Exceeding Expectations in Home Theater
The original SVS subwoofer was a cylinder design, and this unique and elegant form factor has since become an iconic symbol of SVS performance heritage. The PC13-Ultra 1000 Watt DSP Controlled 13" Ported Cylinder Subwoofer with Variable Tuning is the ultimate expression of the powered cylinder, representing the pinnacle of SVS technology and their passion for building the most uncompromising high-performance subwoofers on the planet. The PC13-Ultra will exceed expectations of the most discriminating audiophile and hardcore home theater enthusiast.
Sledge Amplifier STA-1000D
The Sledge STA-1000D amplifier is a perfect match for the Ultra 13 driver, packing 1000 watts of power and sophisticated DSP control. Comprehensive and extensive menu options are accessed via an intuitive single-knob interface and easy-to-use LCD display. This will make your setup and integration with home theater or stereo system quick and simple.
SVS 13.5" High Output Driver
An SVS-exclusive design, the Ultra 13 driver was uncompromisingly crafted using the highest quality components, custom-tooled parts, and innovative technologies. As a result, it delivers an unparalleled combination of extreme output, ultra-low distortion, and exceptional linearity.
- Expensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA)-optimized under-hung motor technology for exceptionally low distortion
- Multi-layer flat-wound voice coil for ultra-high power handling
- Dual linear-roll spiders and stitched parabolic surround for extreme excursion capability
- Ultra-light and rigid Rohacell composite cone provides excellent transient response
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 47" x 16.6" x 16.6"
- Weight: 90 lbs.
- Driver: 13.5"
- Frequency response: 18 - 200Hz ± 3dB (20Hz mode), 15 - 200Hz ± 3dB (16Hz mode), 24 - 200Hz ± 3dB (sealed mode)
- Port size: Triple 3.5"
- Down-firing 13.5" driver with integral base plate
- Top-firing triple 3.5" high-flow flared ports
- Variable 20Hz, 16Hz, and sealed tuning modes
- Sledge STA-1000D with 1000 watts RMS continuous power (3600 watts peak dynamic power)
- High-efficiency and cool-running Class D topology
- Auto-On/On switch with green standby mode
- Input impedance: 24kΩ (unbalanced RCA)/22kΩ (balanced XLR)
What's in the Box
What's in the Box:
- PC13-Ultra 1000 Watt DSP Controlled 13" Ported Cylinder Subwoofer with Variable Tuning
- 8 foot power cord
Customer Reviews for SVS PC13-Ultra 1000 Watt DSP Controlled 13" Ported Cylinder Subwoofer with Variable Tuning
As a matter of fact, I'm going to nominate SVS for a few humanitarian awards. Owning one of their procucts (especially the Ultra), is like taking a bath in a tub filled with pure joy. I simply cannot stop smiling when listening to my system now.
These two SVS subwoofers are placed behind two Magenpan 1.7s, powered by Parasound pre-amplicaton and Krell power-ampliccation. I must also say, that I have experience with great bass: my home theater room, where I have two Fi car 15" woofers, and two 18" woofers, operating in infinite baffle mode, powered by 4k watts (Crown), and equalized by a Marrantz 8801 pre-pro (A32). Awesome...but these are extreme means...
These two SVS PC13-ULTRA in my living room come close, I think, to the infinite baffle system upstairs. But that's just a reference point, what I want to say is that downstairs. with the SVS. I now have incredible bass for the music I love, of all kinds.
Detail: I started with the obvious option, the three ports open mode, and equalized and measured with DSPseaker. Not my cup of tea, the SVS were a bit of a blowhard in my room, even though the DSPeaker measured frequency response was excellent.
Then went to 'sealed' (all three ports blocked by included 'plugs'). Much better sounding,
'tighter bass with better definition' and better measured extension, but I wondered what about the 'one port' open option...
In my room, this one port open option is incredible. FLAT from 60-10 htz! (can't add pics, it looks like of the DSPeaker measured output, what a shame). Crossed the Maggies over at 60 htz, and now bliss.
I can't remember ever being so happy with a purchase, except for "Rubber Soul" album in 1965...
I ignored the precaution about getting help to move them. I'm 69 years old with a bad case of sciatica and had no trouble at all. I used an inexpensive appliance dolly to get them into the house and to their places in my living room. A search for optimal placement was obviated by years of experimentation with my previous subwoofers. I set the PC13-Ultras up according to the 'Quick Start Guide' and left the more technical options for a time when I'm bored and need something interesting to do.
What I've had in my HT since 2002 is a pair of M&K MX 5000 subwoofers, M&K's flagship at that time. Those were excellent subwoofers that provided enjoyment of countless movies with challenging soundtracks. The PC13-Ultras are better, and the difference is not subtle. I've pushed them well beyond the point at which the M&Ks drew attention to themselves with distortion and bottoming out. No distortion did I hear from the PC13-Ultras, just good sounding low frequency at high volume.
I use a sound level meter to calibrate all channels in a 7.1 system to 75 dB. I have the older, but very capable, Denon 5800 receiver and watch most movies with the master volume lowered to -7. That is a comfort level of listening far below the capability of these subwoofers, and I know of no movie soundtrack that would be a challenge for them at that level.
My decision to buy from SVS was reached after several weeks of reading on the internet. It came down to either the PC13-Ultra or the PB13-Ultra. I'm satisfied that I made the right decision. These 'Two Towers' are a handsome addition to my living room that 'disappear' when the lights go down at movie time. With the aforementioned system calibration each PC13-Ultra dials in at -8 on its volume control and the two of them easily fill my 3,600 cubic foot living room with great sounding bass. While I'm sure that a single PC13-Ultra would provide enough bass for my HT, dual PC13-Ultras provide a balance that eliminates every last hint of directionality.
I've had no occasion to avail myself of SVS's vaunted customer support service, but if it is a match for the build quality and performance of the PC13-Ultra, it is worthy of high praise indeed. I'd have no trouble finding a subwoofer more expensive than the PC13-Ultra, but I doubt that a better price to value ratio can be found. I'm happy and likely to stay that way.
SVS just happened to have a PC13 - ULTRA
The performance for the price of the pc13u is quite simply astonishing......in fact, it is astonishing performance at any price.......
My reference subwoofer currently is a Paradigm 15 (Reference collection).....if memory serves, I believe it was a $3499.00 dollar subwoofer just two years ago......and believe me, it was (and continues to be) "no slouch" in the performance department.......
I honestly believe the pc13u bests it in every performance category......extension, depth, weight, snap, dB.....so on........especially in my room with the 16 hz plug inserted......
As much as it surprises me to do so.......I have made the decision to move the Paradigm 15 Reference to my bedroom, and use the pc13u in my living room reference system.
Congratulations on a really, really superlative product at a jaw dropping (low) price...........I have been an audiophile/videophile for 40 years (made my first speaker at the age of 12)......things in this hobby just keep getting better and better and better...........thank you for your contribution.