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      06-02-2008, 06:04 PM   #1
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After doing some research, I decided to get the SVSound PB-13 Ultra subwoofer to my home theater setup.

Before I even got the thing out of the box, I could tell it was a monster. After the delivery guy forklifted it to the front door, he nonchalantly quips, "You're neighbors are going to love you!"

I got the Piano Gloss Black finish, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Definitely worth the premium, and it goes well with the other components in my system.

My dad and I spent quite some time this weekend calibrating/positioning the beast. The built-in BASH amp has lots of features and inputs any audiophile would love.

The sound is just something you need to hear in person. It's ruler flat down to about 18Hz, still having noticeable output as low as 10Hz, which comes across as earthquake-like. We watched the Blu-Ray sources of Live Free or Die Hard, Rambo, and 300, and it's an incredible experience. Loud, tight bass, while still maintaining it's musicality. There is a natural gas explosion sequence in the Die Hard film that comes close to inducing the brown note, but I've yet to find it officially!

Luckily the insulation in my house is sufficient enough to withhold most of the sound within the walls without being too loud outside, but bottomline this thing can get loud. Even at levels loud enough to match my mains, it's enough to make things dance across the coffee table and rattle in the kitchen!

If you feel the need for tight, musical, wall-crumbling bass, this sub is for you!



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Holy shit man. Very nice. 750W? That's ridiculous!
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You're going to love it. I have a SVS PB-2 Plus with the 900w amp. Every sub they make is outstanding!! My family has named my HT setup "rumble-vision".
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What a small world. I am about to order the same sub (in Rosenut). Did you use the Avia DVD/SPL meter package for calibration, or do you recommend another method?

I remember reading that it weighs 155lbs, did they really use a forklift to get it to your home? This worries me as it will be going in my basement theater.
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I remember reading that it weighs 155lbs, did they really use a forklift to get it to your home? This worries me as it will be going in my basement theater.
155? Hell you can lift that by yourself if it weren't so big/awkward/boxy. Two people will have no problem if that's the actual weight.

Question: I'm a selective audiophile myself, (read: I can't afford to be an audiophile yet) but I fail to see the purpose of such a large piece of equiptment outside of an actual home theatre. In the pic you posted it looke like it's in your family room. (Not that it isn't still badass)
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shit, if i had that kind of money id buy a gtstreet for monday, an ascari a10 for tuesday, a DBS for wednesday and id just ride jessica alba the rest of the week.
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what are you using to power this sub?
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I think its self powered.

Nice sub - I'm a sunfire guy myself, but may have reconsidered if I was buying today (bought my sunfire 5 years ago).

Nothing adds to a good theater system like a good subwoofer.
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I bought the SVS PB10 2 months ago, small room, great sound. Very large cabinet for a 10" woofer. I was surprised by the large size.

I can't imagine the 13". Seriously, why?

I bet your dad didn't realize how large the cabinet would be, when he told you to pick it out.

I guess that's the problem with SVS - online only (unless you're in Canada). Can't see it before you buy it.

That Ultra series gets great reviews.

Next step...dual subs.
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What type of setup are you running?

I'm a pretty big HT enthusiast myself, I currently have an all KEF Audio speaker set up and a Velodyne sub. I also have a AudioSource amp connecting to a sub that is under my couch - I highly suggest you get this for your SVSound. The experience is unreal.
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What a small world. I am about to order the same sub (in Rosenut). Did you use the Avia DVD/SPL meter package for calibration, or do you recommend another method?

I remember reading that it weighs 155lbs, did they really use a forklift to get it to your home? This worries me as it will be going in my basement theater.
You won't be sorry. I didn't order the Avia package they offered. I have a few test tone CD's I made to test levels over the frequency band. I've heard the Avia disc is an awesome calibration tool, though.

A forklift did seem a bit excessive, but as FirstClass mentioned, it is more the size of the box than the weight. Not to say it's light by any means, but two people should have no issue moving it. Once out of the box and packaging, it's much easier to handle/manuever.

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155? Hell you can lift that by yourself if it weren't so big/awkward/boxy. Two people will have no problem if that's the actual weight.

Question: I'm a selective audiophile myself, (read: I can't afford to be an audiophile yet) but I fail to see the purpose of such a large piece of equiptment outside of an actual home theatre. In the pic you posted it looke like it's in your family room. (Not that it isn't still badass)
I did, too, but it really does wonders for sound. I didn't get it to be loud; I got it for the low-end extension. It can reproduce frequencies beyond human hearing that make those explosions/earthquakes more realistic. But the SPL capability is a nice bonus! Honestly, I prefer my setup over most of the local commercial theater setups as far as SQ is concerned.

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There's a dedicated fused 750W BASH amplifier built into the enclosure.

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I bought the SVS PB10 2 months ago, small room, great sound. Very large cabinet for a 10" woofer. I was surprised by the large size.

I can't imagine the 13". Seriously, why?

I bet your dad didn't realize how large the cabinet would be, when he told you to pick it out.

I guess that's the problem with SVS - online only (unless you're in Canada). Can't see it before you buy it.

That Ultra series gets great reviews.

Next step...dual subs.
Those ported boxes have to be big to sound good. My dad was shocked when he first saw it (actually he hadn't even heard of SVS when I was researching) and said it looked like one of those mini-refrigerators.

Duals would be a great addition, although I would begin to worry about the structural integrity of the house I live in!
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I have a Thiel SS2 that has 2 10" subs in a sealed enclosure powered by a 1000 w amp.

Really adds more to the music and turning it on off can be noticeable but it depends on the music and the quality of the recording.

Some mid '80s stuff has not bottom end at all. You'd think it was not working.
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...Question: I'm a selective audiophile myself, (read: I can't afford to be an audiophile yet) but I fail to see the purpose of such a large piece of equiptment outside of an actual home theatre. In the pic you posted it looke like it's in your family room. (Not that it isn't still badass)

two things- one, I've put my SVS against a supposedly comparable velodyne sub. The velodyne was at least twice the cost of the SVS, but didn't sound nearly as good as the SVS. The owner of the Velodyne is a member here, and would agree.

Two, the larger sub can be much more sonically faithful, and isn't going to distort. It'll be loafing to produce the desired audio levels in most family/HT room setups, so it's going to be extremely tight with great extension. I would never want to buy a sub that I have to work over to get the audio level I want (read: HTiB and most 5.1 package subs), as I've yet to hear one that sounds good compared to my SVS.
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love SVS's stuff... welcome to the club!
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After doing some research, I decided to get the SVSound PB-13 Ultra subwoofer to my home theater setup.

Before I even got the thing out of the box, I could tell it was a monster. After the delivery guy forklifted it to the front door, he nonchalantly quips, "You're neighbors are going to love you!"

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Luckily the insulation in my house is sufficient enough to withhold most of the sound within the walls without being too loud outside, but bottomline this thing can get loud. Even at levels loud enough to match my mains, it's enough to make things dance across the coffee table and rattle in the kitchen!

If you feel the need for tight, musical, wall-crumbling bass, this sub is for you!
thanks for the link my order will be placed soon (once I take delivery of my new home with a dedicated AV room).
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Dam that looks insane, post pics of the rest of the set up.
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No...No It's them red walls... Those are ridiculous!


Kidding kidding, I've had red/rust walls myself in a game room or two.

Sub looks... Intimidating...
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No...No It's them red walls... Those are ridiculous!


Kidding kidding, I've had red/rust walls myself in a game room or two.

me too, I have the same color in my theater room
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