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SVS Ultra Tower Floorstanding Speakers (PAIR)

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Recommended Amplifier Power 20W-300W. Dramatic Styling, Extreme Performance and Uncompromised Fidelity Define the SVS Flagship Loudspeaker



Regular Price: $4,499.00

Special Price $3,829.00

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SVS Ultra Tower Floorstanding Speakers

Five Year Unconditional Warranty

The Flagship
Standing 45" tall with a unique upswept trapezoidal shape and striking edge treatments, the Ultra Tower creates a dramatic visual statement. Premium-grade finishes in piano gloss black and real black oak veneer complement this contemporary design. 

But at SVS beauty is never just skin-deep. The Ultra Tower delivers a deep and detailed soundstage with incredible resolution, absolute transparency, and amazingly rich and articulated bass – outperforming other brands costing two and three times their price. 

Dramatic Styling Yields Sonic Benefits
The stunning Ultra Tower 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. 

Each cabinet also employs two separate sealed midrange enclosures to optimize performance and minimize negative interaction between drivers. In addition, the cabinet bracing is FEA-optimized, the cabinet midrange/tweeter baffles are 1" thick and the woofer baffles are an amazing 1.5" thick. This robust construction eliminates structural resonances and ensures the cabinet remains acoustically inert for uncolored response even at the highest drive levels. 

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 Tower driver array features a 1” aluminum dome tweeter, dual 6.5” midrange drivers, and dual 8" horizontally opposed woofers. 

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

The 6.5" midrange driver delivers a sound stage so pure and free of artifacts that you'll swear the performers are in the room:

  • 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.

The 8" woofers deliver that famous SVS bass - deep, tight, clean, linear and powerful:

  • A long-stroke motor and suspension for low distortion and high output capability.
  • A heavy duty voice coil for enhanced power handling and thermal management.
  • 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.

ForceFactor Woofer Array
The unique ForceFactor horizontally-opposed dual woofer configuration results in mechanical force cancellation for reduced distortion and cleaner, tighter bass response.

The ForceFactor array also eliminates cabinet vibration, which could otherwise modulate the mid/high frequencies – so the soundstage is always stable and crystal clear.

Also, since the four woofers all fire in different directions, the acoustical loading and modal density in the listening space is greatly enhanced. No matter where you sit, the bass response will be effortless, smooth and accurate, and free of room-based anomalies.

SoundMatch Crossover Network - Intelligently Designed for Your Listening Room
The unique SoundMatch 3.5-way crossover features a tapered array which supplies each midrange driver with an optimized frequency band. Only the top midrange crosses over to the tweeter, while the bottom midrange is tapered to minimize the potential for off-axis lobing at the critical midrange-to-tweeter crossover frequency. The result is a smoother in-room frequency response and enhanced radiation of total sound power, along with a more generous sweet spot in the vertical axis for a convincing and stable sound stage. 

Naturally the SoundMatch crossover network also features premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards to ensure pure signal transmission.

Specifications

Loudspeaker Physical Description:

  • Floor Standing Tower Loudspeaker
  • Dimensions: 1143mm x 350mm x 412mm | 45" (H) X 13.8" (W) X 16.25" (D).
  • Weight: 34.2 kg | 75.4 pounds.
  • Real black oak veneer and piano gloss black finish options.
  • Dual gold-plated 5-way binding posts.
  • 3.5" 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" midrange driver:
  • 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.

8" woofers:
  • Aluminum shorting rings to reduce gap inductance and lower distortion.
  • Long stroke motor and suspension for high output.
  • Vented voice coil formers to minimize air compression artifacts at high drive levels.

ForceFactor Woofer Array:
  • Dual 8" side-firing horizontally opposed SVS woofers result in mechanical force cancellation, enhanced modal density and reduced distortion for a smooth, accurate bass at all listening locations.

SoundMatch Crossover Network:
  • 3.5-way crossover with premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards.
  • Unique tapered midrange array miniimizes off-axis lobing and enhances radiated sound power into listening space.
  • Top midrange-to-tweeter crossover: 2 kHz.
  • Bottom midrange taper frequency: 700 Hz.
  • Dual midrange-to-woofer crossover: 160 Hz.

