SVS SB16-Ultra 1500 Watt DSP Controlled 16" Subwoofer

Model: SB16ULTBLK UPC: 850071005592 Item: 1603

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Color: Black - In Stock

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One Subwoofer to Rule Them All

An unrelenting passion for awesome bass performance and engineering perfection guided every aspect of the SB16-Ultra subwoofer’s design. Groundbreaking technology, rigorous design, and extreme testing in real world and laboratory environments allowed SVS to achieve massive output levels, extreme low frequency extension, near-perfect frequency response accuracy, and pinpoint transient response. The culmination of all SVS design advancements, SB16-Ultra represents the greatest leap forward in performance and innovation since the inception of subwoofers.

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 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 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 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, 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 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.

Acoustically Inert, Rigidly Braced Cabinet

A subwoofer capable of creating such extreme levels of sonic energy requires an equally robust cabinet design. The SB16-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): 20" x 19.5" x 20.1"
  • Weight: 122 lbs.
  • Driver size: 16"
  • Frequency response: 16 - 460Hz ± 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:

  • SB16-Ultra 1500 Watt DSP Controlled 16" Subwoofer
  • Power cord

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Customer Reviews for SVS SB16-Ultra 1500 Watt DSP Controlled 16" Subwoofer

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Rated 5 out of 5
I am delighted with the
I am delighted with the SB16. I had to contact your customer service a couple times to help me with the fine tunning. Although I can not take advantage of the room equalization and other features, it is performing better than the Revel B15 it replaced. May the old sub rest in peace.
I am not the most technically adept and could not take advantage of the 3 months Qobuz streaming. It kept wanting me to reqister. But I thank you for the offer none the less.
January 12, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
This is my second SB16
This is my second SB16 Ultra purchased. They now flank my Paradigm 85F floor standing speakers. After using an old Radio Shack SPL meter to equalize acoustic output from both subs, I executed the room correction built into my Anthem MRX 1120 receiver. The results are spectacular. The addition of a second SB16 Ultra completed my dream system for music and Dolby Atmos surround!
December 31, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Where two other midrange woofers
Where two other midrange woofers have failed, the ultra came through.
December 30, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Game Changer
My first introduction to SVS Subs was a SVS demo in New Jersey (drove from Baltimore, Maryland). I went not expecting much more than any other Sub since I already had a DefTech Supercube Reference. How wrong I was. I ended up buying a SB13 ultra. Adding it to the system with the Supercube I was in my world. I soon started searching SVS website for another SB13. I found a SB16 ultra in their outlet and jumped on it. This thing was so heavy it was delivered on a pallet. Once I got it in, connected and dialed in my mouth flew open hearing and feeling the added difference in Bass. 45 day trial? No way were they getting it back!!! :) I know I don't need another but I'm on the fence to add another. Bass is so smooth and effortless from a low to high volume level. I remember Gary at the demonstration telling us when they designed the SB13 ultra his requirement was to be able to keep up with the main speakers at higher volumes. Having past experiences I understood because I would be cranking the system and the sub would be still playing but seemed to get lost or go into protection. The SB13 & 16 keeps up. You have to really go to insane levels for it to go into protection mode. Yes I have reached that level but not often. WIfe told me she thought the kitchen windows upstairs were going to break or pop out the frames. I am more of a music person than movies. However, these Sub's have me loving both. Maybe the PB16 ultra is the next addition!! Another plus is SVS customer service being excellent. Hats off to SVS!!!!!
December 24, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Audiophile listener
The SVS SB16 is an awesome sub. It compliments my very high quality surround system perfectly. As a multi year owner I have 50 inch EFE towers with 42 inch surrounds powered by a separate ATI amp, playing 24 bit HD FLAC music files via studio quality soundcard. The SVS SB16 is my sixth and probably last sub. Tight, precise and clear, never boomy. Plays from seamlessly soft and discretely subtle to room filling to house shaking if desired (and above if can endure the intensity). Will play bass, bass guitar, and base drums all at the same time with perfect intended definition of each. For movies it provides all the bass the sound engineer intended on que with the correct amount without additional eco falloff. The trainwreck in the movie "Super Eight" can be unnerving with the intensity . Some may prefer the extra boom on the PB16, (which ports can be plugged if desired) but I prefer the SB16 for both music and movies. It also plays well into the sub sonic range of hearing where you just feel the bass. If you can afford it and have the space and venue don't miss it . SVS's smaller subs are great too as I also have an SVS 12.
December 13, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
This subwoofer is expensive but
This subwoofer is expensive but it's amazing and worth every penny! Plus, with SVS's warranty and customer service you can't go wrong! I highly recommend it!
November 22, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Amazing SB Ultra 16
I purchased the SB 16 Ultra as an addition and upgrade to my new front and center channels. I went with a more Hi FI front set up and wanted to make sure that I still had enough bass for movies while having bass that was accurate for music. I have had the system set up for a week now and am very impressed. The Sub provides the room shaking bass when needed, but is tight, quick, and subtle when it is suppose to be. Great for movies and music. Great purchase!
November 12, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Day 3 - And I thought I had a decent setup
Added a SB16 to my (now) 2.1 system ... Totem Rainmakers, Nain 5si, MiniDSP SHD .... the SHD is running the Xover and DIRAC 3.0. Running pre-calibration now and it is already a significant improvement. Meaningful, fast bass. App is very easy/functional to tweak. I had a number of questions for SVS before making this decision.... support was always quick, informative, and helpful even before becoming a customer. I purchased through a Dealer (in Canada - Summit HiFi - can't speak highly enough about them as well). No regrets so far, and I can't wait to get this dialed in.
November 11, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
SVS SB16 - Ultra
I'm not a paid shill for the company.

