I tested the Hsu VTF-3 HO with a Denon DVD-5900 Universal
DVD Player, Lexicon MC-12B SSP, Classé CA-5200 Multi-Channel Power
Amplifier, and Final Sound Electrostatic Speakers. Cables were Nordost. I
crossed all the channels over at 50 Hz to the VTF-3, and switched the
VTF-3's built-in crossover out of the signal path.
The Gettysburg sound track CD is
one of my favorite recordings, because it has bass drums that
Even though cannons are almost a random
array of deep sounds, a bass drum is still a musical instrument, and
the VTF-3 played them that way.
No audible distortion. Just powerful
Although this is not
my favorite recording of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture in
terms of the musical performance, it
is my favorite in terms of the incredible dynamics, and the VTF-3 didn't
let me down.
The Turbo was on for
this recording, and the cannons at the finale are really
Don't forget though,
that it is not just special effects that benefit from a good
subwoofer. Any full orchestral piece would also benefit. String
bass, piano, etc., all have notes down around 30 Hz.
In fact, all speaker
systems, even floor-standers, need a subwoofer.
Oh yes, this CD is at the top
of the list for tests, and I never get tired of listening to
I don't know the exact
dimensions of the bass drum used in the "Fanfare for the
Common Man", but I think it was about 6 feet in diameter,
which delivers an incredible thud.
I can get any subwoofer or
power amplifier for that matter, to bottom out with this
recording, because it is not compressed, but the Hsu handled
it just fine.
Jarhead is a movie where most of the
action takes place in the training camp, but
nevertheless, there was plenty of work for a good
subwoofer to do, and that means the Hsu VTF-3 HO.
Explosions were deep and powerful, but
never boomy (boominess would have occurred if the
subwoofer had a lot of distortion).
The Turbo is not really necessary to
have a good experience, but it adds a bit of whoomph
below 20 Hz if there is any material there. Most likely,
it would benefit from something like pipe organ music.
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