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 a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop a better alternative to the under-performing and over-priced subwoofers flooding the retail market. They exceeded all expectations, and SVS is now a household name with a global presence and robust brand cache. While the current SVS team brings even more experience, talent and diversity to the company, one thing hasn’t changed — a passion for building the best consumer-direct audio products in the industry.
SVS audio products are designed to outperform competing consumer-direct and retail brands at every price point. By leveraging advanced technology, using the highest quality components, and applying rigorous engineering and design principles — the team at SVS has created a line of premium audio products which bring music and movies to life with stunning realism — all at truly affordable prices.
The marriage of science and emotion is the very embodiment of the SVS performance philosophy. Through years of intensive research, SVS has developed proprietary psychoacoustic metrics which prove the strong link between objective measurements and the subjective impressions formed by the listener. And while the class-leading performance of SVS products can certainly be explained with charts and data tables, there is nothing boring about the rush of excitement you’ll feel when the theater lights go down and the soundtrack starts.
From the coherent soundstage, pinpoint imaging, superb detail and sonic transparency of our reference-grade loudspeakers, to the subterranean extension, jaw-dropping slam, and unerring accuracy of our world-class subwoofers — SVS products guarantee you a thrilling audio experience. And with unmatched Customer Service, total after purchase support, and best-in-industry warranty coverage, SVS stands behind our products 100%.
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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.