SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread - Home Theater Forum and Systems - HomeTheaterShack.com

 7Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 Old 02-20-17, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
theJman's Avatar
Jim
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: New Joisey
Posts: 3,005
My System
SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread


Picture courtesy of SVS



SVS SB16-Ultra

By Jim Wilson (theJman)



Do I even need to write a Conclusion section for this review? After reading through my evaluation is there anyone who doesn't already know what I'm going to say? If it's not painfully obvious at this point let me spell it out; I love the SB16-Ultra. SVS has outdone themselves. This is a 'move the bar' type of product for them. It does everything exceptionally well, never revealing a single legitimate weakness. This subwoofer expertly blends precision and power into one cohesive package, remaining composed at all times. Some may consider it pretentious of SVS to bestow a product with the label 'Ultra'. I lived with the SB16 for over 2 months, and because of that would respond to the naysayers with an old adage; "it ain't bragging if it's true".


For the full review Click Here
eljay, tripplej, Lumen and 1 others like this.

-Jim

If you take yourself too seriously, expect me to do the exact opposite
theJman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 02-20-17, 07:45 PM
Senior Shackster
 
eljay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 575
My System
Re: SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread

That was an excellent review of an impressive sub!
eljay is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 02-20-17, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
theJman's Avatar
Jim
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: New Joisey
Posts: 3,005
My System
Re: SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread

Quote:
eljay wrote: View Post
That was an excellent review of an impressive sub!
PN2 is post numbe... oh hekk, you know what post number you are.
eljay likes this.

-Jim

If you take yourself too seriously, expect me to do the exact opposite
theJman is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 Old 02-20-17, 10:27 PM
Shackster
 
SCG-99's Avatar
SCG
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 11
Re: SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread

Jim, I know you don't compare subs directly and I previously read that you purchased the JTR S1 review unit, and that you mentioned in another thread you don't want to purchase two great subs as you don't get to listen to one sub enough as it is, with your review schedule, so buying the SB16 is not a option. But if you had it to do all over again knowing what you know now, which one would you purchase and why? I was also looking at the S1 and the SB16 and I know which one I purchased and why, but it was a tough call - and I never saw you use the words "I love" a subwoofer before

Last edited by SCG-99; 02-20-17 at 11:26 PM.
SCG-99 is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 02-24-17, 05:00 PM
Senior Shackster
Bryan
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Woods Cross, Utah
Posts: 866
Re: SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread

Great review, and it sounds like a fantastic sub. I probably won't own one due to the cost and the fact that I want to have multiples for consistent frequency response, but if I had the coin to get four of these I would seriously consider it.

Now, here comes the inevitable question: How does it compare to the Rythmik E15?
bkeeler10 is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 02-24-17, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
theJman's Avatar
Jim
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: New Joisey
Posts: 3,005
My System
Re: SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread

Quote:
SCG-99 wrote: View Post
Jim, I know you don't compare subs directly and I previously read that you purchased the JTR S1 review unit, and that you mentioned in another thread you don't want to purchase two great subs as you don't get to listen to one sub enough as it is, with your review schedule, so buying the SB16 is not a option. But if you had it to do all over again knowing what you know now, which one would you purchase and why? I was also looking at the S1 and the SB16 and I know which one I purchased and why, but it was a tough call - and I never saw you use the words "I love" a subwoofer before
Great question, and one I've been asked by more than one person already. I expected it though because there is some definite overlap in their target market.

Due to the length of time I had the MFW Turbo hooked up, and now the SB16, I haven't heard my S1 in months (literally). My next review will be on the brand new HSU CCB-8 speakers, so it's time to resurrect the S1. However, before I send back the SB16 I may do a private JTR-vs-SVS comparison to satisfy my own curiosity. It's likely I'll be one of the only people in a position to do that, so I might as well take advantage of my good fortune.

No matter the outcome, SVS is to be commended for what they created with the 16 Series. I never read anyone else's review on something I have before doing my own eval as I don't want to be influenced, even a little bit, by another opinion. After I published my article I started searching for reviews to see what others had to say, and I have yet to read anything that wasn't absolutely glowing. It seems the opinions are unanimous, and from personal experience I can certainly understand why.

