An unrelenting passion for awesome bass performance and engineering perfection guided every aspect of the PB16-Ultra subwoofer’s design. Groundbreaking technology, rigorous design, and extreme testing in real world and laboratory environments allowed SVS to achieve unmatched low frequency extension and output capabilities, all while keeping it amazingly detailed and articulate.
Massive New 16" SVS Ultra Driver with Unprecedented 8" Edge Wound Voice Coil
When designing the biggest and most formidable driver ever used in an SVS subwoofer, it was of utmost importance to meet or exceed the same supreme standards of control and accuracy as every other subwoofer SVS manufactures. One huge advancement that allows the PB16-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 95mm peak to peak Xmech excursion (82mm 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 to maximize movement of air and sonic energy without ever distorting or losing control.
Stunningly Powerful, New Sledge Amplifier with Fully Discrete MOSFET Output
Conservatively rated at 1,500 watts continuous, 5,000+ watts peak power, the PB16-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 PB16-Ultra subwoofer uses the audio industry’s most advanced 50 MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP with 56bit filtering to handle the nearly limitless power, only unleashing the perfect amount of low frequency energy at just the right time.
Innovative New Smartphone App for Subwoofer DSP and Control
Compatible with Apple and Android platforms, the innovative PB16-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.
Acoustically Inert, Rigidly Braced Cabinet
A subwoofer capable of creating such extreme levels of sonic energy requires a formidable cabinet design. The PB16-Ultra is built with a double-thick MDF front baffle and rigid internal bracing to support the massive drive unit and to ensure an acoustically inert environment. The highly reinforced internal design eliminates any chance of coloration or resonance from the cabinet, even when the deepest low frequencies are played at reference sound pressure levels.
Dimensions (H x W x D): 25" x 21.7" x 30.9"
Weight: 174.5 lbs.
Driver size: 16"
Standard mode: 15 - 280Hz ± 3dB
Extended mode: 13 - 280Hz ± 3dB
Sealed mode: 14 - 360Hz ± 3dB
Front-firing 16" driver
Protective non-resonant steel mesh grille
Sledge STA-1500D DSP amplifier
1500 watts RMS continuous power (5000 watts peak dynamic power)
I upgraded my PB13 Ultra with the new amp and also bought a PB16 Ultra. Both are now able to be controlled through a Bluetooth app. That for me with the limited placement of my subs made all the difference in getting them tuned properly. As I’ve tweaked them more and more I’m actually having to turn the volume down on both. The bass is now more localized for my seating position.
It’s been said a million times but I’ll say it again, their workmanship, attention to detail, customer service and the subs output are world class. It’s almost like doing business with an old friend. They strive for complete satisfaction and always follow up to ensure that you are happy with your purchases. Their business model should be a tutorial for achieving success. Thank you SVS!
Oh My God Thank you My wife thanks you I dont need to buy more stuff. Hi end audio quest is complete. Now we can go on vacation after I pay AMEX bill. Best speakers and sub woofers yes 2 subs ......in the world bar none
I’ve had my SB 2000 for just under five years and for whatever reason the amp gave out. I’m not a fan of customer service – none of them - and I’ve been known to junk things that were under warranty, just because the reps are usually shills for their companies. Not CORY B. Cory helped me out completely. He sent me a box, so I could pack it up correctly and send it back to them for repair. I never had to ask for status or tracking numbers, as they were automatically supplied. He told me to call or email with questions/concerns and when he had an off day another rep jumped right in and assisted, without me waiting in limbo for Cory to return to work. The SVS customer service department could teach classes on customer service to fortune 500 companies. I’m completely impressed and will be a customer for life.
