SVS’s Reference Subs Bow at Electronics Expo
Speaker maker SVS presented its two new tech-statement reference subwoofers to a large group of Electronics Expo’s invited guests at the New Jersey-based specialty retailer Oct. 13. The subs, the ported-box PB-16 Ultra ($2,499.99) and the sealed-box SB-16 Ultra ($1,999.99), are the largest and most powerful in the company’s lineup and offer several innovations. They start shipping Nov. 15.
Each of the sealed boxes encloses a 16-inch 75-pound driver with an eight-inch edge-wound voice coil that is 8 inches in diameter – what the company said is the largest ever used in a consumer subwoofer. This design, said SVS, makes for better low-frequency output, bass extension and frequency response accuracy. Power is 1,500 watts continuous/5,000 watts peak with fully discrete MOSFET output.
These subs are operable with what SVS company president, Gary Yacoubian, who presented the seminar at the invitation of Electronics Expo CEO Leon Temiz, is the world’s first bi-directional subwoofer control/bass management app, They are also controllable with a credit card-sized remote, and have an easy-to-read front panel.
At the processing heart of the subs is a 50MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP with 56-bit filtering. The subs’ cabinets are built with a double-thick MDF front panel and rigid internal bracing to eliminate coloration and cabinet resonance.
“Our mission in the market is to bring world-class home audio experiences to our customers – we want to surprise and delight them at every price point,” said Yacoubian. “Our subwoofers are always rated conservatively and deliver what we say they will – accurate frequency response, speed and transient response – they start and stop on a dime and keep up with the content.”
The evening event also offered attendees demos of other SVS speakers, including its new Prime Elevation height-effects speakers ($199.99 each), suitable for Dolby Atmos theater room configurations, which just started shipping.