Press Reviews

  • Enjoy the Music Reviews the SB16-Ultra Subwoofer

    “Setting up the SVS subs was easy and fun. I could feel the sub-sonic tones on the surface of my exposed skin, but I could swear I could feel my loose shirt sleeves vibrating against my arms. For those who desire more than a full-frequency range high-end system, spending more than the SVS's very reasonable price makes no sense. Highly recommended.”
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  • Dagogo Reviews the SB16-Ultra Subwoofer

    "I can kick myself for being so stubborn all these years, these decades about my feelings towards subwoofers. It was my long-held contention that subwoofers were the domain of failed speaker designers who just could not get the concept of full-range right. I’m human, I’m fallible, and I was wrong. That’s not to say that there aren’t some speakers that are capable of reproducing the full-range, but at what cost and size? The subwoofer and I are now inseparable. I am re-listening to music relishing those lower registers, appreciating drummers and bassists that much more."
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  • Stereophile Names SB16-Ultra as a Class A "Recommended Component for 2018"

    Stereophile magazine, the leading voice for audiophiles in the U.S., recently announced its “Recommended Components” for 2018 and honored the SVS SB16-Ultra with its highest “Class A” ranking for subwoofers. This is a real testament to the pinpoint accuracy and precisely controlled power of our reference subwoofer since the Stereophile reviewers are some of the most discerning in the world.
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  • SB16-Ultra Subwoofer Receives Audio Magazine's "Recommended Product" Award (Germany)

    "The SB16 Ultra trembled the room – powerful, focused and long breath. An enormous amount of power for manageable money."
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  • SB16-Ultra Subwoofer named "Best Subwoofer You Can Buy" by Digital Trends

    "It’s our favorite subwoofer ever, built to excel in any and all circumstances. Offers everything you could want in a subwoofer – high-end power, impressive clarity, precise detail, and good looks too."
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  • Positive Feedback Reviews the SB16-Ultra

    "I could really feel and hear every bit of nuance the artist intended. The bass lines were just endless, and there wasn't a task too large for the SVS SB16-Ultra. Every frequency was played with ease and volume…I wanted to re-watch my entire movie collection to see what I've been missing. This is the missing link to total immersion, where one can both hear and feel the directors' intent. It's obvious SVS has something special here. They've put a ton of care into the design of this subwoofer, from the shipping box, to the sub itself, the app experience, and to the actual product delivered to the end user—a perfect musical experience all packed into one."
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  • Stereoplay (Germany) Reviews the SB16-Ultra Subwoofer

    "They’re one of the few speakers that do everything well…rare combination of good sound quality and affordability. Great treble response, smooth mid-range and deep accurate bass makes them a great choice for both movies and music."
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  • The SB16-Ultra Receives AVTech Media's Best Subwoofer Award

    "For an authoritative and largescale sub-bass experience to accompany your movies, SVS’s mightily impressive SB16-Ultra is an essential audition. A newly designed 16-in bass driver, claiming a massive 3.7-in excursion, is partnered with a 1500W Sledge DSP amplifier, and the result is a thrilling combination of slam, speed, and precisions, with a low-frequency extension that unearths the deepest soundtrack details."

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  • Sterophile Reviews the SB16-Ultra Subwoofer

    "Pitch-perfect, detailed, fast bass, and enough power to function in my large listening room. Reproduced the deepest notes with mass and solidity. No muddying of the clarity and transparency of the highs. The dynamics ranged from soft murmurs to a thunderous rumble. A Class A component if ever there was one."

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  • SB16-Ultra earns 2017 CE Pro BEST (Best Electronics Systems Technologies) Award

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  • Home Cinema Choice Reviews the 16-Ultra Series Subwoofers

    "Fear-inducing SPLs. Bass that you feel as well as hear. Delicious weight and scale, without a trace of distortion…beauty of its tone to bathe in…a full-bodied experience. It’s jaw on the floor stuff."
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  • The SB16-Ultra Receives the Soundstage Reviewers Choice Award

    "Incredibly dynamic and slamming. Explosions thundered, then rolled through the room and I was able to feel each concussive shockwave. Energized my space with super-deep, articulate bass. A true reference-quality subwoofer."
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  • AVS Forum Reviews the SB16-Ultra

    "The ability to handle bass moments with both power and dexterity is what really impressed but the SB16-Ultra also managed to deliver incredibly low frequencies without distorting. It was a highly accomplished performance that showed how effective SVS's efforts have been in delivering a sealed subwoofer that can hold its own against ported boxes. It's was like the subwoofer equivalent of Muhammad Ali, producing the low frequency sledge hammer punch of the best ported subwoofers but with the fast footwork of the best sealed boxes. Tight, powerful, natural and fast, this subwoofer delivers on all levels."
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  • Audioholics Reviews the SB16-Ultra Subwoofer

    "Tight and natural sounding. The SVS SB16-Ultra was capable of subtlety but also brought grandeur when asked. Hit hard when it needed to and had a soft touch in those moments when less-is-more. It never strained at any volume, no matter how loud I cranked it. At times beautiful and other times thunderous. A top-notch subwoofer."
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  • Residential Systems Reviews the SB16-Ultra Subwoofer

    "No matter the material I threw at it, the sub delivered bass that was massive yet tight and lightning fast. Had no problem energizing the air in my large family room, producing tactile bass that hammered my chest, and delivering next-level bass realism, letting you feel the soundtrack and experience the action more deeply. The SB16-Ultra is a force multiplier, improving the performance of any system you add it to. I give it my highest recommendation."
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  • Home Theater Shack Reviews the SB16-Ultra

    "SVS has outdone themselves. This is a 'move the bar' type of product. It does everything exceptionally well, never revealing a single weakness. The 16-Ultra subwoofers expertly blends precision and power into one cohesive package, remaining composed at all times. Makes everything sound good."
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  • SB16-Ultra and PB16-Ultra Subwoofers receive Sound & Vision's Top Pick of the Year Award

    "Competes with top-performing subs costing twice or more their price. The kinetic energy reached deafening reference listening levels…I’m surprised it didn’t set off the Earthquake Detection System… My jaw was stuck ajar—man, I love good bass! Very Highly Recommended."
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  • PCWorld.com Reviews the SB16-Ultra Subwoofer

    "Reproduced rippling, subterranean bass notes that go from audible to sensory…it will embarrass the audio systems in many commercial movie theaters…The best subwoofer I’ve heard."
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  • HomeTheaterReview.com Reviews the SB16-Ultra Subwoofer

    "I've heard almost all of the top subwoofers currently on the market. The SB16-Ultra sounds like none of them. It's almost in a whole different category of low-frequency sound. May well be the best subwoofer ever made."
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  • SB16-Ultra Receives 2017 CES Innovations Award

    SB16-Ultra receives 2017 CES Innovations Award and coveted “Best of Innovations” honor for being the top high performance audio or video product
    -CES 2016