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SVS Ultra Bookshelf 5.0 Home Theater Speaker System

Featuring SVS Ultra Bookshelf, Center, and Surround speakers (Black Oak veneer)

Item # 700ULTBKBO

Top-of-the-line SVS construction gives your home theater brilliant, lifelike sound.

Top-of-the-line SVS construction gives your home theater brilliant, lifelike sound.

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About the SVS Ultra Bookshelf 5.0 Home Theater Speaker System

High-end home theater sound 

SVS is best-known for their high-performance, high-value subwoofers. They've taken that same winning formula of rigorous engineering and top-quality components, and applied it to their flagship Ultra series. With extra attention to both cosmetic and functional detail, the Ultra line gives you beauty and flexibility. Dipole/bipole design in the Ultra Surrounds give this system particularly enveloping sound effects.

High-end home theater sound 

SVS is best-known for their high-performance, high-value subwoofers. They've taken that same winning formula of rigorous engineering and top-quality components, and applied it to their flagship Ultra series. With extra attention to both cosmetic and functional detail, the Ultra line gives you beauty and flexibility. Dipole/bipole design in the Ultra Surrounds give this system particularly enveloping sound effects.

Mastering the science and art of speaker design

SVS begins the speaker design process with extensive computer modeling, which helps them zero in on the right driver, crossover, and cabinet characteristics. Then, like other world-class speaker companies, they test each design in an anechoic chamber, which eliminates the effects of room reflections, to ensure highly accurate measurements.

The third and most critical step involves lots of listening. SVS's listening room was specifically designed to resemble a typical living room. The engineering team listens to familiar tracks over and over, working toward sound that is both accurate and emotionally engaging. This is where the art of listening balances out scientific measurement.

SVS designs every driver in-house

While many companies build their speakers using off-the-shelf components, SVS designs all their drivers in-house. This is a huge advantage because it gives them complete control over how the drivers, crossover, and cabinet interact.

SVS's 1" aluminum dome tweeter is fitted with a special diffusor that keeps high frequencies sounding clean and clear, even when you crank up the volume.

Smart, solid construction

Pick up one of the SVS Ultra speakers and you'll be surprised by how solid and heavy it feels. Each cabinet is made of sturdy MDF, with an extra-thick front baffle and internal bracing to control unwanted vibrations. Those tapered edges on the front baffle are called chamfers. They reduce edge diffraction for clearer, more precise soundstaging. (They look cool, too.)

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Product highlights:

  • includes 2 bookshelf speakers, 2 surround speakers, and 1 center channel speaker
  • Black Oak veneer finish
  • requires a home theater receiver for operation (not included)
  • add a subwoofer of your choice
SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers (x2):
  • frequency response: 45-32,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 1" aluminum dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" composite glass-fiber woofer
  • non-parallel cabinet panels reduce standing waves within the cabinet, reducing sound colorations
  • chamfered front baffle and flush-mounted drivers reduce edge diffraction and improve high frequency response
  • removable cloth grille
  • 8-9/16"W x 14-15/16"H x 11-1/16"D
  • weight: 19 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
SVS Ultra Center speaker:
  • frequency response: 45-32,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 1" aluminum dome tweeter
  • 4" composite glass-fiber midrange driver
  • dual 6-1/2" composite glass-fiber woofers
  • dual pairs of gold-plated 5-way binding posts allow bi-amp/bi-wire configurations
  • removable cloth grille
  • 22-1/16"W x 8-1/8"H x 11-3/16"D
  • weight: 31 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
SVS Ultra Surround speakers (x2):
  • frequency response: 58-32,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • dual 1" aluminum dome tweeters
  • dual 5-1/2" composite glass-fiber mid/woofers
  • bipole/dipole design can match a variety of rooms and systems
  • dual pairs of gold-plated binding posts allow SVS's Duet configuration (single speaker plays both surround and back-surround channels)
  • dipole cable kit included for using speaker in dipole mode
  • wall-mounting bracket included
  • 12-7/16"W x 14-1/16"H x 6-15/16"D
  • weight: 18 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the box:

  • This SVS package contains 3 individually boxed items:
  • Ultra Bookshelf Speakers:
  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers (Black Oak)
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Rubber feet
  • 2 Terminal jumpers (pre-installed)
  • Owner's Manual
  • SVS brochure
  • Online Product Registration Card
  • Ultra Center Channel:
  • Center channel loudspeaker (Black Oak)
  • Grille
  • 2 Terminal jumpers (pre-installed)
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • SVS brochure
  • Online Product Registration Card
  • Ultra Surround Speakers:
  • 2 Surround loudspeakers (Black Oak)
  • 4 Grilles (pre-installed)
  • 2 Speaker brackets
  • 2 Wall brackets
  • 4 Terminal jumpers (pre-installed)
  • 4 Jumper speaker cables
  • 8 Rubber Feet
  • 8 Rubber bumpers
  • 6 Machine screws
  • Owner's Manual
  • SVS brochure
  • Online Product Registration Card

