If you’re short on time and just want the highlights of this article, here it is:
The SVS Ultra 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers are a solid choice for anyone looking for an affordable set of speakers with a decent performance. They offer a wide frequency response and respectable bass from the 6.5″ woofers and 1″ tweeters, and they can provide up to 150W of power with the right amp. The sound quality is generally quite good, with crisp highs and decent bass.
The connectivity options are also quite good, offering dual gold-plated 5-way binding posts, a 1.7″ wide-flared rear-firing port, and Elastomer stick-on bumper feet. The only real downside is that there is no Bluetooth or digital connection, so if you’re looking for a wireless connection, then you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Overall, the SVS Ultra 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers are a solid choice for anyone looking for an affordable set of speakers. Experienced audiophiles should be satisfied with the sound quality, while beginners should find these speakers a great choice for their starting setup.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
SVS Ultra Review: Sound quality
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
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The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.