What was their name???
Perhaps he's referring to the SVS news mailing, which addressed the price issue. In general, SVS doesn't comment on future products. One exception was the recent PB14 rumor thread, where Mr. Stimpson alluded to their next-generation 2007 subs with 13" drivers:
Thanks for the interest in this "rumor" guys. How about this: It's not a 12" and it's not a 14". We have a great current Ultra woofer that allowed us the luxury of time to consider a host of size variations that leveraged past research but held to a tough yet simple standard: Any new Ultra product has got to be a sigificant improvement.
2-3 years has seen technology move on, indeed.
We don't play the vapor-ware game though, and to a degree we realize we probably inadvertantly caused some of this discussion. No official announcement of any new woofer or product has or can be made till we're sure we can give a solid availability window. If it was just woofers involved we might have done it already. New woofers of course beg the question about amp power, form factor, price etc etc, some of which simply aren't sorted out yet.
After quite a few delays things are falling into place rapidly however.
I expect the air should clear some about the time we show up at CES.
With its next-generation 13" driver, SVS should surpass all of the new models from Hsu. Comments from SVS suggest the new driver will only be offered in the $1100+ Ultra models, at least initially. I am anxious to see how SVS will price these subs, and whether they will remain true to their price/performance and value-oriented history.
I was a bit surprised the VTF-3 Mk3 didn't feature a new 13" driver. It looks like everyone else is heading in that direction for their next-generation subs.