Cabinet Construction Technical Highlights:
  • Separate sealed midrange enclosures minimize top-to-bottom wall dimensions and shift standing waves beyond the driver pass band, minimizing negative driver interaction and associated frequency response degradation.
  • Non-parallel cabinet panels reduces axial standing waves within the cabinet, reducing frequency response coloration..
  • 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, 1" thick midrange/tweeter baffles and 1.5" thick woofer baffles eliminates structural resonances and ensures the cabinet remains acoustically inert for uncolored response even at the highest drive levels.

Frequency Response and Electro-Acoustic Data:
  • Rated bandwidth: 28 Hz-32 kHz (+/-3 dB).
  • Nominal impedance: 8 ohms.
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB (2.83V @ 1 meter full-space, 300-3kHz).
  • Recommended amplifier power: 20-300 watts.

Resources

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Reviews

“Dynamics of a custom theater system, neutrality and ambience of an audiophile system…Certified and Recommended.”
Sound&Vision, Review by Brent Butterworth, June 2013. Read Review 
 
“The SVS Ultra Tower hits higher-tier performance benchmarks that keep it fiercely competitive against products many times its modest cost. An overachiever on all levels…It's a stunning price/performance ratio that constitutes a genuine bargain.”
Sixmoons.com, Review by Glen Wagenknecht, June 2013. Read Review
 
“These speakers, particularly the Tower, can do anything...performed flawlessly.”
Home Theater Forum, Review by Sam Chandler, 5/22/2013. Read Review
 
“The SVS Ultra Towers are certainly one of the best sounding speakers we have heard in the sub-$2000 (per pair) category. The ability to reproduce subtle details, provide a wide soundstage with excellent and seamless bass reproduction make this a highly attractive loudspeaker.”
LA Audio File, Review by Kevin Nakano, April 2013. Read Review
 
“One evening, I invited an esteemed colleague with over thirty years of experience in audio arts. He brought a vast variety of songs on his music dedicated laptop. Each song played inspired different song or another direction and on it went for several hours into the night. Finally, towards the end he asked about the price of Ultra's and he shook his head and smiled in disbelief. "I know!" I said.”
Positive Feedback, Review by Victor Chavira, May/June 2013 issue. 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 
 
“The SVS Ultra Tower Surround speaker package came as close to earning a perfect 10 as any other speaker system we've heard in its price class...for our money, this is the speaker system to beat this year and possibly for years to come.”
Digital Trends, Review by Caleb Denison, 4/22/2013. Read Review
 
“...an exceptional multichannel loudspeaker system that is true to SVS' tradition of offering higher performance for the money through R&D and design... the SVS Ultras offer a level of price/performance value that is rare, if non-existent.”
Widescreen Review Magazine, Review by Gary Reber, March 2013. 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 SVS Ultra Tower is a phenomenal accomplishment at the price...”
Thom Moon - GoodSound!, part of The SoundStage! Network.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
 
Clarity Alliance announces SVS/Primare as the “Best Home Cinema Room 2013.”
Best of Show Awards, Sound & Vision - The Bristol Show 2013. View Award

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

Reviews

Customer Reviews (2)

The Tower’s parts, engineering, innovative design, exquisite fit and finish, and more importantly, its sheer musicality, are what you would expect from a speaker two-three times its price.Review by STEREOMOJO
Product Rating
The Ultra Tower is an overachiever, and no, it is not just for the Home Theatre enthusiast. It is, quite simply, an astonishing achievement and an outstanding bargain!

http://www.stereomojo.com/SVS%20UltraTower%20Review/SVSUltraTowerReview.htm (Posted on 5/10/2016)
Going loud enough to seriously bother your neighbours, these speakers excel in deep, tight, impactful bass which, for all its heft, is still agile and responsive.Review by WHAT HIFI?
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http://www.whathifi.com/svs/ultra-tower/review

(Posted on 3/10/2016)

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