Originally Posted by muscles
I doubt those are much of a concern to SVS. They are most likely worried about big business subs like Monolith stealing some sales. The ID direct companies sell very few subs in comparison to SVS, and cater to a crowd where performance and sound quality are of the utmost concern. As for a PC16 Ultra, I have heard from many engineers at SVS that they are simply too big around to make viable, it would be cool to see, but I doubt that will be it. I bet it is some kind of dual subwoofer design to compete with the new Monolith.
I agree with much of what Greg is saying. I don't think that SVS can realistically go head-to-head with some of the much smaller ID companies, even if they really wanted to. Which they don't. Getting in an arms-race with much smaller and more nimble companies doesn't really make sense from a business perspective. Companies such as PSA and JTR, especially, can introduce new models any time they want. SVS's larger assembly-line production model isn't well-suited to do that.
So, as far as I'm concerned, the Cap 4000ULF, the TV36 iPal, and the TV42 iPal are safe from any new SVS subwoofers. It would be cool to see SVS double the drivers, for a new model, with a 2400 watt amp, in a little larger cabinet. The top-mounted digital controls (and the remote and the app) to permit user-applied DSP, aren't going anywhere, in my opinion.
What I would like to see, though, are larger ports, even if SVS had to jettison the Standard 20Hz mode to make that work in a reasonable cabinet size. And, I would like to see a legitimate 14Hz port tune, with SVS's normal concentration on frequencies below about 35Hz. Unfortunately perhaps, some subwoofer companies get known for certain features, such as Sealed, Standard, Extended modes in their higher-end subs. And that requires three ports.
Making those three ports larger, to reduce chuffing at higher volume levels, is a challenge unless the cabinet also gets taller and wider. A deeper cabinet would be an easier sell for most people who like SVS's basic form factor, but that wouldn't help with potential port chuffing, as SVS pushes more SPL through the existing port diameter of 3.5".
What I would personally like to see SVS do instead is to install a room size control (as several other sub makers have done). It could easily be part of the new model's DSP. The RSC feature would allow listeners to scale back the <30Hz volumes a bit rather than having to change to a different tuning mode, such as the 20Hz Standard mode. Now, SVS would only need two ports for the normal 14Hz mode (with both ports plugged for sealed). And now, SVS could easily make those two ports bigger in diameter, to reduce port chuffing, if they wanted to.
I don't think they are likely to implement what I am suggesting. It can be a little hard to boldly change some features that are closely associated with the brand, such as having three tuning options. But, I wish they would!