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Tuesday, 07 May 2013
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SVS Ultra Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review
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The Ultras provided an excellent framework for Anglo Indian folk rock performer Raghu Dixit. Indian percussion, acoustic guitar, violin, and a hybrid of rock and Indian melodies fills the music. The multilingual lyrics are joyful, and the Ultras captured the music's spirit so beautifully I could not help but get lost in the hypnotic beats. Goosebump moments, for sure.

Finding places where the SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers fell short is a tough task. They were highly coherent, sympathetic to all kinds of music, and easy to enjoy. Incidentally, my favorite amp pairing was with the Norwegian-made Electrocompaniet ECI3. The only place I was left wanting was the rickety stock binding post jumpers. Seriously, that's all I could come up with!

SVS Ultra BookshelfI was able to do a few comparisons with speakers in the Ultra Bookshelf's general price range. Compared to the recently reviewed Opera Mezza, the Ultras had a bigger sound and a weightier bottom end. The Definitive Technology SM65 and the Ultras were way more similar than different; however, the SVS offered up more resolution and slightly better dynamics. The Polk LSiM 703 and the Ultras were very similar in bass performance, resolution, and image size, however the Polk had a slightly more vivid treble presentation.


With a proven track record of successful speaker designs and a direct-to-consumer model, SVS has a great product in the $998/pair Ultra Bookshelf stand mount monitors. The in-home trial period trial is generous and, according to SVS, the best way to audition speaker is in your own system, at home. That is a hard premise to argue with.

The Ultra Bookshelf proved to be a very fun speaker to review, as it hit all the right notes. Its priorities were definitely coherence and seamlessness in a good-looking package. The Ultras were, as noted, amplifier friendly and unfussy to set up. The Ultras have a big sound not often found in stand mount designs. Before spending a bunch more, I highly suggest checking out SVS -- you might just find that far more expensive brands offer little, or nothing, more. Highly Recommended.



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