Okay here's my take on my SB-13 Ultra sub I bought last week.
It's a day late because Fed-Ex delivered to the leasing office instead of my place and by the time I realized what happened, the office was closed for the day. So today after getting help carrying the 105lb monster box to my apartment, I finally was able to set it up. I have to say that this thing really is built like a tank and in a good way.
I ran YPAO since I have a Yamaha V867 receiver and did some tweaking. I must say that I had to turn the volume down because wow...this thing can get loud! Turn it down you ask? As I mentioned unfortunately, I live in an apartment and I don't want to upset my neighbors so I turned the volume on the sub to -10. YPAO set the sub to -5.5 on the receiver and I adjusted it to -3.5 after playing around with music and movies. I have to say that this sub is WAY better than the Energy S10.3 it's replacing and I will have to set used to not seeing a light on the front to see if it's on, but yeah...it's on!
I'm playing all sorts of music: dub-step, hip-hip, jazz, they all sound amazing and as loud as it is, it blends in perfectly with the rest of my speaker set up (RC-70 fronts, RC-LCR center, and RC-10 surrounds). Actually, everything sounds better than ever. I just wish I didn't have to go to work tomorrow just so I can spend more time listening to all of my media!
By the way, if anyone is still on the fence about buying from their outlet store for whatever reason, don't. Mine had a "shine" spot which they discounted $200 and if they didn't mentioned it, I wouldn't of noticed. SVS customer service is top notch and were very helpful with me setting it up.
I would definitely recommend this sub to anyone. The only negative thing I have about it is the the grille - not really a fan of it.