This is a review of the SB13-Ultra that I won here in the HTShack giveaway (:hail: :thankyou: :yourock:), you will not see any pretty graphs or specifications here, just my two cents, some pictures and a f...
This is a review of the SB13-Ultra that I won here in the HTShack giveaway (:hail: :thankyou: :yourock:), you will not see any pretty graphs or specifications here, just my two cents, some pictures and a few
Delivery & Inspection
I have two awesome woofers now :clap: and my cat didn't detect any illegal contraband :paddle: . After finding out I had won on Friday morning, it shipped out sometime Monday and I was accepting delivery Tuesday afternoon (Thank you Sonnie, Ted Sindzinski and Dan Marks). The delivery was by a FEDx and arrived unhurt. After getting it in the front door I needed to rest so I took a couple pictures, then pushed it into the staging area in front of tv. This thing is a lot of bass weight, if your young, athletic and enjoy lifting heavy things go for it but if not recruit a friend, neighbor or family member to help with the lifting or try the push/pull method.
Out of the Box & Side by Side
:doh: I forgot to take any pics during the unboxing, sorry. SVS made it easy with instructions in print and pictures on the boxes though, so all went well. I pulled my Bic F12 out right after unboxing my new toy and slid the two together. Not much of a difference in cabinet size between the two of them but that is where any and all similarities end. I mean, look at the grain finish on SVS sub, nice and deep compared to the Bic, the woofer itself weighs more than the entire Bic.
Set Up & Location
This is where I threw out all the stops and shoved my new toy into the very same spot my Bic had been in since joining the rest of my gear a year ago. I had planned to do the sub crawl and all but after pushing it from the front door to the staging area I knew then it wasn't going to happen that day, just wanted to get it hooked up and playing ASAP, plus it looks and fits good there. I ran the MCACC advanced software, reset the speakers to small and the crossover to 100. My living room is 15x21x8 (2520 CF) and opens to the rest of our house (see pic above ). Prime listening position is approximately 11' away from the sub.
Gear & Connections
My gear is in my sig, all connections via HDMi and I'm also hard wired (2x cat5) atm to allow streaming a/v from my PC or the internet and online gaming.
My taste in music is all over the place from classical to rap (my son makes me:help:) and everything between.
Music has been a part of my whole life, from my early days in Southern California to my time in Virginia. I worked as a roadie in South Florida as a teenager for a band that played at HS Proms mostly. Then while living in Austin, Texas I was working for a music store moving pianos. I met Willie Nelson after moving his sisters baby grand, he even sat down and strummed along with my buddy as he was testing how badly we had knocked it out of tune with the short move from the recording studio to center stage (real cool dude).
I started off with some "Time" by Pink Floyd's from their Dark Side of the Moon album. This is a song I've heard and have been listening to for nearly 40yrs :yikes:
Each clock at the beginning of the song was recorded separately in an antiques store. This is followed by a two-minute passage dominated by Nick Mason's drum solo, with rototoms and backgrounded by a tick-tock sound created by Roger Waters picking two muted strings on his bass.
Next up was "Burning Down the House" by Talking Heads from their Speaking in Tongues album. While not bass heavy, I love this song, even used it in one of my Halo videos.
Voodoo by Godsmack is a song I love to crank up the volume to and the SB13-Ultra delivered every note flawlessly.
Another One Bites the Dust by Queen from The Game album.
There are no synthesisers used in the