My current system is running a REL 528 sub which I have always been incredibly impressed with for both music and movies. But the REL lacked the ability to truly handle sub 20hz content. Much of the "feel but don't hear" content wasn't being played or played well.

I made the decision to purchase a JL Fathom 13 after auditioning it for multiple hours. Before I took the plunge, decided to check around for other recommendations before making the final decision.

I discovered SVS based on word of mouth reviews from the AVS forum, and after checking multiple media reviews, decided to give SVS a chance. Their 45 day in-home no hassle return policy made the choice easy.

After receiving the SB16, and after a few hours of trying to figure out how to move the thing myself (it's heavy), was able to recalibrate my system and test it out. The difference was immediate, exceptional and exactly what I was hoping for. The SB16 really did an amazing job handling all types of content/music with little fuss. No distortion, no issues regardless of the depth of content. I've been truly amazed at how well this fills the room with both audible and physical sfx.

I've had the SB16 running for less than 10 hours at this point so expecting further improvement as the sub "breaks-in".

I've been so impressed with this sub, I've sold my REL and made the decision to purchase a second SB16.

The SVS sub is as advertised. But what has impressed me equally as much, their customer service. Ed Mullen has answered every question in a timely manner and has gone FAR above and beyond to make sure every my experience has been exceptional.

If SVS can continue to hire people like Ed, you will get more people like me.

*suggestion - please offer a slight discount when purchasing two subs. My wife would appreciate the by proxy support*
November 9, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
A Home theater with Enormous Power starts with a Great SVS Subwoofer SB16
I already had great bass in my main Theater downstairs with a PB16 on the left and then I replaced an original Servo 15 on the right with an SB16. Wow, what a difference. I'm hearing incredible bass from all my blu-rays that I've never heard before and going down deeper than I've ever heard, even with the cement floor it shakes the house. I love it. It gives movies a feeling of enormous power and authority, thanks to the great SVS subwoofers. I made a great choice and I'm a happy camper. Thanks SVS and Thank You Gary Yacoubian and your team of Audio Experts.
November 9, 2020
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