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Ultra Bookshelf Speakers
Ultra Center Channel
Ultra Surround Speakers

Ultra Bookshelf Speakers

1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter: The Ultra Bookshelf speaker's aluminum dome tweeter is pristinely neutral and revealing. Light, efficient, rigid and impervious to distortion even at high sound pressure levels, the tweeter plays crystal clear at high volumes for an exceptional transient response with an "airy" transparent presentation. The FEA-optimized tweeter diffuser ensures broad dispersion for a wide and convincing soundstage and perfect on- and off-axis frequency response. This means the largest possible "Sweet Spot", so everyone can be equally immersed with what's happening on-screen.

6.5" Composite Fiber-Glass Woofer: Room-filling low frequency and midrange playback is handled by a 6.5" woofer that features a composite glass-fiber cone with excellent stiffness to mass ratio for enhanced sensitivity and voicing that's transparent and completely faithful to the source material - resulting in pinpoint accuracy with precise imaging and massive soundstage. The woofer's rugged motor and long-stroke suspension delivers high output. The woofer also utilizes an aluminum shorting ring to reduce gap inductance and lower distortion, while a vented voice coil former minimizes air compression artifacts. The woofer's cast aluminum basket ensures precision component alignment and additional heat-sinking capacity.

SoundMatch Crossover Design: The SVS Ultra Bookshelf loudspeaker features a 2-way SoundMatch Crossovers with premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards. Crossover frequency (2kHz) and slopes are optimized for excellent off-axis polar response, outstanding phase coherency, and total radiated sound power. The precise tuning of the SoundMatch Crossover also ensures balanced output throughout the frequency spectrum.

Performance Driven Cabinet Design: Every feature of the Ultra Bookshelf speaker's cabinet was designed with a sonic purpose in mind. Non-parallel cabinet panels reduce axial standing waves within the cabinet, reducing frequency response coloration. In addition - wedge shaped front baffles with tapered edges, flush-mounted drivers, and acoustically transparent and FEA optimized grilles all contribute to reduced edge diffraction and improved on-axis high frequency response. Internally, the cabinet employs separate sub-enclosures for the woofer and tweeter to optimize performance and minimize interaction between drive units. A rear-firing 1.7" wide-flared port provides greater efficiency and bigger bass response.

Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The SVS Ultra Bookshelf loudspeaker is outfitted with dual gold-plated, heavy-duty binding post terminals for connection of bare wire, pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana connectors (single only). Use 18AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 10', 16AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 25', 14AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 50', and 12AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 75'. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers.

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.
Note: If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumper-straps between the terminal posts (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).

Mounting Options: The Ultra Bookshelf speakers can simply be placed on a stand, shelf, or table-top. Each speaker includes stick-on rubber feet that can be attached to the bottom of the speakers to protect them when placed on speaker stands and other surfaces. The rubber feet add approximately 0.125" to the overall height of the speakers. There are no included brackets, no keyhole slots, and no threaded inserts to wall mount the speakers.

Applications & Placement: The SVS Ultra Bookshelf loudspeakers can be used in a dedicated 2.1ch stereo setup or in a multichannel home theater system as fronts and/or surrounds. Proper placement of the front and surround speakers is essential to achieve the smoothest frequency response, optimal imaging and the most spacious, three-dimensional soundstage.

  • Front Speakers: Stereo imaging and soundstage are affected by loudspeaker location and the listening position, relative to each other and room boundaries. Moving the loudspeakers away from room boundaries will tend to improve stereo imaging and spaciousness by attenuating and delaying boundary reflections, thus optimizing direct sound and helping to preserve spatial information in the recording. Toeing-in the loudspeakers 5°-10° can often improve imaging, however this is also a function of the distance from nearby boundaries and the ratio of direct-to-reflected sound, so experimentation with toe-in is recommended to obtain optimal results. The location of the front loudspeakers relative to nearby boundaries will excite various "room modes" which will affect the bass response of the loudspeakers. Generally, placing the loudspeakers closer to room boundaries (particularly corners) will increase the bass response. Conversely, moving the loudspeakers away from boundaries and corners will reduce the bass response.
  • Surround Speakers: In a 5.1ch system, the side surround speakers should be located 90°-110° off-axis. For the best sense of spaciousness, the tweeter height should be about 2' above ear level. In a 7.1ch system, dedicated rear surround speakers are placed behind the primary seating position for enhanced rear panning effects. Place the rear surround speakers at 135°-150° off-axis, relative to the primary seating position. As with the side surround speakers, position the rear surround tweeters about 2' above head level when seated.

