16" High Output Woofer: The SVS PB16-Ultra power
subwoofer employs a light and rigid 16" Ultra driver cone which consists of a
premium fiberglass resin composite with optimal stiffness to mass ratio to
maximize movement of air and sonic energy without ever distorting or losing
Pushing the driver are four massive, dedicated toroidal ferrite magnets that
unleash a staggering 95mm peak to peak Xmech excursion (82mm Xmax) and the
highest levels of motor force and palpable SPLs. An 8" edge wound voice coil
ensures ultra-low distortion and pinpoint control at the highest drive levels
resulting in incredible output and low frequency extension. By nature, larger
drivers are more difficult to control, but the unprecedented voice coil design
ensures accuracy in frequency response and speed in transients without ever
STA-1500D Sledge Amplifier: A conservatively rated 1,500
watts continuous / 5,000 watts peak power Sledge STA-1500D amplifier pushes the
16" driver to extreme levels of performance. This discrete MOSFET amplifier
delivers astonishing levels of effortless, distortion-free power. This enormous
amount of power is harnessed and controlled by an advanced 50MHz Analog Devices
Audio DSP with 56-bit filtering to handle the nearly limitless power, only
unleashing the perfect amount of low frequency energy at just the right time.
Acoustically Inert MDF Enclosure: The SVS PB16-Ultra powered subwoofer
features a rigid MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) cabinet with a double thick MDF
front baffle and rigid internal bracing to support the massive drive unit and to
ensure an acoustically inert environment. The highly reinforced internal design
eliminates any chance of coloration or resonance from the cabinet, even when the
deepest low frequencies are played at reference sound pressure levels. Screw-in
rubber feet and a non-resonant steel mesh grille further resist unwanted distortion
or coloration caused
3 Bass Ports: The cabinet utilizes a bass reflex (ported)
design with three front-firing 3.5" high-flow ports with inner/outer port flares
for smooth bass and extremely high output. There are 3 foam port blockers included if the powered sub's bass
sound is too "boomy" and you prefer a tighter bass response. You
can choose to block one, two, three, or zero ports.
Control Types: The SVS PB16-Ultra Subwoofer can be controlled from the
new SVS Mobile App, an included IR Remote Control, or via the front-panel for
unprecedented flexibility when optimizing performance for room layout, speakers,
system set-up and more.
- Subwoofer App Control: The SVS subwoofer app for
Apple iOS 8.0+ &
Android OS 4.3+ controls all DSP functions and conveniently stores
custom presets. The app lets you fine tune the powered subwoofer from your
smartphone or tablet via a wireless Bluetooth connection. With a few simple
adjustments, you can eliminate boomy spots, set crossover frequencies and
make other adjustments to get the deepest, tightest, most accurate and
room-energizing bass experience possible from The SVS PB16-Ultra powered
subwoofer. For added convenience, two-way feedback shows updates in
real-time on both the app and subwoofer interface. The SVS subwoofer app is
the only way to access all of the advanced control features available on the
PB16-Ultra and it is the most convenient option for controlling every
- IR Remote: The included IR remote can be used to adjust nearly
every one of the advanced subwoofer control settings with two-way feedback
on the front panel display.
- Front-Panel: The front panel features an intuitive user interface
with simplified controls that can be used to adjust the majority of the
advanced subwoofer control settings.
Control Functions: The following control functions are available.
- Volume: The Volume Control (-60 to 0dB in 1dB/step)
affects how loud the powered subwoofer plays. It should be adjusted to match
the output level of your loudspeakers.
- Low Pass Filter: The Low Pass Filter sets the frequency
and slope for the low frequencies that will be played by the powered
subwoofer. Frequency choices include 30-200Hz in 1kHz increments Four Slope
choices are available; 6 dB, 12 dB, 18 dB, and 24 dB per octave. You can
disable the Low Pass Filter, if your AV receiver features an LFE output and
built-in bass management for the subwoofer.
