Ultra Surround Speaker
The Ultra Surround speaker’s charged dynamics and detailed soundstage convey seamless sonic transitions and convincing home theater surround sound effects with hard-hitting impact. Dual isolated tweeter and woofer crossovers allow for bipole, dipole, or innovative SVS Duet Mode, which creates two speakers in a single cabinet so you can go from 5.1 to 7.1 and beyond without adding more speakers. Read More
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Ultra Surround Speaker
Innovative engineering and intelligent design come together in the SVS Ultra Surround home theater speakers. Acoustically voiced to blend seamlessly with all models in the SVS Ultra and Prime series speaker lines, the Ultra Surround speaker deeply immerses you in the onscreen action by conveying a massive soundstage and rendering the smallest details with pinpoint clarity and spatial imaging.
Designed with dual isolated SoundMatch two-way crossovers for each tweeter and woofer, the SVS Ultra Surround can operate in either bipole, dipole, or in the unique SVS Duet Mode, which creates two separate speakers in a single cabinet. In Duet mode, each set of drivers in the Ultra Surround speaker receives a discrete signal, so your system can deliver true 7 channel surround sound using only 5 full-range speakers.
- Tweeter | Dual 1"
- Midrange | N/A
- Woofer | Dual 5.5"
- Freq. Response | 58 Hz-32 kHz (±3 dB)
- Port size & # | N/A
- Dimension | 14” (H) 12.3” (W) 7” (D)
- Weight | 18 lb
Every design element of the SVS Ultra Surround speakers was scrutinized to achieve cost-no-object audio performance and build quality, creating a groundbreaking home theater surround sound loudspeaker. Countless design innovations and world-class build materials result in reference sound quality and stunning dynamics normally reserved to for the world’s most expensive speakers.
Whether playing the aggressive, multi-layered soundtrack of an action movie or the understated effect of rain falling all around the listener, the Ultra Surround speaker delivers a powerful and convincing audio experience. From the drivers to the crossover and cabinet, each component is painstakingly engineered and tested to achieve breathtaking realism.
Ultra Driver & Tweeter Design
Room-filling low frequency and midrange playback is handled by dual 5.5-inch mid-bass drivers that feature glass-fiber cones with excellent stiffness to mass ratio for enhanced sensitivity and voicing that’s transparent and completely faithful to the source material. Whether conveying the nuance of subtle surround effects like a car driving by or a door closing, or the head-spinning sonic impact of an explosion happening behind you, the Ultra Surround drivers deliver pinpoint accuracy with precise imaging and a massive soundstage.
Elevating high frequency performance, the Ultra Surround speaker’s aluminum dome tweeter is pristinely neutral and revealing. Light, efficient, rigid and impervious to distortion even at high sound pressure levels, the tweeter’s airy, unveiled highs compare with the best home theater surround sound speakers in the world. The FEA-optimized tweeter diffuser ensures broad dispersion for a wide and convincing soundstage and perfect on- and off-axis frequency response. This means the largest possible “Sweet Spot” for surround effects so everyone can be equally immersed with what’s happening onscreen.
Innovative Two-Way SoundMatch Crossover
No expense was spared with the innovative SVS SoundMatch two-way crossover. The unique topology reveals a broad, yet focused soundstage, with accurate frequency response and imaging at all listening positions. You clearly sense the directionality of sound coming from different places all around you. The crossover also enables SVS’s innovative Duet Mode, so you can go from 5.1 to 7.1 or 7.1 to 9.1 without adding additional surround sound speakers. The precise tuning of the SoundMatch Crossover also ensures balanced output throughout the frequency spectrum.
The Ultra Surround speaker also comes standard with a wall-mounting bracket or it can easily be placed on a speaker stand for maximum placement flexibility.
Performance Driven Cabinet Design and Geometry
Every feature on the Ultra Surround speaker’s cabinet was designed with a sonic purpose in mind. Tapered edges on the cabinet’s front baffle, known as chamfers, minimize edge diffraction for clear and precise soundstaging. Internally, each cabinet employs separate sealed enclosures for both mid-bass drivers and tweeters to optimize performance and minimize interaction. Even the grille design is FEA-optimized to maximize acoustic transparency.
Meticulous, Innovative Design Process
All SVS speakers, regardless of price or form factor, are crafted in the same painstaking fashion. Call it a marriage of exacting science and a passionate expression of technique and love of great sound.
