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  1. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    Well, I said it was $60 when I ordered it, which it no longer is. There is currently a "Like New" set for $61.49, with an absurd 4-6 week delivery estimate.
  2. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    ...and? I watched the opening sequence of Baby Driver last night for grins. It takes on an entirely new dimension with the extension and power of the SB-16 Ultras vs. the sub they replaced.
  3. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    Mike, thanks for the heads up on that release. It never occurred to me there was an SACD release of these. I had actually bought The Nutcracker from HDTracks as well, only to discover what I received was a different recording of Sleeping Beauty. They refunded it and took it off their site...
  4. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    I have the stereo 96/24 downloads from HDTracks.
  5. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    I believe so.
  6. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    I have a complete Sleeping Beauty with Antal Dorati and the Concertgebouw Orch. There's just nothing quite like a pristine 21st Century recording, and the Järvi boys are aggressive with the material. BTW, there is also a Chandos complete Sleeping Beauty which I also recommend, also with Neeme...
  7. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    I mentioned in my review that one of my favorite bits of test music is a complete recording of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. I simply can't overemphasize how outstanding this recording and performance is, and it's just a fabulous, and very long, work. This is one of the greatest things I've ever...
  8. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    Isn't that what spouses are for?
  9. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    You can set the display to illuminate briefly when a change is made, then turn off. That should do the trick. You can also dim it, which is what I do, because the display is the only way to know they are on. I also don't know why the coming change in your home would necessarily discourage you...
  10. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    Now For The Fun Part Finally… I get to sit back and just enjoy. Before I go into that, I want to point out that it soon became obvious the subs were getting more refined as they broke in. I know that speaker break-in is a controversial topic. I wasn’t expecting to actually hear a difference...
  11. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    …And They Arrive. The SB-16 Ultra has a relatively compact cabinet (for what it is) that’s roughly 20” cubed. Their weight is a somewhat less manageable 122 lbs. In fact, the compact size of these subwoofers ultimately became a consideration in my purchase, since I had to get them into the...
  12. JohnRice

    SVS SB-16 Ultra Review

    The Philosophy. An HTF member recently posted a truism about audio enthusiasts. It states that they tend to fall into one of two categories. Those who buy music so they can play it on their stereo, and those who buy a stereo so they can listen to their music. I definitely lean toward the...
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