Note: Dedicated room treatments like absorbers, diffusers and bass traps (all sold separately) can greatly improve the sound quality of any listening environment, and are encouraged to extract the absolute best performance from any loudspeaker system.

Ultra Series: Whether playing a multi-layered soundtrack of a movie or a 2ch soundtrack of a music file, the SVS Ultra Series loudspeakers deliver a powerful and convincing audio experience. From the drivers to the crossover and cabinet, each component is painstakingly engineered and tested to achieve breathtaking realism. Countless design innovations and world-class build materials result in reference sound quality and stunning dynamics.

Optional Powered Sub: A SVS powered sub (sold separately) makes a great addition to the Ultra series of loudspeakers.

Ultra Center Channel

3-Way Center Channel Speaker: The SVS Ultra Center is a true 3-way center channel loudspeaker designed with high quality components and sophisticated engineering to provide sonic excellence. From its premium grade drivers and sophisticated SoundMatch three-way crossover to the extra-thick baffle, internal bracing, and FEA optimized tweeter diffuser, the Ultra Center channel speaker is well-equipped play the most important role in a home theater sound system.

1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter: The Ultra Center speaker's aluminum dome tweeter is pristinely neutral and revealing. Light, efficient, rigid and impervious to distortion even at high sound pressure levels, the tweeter plays crystal clear at high volumes for an exceptional transient response with an "airy" transparent presentation. The FEA-optimized tweeter diffuser ensures broad dispersion for a wide and convincing soundstage and perfect on- and off-axis frequency response. This means the largest possible "Sweet Spot", so everyone can be equally immersed with what's happening on-screen.

Composite Glass-Fiber Midrange & Woofers: Composite glass-fiber cones with excellent stiffness to mass ratio provide enhanced sensitivity and voicing that's transparent and completely faithful to the source material - resulting in pinpoint accuracy with precise imaging and massive soundstage. The woofers & midrange driver also utilize an aluminum shorting ring to reduce gap inductance and lower distortion, while a vented voice coil former minimizes air compression artifacts. In addition, the these drivers' cast aluminum baskets ensure precision component alignment and additional heat-sinking capacity.

  • 4" Midrange Driver: The 4" midrange driver is housed in its own sub-enclosure and vertically aligned with the 1" aluminum dome tweeter.
  • Dual 6.5" Woofers: Dual 6.5" woofers deliver effortless bass output and power handling capabilities rarely found in a center channel home theater speaker.

SoundMatch Crossover Design: The Ultra Center speaker features a unique SVS SoundMatch three-way crossover with precisely tuned crossover frequencies (2.2kHz/500Hz) and slopes that result in a smooth off-axis response, outstanding phase coherency and a stable, robust soundstage. Premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and other high end components ensure pristine signal transmission and utter neutrality.

Performance Driven Cabinet Design: Every feature of the Ultra Center speaker's cabinet was designed with a sonic purpose in mind. Non-parallel cabinet panels reduce axial standing waves within the cabinet, reducing frequency response coloration. In addition - wedge shaped front baffles with tapered edges, flush-mounted drivers, and acoustically transparent and FEA optimized grilles all contribute to reduced edge diffraction and improved on-axis high frequency response. Internally, the cabinet employs separate chambers for the woofers, midrange, and tweeter to optimize performance and minimize interaction. The enclosure features dual 1.7" rear-firing wide-flared ports for greater efficiency and bigger bass response.

Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The SVS Ultra Center loudspeaker is outfitted with dual gold-plated, heavy-duty binding post terminals for connection of bare wire, pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana connectors (single only). Use 18AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 10', 16AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 25', 14AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 50', and 12AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 75'. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers.

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.
Note: If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumper-straps between the terminal posts (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).

Placement & Mounting Options: The center channel should be placed directly on-axis, relative to the primary seating position. As with the main front speakers, placing the tweeter at/near head level when seated is optimal. But depending on the placement of the video display or projection screen, this is not always possible. If the center channel must be located below head level, then an upward tilt of the speaker is recommended to improve mid/high frequency response and dialog intelligibility. Avoid placing the center channel too close to the ceiling or floor, as this will cause boundary reflections and degrade the sound quality.

