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    SVS Unveils New Reference Standard for Bass

    SVS Unveils History-Making Reference Subwoofers

    SVS 16-Ultra subwoofers are the largest and most powerful in the company’s history and tout all new driver and amplifier platforms along with three radical innovations designed to establish the SB16-Ultra and PB16-Ultra as the new reference standard for bass.

    Denver, CO – October 6, 2016 - Rocky Mountain Audio Fest – Room 8004 – SVS, manufacturer of high performance speakers, subwoofers and audio accessories, proudly announces the 16-Ultra Series, its largest and most powerful subwoofer line ever. The new sealed box SB16-Ultra and ported box PB16-Ultra subwoofers are the culmination of all SVS engineering advancements and loaded with innovations that establish the 16-Ultra Series as the reference standard for bass.

    A mammoth 16-inch driver with unprecedented 8-inch edge wound voice coil, 1,500 watts continuous, 5,000+ watts peak amplifier with fully discrete MOSFET output, and a new smartphone app for convenient subwoofer DSP and control headline the key innovations of the 16-Ultra subwoofers, but it doesn’t stop there. These advancements combined with an all new driver, amplifier and cabinet empower the 16-Ultra Series to produce the finest low frequency output, deep bass extension, frequency response accuracy and pinpoint transient response the world has to offer.

    The SVS Ultra 16-inch driver features a record 8-inch edge wound voice coil, the largest ever deployed in a consumer subwoofer. The massive voice coil girth allows the amplifier to exert complete control over the 16-inch driver and remain accurate and distortion-free with pinpoint speed in transients, even at reference playback levels. Four of the heaviest toroidal ferrite magnets ever used in a subwoofer generate unprecedented levels of magnetic force and machined motor elements produce astounding levels of low frequency output. The cone material consists of a premium fiberglass resin composite that moves extreme amounts of air and sonic energy without ever flexing or losing control.

    Pushing the driver and motor assembly with effortless power is a conservatively rated 1,500 watts continuous, 5,000+ watts peak power Sledge STA-1500D amplifier with fully discrete MOSFET output. Discrete MOSFET output unbridles the nearly limitless power in the Sledge amplifier and pushes the 16” driver to extreme levels of performance. They also represent an upgrade over the less robust integrated circuit output stages found in nearly all other Class D subwoofer amplifiers.

    Harnessing the nearly limitless power is a 50 MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP with 56bit filtering. This advanced DSP is the most sophisticated processing engine ever used in a consumer subwoofer and gives the 16-Ultra subwoofer’s refined behavior and pristine output, while enabling precise tuning so the perfect amount of low frequency energy is unleashed at just the right time and just the right frequency.

    Another pioneering advancement is the new subwoofer control and bass management smartphone app for Apple® and Android® devices. The powerful 16-Ultra app controls polarity, room gain, phase alignment, parametric EQ and other DSP functions, and conveniently stores custom presets. It’s the easiest way to fine tune bass down to 16Hz and below from any seat in the house. For added convenience, bi-directional feedback shows updates in real time on both the app and subwoofer interface and Bluetooth connectivity allows adjustments to be made when subwoofer is not in sight. Control is also available via IR remote and a front panel display.

    A subwoofer capable of creating such extreme levels of sonic energy requires a formidable cabinet design so the 16-Ultra Series is built with a double thick MDF front baffle and rigid internal bracing to support the drive unit and to ensure an acoustically inert environment. The highly reinforced internal design eliminates any chance of coloration or resonance from the cabinet, even when the deepest low frequencies are played at reference sound pressure levels.

    “The Ultra Series subwoofers have been the most important SVS products for so long that we knew our newest iteration had to be groundbreaking on many levels. I challenged our engineering team to create a signature subwoofer line for the entire industry and not just for SVS and to push the boundaries of innovation and performance as much as possible,” said Gary Yacoubian, SVS president and managing partner. “We set out to create the reference standard for all subwoofers and shake the foundations of the audio world by making this level of world class experience available to more people than ever before, and I think the world will agree with me. We did it.”

    The 16-Ultra Series will start shipping on November 1, 2016. Pricing for the new SVS subwoofers is $1,999.99 for the sealed SB16-Ultra and $2,499.99 for the ported PB16-Ultra. Both models are available in a premium black oak or piano gloss black finish and come standard with a protective, non-resonant steel mesh grille.

    For more information, please visit www.svsound.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.

    About SVS
    Headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, SVS builds high performance subwoofers, speakers and audio accessories for people who are passionate about music, home theater, gaming, and powerfully immersive listening experiences. SVS engages customers worldwide through direct and retail sales channels and offers Sound Experts technical support via phone, web, social media, chat, email, in forums and wherever people want to connect. Often considered the best high-end audio gear for the money, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who care about great sound.
    David Vaughn
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    Sound and Vision Magazine

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    Nice !!! It's about time sub manufacturers started thinking big, as in drivers.

    The big question would be what's the best option.........one big powerful sub or two or more smaller, less expensive, subs. I suspect multiple, smaller subs would give better overall flat room coverage. But would it be as impactful?

    I'm sure SVS's answer would be to have two or more of the 16 Ultras.

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    I was going to say the same thing...two big monsters! I'll be reviewing both of these for an upcoming issue. I should have them in my house in early November. I think I know what Daddy's getting for XMass!
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    once i sold my 15" velodyne and found an 8" outlaw on craigslist and heard how the 8" blended in much better with my system as a whole, i havent thought that bigger is better in ALL cases when it comes to speakers.

    now, could a 10" or 12" blend better, maybe.

    These beasts have to be for dedicated rooms much bigger and symmetrical than my viewing area that shares space with our kitchen.

    Would I love to see it rattle the metal frames that make up my home and knock down a couple of pictures? Hell Yes!

    Cant wait to read the review Dave.

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    NoUDont....any good sub can knock down pictures in your own home...the challenge is to knock down pictures in your neighbor's home
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    Larger drivers move more air.

    As far a one sub blending in with your existing system better than another, I bet it wasn't a result of the difference in the size of the speaker.

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    Which is better ported or sealed?
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    Samsung UN75F8000 LED TV, NAD T-777 (7.2 Receiver), Oppo 103 Blu Ray Player, Sony PS4 Gaming Console, Panamax MR-5100 Surge Protection, 7 Paradigm Reference series 8" in ceiling speakers (AMS-150R) - 30 degree tilting speakers, 2 Paradigm SE Subs. Pictures here.

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    Depends...ported will give you more raw output (in theory), but the bass from the sealed enclosure will be a bit tighter and faster (again, in theory).
    David Vaughn
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrippleJ View Post
    Which is better ported or sealed?
    You're going to need four of them, so it doesn't really matter which design you buy.

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    I remember the HeathKit Legato theater speaker system with its two 15" woofs, was reported to be able to blow out a candle. I helped build one for our high school back in the day. It was a beautiful beast.
    JR

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