- Phase Adjustment: Solves sound wave cancellation issues at
specific frequencies and perfectly aligns the arrival of output from
speakers and subwoofers to your listening position. Normally set to 0° if
the subwoofer is near the main speakers. Adjusting Phase (0°-180° in 1
degree steps) shifts timing of the subwoofer output to align with the main
speakers or additional subwoofers.
- Polarity: In some cases, reversing polarity solves dips or humps
at the crossover frequency between a subwoofer and speaker and can be used
to fix bass nulls or overly boomy spots in the listening area. Reversing the
electrical polarity of the subwoofer amplifier makes it so the woofer moves
in when speaker drivers move out and is normally set to positive.
- Parametric EQ: Powerful tool for removing peaks and dips in your
listening area, and for creating custom subwoofer output based on personal
listening preferences. Allows you to set the desired center frequency (20,
22, 25, 28, 30-200Hz in 1Hz steps) of the filter, increase or decrease the
SPL dB (-12 to +6dB in 1dB steps) of the filter, or adjust the bandwidth
(0.2-10.0 in 0.1 steps) of the filter.
- Room Gain Compensation: The Room Gain Compensation function
allows the subwoofer to be set to compensate for the increase in low
frequency sound based upon the size of the room, if it is felt there is too
much bass. Small rooms will have a greater increase in low frequency sound
than larger rooms. There is no need to use this control unless it is felt
there is too much low frequency energy being generated in the listening
environment. The RGC Frequency can be set to 25, 31, or 40Hz. The RGC
Slope can be set to 6dB or 12dB.
- Port Tuning: Port blocking allows custom tuning of your
PB16-Ultra Subwoofer based on listening preference by exchanging max output
for low frequency depth and quickness. Be sure to use the included foam port
plugs and match port blocking with the selected tuning. Choose between 3
Port Tuning Modes - Standard (all ports open for maximum output), Extended
(one port plugged for deeper extension), and Sealed (all ports plugged for
best transient response).
- Custom Presets: Allows up to three pre-saved settings for movie,
music and custom. This enables easy switching to optimize your PB16-Ultras
output and settings based on your specific listening preferences with
different kinds of content.
Balanced & Unbalanced Connectivity: There are two types of input &
output connectors on the PB16-Ultra powered sub; Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA.
There are Left/Right input and output channels for both types of connectors.
- Inputs: For a single mono input connection to a home
theater receiver with an LFE output, use the powered sub's right input. For
stereo receivers without an LFE input, use both the L/R inputs.
- Outputs: The output connectors are typically used to
either daisy-chain additional subwoofers with single or dual unfiltered
outputs, or as the input to a power amplifier for the Left and Right main
channels after using the High Pass Filter and Delay functions with two
channel analog preamps.
Auto/Standby & On Switch: If this switch is set to
"Auto/Standby", it will automatically turn-on the powered subwoofer in the
presence of an audio signal. If no signal is present for a period of several
minutes, the powered subwoofer will enter "Standby" mode, where power
consumption will be less than 0.5 watts. If this switch is set to "On", the
amplifier will remain on continuously and will not enter "Standby" mode.
Trigger Input: The powered sub's 3.5mm Trigger Input (3V-12V) will
automatically turn the subwoofer on/off when a signal is sent to it from another
component in the system (typically the pre/pro or AV receiver). The other
component in the system must be equipped with a trigger output feature and
requires a TS 1/8" mono-minijack cable (sold separately)
Placement Options: If possible, place the subwoofer near the
front stage, for best blending with the front and center loudspeaker channels.
- Corner Placement: Corner placement will accommodate
most rooms and will reduce the chances for encountering a null (an acoustic
cancellation in the bass response) at the listening position. If your AV
receiver equalizes the subwoofer channel during auto-set-up, corner
placement will often provide the best overall performance.
- Other Placement Options: If corner placement sound
excessively boomy, then try moving the subwoofer to other available
locations along the front stage, listening for the best balance of output
and a smooth accurate response. Always redo the auto-set-up of your AV
receiver after moving the subwoofer to a different location to ensure the
acoustic distance and calibration level are set correctly.
- Dual Subs: To maximize the bass output and impact of
your home theater, two PB16-Ultra(s) can be paired; one on either side of your
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