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PB13-Ultra

1000 Watt DSP Controlled, 13.5" Ported Subwoofer With Variable Tuning
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Frequency Response/Acoustic Data:

PB13-Ultra Performance
**Frequency response graph does not denote maximum output capability.
  • 2-meter ground plane away from reflective structures (quasi-anechoic)
  • 17-200 Hz +/- 3 dB (20 Hz mode)
  • 14-200 Hz +/- 3 dB (16 Hz mode)
  • 21-200 Hz +/- 3 dB (sealed mode)

Documents: Subwoofer Specs:
  • Cabinet Dimensions: 22" (H) x 20.5" (W) x 27" (D)
  • Overall Dimensions: 22.5" (H) x 20.5" (W) x 29.9" (D) (includes feet, grille, amplifier)
  • Carton Dimensions: 31" (H) x 26" (W) x 36" (D)
  • Shipped Dimensions (palletized): 36" (H) x 26" (W) x 40" (D)
  • Weight (unboxed): 155 pounds
  • Weight (boxed): 171 pounds
  • Shipped Weight (palletized): 188 pounds
  • Rigid and braced Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) cabinet
  • Black gloss or full veneer black oak finish
  • Front-firing driver
  • Front-firing triple 3.5" high-flow flared ports
  • Dense foam port blockers (3) included
  • Variable 20 Hz, 16 Hz and Sealed tuning modes
  • Protective non-resonant steel mesh grille
  • Detachable power cord.
Driver Specs:
  • SVS 13.5” extreme performance underhung Ultra driver
  • SVS custom-tooled die-cast aluminum basket
  • Flat-wire, 3” diameter, high-power, high-temp, 8-layer, aluminum voice coil
  • Polyimide impregnated fiberglass former/bobbin
  • Dual 9", composite layered, linear roll, extreme excursion spiders
  • Integrated tinsel leads
  • Nickel-plated high-tension spring terminals
  • Proprietary injection molded gasket and parabolic SBR extreme-excursion surround
  • Composite pulp/fiberglass press layered cone with stitched surround
  • Low carbon 1008 steel components, electrophoresis black plating
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)-optimized underhung motor structure for the lowest possible distortion
  • Copper shorting sleeve reduces gap induction and distortion, and enhances thermal conductivity
  • Dual Genox 8H/Y-35 high grade ferrite magnets
  • Oversized pole vent for greater cooling and low noise
Amp Specs:
  • STA-1000D Sledge with 1000 watts RMS continuous power (3600 watts peak dynamic power)
  • High efficiency cool-running Class D switching topology
  • Detachable power cord with main power switch and ceramic fuse
  • RoHS compliant, lead-free construction and world-wide safety certifications
  • Auto-On / On switch with "green" standby mode
  • Stereo line-level RCA and balanced (XLR) input/output connections
  • Normal and Hi input voltage switch
  • Customized EQ and DSP limiter settings specifically for the PB13-Ultra
  • Variable tuning with 20Hz, 16Hz, and Sealed settings to match subwoofer port settings
  • Fully adjustable (frequency and slope) phase-correct speaker/sub digital crossover
  • Intelligent Feature Control (IFC) with bright LCD display
  • Two (2) digital PEQs with adjustable frequency, cut/boost, and Q values
  • Room gain compensation control with adjustable frequency and slope
  • Adjustable digital delay on main speaker line-level outputs to time-align the speakers and subs
  • Input impedance - 24 kΩ (unbalanced RCA) / 22 kΩ (balanced XLR)
PB13-Ultra - The Ultimate Expression in Sheer Power
Our flagship ported subwoofer the PB13-Ultra commands respect. At 155lbs it is physically imposing and monstrously powerful. Yet musical nuance and refined character are what truly earned its stripes. When sheer impact is what counts, the PB13-Ultra delivers its music and movie payload B52 bomber-style with strategic precision, subterranean extension, and jaw dropping slam and impact. When the score calls for sound in a supporting role, the PB13-Ultra is deft, and gentle—perfect in its part. This unmatched combination of power and poise will delight the discriminating audiophile and hard-core home theater enthusiast alike.


Exclusive Ultra-13 Driver – Brutal Output and Subtle Nuance
An SVS-exclusive design, our Ultra 13 driver was uncompromisingly crafted using the highest quality components, custom-tooled parts, and innovative technologies. As a result it, delivers an unparalleled combination of extreme output, ultra-low distortion, and exceptional linearity.

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Ultra13 side 800
Ultra13 ISO front 800
Ultra13 ISO back 800
  • Expensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA)-optimized underhung motor technology for exceptionally low distortion.
  • Multi-layer flat-wound voice coil for ultra-high power handling.
  • 8Dual linear-roll spiders and stitched parabolic surround for extreme excursion capability.
  • Ultra-light and rigid Rohacell composite cone provides excellent transient response.