-Jim

If you take yourself too seriously, expect me to do the exact opposite
theJman is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 02-24-17, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
theJman's Avatar
Jim
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: New Joisey
Posts: 3,005
My System
Re: SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread

Quote:
bkeeler10 wrote: View Post
Now, here comes the inevitable question: How does it compare to the Rythmik E15?
Another question I figured someone would ask. I have fond memories of the E15HP I once owned, and its new owner is still loving it to this day.

For detail I would give the nod to the Rythmik; that's their stock-in-trade, and they get that right better than just about anyone else. Presence, which I suspect most people are actually looking for, favors the SVS. I'm listening to the SB16 play music in the background while I type this - probably not a shock to anyone - and even at a low volume its contribution is evident. I would also say the SVS has greater output, even though the Rythmik was definitely no slouch in that area.
bkeeler10 and ceetee like this.

-Jim

If you take yourself too seriously, expect me to do the exact opposite
theJman is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 02-25-17, 11:14 AM
Elite Shackster
Todd Anderson
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 4,557
My System
Re: SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread

Jim -

Killer write-up! This sub sounds like it's a spectacular piece of engineering.

Wow.

Question: How do you think a pair of these would blend with my dual Power Sound Audio XS30s (sealed subs, each with two 15-inch drivers)? My dedicated room is roughly the size of yours, but I've had a hankering to pick up two more subs simply for the evenness of response across my seating area...
Todd Anderson is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 02-25-17, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
theJman's Avatar
Jim
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: New Joisey
Posts: 3,005
My System
Re: SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread

You want subs that total four 15" drivers and two 16" in a room the size of mine? You have gone down the rabbit hole for sure my friend...

Total output probably favors the XS30, but perhaps not by as much as it might seem - the SB16 has tremendous capability. If those PSA's are the original, and not the SE version, then detail and precision would favor the SVS. This thing sounds really good. Are the new subs going to be nearfield? If so, what about a pair of SB13's instead? They won't be required to work as hard as the XS30's further away, and the sound signature would probably be a closer match to the early PSA's (I owned an SB13 myself, and reviewed the PSA XS15 and XS15se, so I have some history with a lot of the model's we're talking about).

-Jim

If you take yourself too seriously, expect me to do the exact opposite
theJman is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 02-25-17, 01:48 PM
Elite Shackster
Todd Anderson
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 4,557
My System
Re: SVS SB16-Ultra Review Discussion Thread

Quote:
theJman wrote: View Post
You want subs that total four 15" drivers and two 16" in a room the size of mine? You have gone down the rabbit hole for sure my friend...



Total output probably favors the XS30, but perhaps not by as much as it might seem - the SB16 has tremendous capability. If those PSA's are the original, and not the SE version, then detail and precision would favor the SVS. This thing sounds really good. Are the new subs going to be nearfield? If so, what about a pair of SB13's instead? They won't be required to work as hard as the XS30's further away, and the sound signature would probably be a closer match to the early PSA's (I owned an SB13 myself, and reviewed the PSA XS15 and XS15se, so I have some history with a lot of the model's we're talking about).


It does sound a bit crazy... right? I love bass!

The subs I have are the original xs30 model. I've never heard them even come close to breaking a sweat... but, I'm really curious to put two (1/4 wall placement) in the front and two (1/4 wall placement, near field) in the rear in order to really smooth out the response. I have my duals eq-ed pretty well for the MLP now.... but I want more. Better, smoother response.

I know that would lead to a ridiculous amount of headroom, but it would take awesome to such a new level.
Todd Anderson is offline  
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
discussion , review , sb16ultra , svs , thread

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now




PLEASE COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED FIELDS BELOW... THANKS!

REQUIRED FIELDS ON THIS PAGE
YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL OF THESE

Username
Password
Confirm Password
Email Address
Confirm Email Address
Random Question
Random Question #2




User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
PLEASE READ BELOW PRIOR TO ENTERING AN EMAIL ADDRESS!

ATTENTION!

YOU MUST ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT!

Activation requires you reply to an email we will send you after you register... if you do not reply to this email, you will not be able to view certain areas of the forum or certain images... nor will you be able download software.

AN INVALID EMAIL ADDRESS WILL CAUSE YOUR ACCOUNT TO BE DELETED!

See our banned email list here: Banned Email List

We DO NOT respond to spamcop, boxtrapper and spamblocker emails... please add @hometheatershack DOT com to your whitelist prior to registering or you will get nowhere on your registration.


Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML is not allowed!
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 


For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome