Launch of the SVS PB16-Ultra and SB16-Ultra subwoofers

Max and the SVS PB16-Ultra subwoofer.


By Lam Seng Fatt


Several audiophiles and AV enthusiasts from KL/PJ braved the bad jam on the Seremban Highway to head south to Maxx Audio Visual in Seremban 2 yesterday for the launch of the powerful and gigantic SVS PB16-Ultra and SB16-Ultra subwoofers.


Was the trip worth it? Yes. Indeed, it was a treat to hear the huge SVS PB16-Ultra and SB16-Ultra subwoofers creating gut-rumbling bass effortlessly and without any boom.


Max used two of the huge subwoofers in the listening room which measures 16½ ft by 19½ ft. The larger ported design PB16-Ultra was placed to the left of the screen while the smaller sealed-box SB16-Ultra was placed at the right rear side of the room.


Max used an Epson LS10000 laser projector to demo several scenes in a system that was configured to a 7.2.4 system. Max revealed that the huge SVS subwoofers could create bass down to 8Hz and it could be lower if not for the fact that the meter he used could measure only down to 8Hz.


Max with the SVS SB16-Ultra subwoofer.
Max with the SVS SB16-Ultra subwoofer.




The AV system on demo.
The AV system on demo.


These new SVS PB and SB16-Ultra subwoofers incorporate the latest advancements that SVS has made in making subwoofers.


From its website: “One huge advancement that allows the SB16-Ultra to handle the crushing force of a 16” driver is the 8” edge wound voice coil, the largest ever deployed in a consumer subwoofer. This innovation ensures ultra-low distortion and pinpoint control at the highest drive levels resulting in incredible output and low frequency extension. By nature, larger drivers are more difficult to control, but the unprecedented voice coil design ensures accuracy in frequency response and speed in transients without ever sounding boomy.


“Pushing the driver are four massive, dedicated toroidal ferrite magnets that unleash a staggering 78mm peak to peak Xmech excursion (65mm Xmax) and the highest levels of motor force and palpable SPLs. The light and rigid 16” Ultra driver cone consists of a premium fiberglass resin composite with optimal stiffness to mass ratio


“Conservatively rated at 1,500 watts continuous, 5,000+ watts peak power, the SB16-Ultra Sledge STA-1500D amplifier’s 64 Amp 200-Volt MOSFETs are the sonic muscle behind arguably the most powerful and highest fidelity subwoofer amplifier ever developed. Discrete MOSFET output unbridles the nearly limitless power in the Sledge amplifier and pushes the 16” driver to extreme levels of performance. They also represent an upgrade over the less robust integrated circuit output stages found in nearly all other Class D subwoofer amplifiers.


“Effortless power must be harnessed to ensure refined behavior and pristine output at the most demanding drive levels. To achieve this, the SB16-Ultra subwoofer uses the audio industry’s most advanced 50 MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP with 56bit filtering to handle the nearly limitless power.


“Compatible with Apple and Android platforms, the innovative SB16-Ultra smartphone app unleashes the full depth, force and nuance of the world’s finest subwoofer. The groundbreaking SVS subwoofer app controls all DSP functions and conveniently stores custom presets. It’s the easiest way ever to fine tune bass surpassing 16Hz at reference volumes from the comfort of your favorite seat.


“For added convenience, 2-way feedback shows updates in real time on both the app and subwoofer interface and Bluetooth connectivity allows adjustments to be made even when the subwoofer is not in sight. Control is also available via IR remote and an intuitive front panel display.


Max said the retail price for the PB16-Ultra is RM14,499 and SB16-Ultra is RM11,499.


Here is a video of the demo using the SVS PB16-Ultra and SB16-Ultra subwoofers.

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