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SVS Ultra Bookshelf Speakers – The Classy Speakers that Pack a Punch

When shopping for a pair of new bookshelf speakers, there are so many things you need to consider. First of all, they need to be able to put a smile on your face with their audio performances. But, being good at playing music isn’t enough when bookshelf speakers are in question. Such speakers also need to look nice. After all, you’re going to keep them on a bookshelf in your living room.

Ultra from SVS might be the perfect fusion between great design and powerful technology. The set comes in piano black gloss, which makes it perfect for more elegant office spaces and living rooms. While these are fairly expensive, everything about them screams high quality.

SVS Ultra Bookshelf Front View
The SVS Ultra look very sleek

The great performance and sleek design of these speakers have led to them being considered some of the best bookshelf speakers on the market. They do need a proper amplifier in order to reach their full potential, but once you get one, the sound is better than that of most other models.

Audiophiles Behold – Great Tech for High Quality Audio

While the system is beautifully designed, looks aren’t everything. What’s great about the SVS Ultra speakers is the fact that they are built for maximum performance and near-perfect clarity. Great capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards all work together in order to ensure that every sound produced is clear even at higher volume.

The SVS sound system measures 10.9 x 8.5 x 15 inches and weighs 19 pounds which makes it perfect for any room, regardless of how little free room there is;

SVS Ultra bookshelf speakers come feature a powerful monitor that offers accurate imaging, a highly coherent and deep soundstage, as well as great tonal balance with deep bass. And when it comes to distortion, you got nothing to worry about. Non-parallel cabinet panels are there to prevent it! The cabinet panels have been built to reduce distortion generated by standing waves within the case.

SVS Ultra Bookshelf Speaker
Very high quality audio + nice look. What else does one need?

On top of that, the speakers are also pretty sturdily built. Actually, every single piece of the system seems to be made of top-quality materials and designed in a way that it can work fine for many years. An outstanding level of on-axis response is achieved though the manufacturer’s solution of shaping the front baffle as a wedge and choosing to add flush mounted driver.

SVS Ultra Bookshelf Baffle
SVS Ultra close view

And if all of this isn’t enough for you to realize how awesome SVS Ultra actually are, let’s take a look at a few more features.

Features

  • Reduced size – The SVS sound system measures 10.9 x 8.5 x 15 inches and weighs 19 pounds which makes it perfect for any room, regardless of how little free room there is;
  • SoundMatch Crossover Network – The precise selection of the crossover frequency and the slopes guarantees a clear off-axis polar response, great phase coherency, and enhanced power;
  • UltraSonic Drivers – The UltraSonic drivers that are part of the SVS Ultra’s design combines high-quality materials, a 1” aluminum dome tweeter, and a 6.5” woofer in order to produce clear sound and great performance; 
  • Frequency response of 45Hz-32kHz – Knowing that the human ear can register sounds in basically the same frequency range, it’s fair to say that these speakers are capable of reproducing any kind of audio.
  • Powerful, feature-rich monitor – The Ultra speakers come feature a powerful monitor that offers accurate imaging, a highly coherent and deep soundstage, as well as great tonal balance with deep bass;
  • Sleek and elegant design – The casing of the speakers comes in piano gloss black which makes them great for anything from an elegant office setting to a minimalistic living room;
  • Non-parallel cabinet panels – the cabinet panels have been built to reduce distortion generated by standing waves within the case;
  • Quality build – An outstanding level of on-axis response is achieved though the manufacturer’s solution of shaping the from baffle as a wedge and choosing to add flush mounted drivers;

Pros

  • Great quality – While they are not exactly entry-level in terms of price, these are some of the best bookshelf speakers on the market in both terms of quality of sound as well as construction. Buying these speakers means that you won’t need to get another pair anytime soon;
  • Great bass – While not as powerful as a subwoofer, the SVS Ultra speakers manage to produce an impressively deep and dynamic bass, provided that an amplifier is connected. But, even without it, the speakers can make your bones shake;
  • Built to last – The materials used in the construction of the sound system will ensure that they can function for extended periods of time without losing quality of sound. These can last for a very long time provided that they are properly maintained;
  • Awarded performance – The speaker set has received the Top Pick of the Year Award from the Sound & Vision Magazine, and is considered one of the best pieces of audio equipment in its category;
  • Better than the rest – The fact that their price is less than a thousand dollars does not necessarily mean that they’re cheap. However, comparing their performances with bookshelf speakers from the same price range, you will see that SVS Ultra are much more superior.

Cons

  • Amplifier may be required– The speakers do not have huge power requirements, however, the quality of the sound won’t be great if you simply connect them to AV. They need a quality amplifier in order to produce great sound. This is not a problem for those who already own one, but for everyone else, it may mean an additional expense;
  • Not on the cheaper side – While these are exceptional in almost every single way, they are not particularly cheap. They may not be the best choice for people who simply want to buy a pair of speakers for their computer, however, they are worth every penny when put to good use;

Verdict

The SVS Ultra speakers are considered to be some of the best sound systems in their category, however, they may not be for everyone. If you’re looking for cheap speakers with mediocre audio performances, these speakers aren’t for you.

These speakers are well assembled using high quality materials and components, and they can last for quite a long while if they are properly maintained. And during that time, they’re guaranteed to provide you with top-class audio performances. Even if you’re a demanding audiophile, these speakers will put a smile on your face.

Of course, in order to be a great choice for audiophiles, they need to be connected to an amplifier. A powerful one. And that means another expense. While they do work with an AV connection, this can limit their ability to produce a clear sound. But, if you’re a true audiophile, you probably won’t mind spending a little bit more cash on a good amp to accompany your speakers.

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