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 our company, one thing hasn't changed - our passion for building the best consumer-direct audio products in the industry. That passion still burns just as brightly within each team member, and we remain faithful to our founding principles, relentlessly pursuing performance improvements and enhanced value in every aspect of our designs and products.
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, we have 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 our unmatched Customer Service, total after purchase support, and best-in-industry warranty coverage, you can rest easy knowing we're standing behind our products 100%. Your complete satisfaction is our only goal; it's not a wonder our customers frequently tell us their only regret was not buying sooner. Experience the difference today from the leader in specialty consumer audio - SVS.
Gary Yacoubian, CEO
Gary came to SVS in 2011 with a rich background in the Audio-Video industry, from being President of a regional A/V retail chain and custom installer, where he worked for more than 20 years, to spending valuable time in senior management in CE manufacturing where he learned how great audio products are designed and built.
After more than 25 years in Consumer Electronics, Gary is truly an industry icon. He has served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the Consumer Electronics Association (the folks who put on CES in Las Vegas every year), and remains on that Board to this day. Gary holds the distinction of being the first retailer ever to serve on the CEA Executive Board.
Gary says, "My retail experience got me into lots of people's homes, where I learned up close how they use and enjoy our products. My manufacturing experience taught me the best practices for designing and building them. But I was always first and foremost an enthusiast, with a love for audio and home theater all my life. That passion has helped me most at SVS!"
Dan Marks, Director of Operations
Dan's journey to become SVS' Director of Operations is as inspiring as any in the audio industry. He started at SVS in 2001 building subwoofers in the garage that the Company then occupied. No one on the planet better understands how to build a subwoofer than Dan and through his time at SVS he showed a remarkable ability to adapt and tackle any task thrown his way.
Dan manages production in our Ohio factory, supervises quality control that occurs almost to the molecular level, but mostly makes sure that SVS keeps all of its promises to you, our customers. Dan manages all aspects of company operations, including senior-level management, strategy, our web site, logistics, and even international sales. If SVS has an MVP, it's Dan!
Ed Mullen, Director of Technology & Customer Relations
An SVS veteran, Ed's wide-ranging experience at SVS includes sales, tech support, product development, R&D and design, and administrative/executive management.
Ed's primary responsibility is managing our customer service staff and consumer-direct sales. Ed is also responsible for messaging on our website, and remains the long-standing and respected 'face of SVS' in the blogs and A/V forums. A licensed professional engineer and an expert in subwoofer theory and design, Ed also serves as a technical resource for our product development staff.
Smith Freeman, Director of Product Management
Smith Freeman fell in love with music as a young child and continued that passion for audio through his education in Physics at Dickinson College, and at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where he received his Masters in Audio Engineering. In 2005, Smith entered the audio industry as a project manager and engineer for a small audio design firm in Los Angeles. Over the following years he developed hundreds of audio products for dozens of prestigious brands.
Smith brings years of engineering and manufacturing experience to current and future SVS products. One of the dimensions of the SVS team that inspires Smith, is their drive to exceed the customer’s expectations. "The most exciting thing about working with SVS is that I know every product we debut will provide the maximum performance and value for the customer above all else. This is a huge departure from the way most audio companies prioritize design."
Eli Trinkle, Operations Manager
Beginning in the dark depths of the SVS basement, Eli started out with the company as part of the small crew that hand assemble our infamous subwoofer drivers. With a rational approach to problem solving and a keen eye for detail, Eli branched to other assembly projects and key roles in assisting the work of our Engineering and R&D departments.
These days, Eli helps to maintain the harmony of the daily operations of SVS. From keeping up with order fulfillment and the personnel that fill those orders, to maintaining a lot of our digital presence, he has the honor of wearing many hats for SVS.