  • Stick-on rubber feet are include that attach to the bottom of the speaker to protect it when placed on a shelf or stand. The rubber feet add approximately 0.125" to the overall height of the speaker.
  • The Ultra Center is not wall mountable.

Note: Dedicated room treatments like absorbers, diffusers and bass traps (all sold separately) can greatly improve the sound quality of any listening environment, and are encouraged to extract the absolute best performance from any loudspeaker system.

Ultra Surround Speakers

Ultra Surround Speaker: Designed with dual isolated SoundMatch two-way crossovers for each tweeter and woofer, the SVS Ultra Surround loudspeaker can operate in either bipole, dipole, or in the unique SVS Duet Mode; which creates two separate speakers in a single cabinet. In Duet mode, each set of drivers in the Ultra Surround speaker receives a discrete signal, so your system can deliver true 7 channel surround sound using only 5 full-range speakers.

  • Bipole Mode: In Bipole mode, the drivers of each side of the Ultra Surround speaker are in-phase with one another, resulting in a more directional surround experience. The speaker comes setup in Bipole surround mode directly out of the box; this is typically the most popular mode for a surround speaker.
  • Dipole Mode: For a less directional, and more diffuse surround experience, the Ultra Surround has the ability to be wired in Dipole mode. In Dipole mode, the drivers of each side of the Ultra Surround are out of phase with one another (see owner's manual for speaker wire configuration).
  • Duet Mode: Duet is a unique feature that allows a single Ultra Surround speaker to be used as two independent speakers (see owner's manual for speaker wire configuration). This means you can use just two Ultra Surround speakers and still have four discrete surround/rear channels for a 7.1ch home theater setup.

Dual 1" Aluminum Dome Tweeters: The Ultra Surround speaker's aluminum dome tweeters are pristinely neutral and revealing. Light, efficient, rigid and impervious to distortion even at high sound pressure levels, the tweeters play crystal clear at high volumes for an exceptional transient response with an "airy" transparent presentation. The FEA-optimized tweeter diffuser ensures broad dispersion for a wide and convincing soundstage and perfect on- and off-axis frequency response. This means the largest possible "Sweet Spot" for surround effects so everyone can be equally immersed with what's happening on-screen.

Dual 5.5" Mid-Woofers: Room-filling low frequency and midrange playback is handled by dual 5.5" mid-bass drivers that feature composite glass-fiber cones with excellent stiffness to mass ratio for enhanced sensitivity and voicing that's transparent and completely faithful to the source material - resulting in pinpoint accuracy with precise imaging and massive soundstage. The mid-bass drivers also utilize an aluminum shorting ring to reduce gap inductance and lower distortion, while a vented voice coil former minimizes air compression artifacts. In addition, the mid-bass drivers' cast aluminum basket ensures precision component alignment and additional heat-sinking capacity.

SoundMatch Crossover Design: The SVS Ultra Surround loudspeaker features a 2-way SoundMatch Crossovers with premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards. Crossover frequency (2kHz) and slopes are optimized for excellent off-axis polar response, outstanding phase coherency, and total radiated sound power. The precise tuning of the SoundMatch Crossover also ensures balanced output throughout the frequency spectrum.

Performance Driven Cabinet Design: Every feature of the Ultra Surround speaker's cabinet was designed with a sonic purpose in mind. Non-parallel cabinet panels reduce axial standing waves within the cabinet, reducing frequency response coloration. In addition - wedge shaped front baffles with tapered edges, flush-mounted drivers, and acoustically transparent and FEA optimized grilles all contribute to reduced edge diffraction and improved on-axis high frequency response. Internally, the cabinet employs separate sealed chambers for both mid-bass drivers and tweeters to optimize performance and minimize interaction.

Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The SVS Ultra Surround loudspeaker is outfitted with dual gold-plated, heavy-duty binding post terminals for connection of bare wire, pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana connectors (single only). You should use 18 AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 10', 16 AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 25', 14 AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 50', and 12 AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 75'. The Ultra Surround speakers can be wired in Bipole, Dipole, or Duet speaker configurations. (See the Owner's Manual for the wiring diagram for each configuration.) Because of the way the Ultra Surround speakers are wired, bi-amping or bi-wiring are not possible.

Mounting & Placement Options: The Ultra Surround loudspeaker comes standard with a wall-mounting bracket or can easily be placed on a speaker stand (sold separately) for maximum placement flexibility. The speakers should be placed 2' to 3' above head level when seated. The included rubber feet add approximately 0.125" to the overall height of the speaker.

Note: Dedicated room treatments like absorbers, diffusers and bass traps (all sold separately) can greatly improve the sound quality of any listening environment, and are encouraged to extract the absolute best performance from any loudspeaker system.

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