There is so much positive about the SVS PB-16 Ultra that not sure how to express my true thoughts. I have read the professional reviews and from trusted sources. Even tonight I am playing Pure Moods CD music and I need to say with even one subwoofer that I have so far in my stereo setup ALL Frequencies our sounding more expansive not just the deep bass. All music hall is expanded in depth and you can hear much deeper in the soundstage. In orchestra works the trombones have the weight and power in real life and voices have new found body and weight to them in jazz recordings. The timing and speed is amazing in low bass once levels are adjusted. I am running the subwoofer in balanced mode on my Prima Luna EVO 400 preamp with 120 watt tube mono block amps. The source is a modified Tascam CD player with tube outputs. The speakers are Magnapan 1.7’s with relative low efficiency; but even with that the SVS app on my iPhone dials everything perfectly and I am astounded by the improvements which are staggering. I can speak for experience as I have been playing trombone for 50 years with 25 years in The Skagit Symphony as the bass trombonist and 6 years in a professional big band with the arranger playing back up with Frank Sinatra. You have it a home run with this amazing SVS PB-16 Subwoofer. Keep up your great work for making a state of the art subwoofer that is attainable to much more audiophiles without needing to spend 7.5K from your competitors single subwoofer. All I can do is praise you for the biggest sound improvement and impact on my stereo system ever period. I should point out I don’t have a surround system at all nor and AVR but soon looks like that will be changing and will be anxious to hear what this sub can do on movies. I have been playing organ music which can shake the walls even at -14DB.
This thing is a absolute MONSTER! The amount of bass that this sub produces and how crisp and clean it is..completely insane! I have it in my living room which is 30x30x10 and it fills it up nicely! My only down side is I kinda want to try DUAL PB16s but they are a hefty price tag! Maybe the misses may let me do....lol! But GREAT JOB SVS FOR PRODUCING THIS SUB!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS AND GALS!!!
I’ve had a PB-13 Ultra for about 11 years and the amp finally gave out. This baby might just have 50,000 hours on it. I have a pretty good estimate because of how many projector lamps I’ve been through and the projector counts the hours. I called Scott with customer service and he walked me through the trouble shooting process and determined the amp was shot. Now this all happened on a Saturday and the new upgraded 1,200 watt amp is shipping out on Monday. Now I tried to guilt Scott into covering it under warranty but he said he would if he could but he couldn’t. The process couldn’t have been easier or more pleasant. an upgraded Ultra amp that I can control from an app on my phone, now that’s a deal. Many thanks to Scott and SVS.
Just recieved my pb16 ultra 3 days ago. This monster sounds deep and throaty. I'm a little worried the nails will back out of the framing and my house will fall down. If your house rattles and vibrates simply turn the bass up untill you cant hear them anymore ;) On a serious note this thing blows my duel klipsch spl 12s out of the water. I haven't yet found its limits. Make sure you get help moving this into your house, it's a serious piece of hardware.
So i recently purchased a pb-16 in anticipation of adding it to my theater which is currently under construction. I haven’t had a chance to plug this beast in yet as the theater room is not finished yet. What i can tell you is the build quality and finish are top notch. This is an incredible piece of furniture. I cant wait to actually plug it in and take it for a test drive. The sheer size of it and weight are impressive on their own. The speaker grill or cover is like a metal shield worthy of defending an Avenger. I bought this purely on reviews and other user testimonials, so i am going purely on good faith here when it comes time to plug this bad boy in. While I can’t comment on sound quality. I can tell you this. The company shipped it right away and packaging is top notch.
This subwoofer truly is a benchmark piece of equipment. It will reproduce crystal clear bass so powerful that you become addicted...I just ordered a second unit. Trust me, you get past the size once you take it for a listen...then it takes you!
I went from a sealed 15” 250 watt sub to this powerhouse. Before the PB16 my sub was the weak point in my system, distorting the lows and unable to keep up with my bi-amped pair of line arrays. This sub fills in all the sound I was missing below the 30 hertz range and performs flawlessly at the volume level needed for home theater.
Since I already own a pb16 I knew what to expect, I was using my first one mixed with other brands and types of subs with reasonably good results but nothing like adding another pb16 instead of mix matching other subs. they blend perfect without phase issues and look great.
I named it BEAST because IT IS!! it's an amazing sub that deserves respect and amazement. I'll probably get another for dual sub setup. SVS has become my home audio go to and has exceeded expectations.
A wonderful sub that's hits very hard and deep when it's called on to do so.It goes great with my PB12 Ultra-2 and PB13-Ultra subs.A bit tricky to dial them all in,but well worth it. I actually have four subs in that room but it's not an SVS,just takes a lot of trial and error dialing in four external subs.If you have the room and the money,buy it!
Just received my PB 16 Ultra. Right out the box, it sounds really good. Got my app. I have not ran my calibration test yet. Just enjoying it being in the room. My room is 17 x 17. I put this in the back of the room, because my front stage has two Kliscph R-115SW subwoofers. Because of the many signals coming through your processor, the bass can be too loud, or to low. But, the app allows you to make your adjustments from your listening position. I do not regret my purchase. There is another one in my future.