Sledge Amplification – Intelligent and Sophisticated PowerSTA-1000D front 800
The Sledge STA-1000D amplifier is a perfect match for the Ultra-13 driver, packing 1,000 watts of power and sophisticated DSP control. Comprehensive and extensive menu options are accessed via an intuitive single-knob interface and easy-to-use, LCD display. This will make your set-up and integration with home theater or stereo system quick and simple. 1000 watts RMS continuous power (3600 watts peak dynamic power).
  • Efficient, cool-running Class D power with 'green' standby mode.
  • Stereo line-level RCA and balanced (XLR) input/output connections for the ultimate in connectivity.
  • DSP control for the ultimate in refined behavior under all operating conditions.
  • Variable tuning with 20Hz, 16Hz, and Sealed settings to match any room.
  • Extensive menu options and digital crossover allows easy integration into any 2-channel system.
  • Intuitive and easy to use single knob controller with bright LCD display.
  • Learn more about Sledge Amplification Technology and Features

Efficient Performance and Versatile Tuning
Size makes a big difference if you’re out to create the unforgettable experience that only purpose-built theaters deliver. Massive amounts of air need to be moved and stopped with precision. The large cabinet and deep-tuned ports of an SVS ported subwoofer are designed and engineered to do exactly that. They effortlessly reproduce of the deepest bass notes with stunning authority. The PB13-Ultra offers our trademark variable tuning to accommodate different size rooms and deep extension requirements—either as a single subwoofer or part of a dual (or larger) configuration.
  • Wide-flared triple 3.5" ports for maximum air-flow with no artifacts.
  • Large cabinet provides efficient reproduction of the deepest bass notes.
  • 20 Hz, 16 Hz and Sealed variable tuning accommodates all room sizes and deep extension requirements.
  • Curved metal grille with secure pin/cup retention system gives high-tech appearance.

The Ultra Experience – Immersive and Legendary Performance
With an unmatched combination of nuance, subterranean extension, jaw-dropping slam and impact, and unerring accuracy, the legendary PB13-Ultra will positively immerse you in music and movies like never before.

Premium Finishes, Handsome Styling, the Defining Theater Product
Available in real wood veneer black oak or piano-gloss black, and protected by a curved metal grille (removable) – the PB13-Ultra will complement the most upscale décors and high-end theaters. At 22x20x27 and 155lbs its size makes a statement all its own about the experience it’s about to deliver.

audioholics
"The PB13-Ultra is a very powerful product that is competently engineered, heavily built, bulletproof, high tech and high output, possessing true extension to below 20Hz and a ton of configurability options. Its a clear winner."
Audioholics, Review by Josh Ricci, 9/28/2011. Read Review
 
hometheatershack
"...the PB13 will challenge you to find a single weakness... It reached the deepest notes with ease, and was very crisp and clear the whole time, without getting muddy or boomy. Did I mention it was smooth? It was oh so smooth."
Home Theater Shack, Review by Peter Loeser, 1/16/2013. Read Review
 
hometheaterequipment
"Simply couldn't get the subwoofer to call mercy even at reference levels with some really tough material."
Home Theater Equipment, Review by 'pbc', 12/23/2011. Read Review
 
Stereophile-logo
"...the SV Sound PB13-Ultra subwoofer did a remarkable job of providing great bass extension and power to my Quad ESL-989s. I heartily recommend it for its relatively low price, rugged construction, and sturdy drive-unit."
Stereophile Magazine, Review by Larry Greenhill, 8/20/2008. Read Review
 
secretsofhometheaterandhighfidelity2
"Gone are the days of having to talk about a speaker or subwoofer made for movies vs. music. An excellent product like the PB13-Ultra works for everything."
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, Review by John Johnson, 9/2007. Read Review
Soundsivions
 
Sound & Vision Magazine, Review by Daniel Kumin, 10/2008. Read Review
 

...the PB13 will challenge you to find a single weakness... It reached the deepest notes with ease, and was very crisp and clear the whole time, without getting muddy or boomy. Did I mention it was smooth? It was oh so smooth.

Peter Loeser
Home Theater Shack
Press Reviews | Customer Reviews

Quick Specs

Dimension22.5"h
20.5"w
27"d
Weight155lbs
Amplifier1000 watts RMS
(3600 watts peak)
Woofer13.5" Ultra
Port Size & #Triple 3.5"
Freq.Response17-200 Hz ± 3 dB (20 Hz mode)
14-200 Hz ± 3 dB (16 Hz mode)
21-200 Hz ± 3 dB (sealed mode)
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