2013 Product of the Year Entrant
SVS SB13-Ultra Subwoofer
SVS’s SB13-Ultra is essential to any modern home theater for its ability to combine unmatched sound quality, integration options, and extreme performance into one stylish piece of audio equipment. The SB-Ultra reveals subtle textures and nuances lesser subs simply ignore, bringing music to life while easily handling any DVD passage thrown at it, regardless of how demanding they are, without breaking a sweat.
At 17.4″ x 17.4″ x 17.4″, the 92 lbs, perfectly cubed SB13-Ultra is not diminutive, but is still considered compact based on its output levels. What investing in a SB13-Ultra means to the consumer is getting the most bass performance available for the price, while using the least amount of floor space.
Physically, the cabinet design is edgy and aesthetically pleasing with a metal finish, aggressive lines and a curved grille design that shows SVS paid special attention to even the smallest of details.
Subwoofers lay the foundation for all music and movies and the SB13-Ultra doesn’t disappoint. An ominous rolling bass line in a movie, up-temp music enhanced by sensations delivered to one’s midsection; the whole musical spectrum is lighted and expanded with a quality sub.
Pushing the envelope with an MSRP of $1,599 SVS’s SB13-Ultra offers value no other subwoofer can match and is powerful enough to fill virtually any sized room with the low-frequency details often missed by similarly priced equipment.
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Subwoofers and many audio products are designed for maximum profitability with a focus on reducing costs through cheaper build materials, faster manufacturing processes and flashy marketing while offering the minimum possible performance level. SVS has the opposite philosophy. Design a product with the best possible build materials and processes to achieve optimal performance and reduce overhead and other expenses to produce unmatched performance for the dollar spent. The SB13-Ultra is the embodiment of this philosophy.
From a numbers perspective, the SB13-Ultra is equally impressive in how it stands alone. For a subwoofer with a 13.5 inch driver to produce 1000W RMS (3200 peak dynamic), while reaching a frequency response range of 20-460Hz at +/- 3dB, there needs to be premium internal components, and in fact, the SB13-Ultra's driver alone costs the same as many competitive subwoofers. Yet, because they focus less on profit margins, SVS is able to price the subwoofer competitively.
Also special is the subwoofer's ability to adapt to any room size whether it's a 12-seat home theater or a smaller media and gaming room. It's not a big room sub or a small room sub. The compact nature offers placement flexibility, but its ability to ramp up or down to fill a large or small space with the ideal amount of low frequency audio output makes it an award-worthy subwoofer.
Lastly, the extensive menu has features and options not found in competitive products, such as adjustable high/low pass filters for frequency/slope, room gain compensation, and a digital delay on the line level outputs to facilitate integration of the SB13-Ultra and loudspeakers in the time domain for optimal sound quality in 2-channel stereo applications. All control functions are accessed via an intuitive single-knob interface with LCD display.
When people invest in a quality set of speakers or a subwoofer, they can expect a decade or more of enjoyment, something few other electronics can promise. As one approaches the high-end of audio, the value becomes debatable, but SVS products have always taken the high-value, high-performance approach and the SB13-Ultra is a booming example.
After a simple listening test with the SB13-Ultra, the appeal is truly understood. Clinical in accuracy, the SB13 Ultra reveals subtle textures and nuances lesser subs simply ignore. With unmatched transient response, quarter notes and complex bass lines are delivered with toe-tapping rhythm and pace. Dynamic range is outstanding, with kettle drum and deep piano key strikes rendered with stunning realism. In mid-size rooms with a modicum of room gain, deep extension is fathomless.
For movies, the SB13-Ultra effortlessly shrugs off demanding DVD passages - always staying deep, clean, linear, and powerful. Whether a consumer recognizes the value of subwoofers to audio performance before hearing the SB13-Ultra is irrelevant. Once installed, every form of entertainment that utilizes audio is enhanced by the SB13-Ultra, and will be for years to come. Considering the longevity, performance, install features and visceral appeal, the SB13-Ultra is award and room-worthy.
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SVS was founded in 1998 by four audiophile/engineers who noted that customers were paying too much for lackluster subwoofer performance because of a manufacturing to sales process that was stacked against the consumer. The conventional model, where just good enough subs were sold at high markups did a disservice to customers who wanted great audio experiences but didn’t have unlimited funds. To fix a broken system, SVS pioneered a disruptive, future-facing model by investing heavily in product engineering and performance and reducing operational costs by selling direct to its customers over the Internet. Customers could demo world-class subwoofers and speakers in their homes exactly where the products would be installed, allowing them to make the most informed purchase decision possible, without risk. This strategy allowed SVS to establish a global presence and continues to earn acclaim from professional and amateur reviewers, in forums, and at audio shows, while continuing to grow retail and direct distribution. The SVS mission has always been to re-energize people’s desire for high-performance audio by bringing passion, fun and expertise back to design, and by maintaining a uniquely direct relationship with customers over the phone, via email, and through social media. SVS culture is centered on being responsive and helpful to music and home theater fans who have aspirations for better sound. Most importantly, the SVS vision was and continues to be to bring world-class audio experiences to a broader audience than was previously possible, and to build the SVS brand via direct relationships with its customers and its market.
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Pushing the envelope with an MSRP of $1,599, SVS’s SB13-Ultra offers value no other subwoofer can match. Weighing in a 92 lbs., the 17.4″ squared sub is powerful enough to fill virtually any sized room with the low-frequency details often missed by similarly priced equipment.
SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer
Bass enthusiasts aren’t willing to compromise sound and output in order to use a smaller subwoofer. The SVS SB-1000 delivers unparalleled bass for a subwoofer of its price and size, deftly generating both the deep, rich, impactful LFE essential to the home theater experience and more subtle, detailed, distortion-free bottom end for high-fidelity music playback. Combine that performance with an efficient, cool-running amp, advanced DSP controls designed to ensure accurate response and refined bass output in any listening environment, and a green standby mode with less than half a watt of power consumption, and the SB-1000 is a standout at any price point.
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SVS SB-2000 Sealed Subwoofer
The best sealed subwoofer you can buy for under $1,000, the SB-2000 is a compact package that erupts with power. Weighing in at only 35 lbs. and measuring 14.2” cubed, the SB-2000 matches or beats the output levels of subwoofers twice its size, weight, and price.
SVS SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation System
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SVS Ultra Bookshelf Loudspeakers
Critically acclaimed by professional and customer reviewers, the SVS Ultra Bookshelves have quickly taken their place amongst the most highly-regarded two-way monitors on the market. The Ultra Bookshelf Speakers deliver precise imaging, amazingly coherent and deep sound stage, wonderfully rich and compelling tonal balance, and dynamic deep bass.
SVS Ultra Tower Loudspeakers
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