I did some research before putting together a sound system for my livingroom and when I read the reviews in had to go with the PB 16 without even hearing it. But let me tell you, when you turn this thing up you will feel it in your entire body!! Movies are insane and will make you feel like explosions are happening in your house. I highly with a capital H recommend this sub for anyone looking for ridiculous bass.
again......again and again svs they care them customers, they will support even more than you expect, i don't know how to express how they helped me,if you have any issue don't hesitate to call them if you face any problem they will help whatever your problem is your issue, i faced problems with other companies they don't care, but with svs they have excellent customer service, thank to svs team for all the support they have gave it to me.
Thomas had to see to believe. Some people have to hear the PB16 Ultra before they buy but for me I knew it was the right thing for my home theater based on the accuracy and description on the SVS website. One phone call to SVS made the difference; the rep over the phone was knowledgeable and very kind. He let me know that if I wasn’t happy, I could return it free of charge so I placed the order. Days later, I received a massive box that took no longer than 20 minutes to set up with the help of my wife who made me smile the entire time knowing she was happy with our purchase. Later while watching movies I saw a panicked expression on my wife's face as she drew her eyes to the subwoofer that pushed her into the sofa back and said "that makes a huge difference." It has been several weeks now and I still believe I made the right choice. Did I forget to mention that the app is ultra amazing and very easy to use? It is. I you want to get hit in the chest with bass impact this is the right Subwoofer to have.
I was on the fence about Dual PB 3000 or Solo PB16. After try the PB16 it is a Beast however Dual PB 3000 covered the room (13x20) much better and their was not a spot in the room where you could not feel the bass. I love the deep full bass I get from the solo PB16. So after much consideration i came to the conclusion I need to go dual PB16 so I need to order another PB16.
i would like to thank svs team about the full support i had a problem with my PB16 Ultra and they follow up with me everything from shipping from us to egypt and many problem i have faced it with our customs and svs supported me till the end until i had the package and they paid the full amount actually it excellent customer service that what i can say about this kind of service again thank svs.
hi first of all i would like to thank svs team for the amazing job the have made it with this beast i think i’m the first Egyptian buy this product from svs pb 16 ultra it’s right piece for movies and good for music the low frequency amazing but mid bass okay but in general it’s very good again thanks for svs.
I decided to purchase 2 of those for a sound balance and symmetry of my setup also to replace my old SVS CS-39 with Samson amp that I purchased in 1999. My room is only 11.5'x 18' and I came up with design of a platforms/boxes to accommodate coexistence of the Klipsch and SVS. I don't know of anyone else who did that. My Klipsch Lascala are sitting above the Pb-16 Ultras without touching them. It was a challenge but it was completed before Subwoofers arrival. Me and my son broke sweats setting them up. and I have bruises. Now the coexistence of the SVS Pb-16 Ultras with Klipsch Lascala's is amazing Yamaha A-S3000 AMP and Yamaha RX-X 3080 fill the details. Christmas came to me early. The SVS will not disappoint you. for pictures of my unique setup check my FB. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005523646029 Before this setup I was advised by both SVS and Klipsch about it.
Let me start of by saying this thing is a monster! This thing has massive output! Made movies sound so much better and intense! I love watching my wife’s eyebrows raise up when the sub is hitting the lows!! Lol!! A lot of people are turned away by the price and hey it’s true you get what you pay for! This monster is worth every penny!! Highly recommend to anyone!
I am still working on finding the correct placment and settings for the PB16 Ultra to work harmonisly with the NS 1000. It has been challinging since the ns-1000 are very acurate and have a low range that dives into the 30. So far the PB16 ulra seems to color the sound in a way that is not as musical even though the pb 16 sound amazing and acurate especially in the very lowest octaves. With that siad movies are a whole different experiance when your lookin to shake the room. They do not disapoint and reproduce bass in the LFE with cofidence and authority. Jaw dropping. I was also hoping to take the NS-1000's to the next level in bass below 30Hz but I have yet to find the configuration that is pleasing/emotional musically. I will continue to experiment. Thank you. I am pleased with the PB16 for movies. I might be asking a bit much to get them to coeixst with the NS-1000's which are very accurate and have a way of producing music even in the lower octaves in a way that is very musical and emotional. When the PB 16 ultra is engaged the bass is enhanced but not as interesting. Again, I will experiment futher. Thank you.
