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Transient Response

Transient response is a term used to describe a speaker or subwoofer’s ability to deliver crisp dynamics without distortion or overhang on notes. A more casual definition is the speaker or subwoofers ability to “stop-and-start-on-a-dime.” The best speakers, like SVS Prime and Ultra Series models, have lightning-fast speed in musical and cinematic transients so they can keep pace with the content with complex basslines, aggressive action scenes and other full range content with no overhang, smearing or loss of detail. The best speakers and subwoofers stop playing bass at the precise moment they’re supposed to and kick back in at the perfect moment so the sound is crisp and convincing, as in real life.

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