The SVS Ultra Towers are flagship floor-standing speakers which are modestly priced and would be amazing as the front main channels of your home theater system. They have picked up plenty of accolades over the years and are well-received by their users. We would suggest pairing the Ultra Towers with matching amps so to allow them to sound their absolute best.
In order to match the right amps to these floor-standing speakers, we will need to find out more about the SVS Ultra Towers. By learning more of their sonic characteristics and how well they perform, we will then be able to start sharing with you a list of the best amps to go for and partner them up with the SVS Ultra Towers loudspeakers.
Sonic Characteristics and Merits of SVS Ultra Towers
These are large floor-standing speakers with a unique design that is quite hard to notice at first glance. Removing the speaker grille, you will notice a 1″ (25mm) aluminum dome tweeter has been sandwiched between two 6.5″ (165mm) composite glass-fiber cone midrange drivers. If you look at each side of the speaker cabinet, right at the bottom, you will spot an 8″ (200mm) woofer (one on each side). At the back of the speaker cabinet, there is a decent-sized rear-firing bass port. It seems that the SVS Ultra Towers are packing a lot of firepowers and could deliver really powerful bass frequencies.
Looking at their frequency response which is 28Hz-32kHz (+/-3dB), does indicate the SVS Ultra Towers are capable of producing the subterranean level of bass. You probably wouldn’t need a subwoofer to supplement their bass performance in a stereo setup. The nominal impedance is 8 Ohms and the speaker sensitivity of 88dB is good as well. The recommended amplifier power is from 20W to 300W. The SVS Ultra Towers are floor-standers that would perform well in a mid-to-large listening room. Placing them too near to walls might reinforce their bass response by too much and make the low ends sound over-bearing.
The SVS Ultra Towers is capable of delivering a large-scale presentation of the source material with its powerful and hefty bass performance. The midbass of these tower speakers helps to add weight to the midrange reproduction where it also improves the dimension of the musical instruments as well as the vocals. The midbass performance of the Ultra Towers makes them great for home theater performances. Along with their deep bass prowess, the SVS Ultra Towers will shake the floor with satisfying low-end oomphs. It is still recommended to integrate a high-quality subwoofer into the mix though.
We really have no qualms with their bass performance as the level of impacts these speakers can land is really satisfying. To bring out the upper frequencies, the SVS Ultra Towers do make them sound bright so as to add more clarity and not be overwhelmed by the low frequencies. The treble is clear but at higher volumes, they may sound harsh or overly bright. The subtle details are not as clearly delivered which is quite surprising. The SVS Ultra Towers would be amazing for handling bass-heavy music. If only the SVS Ultra Towers have a little more refinement and they would be exemplary as a pair of stereo speakers.
At this price point, we shouldn’t nitpick them too much and we do find them entertaining to listen to, thanks to their powerful sonic delivery, and large spacious soundstage. We were definitely charmed by their low-end performance and bass fanatics should definitely give the SVS Ultra Towers a try. We have gathered enough information and details about the SVS Ultra Towers loudspeakers, it is time for us to list out the best matching amps to pair with them. We will also take the retail prices of the amps into account and match them as close to the speakers as possible.
SVS Ultra Towers Specifications
- Speaker Type: 3.5-Way (Rear-Firing Bass Port)
- Drive Units: 1″ (25mm) aluminum dome tweeter, 2x 6.5″ (165mm) midrange drivers, 2x 8″ (200mm) woofers
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 28Hz-32kHz
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 20-300W
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 88dB
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 1158mm x 350mm x 419mm | 45.6″ x 13.8″ x 16.5″
- Weight: 34.2kg (75.4lbs)
Best Amps to match with SVS Ultra Towers
The Peachtree Audio Nova150 is a powerful integrated amp with enough muscles to drive the SVS Ultra Towers. The power output of 250 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms enables the Nova150 amp to drive your speakers without worries. Furthermore, the sonic characteristics of this integrated amp have a hint of warmth to help ease the hard edges a little and their rich sound reproduction complements the SVS Ultra Towers as well. The built-in features such as the premium ES9018K2M SABRE32 DAC adds more value for its users and the Home Theater Bypass function will be useful too.
Another amazing amp to go for will be the Parsound NewClassic 200 which is a powerful integrated amplifier with a power output of up to 125W into 4Ω or 8Ω (both channels driven), certainly enough to drive the SVS Ultra Towers loudspeakers. At this price point, the level of realism and musicality that the Parsound NewClassic 200 has, makes it worth every penny invested. This sonic prowess will go well with the SVS Ultra Towers too as they do lack musical refinement. The integrated amp’s neutral character with a tad of warmth will help ease the brightness a little.
Going with separates might be a better option, the Parasound NewClassic series has some of the finest amps in their price range. In the preamplifier section, you can go with the Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre, it is modestly priced and is packed with plenty of features. For the power amplifier section, the matching Parasound NewClassic 2250 v.2 will be a fantastic choice. It is a THX Ultra2 certified power amp with 275 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms (both channels driven). With this setup, you can easily make your SVS Ultra Towers sing and handle most music peaks. Furthermore, there is Bypass input for surround sound integration.
Peachtree Audio Nova300 will be another ideal amp to pair with the SVS Ultra Towers. It is an extremely powerful integrated amp with a power output of up to 450 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms. Furthermore, the Nova300 is sanely priced, and to provide even more value to its users, it also comes with a plethora of features. The sonic characteristics of the amp are well-matched with the SVS Ultra Towers, the highs are non-fatiguing, there is warmth in the overall sound reproduction and the bass control is exceptional, not to mention, rich in details, complementing the SVS floor-standers.
The Wyred 4 Sound STI-500 is another musical-sounding amplifier that you might want to look into. Sonically, it is a suitable match with the SVS Ultra Towers, as it has a wide and deep soundstage projection. The low frequencies reproduction and handling are superb at this price range. The musical details are clearly delivered and the level of clarity is exceptional, especially with such a polished background, giving you a clean-sounding music presentation. The Wyred 4 Sound STI-500 has ample muscles to power the SVS Ultra Towers too. At this price point, the STI-500 is certainly worth your time to hear them out.
If you prefer Class AB amplification then the Parasound Halo series Hint 6 will be an excellent choice. It has both power and refinement to complement the SVS Ultra Towers. The Hint 6 is an integrated amp that uses high bias class A/AB operation with a dual-mono power supply, an oversized shielded toroid power transformer, and other premium components to deliver an exhilarating and large-scale music presentation filled with rich details. You might want to pair with a matching subwoofer such as the SVS SB-3000 for a true full-range sound. The low pass filter of the Parasound Halo Hint 6 allows you to set the crossover frequency which we recommend to be set to 60Hz.
We do find that the SVS Ultra Towers perform better in a home theater environment and do okay with music unless we are talking bass-heavy soundtracks. If you are planning to use these SVS floor-standing speakers for HT use, we will suggest going for amps that have the HT Bypass feature which there are already a few choices on our list. We will suggest arranging an audition to hear these amps out before making a decision as you will need to find out if you like the sound quality they are producing.