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First I purchased the sb4000 through Best Buy and fell in love with your products. Then I went to your awesome web site and put in my speakers for subwoofer recommendations . I’m currently running definitive technology BP8060. The site said I should run the PB16 ultra and they were right Couldn’t be happier with it. Highly recommend
I don't have a media room designated to picture and sound. I placed this in my living room after bargaining with my wife. The sound this sub produces during movies is insane. Every person that has seen this in action wants one or wants to hold movie night at my place. The customer service is top notch and glad to support SVS in future purchases. Thanks again!
Due to an ongoing issue with my older sub, SVS went above and beyond in allowing me to trade in my old PB13 Ultra for a new PB16 Ultra. I was very pleased with the offer I was able to accept to give me credit applied to my new purchase.
This company is top tier in all aspects and you can rest assured that you are in good hands if you happen to have any issues.
As far as the new PB16 Ultra? I only have two words; Wow and WOW! This beast outperforms the 13 and the handy app to control the volume is worth upgrading for whenever you are able to...it makes the experience of each particular movie or album perfect by allowing remote volume adjustment to best serve that source.
This is my 4th subwoofer (including one I purchased used) from SVS and their passion and commitment to providing the customer with the best product is exceptional. Thank you SVS! John A. Sheedy IV
First off as everyone says this sub is huge and heavy. Mine came but needed to exchange the driver. After taking it out and swapping it I noticed something, a staple stuck to the voice coil which I’m sure once removed would’ve been fine. I assume the magnet just picked it up somehow. Customer service was excellent. The app is excellent as well and very useful. Sound is crisp and detailed despite a 16” driver. It’ll go loud but I expected more out of a $2500 sub. I guess you pay for it to go loud and stay clean rather than louder with distortion and I’ll take that trade everyday for it’s given purpose. I do use a second 15” klipsch sub in an opposing corner just because my room acoustics aren’t that great and it evens out the dips and nulls. I think I’ll grab another pb16 once the wife forgets what I payed for this one. For movies one is more than enough with my 7 channel system but for music I’d like more up at neighbors being pissed volumes. To be fair I did have 4 15” subs for music before so to ask one sub to beat that is unrealistic. I got the veneer one just because I have piano black towers (rp-280f) and they look fantastic but the constant dust and finger prints (kids) is why I got the wood look. Next one will be piano just to see how it matches the mains.
O my gosh did I make the right choice.My Klipsch RF 12 quit on me about six months ago and since, I’ve been researching new subs. I was sold on the SVS 16 but went back and forth on the ported and sealed. I was afraid of being to booming and sloppy. My application is strictly a movie room so I ended up with the ported sub. It came in perfect shape and was a breeze to un pack and place all by my self, just followed direction on the box. Let me tell you this thing is fun. It sits in the dark corner and when needed shocks the heck out of everyone watching. This is my theater and a few times I nearly jumped out of my seat looking around the room to make sure there were no alien ships or Raptors in the room with me. Just watched Aquaman and half way through my wife shakes me and says, “are you sure our house can take this ? “ I loved it, I had done my job well with that comment. Thanks for the great sub (and the app is price less) . I will let you know if the house moves off the foundation.
So glad I bought my Sub from SVS. Great product!, Great Customer Service! And it is made here in America. I called SVS to have them help me dial in my Sub and the person who answered the phone was very knowledgeable and polite. I have called in a few times and they always were helpful, polite and never rushed me. All that and the product is over the top great also! Bonus!
Just hooked up my 2nd PB16 Ultra. First one bought in 2016 and have enjoyed it for two years. But my goodness, going dual has just elevated my theater room to a whole new level. Love the quality of SVS products (also have a SB2000 in my family room) and the excellent customer service. Also appreciate that Ed jumps on AVS Forum to answer questions on the SVS owners thread. Thanks SVS!
I ordered one of these monsters after reading all the fuss and had to see if it was fact or hype! well after getting everything setup and put to the test ill be ordering a second! (Gotta have duals) This sub is best described as a "Gental Giant" I am just amazed by the sheer power and subtle bass this unit delivers effortlessly , can't say enough about it and how nice it looks tucked away in the corner of my den , company came over and stated "Omg its a show piece"
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