SVS are famous for their bass performance especially when it comes to their powered subwoofer but they also make high-quality speakers such as the SVS Ultra Bookshelf. It is a pair of stand-mounters that is highly rated and well-received by their users, and at this price point, it is quite an impressive feat. If you are a proud owner of these remarkable SVS Ultra Bookshelf loudspeakers and are currently searching for a matching amp to pair with them, please look no further as we will be planning to list out the best amps that you can go for.
Before we can start listing out the matching and compatible amps to drive the SVS Ultra Bookshelf, we will need to first learn more about the SVS bookshelf speakers’ sonic characteristics and how well they perform. So without further ado, let’s find out more about the SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers together.
Sonic Characteristics and Strengths of SVS Ultra Bookshelf
For a modestly priced bookshelf speaker, the SVS Ultra Bookshelf looks premium and sleek, especially in piano gloss black finish. It will look great in any listening or home theater room, not to mention, match aesthetically well with most modern amps. It is a 2-way bookshelf speaker with a rear-firing bass port located at the back of the cabinet. At the front, you will find a 1″ (25mm) aluminum dome tweeter and a 6.5″ (165mm) woofer unit. The bass port is quite small which does allows us to place them slightly nearer to walls but if you find the bass reinforcement a bit too much, you can always just pull them away from the wall.
The nominal impedance of the SVS Ultra Bookshelf is at 8 Ohms and drops to a minimum of about 4.6 Ohms. The frequency response is quite impressive for a stand-mounter at this price range, it is rated 45Hz-32kHz (+/-3 dB). The speaker sensitivity on the other hand is quite a bummer as it is rated at 87dB. The recommended amplifier power of the SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers starts from 20W to 150W. Going with amps that could produce around 75W or more will be recommended and has a subwoofer output will be cool too.
The SVS Ultra Bookshelf has the capability to project a wide soundstage and sounds bigger than expected, it would probably be their incredible bass performance that is filling the room with ample musical presence. A presence where you can feel, it is as if the low ends are been delivered through a pair of small floor-standing speakers. Really impressive, but to nitpick, SVS Ultra Bookshelf is unable to really produce that subterranean bass level which is why you will need to add an active subwoofer into the mix especially if you are using them for home theater purposes.
The low frequencies are delivered with tautness and depth, not to mention, it has the alacrity to blend in nicely with the rest of the frequencies. The full-bodied music presentation has that warmth to it, especially in the midrange reproduction. Still, there are times where the SVS Ultra Bookshelf does sound overly bright in the upper frequency levels. The highs are bright which does provide us with a good level of clarity and clean sounding quality. These sonic characteristics do make the SVS Ultra Bookshelf loudspeakers suitable for home theater use. For music, we find them at their absolute best when playing bass-heavy tracks through them, as not only the SVS Ultra Bookshelf are great at handling the low ends, but the highs sounded smoother too.
The overall sound reproduction has a mix of warmth and bright treble, with a few occasions when playing at high volume levels, the high frequencies are a bit overbearing. All in all, the SVS Ultra Bookshelf is a versatile loudspeaker and should perform better with a high-quality subwoofer been added to the mix. In a stereo setup, the bass performance of these SVS speakers should satisfy even the bass fanatics. They will also do well in a home theater environment and so HT enthusiasts should definitely check them out. With this information, we can finally start listing the best amps to go for and match them with the SVS Ultra Bookshelf loudspeakers.
SVS Ultra Bookshelf Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2-Way (Rear-Firing Bass Port)
- Drive Units: 1″ (25mm) aluminum dome tweeter, 6.5″ (165mm) woofer unit
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 45Hz-32kHz
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 20-150W
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 87dB
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 381mm x 216mm x 269mm | 15″ x 8.5″ x 10.6″
- Weight: 8.6kg (19lbs)
Best Amps to match with SVS Ultra Bookshelf
If you don’t like bright-sounding characteristics, perhaps you want to go with Marantz PM8006 which is a musical-sounding integrated amp that has enough muscles to drive the SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers. The Marantz PM8006 is capable of delivering a smooth sound reproduction with warmth, and a full-bodied music presentation that sounds silky sweet. This amp helps ease off the hard edges of the SVS Ultra Bookshelf and enabling you to listen to them for hours on end without fatiguing your ears. For turntable users, you will be delighted to know that the Marantz PM8006 has an amazing Phono EQ stage.
For lively sonic delivery with plenty of energy and dynamics, the Cambridge Audio CXA81 will be an excellent choice to pair with the SVS Ultra Bookshelf. The agility and powerful bass performance of the CXA81 is a suitable match with the SVS Ultra stand-mounters, giving its listeners punchy performances. There is also a dedicated subwoofer output for you to connect to an active sub for even more powerful bass reproduction. The snappy timings and attacks of the Cambridge Audio CXA81 really help to fully engage listeners’ attention. You might want to audition them first as this pairing might sound too bright for some listeners.
Peachtree Audio Nova150 is one of the best amps to partner with the SVS Ultra Bookshelf. Firstly, it has more than enough power to drive these SVS speakers with ease, thanks to the amp’s power output of up to 250wpc into 4 Ohms. The sonic characteristics of the Nova300 are well-matched with the SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers too as it has neutral sound reproduction with a touch of warmth that doesn’t add brightness. It can deliver a detailed music presentation cleanly and has an exemplary bass definition which complements the SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers really well.
The Yamaha A-S701 is another best amplifier to pair with your SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers and comes at a modest price. The power output of 100W per channel into 8 Ohms and along with the High Dynamic Power feature, the A-S701 is more than capable of driving the SVS stand-mounters and handle most music peaks. There are many built-in features such as a Phono Moving Magnet input, Subwoofer output, and more. The balanced overall sound reproduction of the Yamaha A-S701 delivers a clean and very detailed music presentation. We will suggest hearing them out first as it may be a bit bright for some listeners but they do not sound harsh though.
The SVS Ultra Bookshelf will be excellent speakers in a home theater setup, what you’ll need is a matching AV receiver and the Denon AVR-X3700H is an ideal match. It is an 8K UHD 9.2 channel AVR which has a power output of 105W per channel into 6 Ohms (2 channels driven). The SVS Ultra Bookshelf meaty bass performance complements the neutral and full-bodied sonic delivery of the Denon AVR-X3700H. There is a hint of warmth in the overall sound reproduction and smooth delivery helps to slightly ease the excitable treble of the SVS Ultra Bookshelf stand-mounters.
In every home theater setup, integrating a high-quality powered subwoofer is a must if you want an exhilarating home cinematic experience. Fortunately, the SVS Ultra Bookshelf belongs to a company that specializes in making high-performance subwoofers. For home theater use, the SVS PB-3000 is an amazing choice, it is a powerful 13″ ported subwoofer with 800W RMS power and could reach down to 16Hz bass extension. If listening to music is your main entertainment, the SVS SB-3000 will be a better option, it is a 13″ sealed subwoofer with 800W RMS power and is more agile with better accuracy in bass reproduction. These two SVS subwoofers are more than enough for a medium-sized room and are well suited for large size HT rooms too.
To Sum It Up
The prices of the amps listed here are close to the price point of the SVS Ultra Bookshelf and some of the very best to match with these stand-mounters. The subwoofers mentioned here are also very well matched and you should stick with the SVS brand for a seamless cohesive sonic performance. You might want to arrange an audition with these amps including the subwoofer you are getting to see if you like what you are hearing. It is also highly recommended to listen to potential amps at the comfort of your own listening room as this will provide you with a more accurate result.