SVS just released their Ultra Bookshelf speakers, which use proprietary drivers and an intelligent SoundMatch Crossover Network to create a larger-than-expected soundstage. Handsomely styled with a swept back profile and striking edge treatments, the Ultra Bookshelf draws design cues from the flagship Ultra Tower speaker with sonic-enhancing wedge-shaped front baffle and flush-mounted drivers. When engineering the Ultra Bookshelf speaker’s design, SVS envisioned a two-way monitor that would fill small to medium-sized rooms with an encompassing, coherent soundstage; deep, dynamic bass; and sparkling mid and high-frequency details, whether they were being pushed to extreme volumes or played at moderate levels. A combination of premium build materials, FEA optimization, cabinet innovation and careful selection of crossover frequencies brought this vision to life.
For low to midrange-frequency performance, the Ultra Bookshelf features a hefty 6.5-inch composite glass-fiber cone woofer which produces an excellent stiffness to mass ratio for high sensitivity and maintains pistonic behavior well beyond the pass-band of the driver. The Ultra Bookshelves are also equipped with SVS’ SoundMatch two-way crossover network. Premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards work in harmony to ensure pure signal transmission and radiation of total sound power to a generous sweet spot.
“Listening with eyes closed, it’s easy to convince yourself the sound produced by the Ultra Bookshelf is coming from a speaker twice the size and price,” said Gary Yacoubian , SVS president and managing partner. “$1,000 gets you a pretty phenomenal audio experience and from a value perspective, these are already being discussed as among the most highly regarded two-way monitors on the market.”
The Ultra Bookshelf speakers weigh 19 lbs. each and are available in premium-grade piano gloss black and real black oak veneer finishes with a rated bandwidth of 45 Hz – 32kHz (+/- 3 dB).
Price and Availability
Pricing for the SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers is $499 each ($998/pair). SVS sells online, direct to the end user, and via select retailers. SVS offers a risk-free 45-day in-home trial, with free shipping both ways whether purchased online or at retail.
- 1″ aluminum dome tweeter utilizes an FEA-optimized diffuser
- 6.5″ composite glass-fiber cone woofer
- 1.7″ wide-flared rear-firing port
- Dual gold-plated 5-way binding posts
- Cloth grille with pin/cup retention system
- 2-way crossover with premium-grade capacitors
- Real black oak veneer and piano gloss black finish options
- Tweeter-to-woofer crossover: 2 kHz.
- Rated bandwidth: 45 Hz-32 kHz (+/-3 dB)
- Nominal impedance: 8 ohms.
- Sensitivity: 87 dB (2.83V @ 1 meter full-space, 300-3kHz)
- Recommended amplifier power: 20-150 watts
- Dimensions: 14.9″ (H) X 8.5″ (W) X 10″ (D)
- Weight: 19 pounds