SVS PB16-Ultra vs Klipsch R-115SW

When you need more power: SVS PB16-Ultra vs Klipsch R-115SW

SVS PB16-Ultra vs Klipsch R-115SW

The main advantage of the R-115SW is its build quality – it looks great and the body is durable. The main advantage of the PB16-Ultra is its amazing power – compare 1500 W of its nominal output power with 400 W of the R-115SW nominal power. The PB16-Ultra maximal output power is 5000 W, while the R-115SW maximal output power is 800 W only. These models are great for large rooms and for people who need as much bass sound as possible.

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Features & Performance

The SVS PB16-Ultra vs Klipsch R-115SW performance shows that the PB16-Ultra isn't only more powerful but also more flexible – it has a wider frequency response range – 16-460 Hz versus 18-125 Hz that has the R-115SW. The PB16-Ultra crossover frequency is 30-200 Hz, while the crossover frequency of the R-115SW is 40-160 Hz.

The R-115SW can be connected using the wireless protocol (it is necessary to use the Klipsch WA-2 wireless subwoofer kit). The high-grade all-digital amplifier delivers the clean audio no matter how high volume is set.

The PB16-Ultra features a high-performance amplifier while the Digital Signal Processing technology guarantees perfect blending with other speakers. It can be also controlled via a smartphone application or with a special top-front panel (it has a display).

Design

The Klipsch R-115SW vs SVS PB16-Ultra design comparison shows that the R-115SW is designed using the well-known elements of the brand – the spun-copper driver. The PB16-Ultra looks massive.

The R-115SW features a 15-inch cerametallic woofer, while the PB16-Ultra has an a16-inch driver. The R-115SW has a rectangular front-firing port and the PB16-Ultra has three venting ports located right under the driver.

The R-115SW has RCA LFE inputs and the PB16-Ultra features RCA LFE and XLR ports.

The dimensions are 21.7x25x30.9 in. for the PB16-Ultra versus 21.5x19.5x22.3 in. for the R-115SW. The weight is 174.6 lbs. and 75.4 lbs. respectively.

SVS PB16-Ultra pros & cons

Pros:

  • The output sound is balanced, powerful. It is a good option for movies and films.
  • The mobile application is reliable and it has many functions. The bass is responsible.
  • It is easy to setup.

Cons:

  • The model is incredibly heavy, so you need to find the right place for it beforehand.

Klipsch R-115SW pros & cons

Pros:

  • The output sound is tight and clean – no audio distortion even if the volume level is high.
  • The wide crossover frequency allows achieving perfect blending with other audio equipment.

Cons:

  • This model is not very reliable – some units may work for 1-2 years only (you may experience amplifier issues).
  • Some customers find the configuration process difficult.

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Klipsch R-115SW

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Product

SVS PB16-Ultra
Klipsch R-115SW

Model

PB16-Ultra
R-115SW

Brand

SVS
Klipsch

Rating

4.5 of 5
4.7 of 5

Reviews

19
115

General

Amplification type

active
active

Detachable grilles

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

1500
400

Maximal output power (RMS), W

5000
800

Audio amplifier output power, W

4000
800

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

112
118

Impedance, Ohm

8
8

Frequency response, Hz

16-460
18-125

Crossover frequency, Hz

30-200
40-160

Driver

Driver quantity

1
1

Driver size, in

16
15

Driver placement

front panel
front panel

Port placement

front panel
front panel

Connections

RCA LFE inputs

1
1

RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)

1
1

RCA outputs

1

XLR inputs (pair)

1

XLR outputs (pair)

1

Wireless

Bi-amp

Speaker outputs (pair)

Speaker inputs (pair)

Controls

Volume

Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch

Material

Body material

MDF
MDF

Woofer composition

fiberglass
polymer

Colors

black
black

Enclosure type

vented
vented

User manual

Manual

N/A
N/A

Dimensions

Dimensions (H x W x D), cm/in

55.1 x 63 x 76.4/21.7 x 25 x 30.9
54.6 x 48.3 x 55.9/21.5 x 19.5 x 22.3

Weight, kg/pounds

79.2/174.6
34/75.4

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  • 10SVS PB16-Ultra
  • 10.7Klipsch R-115SW

Klipsch R-115SW is better subwoofer in this comparison. Check Klipsch R-115SW price