21st, 2011, 7:39 AM
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Thanks. That is my dilemma, very tough choice. I like the more control option on the HSU VTF3 MK4 and the brand name of HSU. It would have been nice if HSU run some kind of sale at lease on big occasions like Black Friday. I can't justify $240 more for the HSU over the Outlaw Ex though.
Yep. I think the same as you do. However, I understand the HSU's price.
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Old November 21st, 2011, 8:33 AM
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Thanks. That is my dilemma, very tough choice. I like the more control option on the HSU VTF3 MK4 and the brand name of HSU. It would have been nice if HSU run some kind of sale at lease on big occasions like Black Friday. I can't justify $240 more for the HSU over the Outlaw Ex though.
Yeah I am exactly the same. $550 on sale, shipped for the Outlaw (unless their black friday secret sale is going to be even better - fingers crossed!) versus 798 shipped for the HSU does not justify the small increase in extension and output you will get for the HSU. I'd love the idea of the HSU but that's too much. I understand that HSU is probably as cheap as they can make it, but I guess its just not for me. The Outlaw will be for a 2.1 mainly music system in my office, I'm still hoping that one day I'll be able to afford a 15h for my main system though! I don't think anything else is better value for money than the 15h, while the outlaw is better value for money than the 3.4. These things happen...
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Old November 21st, 2011, 9:29 AM
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The increase in clean deep bass is noticeable, but you have a tough choice...
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Old November 21st, 2011, 9:54 AM
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If Outlaw's BF sale provides even more discount, I may buy two of them breaking my budget and I will sleep on the sofa for a few days when my wife kicks me out of the bedroom.
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Hsu always has a sale going on, and their VTF3s have seen lots of sales, although not to the extreme discounts that Outlaw has given. The VTF3 mk4 and VTF2 mk4 are still pretty new subs, I don't think there will be a sale on those for awhile.
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