Before a model is ever constructed, drivers and cabinets are theoretically designed using the most sophisticated computer-aided design (CAD) processes in the world. Then prototypes are carefully measured and optimized in an anechoic environment for pitch-perfect frequency response. After the ideal theoretical frequency response is attained, exhaustive listening and measurement is done in listening rooms calibrated to closely resemble typical home-like room environments.
The result is a speaker that measures well with near-perfect real world frequency response, but also optimized to sound amazing on a human level through listening tests with real music and cinematic content, in a real world listening environment like yours.
SVS Speaker Design Philosophy
Frequency Response / Acoustic Data:
- Rated bandwidth: 58 Hz-32 kHz (+/-3 dB).
- Nominal impedance: 8 ohms.
- Sensitivity: 87 dB (2.83V @ 1 meter full-space, 300-3kHz)
- Recommended amplifier power: 20-250 watts.
- Dual Baffle Surround Loudspeaker
- Piano gloss black and real black oak veneer finish options
- Dual independent gold-plated 5-way binding posts
- Cloth grille with pin/cup retention system
- Aluminum wall mounting bracket with safety catch feature to help prevent inadvertent removal
- Elastomer stick-on bumper feet
- Cabinet Dimensions: 14” (H) x 12.3” (W) x 6.9” (D)
- Overall Dimensions: 14” (H) x 12.3” (W) x 7” (D) (with bracket)
- Shipped Dimensions: 19" (H) x 22" (W) x 17" (D)
- Weight: 18 pounds
- Shipped Weight: 40 pounds
1” Aluminum Dome Tweeter:
- Vertically aligned tweeter and midrange improves horizontal axis polar response, with reduced lobing and comb filtering
- FEA-optimized diffuser for airy and unveiled presentation
- Aluminum dome delivers exceptional transient response and exceptional stiffness/mass ratio
- Composite glass-fiber cone with excellent stiffness/mass ratio for high sensitivity and pistonic behavior beyond pass band.
- Aluminum shorting rings to reduce gap inductance and lower distortion
- Cast aluminum basket to ensure precise alignment of critical components and additional heat-sinking capacity
- Vented voice coil formers to minimize air compression artifacts at high drive levels
Crossover & Cabinet Specs:
- 2-way crossover with premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards
- Dual isolated crossover networks allows for bipole, dipole or unique Duet mode
- Crossover frequency and slopes optimized for excellent off-axis polar response, outstanding phase coherency, and total radiated sound power
- Tweeter-to-woofer crossover: 2.0 kHz
- Non-parallel cabinet panels reduces axial standing waves within the cabinet, reducing frequency response coloration
- Acoustically transparent and FEA optimized grilles, wedge-shaped front baffle and flush-mounted drivers all contribute to reduced edge diffraction and improved on-axis high frequency response
"Web-direct speaker-maker SVS, long known for outstanding subwoofers, knocked it out of the park on sound and build quality with the high-value, full-range Ultra speaker line." View the Award
The Ultra Speakers receive Sound & Vision’s 2013 Top Pick of the Year Award.
“… impeccably engineered, with the neutral, natural sound that serious speaker guys love. It does the delicacy/spaciousness/detail thing beautifully, and also plays loud as all hell… And if you need a sub, SVS makes some of the world's best." View the award
About.com names SVS Ultra Speakers as the Best Home Theater Speakers of 2013
"These speakers, particularly the Tower, can do anything... performed flawlessly." Read the full review
Home Theater Forum - Sam Chandler Reviews the Ultra 5.0 system
"… an exceptional multichannel loudspeaker system that is true to SVS’ tradition of offering higher performance for the money through R&D and design…the SVS Ultras offer a level of price/performance value that is rare, if non-existent." Read the full review
Widescreen Review Magazine - Gary Reber Reviews the SVS Ultra Series Loudspeakers
"...these are beautiful, capable speakers that are also a terrific value....remarkable speakers at a head turning price…their performance stands toe to toe with much more expensive contenders" Read the full review
Marshall Guthrie - Audioholics, Reviews the Ultra Speakers
"Versatility, easy-to-use bracket system, and great sound quality are delivered in a space-friendly design. The Ultra Surrounds produce an intricate side and backend presentation that kept my head on a swivel. Surround activity was spectacularly layered and truly immersive." Read the full review
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“The SVS Ultras offer a level of price/performance value that is rare, if non-existent.”
“SVS knocked it out of the park on sound and build quality with the high-value Ultra Surround."
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