Quote from the sales staff at svs
We are developing the SB13-Plus and SB16-Ultra. We are not releasing any additional information about either subwoofer until they are available for pre-order. The SB13-Plus will launch before the SB16-Ultra. Final pricing has not been set, but the SB16-Ultra will most assuredly not cost half of a Submersive - this will be a very high tech, feature-laden, and high-performance subwoofer.
******SVS isn’t about winning dB drag races with any brand. Our subwoofers have always performed well, but a product like the SB16-Ultra will have a broader focus and appeal because it will have the whole ball of wax – looks and design aesthetics, performance, cutting edge technology, and features.
If you want to win SPL drag races for the least amount of money, then build a subwoofer yourself, or buy something like an eD A7-900 with twin 18” woofers and a cabinet which is literally 3X the size of a PB13-Ultra. It costs a bunch less than the Submersive and will surely outgun it. Or possibly dual Epik Dragon – an 18” sealed subwoofer for $1000 – two of them for the same price as a Submersive and they will also easily outgun the Submersive.
What I’m trying to convey is that SVS doesn’t need to be held hostage by one particular subwoofer, particularly in the SPL arena. There are choices already on the market which outperform a Submersive for the same or less $$, and we don’t need to also throw our hat into that ring – we’re shooting for a more upscale market and a broader appeal by focusing on more things that how loud the subwoofer can play. "
Owners of the Maserati GranTursimo S will freely admit there are faster cars on the market for less $$. And they could care less – the ownership and driving experience is unparalleled and also undiluted by the fact something like the ZR1 is faster. As the old saying goes when people ask why enthusiasts own Harley-Davidson when there are 9-second liter bikes for less - “If you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand.” Owning an SB16-Ultra will be like that – enthusiasts will buy it for the technology, the features, the name, the panache, and the exclusivity. :^) ********
******There will always be the latest darling of the internet crowd – JL, Epik, eD, Hsu, AV123, Seaton, SVS – it’s just the nature of the beast. Keep your options open and purchase whatever suits your particular needs and don’t get hung-up on whatever is around the corner from company XYZ – because there will always be something around the corner. Buy a good sub and enjoy movies and music and give the forums a rest – they can really mess with your head after a while. :^) *******
Thats all i know, i was asking them about their competitors and how they match up. So it should be really good