The Ultimate SVS Ultra Atmos Speaker System Preview and Unboxing

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When we approached SVS with the idea of creating the ultimate Ultra Dolby Atmos system, we had absolutely no idea how incredibly cool this project would become. Just to be clear, this truly is an enthusiast’s dream system, loaded with a full 7.2.4 speaker array of SVS’s best. The frontend is comprised of Ultra Towers and an Ultra Center, with Ultra Surrounds and Ultra Bookshelf speakers handling side and rear duties. The ceiling “height” channels are SVS’s stellar Prime Elevations, and bass duty is controlled by not one, but TWO, of SVS’s new SB16 sealed subwoofers.

A system this large and heavy requires special delivery, which happened last week. Delivery from shipping notice to door took roughly 4 to 5 days and used a regional trucking company (R&L) with lift gate service. That's a relief because it's hard enough watching my local FedEx driver begrudgingly drag large boxes of gear from his truck to the door. This particular shipment may have caused him to wave the white flag and retire. All in, the pallet of speakers weighed shy of 600lbs (the Prime Elevations were used in a previous review, so those were already on hand).

Today, we'll take a peek a what this kind of delivery looks like along with a few photos of the move-in process. We're still waiting for SVS's new Elevation ceiling brackets to be delivered (the first run of those brackets should arrive in the next week or two), so unboxing and system installation will be slightly delayed. I'll re-enter this thread with unboxing photos soon.

Now, unless you're young and limber, moving gear weighing this much really requires the help of a friend. That friend could be a human with a spare set of hands and a healthy back...or it could be mechanical. It just so happens that my pinball machine obsession (games can tip the scale at 300lbs) led me to purchase an industrial automatic stair climbing dolly called an Escalera. It's a powerful tool; so powerful that a single person can use an Escalera to move something as heavy as a commercial vending machine up a flight of steps without breaking a sweat. So, much like my FedEx driver, my friends and I are still on a speaking basis!

Delivery preparation and packaging was excellent and all of the boxes arrived in perfect condition. SVS even used cardboard protective corners to keep the pallet straps from digging into the edges of the top boxes.

For the moment, the gear is occupying quite a bit of space in my office. But it will begin to see action soon enough!

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Stay tuned for the unboxing!
 

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Whoa, that's a killer setup! I know what the Ultra speakers and SB16 subwoofer sound like from first hand experience. You are in for a treat my friend.
 
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Something tells me these speakers won't be leaving your home. :dancebanana::banana:
 

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Something tells me these speakers won't be leaving your home. :dancebanana::banana:

At this point I'm just hoping my home can withstand a few weeks of SVS punishment! :fireworks1: :hsd::fireworks2:

:devil:
 

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Kudo's to R&L and the driver for exercising care in transport and handling!
Are those snow chains on that Escalara? :cool:
 

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Those are part of the climbing motor system... chains have black grip points that walk it up and down steps...
 

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That is a LOT of unboxing for sure, but it will be a great sounding system. When I had my 5 channel SVS Ultra system it was one fine sounding system... rivals some of the best I have heard anywhere.
 

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SVS Prime Elevation x4 (Top Middle, Top Rear)
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That is a LOT of unboxing for sure, but it will be a great sounding system. When I had my 5 channel SVS Ultra system it was one fine sounding system... rivals some of the best I have heard anywhere.

You might need to set some time aside and get that box cutter out!
 
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