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SVS Ultra Bookshelf Speakers (PAIR)

SKU: U-Bookshelf

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Recommended Amplifier Power 20W-150W.
Reference-grade bookshelf monitor with 2-way crossover, 1" dome tweeter and 6.5" woofer.
$2,499.00

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SVS Ultra Bookshelf Speakers

Five Year Unconditional Warranty

Designed for the Discriminating Audiophile
Handsomely styled with a swept back profile and striking edge treatments, the Ultra Bookshelf draws design cues from the magnificent flagship Ultra Tower. Available in premium-grade piano gloss black and real black oak veneer finishes, the Ultra bookshelf looks stunning and will complement any upscale décor. Reference-grade bookshelf monitors have always held a warm spot in the heart of any serious audiophile, and the Ultra Bookshelf lives up to that esteemed legacy. This emotionally involving monitor delivers precise imaging, an amazingly coherent and deep soundstage, a wonderfully rich and compelling tonal balance and surprisingly deep and dynamic bass. Sure to thrill serious music aficionados everywhere, the Ultra Bookshelf immediately takes a place amongst the most highly-regarded 2-way monitors on the market.

Dramatic Styling Yields Sonic Benefits
The Ultra Bookshelf cabinet design yields numerous sonic benefits. The non-parallel cabinet panels reduce standing waves within the cabinet, effectively eliminating frequency response coloration. The wedge-shaped front baffle and flush-mounted drivers reduce edge diffraction and improved on-axis high frequency response. Even the grille design is FEA-optimized to maximize acoustic transparency. 

SVS Drivers - Extreme Performance and Uncompromised Fidelity
The proprietary SVS drivers utilize the finest materials and design features to ensure the highest sound quality and performance. The Ultra Bookshelf driver array features a 1” aluminum dome tweeter and a 6.5” woofer. 

The 1” aluminum dome tweeter utilizes an FEA-optimized diffuser which delivers a very open ‘airy’ presentation and extremely unveiled highs.

The 6.5" woofer delivers scintillating midrange detail combined with remarkable bass response:

  • A composite glass-fiber cone with excellent stiffness/mass ratio which improves sensitivity and maintains pistonic behavior well beyond the pass-band of the driver.
  • A vented voice coil former to minimize air compression artifacts at high drive levels.
  • An aluminum shorting ring to reduce gap inductance, lower distortion, and improve high frequency response.
  • A cast aluminum basket to ensure precise alignment of critical components and enhance heat-sinking capacity.

 

SoundMatch Crossover Network - Intelligently Designed for Your Listening Room
The SoundMatch 2-way crossover features premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards to ensure pure signal transmission. Careful selection of the crossover frequency and slopes results in a smooth off-axis polar response, outstanding phase coherency and enhanced radiation of total sound power with a generous sweet spot and stable sound stage.

Specifications

Loudspeaker Physical Description:
  • Bookshelf Monitor Loudspeaker
  • Dimensions: 378mm x 215mm x 254mm | 14.9" (H) X 8.5" (W) X 10" (D).
  • Weight: 8.6kg | 19 pounds.
  • Real black oak veneer and piano gloss black finish options.
  • Dual gold-plated 5-way binding posts
  • 1.7" wide-flared rear-firing port.
  • Cloth grille with pin/cup retention system.

 

Driver Array and Technical Highlights:
1" tweeter:
  • FEA-optimized diffuser for airy and unveiled presentation.
  • Aluminum dome delivers exceptional transient response and exceptional stiffness/mass ratio.

 

6.5" woofer: 
  • Composite glass-fiber cone with excellent stiffness/mass ratio for high sensitivity and pistonic behavior beyond pass band.
  • Aluminum shorting ring to reduce gap inductance, lower distortion, and enhance high frequency response.
  • Cast aluminum basket to ensure precise alignment of critical components and additional heat-sinking capacity.
  • Vented voice coil former to minimize air compression artifacts at high drive levels.

 

SoundMatch Crossover Network:
  • 2-way crossover with premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards.
  • Crossover frequency and slopes optimized for excellent off-axis polar response, outstanding phase coherency, and total radiated sound power.
  • Tweeter-to-woofer crossover: 2 kHz.

