SVS 16-46PC-Plus Subwoofers

16-46PC-Plus

525 watt RMS BASH amplifier 16 Hz tuning point (variable to 12Hz) +/- 3 dB 16 Hz-100 Hz 46" tall, 16" in diameter

User Reviews (6)

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steelneal   AudioPhile [Jun 09, 2004]
Strength:

Super low bass, clean, yet smooth enough for music. Good value.

Weakness:

Not to wild about the velvet cover, some wrinkles. luckily I hid it behind my TV for now.

A friend told me to check into SVS cylindrical subs - I have never looked back. I debated some time over which size and model, and selected the 16hz, 46" tall PCi-Plus model based on reviews and money available. This thing is huge, and the 70+ pound package can break your back when it arrives. I was just able to squeeze it into the back seat of my Contour with the front seats pulled forward. Unbelievable bass! Running low frequency test notes is a strain on my building structure. My ears don't detect much below 25Hz from the speaker, but the pipes banging in the next room are testimony to that waves being produced. The nuclear explosion in Sum of All Fears and the Earth's explosion in Titan A.E. are great for showing off to friends. Cannon fire on Band of Brother raps your chest like you are getting slugged. I have also run some Peter Gabriel SACD across the system and was impressed by the smothness that the sub rolls on. More musical than I had expected. I dialed the bass in big, but the big top end of my B&W speakers do well to maintain balance. You hear the explosion and that person dropping their keys this way.

Similar Products Used: JBL 12" 250W Downfiring Sub. This sub bottomed on the big explosions. I moved it upstairs and it does wonders sitting on the hardwood floor, but just wasn't big enough to play in the basement.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
skribnod   Casual Listener [May 21, 2003]
Strength:

Base is very, very deep and response is superb on music or dvd viewing.

Weakness:

No problem untill i reached the 6th DVD i watched with it. Sub bottomed out on K-19 Widowmaker movie but plays everything else i can throw at it without a grunt. SVS is currently viewing the movie now to see if the bass spike is the problem.

Wow....thats about it !! This sub rocks hard. I have had this subwoofer for less than 3 months but amazingly keeps impressing me ! Very nice looking (well at least i think so but the girlfriend says its too big) easilly fits into any corner and takes up less floor space than most box subs. Works perfect with my home theatre setup and blends in sonically. Very good people to deal with and very helpfull. Quick response on email and phone calls trying to figure out a small problem. I'm going to buy a second one just so i can move all the furniture around upstairs without having to lift a finger. :)

Similar Products Used: My system is a older setup and took a bit to find the right center channel but really sounds great. Front AMT 1D ess speakers,rear ess tempest Ls 4's, surrounds JVC ZERO fives and center klipsch rc-3,
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
raynist   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 16, 2003]
Strength:

Super Deep bass that you can really feel. Attractive, versitile design.

Weakness:

May be to large for some installs

Was first impressed with the customer service I received from Tom V at SVS. He actually recommended a cheaper sub, but I am greedy. This thing is so huge! Luckily it hides behind my projection TV, so the WAF was not really an issue. I was using a Paradigm PS-1200 subwoofer before this which I thought was awesome. Boy was I wrong!! While the Paradigm sub did its job, I had no idea how much bass it was not producing. The 'Coming Mother' scene in the "Haunting" DVD is unbelievable. It shakes my couch so much it feels like I have bass shakers installed. I have this in a 6000 cubic foot room and I could not imagine needing anymore bass than this. I really wonder if the previous reviewer used Avia and an SPL meter to calibrate this sub, there is absolutly nothing boomy about it if it is calibrated. Also, they are not reviewing the PC+ version, but the CS+ version.

Similar Products Used: Paradigm PS-1200
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
imkennyg2   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 21, 2003]
Strength:

Deep, clean, bone rattling bass. Easily out-performs subs costing twice as much. Customer service second to none.

Weakness:

None performance wise, but the size might not appeal to everyone. SVS now makes box subs also.

Look no further. If you want a sub that can do structural damage to your house, then this is it! Not recommended for apartment dwellers. I was looking at subs in the $1200+ range but really didn't want to spend that much. Then I heard about SVS. All the reviews I read were positive and how you can't get a better bang for your buck. Also how good the customer service is. Well they were right. I emailed them a detailed drawing of my room and a list of my equipement and they promptly emailed me back advising me which sub to buy and where to place it. I was impressed so I placed an order. I ordered one of their B stock (hard to come across) 16-46 PC+ subs to save even more money. I was expecting some flaws, but when it came it looked perfect. Then I hooked it up. Wow! I was impressed. It sounded even better after a couple days when the cable burned in. This sub has too much power! I tried to set it up by ear but it just wasn't right so I bought a sound meter and calibration disc (just like SVS advised) and set it up. That made a difference. The gain control is only about 1/4th up and this baby rocks! I was watching Tomb Raider and during chapt 10 the room was rumbling and shaking so hard I thought the walls and windows were going to crack! I don't think you can get a sub that goes this deep and clean for twice the price, and it's tunable down to 12hz if you dare! The phase conrol allows it to blend well with any speakers. I'm using Vandersteen Model 3's, which go down to 27hz on their own and it blends like it was made for them. I bought a sub mostly for home theater but it sounds great with music also. I'm glad I discovered SVS before plunking down $1200+ for another sub that might not have even performed as well. With their 45 day return policy you can't go wrong.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
David   AudioPhile [Mar 09, 2003]
Strength:

Wall shattering bass, very very clean and tight. The size I LOVE. People have to wipe tha smile off their face when they leave my theater room. As everyone knows, the service you get from SVS is THE BEST. Rolls Royce could learn a lesson from these guys about customer service. Just e-mail them a question and see how fast you have an answer.

Weakness:

Unless you know an SVS sub owner, you can't hear them before you buy them. If you could, alot of companies would go out of business. DON"T LET THE LOW PRICE STOP YOU FROM BUYING ONE OR TWO OF THESE. REALLY.

I owned a Paradigm PS-1000 for the last year and was not happy with it. It produces good clean bass, just not enough of it on movies. I wanted to be kicked in the chest during explosions! I have been trying to buy a Paradigm Servo 15 used and only wanted to spend 800.00. I didn't even consider SVS because they were too cheap new. I just figured you get what you pay for and if I could get a sub that retailed for 2000.00 new, and buy it used for 800.00, it would be way better than a sub that was only 875.00 new. But I couldn't stop reading all the great reviews these subs were getting, and with SVS offering a 45 return policy I figured I'd take the chance. My SVS 16-46-PC PLUS arrived and I hooked it up, thru in my Superbit version of "Knight's Tale" and sat down for what I thought would be the best bass I've heard in my theater. WRONG ! It was no better than my Paradigm. I hung my head and went to do a couple other things and a buddy of mine showed up to watch a moie. We put in The Fast and the Furious and WOW WOW WOW ! The bass was just what I wanted. The first dvd just does not have much bass in it's audio tract. The next day I watched a couple other DVD's that SVS list's for bass demo's. THEY ALL ROCKED. I had to turn the bass down. I thought I'd NEVER have to do that. The bass is clean and it STOPS instantly. NO ROLL OFF. I couldn't be happier. I hear of guys that buy 2 subs. I have a room that is dedicated to home theater, have plenty of room, love bass, but 2 of these would be extreme overkill. So I probably won't buy another one for a few months! HAHAHA As far as listening to cd's, it is excellent! I played bass guitar for years and you can decipher each note with this sub. After hearing it, I can honestly say that if it retailed for 3000.00 and someone wanted to sell me their's for 1500.00, I WOULD PAY IT. What an incredible sub !!!

Similar Products Used: Paradigm PS-1000 DCW Polk Bose (what an overpriced joke) Radio Shack (piece of junk)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
DWSharp   AudioPhile [Feb 23, 2003]
Strength:

Value in spades. Tight clean bass, more than I actually need. The 525W amp is running at about 2.5 on the dial most of the time with a tweek to 3 for some movies.

Weakness:

I have found none. For some folks it might be that they are huge. Mines hugging the wall behind a Magneplaner.

This is possibly the best value component I own. I've listened to very high end "cost is no object" subs and compared. Yes... for the most part you get what you pay for with some diminishing returns. Seldom, however do you find something that comes as close as something that is twice or even three times the cost. I've performed the tuning that SVS recommends (mines tuned to 12hz now) but I did hook it up right out of the box and came very close by ear with reference recordings with which I'm very familar. I'm not a bass freak, I do have a combined audio and cinema system and my pre-processor is only Dolby Pro Logic (for the moment) so it just pumps out everything below 100Hz to the sub output channel. I needed the built in crossover and variable phase to match to the roll-off of Magnepan 1.6QR mains that are hooked to a Odyssey 150W/channel stereo power amp (BTW - another fine value, check the reviews). I've heard REL, have owned Velodyne and heard a number of other woofers that are an excellent match for the Maggies (speed and crossover below 45Hz). What held my excursion into the lowest octave off was the cost. The SVS subs are very nearly as tight as the Velodyne 15" servo with slightly higher output and about the same in depth as the REL subs. The sound? Once it's matched and you have the right spot picked... sub-human! Batten down the hatches things are going to shake. Thank goodness I live in a house and have plaster and lathe walls built with oak floor supports in the 1930's. Apartment dwellers are warned that these (all SVS subs) can get you an eviction notice. I listen a lot to jazz, but I also like rock, classical and almost every type of music but rap but this would statisfy anyone but the most jaded audio nut (yes I am one) with an unlimited budget (no I don't have that). This really puts the slam in the Maggies. My hats are off to SVS they do everything I've seen right. I can highly recommend doing business with them and the price above includes shipping.

Similar Products Used: Velodyne, KEF, Looked at REL, Earthquake, HSU and others.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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