SVS has just announced a new, versatile home theater speaker, the Prime Elevation. SVS has designed this compact, trapezoidal speaker is for ceiling, on-wall, speaker stand or shelf mounting in several arrays. Because many audio and home theater enthusiasts cannot install in-ceiling speakers, the Prime Elevation speakers provide a perfect solution for individuals who want to take advantage of immersive audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D. The Prime Elevation speakers are angled and a perfect solution for hanging directly on-wall. But SVS isn’t stopping at calling the Prime Elevation simply a surround speaker. Instead, they have designed it to function as any speaker in a home theater setup.
What’s interesting about SVS’ design and approach is that there is no sideways or upside down with the SVS Prime Elevation. It is acoustically engineered to offer the same detailed response and dynamics no matter what role it’s playing. The speaker answers placement and set-up challenges for owners who want the fidelity of an expertly designed center, surround, front or height effects speaker, from a single, affordable solution. SVS says that the Prime Elevation can be used in the following ways:
- As a down-firing height channel speaker, easily mounted high on a side wall
- As an up-firing height channel speaker for the same formats, placed on stands or atop tower speakers
- As an up-firing or down-firing front or center channel speaker with projector screens or where level placement at ear height is not possible
- As a side or rear-firing surround speaker, when placement on a side or rear wall is not optimal for the most convincing side or back surround effects
- A pair of Elevation speakers can be wall-mounted and wired to become a bipole or dipole surround speaker.
SVS says that it sonically punches well above its class for a speaker of its size and price. Given our previous experience with various SVS speaker models, we’re very inclined to believe it.
“Adaptability has become a major factor in loudspeaker design, especially with the rise of more immersive audio formats,” said Gary Yacoubian, president, SVS. “The SVS Prime Elevation adapts to almost any home theater set-up and plays a variety of roles exceptionally well. Audio enthusiasts will love all the possibilities this powerful, multi-purpose speaker affords.”
Included with the SVS Prime Elevation is a secure wall bracket kit that allows the speaker to be conveniently mounted in any of four positions and easily positioned for the best possible performance depending on the application. It also features a universal mounting option with a ¼” 20TPI brass insert that works with many other kits. The SVS Prime Elevation comes in three gorgeous finishes Gloss Black, Gloss White, and Black Ash with a hand-painted satin baffle.
Featuring a rated bandwidth of 69 Hz – 25 kHz (+/- 3dB), the SVS Prime Elevation performance compares to that of high end bookshelf speakers, but offers many more possibilities. Outstanding crossover design and lower midrange and upper bass output allow it to blend seamlessly with subwoofers and speakers from SVS and other brands. When used in a multi-channel set-up, the speakers deliver crystal clear dialogue and vocals, an enveloping soundstage and seamless sonic transitions from front to back, side to side and overhead.
As with its predecessors in the SVS Prime speaker line, Elevation includes a precision machined front baffle designed with chamfers to reduce tweeter diffraction, an FEA-optimized tweeter diffuser to deliver unveiled highs on or off-axis, a cast composite ABS and Glass Fiber woofer basket, and a sophisticated crossover design for excellent frequency response across the audio spectrum. The 1” aluminum dome tweeter and 4.5” polypropylene cone woofer blend seamlessly together within the acoustically inert enclosure to provide a balanced speaker that works great for dialogue, action movie dynamics, dance music, vocals, sound effects and all other audio experiences.
SVS says that it sonically punches well above its class for a speaker of its size and price. Given our previous experience with various SVS speaker models, we’re very inclined to believe it. The SVS Prime Elevation is sonically voiced to match with any of the company’s existing speakers and subwoofers. SVS currently manufacturers two full speaker lines, the Prime and Ultra Series, as well as a range of sealed, ported and cylinder subwoofers, and a line of SoundPath Audio Accessories.