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SVS Ultra Tower 5.0 Home Theater Speaker System

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

Item # 700ULTRABO

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 Tower 5.0 Home Theater Speaker System

High-end surround 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. And the Ultra towers, with their horizontally opposed side-firing woofers, deliver deep, hard-hitting bass, even before you add a sub.

High-end surround 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. And the Ultra towers, with their horizontally opposed side-firing woofers, deliver deep, hard-hitting bass, even before you add a sub.

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. (That might take two people for the Ultra Towers.) 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 tower 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 Tower speakers (x2):
  • frequency response: 28-32,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 1" aluminum dome tweeter
  • dual 6-1/2" composite glass-fiber mid/bass drivers
  • dual 8" polypropylene woofers
  • horizontally opposed woofers cancel vibrations for smooth, accurate bass response
  • 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
  • dual pairs of gold-plated binding posts allow bi-amp/bi-wire configurations
  • removable cloth grille
  • 13-15/16"W x 45-5/8"H x 17-1/2"D
  • weight: 75.4 lbs. (each)
  • 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 4 individually boxed items:
  • Ultra Tower Speakers (x2):
  • Floorstanding loudspeaker (Black Oak)
  • Cloth grille
  • 2 Metal grilles
  • Foam port plug
  • 4 Elastomer isolation feet (pre-installed)
  • 4 Spike feet
  • 4 Nuts
  • 4 Protective discs
  • 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 Tower Speakers
Ultra Center Channel
Ultra Surround Speakers

Ultra Tower Speakers

3.5-Way Driver Design: The SVS Ultra Tower speaker utilizes a 3.5-way driver design with a 1" aluminum dome tweeter, two 6.5" composite glass-fiber midrange drivers, and dual 8" cone woofers for a powerful and convincing audio experience from the highest frequencies to the lowest bass notes.

  • 1" Dome Tweeter: The 1" aluminum dome tweeter's excellent stiffness-to-mass ratio and integrated FEA-optimized diffuser create an exceptional transient response with an airy and unveiled presentation. You'll hear incredible resolution, absolute transparency, and crisp, powerful highs.
  • Two 6.5" Midrange Drivers: The two 6.5" midrange drivers feature a composite glass-fiber cone with excellent stiffness/mass ratio for high sensitivity and excellent pistonic behavior. Aluminum shorting rings are used to reduce gap inductance, lower distortion, and enhance high frequency response. The cast aluminum baskets ensure precise alignment of critical components and additional heat-sinking capacity. The vented voice coil formers minimize air compression artifacts at high output levels.
  • Dual 8" Cone Woofers: Dual-opposing 8" woofers housed in a bass reflex enclosure at the base of the speaker deliver deep, articulate base. The sweeping side panels of the tower speaker are also non-parallel, so each of the 8" woofers fire in different directions to fill the room with bass. The dual 8" cone woofers utilize a long stroke motor and suspension for high output. Aluminum shorting rings are used to reduce gap inductance and lower distortion. The vented voice coil formers minimize are compression artifacts at high output levels.
Note: The dual-opposing 8" woofers may result in a phase warning during an AV receiver auto-setup process; this is normal. Simply double-check to make sure the speaker wire is connected correctly.

SoundMatch Crossover Design: The SVS Ultra Tower speaker features a 3.5-way SoundMatch crossover with premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors, and heavy-trace printed circuit boards. The top-midrange-to-tweeter crossover is set at 2kHz, the bottom midrange taper frequency is set a 950Hz, while the dual midrange-to-woofer crossover is set at 160Hz. The precise tuning of the SoundMatch Crossover also ensures balanced output throughout the frequency spectrum.

Performance Driven Cabinet Design: Every feature of the Ultra Tower loudspeaker's cabinet was designed with a sonic purpose in mind.

  • FEA-Optimized: The SVS Ultra Tower speaker uses non-parallel cabinet panels to reduce axial standing waves within the cabinet, reducing frequency response coloration. FEA-optimized bracing, 1" thick midrange/tweeter baffles and 1.5" thick woofer baffles eliminate structural resonances and ensures the cabinet remains acoustically inert for uncolored response even at the highest output levels. In addition, acoustically transparent and FEA-optimized grilles, a wedge-shaped front baffle, and flush-mounted drivers all contribute to reduced edge diffraction and improved on-axis high frequency response.
  • Divided Chambers: The SVS Ultra Tower speaker's enclosure is divided into two sections. The top half of the cabinet which contains the tweeter and midrange drivers is sealed for crisp, accurate, and detailed high and midrange frequencies. The bottom half of the cabinet which houses the two opposing woofers features a rear-firing 3.5" (diameter) wide-flared port for greater efficiency, as well as bigger and deeper bass response. A foam bass port is included to "tame" the bass output if its too "boomy" due to room placement.

Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The SVS Ultra Tower speaker has two sets of gold-plated binding posts connected by jumper-straps. The gold-plated binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, spade connectors, & banana plugs (single only). Using the dual posts, you can bi-wire or bi-amp the speaker. Bi-wiring or bi-amping the speaker provides improved bass & treble performance.

  • 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).

Elastomer & Spike Feet: The Ultra Tower speaker comes packaged with two sets of feet options that allow optimal placement on a variety of floor substrates. The Elastomer isolation feet that come pre-installed on the Ultra Tower are perfect for hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl flooring. The Elastomer isolation feet can be removed and replaced with the included threaded metal spikes that are designed for carpeted floors. If you want to use the metal spikes on hardwood, tile, laminate, or vinyl flooring, then use the included protective discs under the spike feet to protect your floors. Both sets of feet are threaded to allow easy leveling of the Ultra Tower if it should stand on an uneven surface.

  • Dimensions w/ Rubber Feet: 13.9375" (w) x 45.625" (h) x 17.5" (d)
  • Dimension w/ Spike Feet: 13.9375" (w) x 46.0625" (h) x 17.5" (d)
  • Dimensions w/ Spikes & Discs: 13.9375" (w) x 46.125" (h) x 17.5" (d)   
Note: The Ultra Tower speaker should not be used without one type of feet installed.

Placement: A pair of SVS Ultra Tower speakers should be placed 30° off-axis, relative to the primary seating position. Toeing-in the loudspeakers 5-10° may improve imaging. Placing the loudspeakers closer to room boundaries will increase the bass response, while moving the loudspeakers away from boundaries and corners will reduce the bass response.

Note: Dedicated room treatments like absorbers, diffusers, and bass traps (sold separately - see Accessories tab) can greatly improve the sound quality of any listening environment.

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.

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.

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