 

Cabinet Construction Technical Highlights:
  • Acoustically transparent and FEA optimized grilles, wedge-shaped front baffle and flush-mounted drivers all contribute to reduced edge diffraction and improved on-axis high frequency response.
  • FEA-optimized bracing reduces cabinet resonances.

 

Frequency Response and Electro-Acoustic Data:
  • Rated bandwidth: 45 Hz-32 kHz (+/-3 dB).
  • Nominal impedance: 8 ohms.
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB (2.83V @ 1 meter full-space, 300-3kHz).
  • Recommended amplifier power: 20-150 watts.

Resources

 Manual Download

 For more SVS Subwoofer and Speaker Setup FAQ.

Reviews

"...the Ultras captured the music's spirit so beautifully I could not help but get lost in the hypnotic beats. Goosebump moments, for sure...the Ultras have a big sound not often found in stand mount designs. Before spending a bunch more, I highly suggest checking out SVS -- you might just find that far more expensive brands offer little, or nothing, more. Highly Recommended."
Audio|Video Revolution, Andre Marc, 5/7/2013. Read Review
 
“The bass from the quartet of 8in drivers and that weapons-grade hammer of a bass driver is wondrous. Rapid beyond belief, with astonishing grip and literally no overhang at all... But there's more than just an iron grip and lack of bass boominess - this is a whole package of loveliness...the SVS system's midband and effortless, soaring, clean and pure highs were able to entertain as well as unnerve.”
Home Cinema Choice, Review by Adam Rayner. Read Review
 
“...these are beautiful, capable speakers that are also a terrific value...remarkable speakers at a head turning price...their performance stands toe to toe with much more expensive contenders”
Audioholics, Review by Marshall Guthrie, 4/3/2013. Read Review
 
“The level of detail and inflection captured and put forth by the Ultra Series speakers was incredible…Simply put, the whole experience was fantastic. What more can an enthusiast on a budget ask for? I couldn't think of anything…”
Home Theater Review.com, Review by Andrew Robinson, 3/4/2013. Read Review
 
“…was mightily impressed with their sound… the Ultra Bookshelfs' clarity and poise under pressure that made the strongest positive impression…”
CNET.com, Review by Steve Guttenberg, 2/27/2013. Read Review
 
“Cutting right to the chase, the Ultra Bookshelf speaker from SVS is a phenomenal achievement and arguably my favorite of the new Ultra series. The build quality is beyond reproach, as is SVS' commitment to its customers. The Ultra Bookshelf's sound is one of incredible musicality, possessing enough of the stuff audiophiles crave, but at a more Everyman price. I even found that, in certain situations, a subwoofer (SVS offers many) may not be necessary, making the Ultra Bookshelf far more versatile than most smaller two-way bookshelf speakers. While it's not perfect nor without competition, the Ultra Bookshelf should be on your must-audition list if you're in the market for a solid pair of affordable bookshelf loudspeakers.”
HomeTheaterReview.com, Review by Andrew Robinson, 2/19/2013. Read Review
 
"The SVS Ultra Bookshelf … exceeded my overall expectations… It leaves the listener with the sensation that they are sitting in the front row, not the back."
AudioHead, HiFi Audio Reviews, 2/7/2013. Read Review

Forums

Official SVS Owners/Support Thread. (over 10,000 posts)

http://www.avsforum.com/t/737143/official-svs-owners-support-thread

New SVS SB1000 & PB1000 Subwoofers!! (over 900 post)

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1439755/new-svs-sb1000-pb1000-subwoofers

Official SVS SB-13 Ultra Thread

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1457355/official-svs-sb-13-ultra-thread

Official SVS Ultra 13 thread (over 10,000 posts)

http://www.avsforum.com/t/889659/official-svs-ultra-13-thread

Ive Got SVS fever

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1475977/ive-got-svs-fever

Dual SVS | Hardwood Floors | Next Door Neighbour

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1474088/dual-svs-hardwood-floors-next-door-neighbor

SPEAKERS

SVS Ultra Speakers Line - New Kids On The Block

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1433584/svs-ultra-speakers-line-new-kids-on-the-block

Review: SVS Ultra Towers(Now with pics!)

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1464525/review-svs-ultra-towers-now-with-pics

SVS Ultra Tower Review

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1476002/svs-ultra-tower-review

SVS Ultra Series Loudspeakers Aim to Redefine

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1433611/svs-ultra-series-loudspeakers-aim-to-redefine

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