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Potent sound in a compact package
If you don't have room for tower speakers, but love big, wide-open sound with pinpoint imaging, check out SVS's Ultra Bookshelf models. These gems combine outstanding transparency and detail with startling dynamics and bass. Whether presenting the relaxed, engaging sound of vinyl, or pounding out the multi-layered soundtrack of an action movie, the Ultra Bookshelf speakers deliver a convincing audio experience.
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 in rooms closely calibrated to resemble rooms in typical homes. 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.
The Ultra Bookshelf 6-1/2" woofer is mounted in its own dedicated compartment, sealed off from the tweeter. The composite glass-fiber cone material is extremely lightweight and rigid, allowing the woofer to sound clear and natural through the midrange, while also delivering surprisingly solid bass.
SVS's 1" aluminum dome tweeter sounds neutral and revealing, and is fitted with a special diffusor that improves dispersion and keeps high frequencies from sounding harsh, even when you crank up the volume.
Smart, solid construction
Pick up one of the Ultra Bookshelf monitors 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.)
Although SVS calls these bookshelf speakers, sitting them in a bookshelf cabinet will actually limit their performance. Instead, place the Ultra Bookshelfs on high-quality speaker stands, positioned at least a foot or two out from the back wall.
Build a complete Ultra system
Center channel: SVS Ultra Center
Surround speakers: SVS Ultra Surround
Floor-standing speaker: SVS Ultra Tower
Powered subwoofer: SVS SB-1000 or SVS SB-2000
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- 2-way design
- 1" aluminum dome tweeter
- 6-1/2" composite glass-fiber woofer
- frequency response: 45-32,000 Hz (± 3dB)
- recommended amplifier power: 20-150 watts
- sensitivity: 87 dB
- nominal impedance: 8 ohms
- bass-reflex cabinet with rear-firing port
- 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 5-way binding posts allow bi-amp/bi-wire configurations
- elastomer stick-on bumper feet
- removable cloth grille
- 8-9/16"W x 14-15/16"H x 11-1/16"D
- weight: 19 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- MFR # Ultra Bookshelf - Bk Oak
What's in the box:
SVS Ultra Bookshelf owner's manual
- 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
- 2 Grilles
- 8 Rubber feet
- 2 Terminal jumpers (pre-installed)
- Owner's Manual
- SVS brochure
- Online Product Registration Card