SVS PB16-Ultra 1500 Watt 16" Ported Cabinet Subwoofer

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Model: PB16ULTBLK UPC: 850071005615 Item: 1604


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An Incomparable Bass Experience

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.

Specifications

Specifications

General

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 25" x 21.7" x 30.9"
  • Weight: 174.5 lbs.
  • Driver size: 16"
  • Frequency response: 
    • Standard mode: 15 - 280Hz ± 3dB
    • Extended mode: 13 - 280Hz ± 3dB
    • Sealed mode: 14 - 360Hz ± 3dB

Subwoofer

  • Front-firing 16" driver
  • Rear-mounted amplifier
  • Protective non-resonant steel mesh grille

Amp

  • Sledge STA-1500D DSP amplifier
  • 1500 watts RMS continuous power (5000 watts peak dynamic power)
  • High-efficiency, cool-running Class D topology
  • Auto-On/On switch with "green" standby mode
  • Input impedance: 22kΩ (unbalanced line-level RCA)/22kΩ (speaker level)
  • RoHS compliant, lead-free construction, worldwide safety certifications

 

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • PB16-Ultra 1500 Watt 16" Ported Cabinet Subwoofer
  • Power cord

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Customer Reviews for SVS PB16-Ultra 1500 Watt 16" Ported Cabinet Subwoofer

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Rated 5 out of 5
PB16-Ultra Super Clean Base at Extended Levels
I was use to other subwoofers that sounded good for low frequency movie play, but would sound mottled and not precise when it came to playing rock music such as Genesis, Led Zeppelin, and others, that have significant base content. I was a bit skeptical of the PB16-Ultra that it would not accurately reproduce low frequency music at rock music listening levels (meaning loud). SVS proved me wrong. It reproduces chest-thumping bass without distortion to levels which literally shakes my entire 3500 sq ft house. I don't listen at loud levels often but when I do, my neighbor over 250 feet away (this is with closed windows in my Media Room which is partially below ground level) will start texting me that it is bothering him. My PB16-Ultra is not only rocking the house with ultra clean base, but rocking the entire neighborhood. And you know what, I can't say that I have even pushed the Ultra to its max ever. It simply takes anything you throw at it with precise bass and clean reproduction. If you are old enough to have ever been to a Genesis concert in their heyday, you know what CHEST-THUMPING BASS is. The PB16-Ultra comes very close to reproducing that EXPERIENCE.
January 6, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Get more Bass
Great Bass speaker shakes my entire room. The PB-16 Ultra is the real deal.now I'm waiting for A PB18-ultra to come out.
September 23, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Heaven
I really love the pure essence of how a sub should perform and believe me this is perfect for just me listening to it through my iPhone and Sony surround system I believe GOD will bless me one day with a SVS Sub thank you for allowing me to hear it’s performance.
September 20, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Insane
My experience was off to a rocky start. The sub played fairly well with movies on my firestick, but not music apps (spotify, pandora). I was convinced that it was was my receiver. Turns out it was. After failing to come up with a solution after talking to my buddies that are experienced in this area, I called SVS, honestly not expecting a solution. I probably spent 30 minutes on the phone troubleshooting, and eventually 2 of the guys figured out the issue. Initially we thought it was because my receiver was playing on Dolby and not stereo-- that didn't help much, but a little. Then we discovered that the crossover setting on my receiver was set to 40, instead of 80. And immediately it was like I unleashed the Hulk in my living room. I went from turning this thing from 0db to -22db to stop my house from shaking off the foundation. I have a Denon AVR-X3400H, if anyone runs into the same issue.
August 28, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Yikes
Excellent sub and the app works perfect with it. Big fan, able to perform at lower levels and thumps if you desire for it to. It is large.. very large. Piano glass looks really nice. If on hard floors, highly recommend the sound isolation feet added.
July 25, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Exactly what I hoped it would be
I needed a replacement for my 20 year old beloved 18'' Velodyne subwoofer for my home theater. I mix the tracks on big and too-loud Hollywood movies, so my taste in subwoofers are...discerning for my home setup to say the least. I judge mixes on it. Buying a subwoofer this...well, heavy is really a blind experience. You can't really get one and send it back. I compared this one to others with reviews, specs and features. For the price, this had everything that others didn't seem to. (The updated Velodyne I looked at was $7500) So I crossed my fingers, and upon delivery, had a hell of a time getting it into my home theater room. The ease and usefulness of the Bluetooth-controlled app is fantastic. Long story short, after a little tuning and a lot of different program material, I can say that it blows my old super-amazing sub out of the water. Power, deep, musical, flexible, no amp noise, and the feeling that if I ever actually reached the limits of headroom on it, my house would explode. This sub was exactly what I hoped it would be.
June 28, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Works great
This thing was a bit intimidating looking on the pallet. Once it was out of the box and the excellent packing material was removed it looked great. The PB16 is a wonderful upgrade over my 21 year old Paradigm 250 watt 12 sub. Watching a movie you forget it is even there until something happens. It comes alive and delivers in accurate realistic fashion! Great people to work with also. Helpful and knowledgeable!
June 20, 2022
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Rated 2 out of 5
OK sub - better options for audiophiles out there
To get things off the start - these subs are loud - they play tonally fine. They are a little slow and muddy on reverb, along with a bass drop off with substantial power loss between 15-19hz which is unacceptable. I shouldn't have to increase volume levels to maintain a static SPL across all volume levels. I have not had this problem with superior subwoofers like the Axiom EP800 or JBL Gotham which maintain incredible pressure levels in the infrasonic range Was very disappointed with their output below 18hz-19hz. Considering the size and weight of these, they definitely dropped the ball with their amp and digital processing Great if you need loud, if you want accuracy and proper reproduction look elsewhere Tested with: -Kef Reference 5 tower mains -Emotiva Reference AV -860 sq ft square listening room 10ft ceiling
May 8, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
WOW!!! Amazing Subwoofer
This SVS PB-16 Ultra Subwoofer performances Movies (A+), Music (A+) Quality (A+) Overall Experience (A+) 100% Satisfied Sounds Great! I always read good reviews & watched a lots of YouTube videos before purchasing. I replaced my 12" Velodyne with this Beast & I've no regrets. If you're thinking about purchasing PB-16 go ahead spend the money it's just paper. DON'T CHEAT YOURSELF, TREAT YOURSELF to a powerful, awesome, wonderful subwoofer. Customer Service the best
April 24, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
You won’t regret this purchase
Having had some typical name-brand subs over the years, I thought I had some good equipment. As I paid more attention, I started to notice all the distortion and lack of definition in sub-bass with the usual suspects when it comes to subs. I finally decided to step up to the PB16-Ultra. Only regret is not doing 2. The sub can be un-menacing, just adding to and filling out the sound stage. Or you can go animal-style and warp your walls and reality by cranking it up. It can do it all with ease. I’m hearing things from my music and movies I never noticed before, oh - and I’m feeling it too. The quality didn’t stop with the subwoofer either, it continued into customer service. Very responsive, very helpful. Shipping was perfect too.
April 13, 2022
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