Originally Posted by Rengozu
Had some Crutchfield bonus credit saved up and ended up buying a pack of 4 isolator feet a couple weeks ago when I was getting serious about ordering the 4000. Then the Memorial Day sale happened and I somehow ended up with a PB16-Ultra instead. Still drooling at the thought of that boom in my room, I've stared at manual pages, downloaded the mobile app, and practically looked at everything I can in the meantime, but then realized I actually needed 2 more isolator feet because it uses 6 and not 4. SVS only had them listed in 4 and 6 packs on their site, but just wanted to give a shout out to their wonderful customer service as I sent them an email and they actually helped me out with getting 2 more of them here quickly.
So now I'm sitting here all wired up with a new XLR cable and 6 isolator feet ready to go and my Tuesday delivery sure isn't getting here any faster. :P
Does any one here have the 16 Ultra and prefer to cover any of the ports? Probably something I'll just have to play with once I get, but thinking I won't be trying to max it out to its loudest, and from the way I read it certain things may sound a little better (cleaner?) if I covered one of the ports.
That's sort of like being all dressed up with nowhere to go!
I think that you are really going to like your new PB16, but as for what mode you will prefer to use it in, that's something that you will need to experiment with to determine. If you don't use any of the port plugs, and you keep it in Standard mode, you will get a little more SPL above 20Hz. Whether you would actually notice the difference is a YMMV sort of thing.
If you plug one port (any port) and set the DSP to Extended mode, you will get more SPL below 20Hz. With the right content, most people are likely to notice that. <20Hz frequencies are where you will hear/feel the deepest bass effects. Most professional recommendations I have seen for the various Ultras have recommended using the Extended mode, and that is certainly what I prefer. But, that's just something for you to decide for yourself.
If you plug all of the ports and set the DSP to Sealed mode, you will have converted your great big ported sub into an SB16. So, that is not a mode that most people use, although again it's a YMMV issue. I hope that this brief discussion of modes helps!