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(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Good speakers just not good enough
By Will the trucker
from San Josse,CA
About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast
Comments about SVS Prime Tower:
Nice speakers but just not enough detail and warmth.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Fantastic Sound and Great Value
from Boston, MA
About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Musician
I bought a pair of these towers to be used as mains in a 5.1 theater setup. So far they are the only speakers I bought for this setup. They are currently powered by second generation Emotiva XPA-5 amp connected to UMC-200 processor. Fed with 200 watts per channel of power these towers sound fantastic! The amount of details these speakers bring out in music is striking. I hear nuances in familiar recordings that I never knew existed. The balance between low, mid and high frequencies is very good. Bass is strong and pretty deep for such compact towers. It is sufficient for most jazz recordings, although pop and rock music listening may still require a subwoofer for best effect. Midrange is balanced and clear and trebles are well defined and extended. These towers will work well for quiet background listening, but sound their best at moderate to high volumes. They can get impressively loud with proper amplification.Here are a few observations. These towers need some time to be broken in. The first time I listened to them I was underwhelmed by their midrange driver's volume and clarity (it seemed too quiet compared to woofers and tweeters) and overwhelmed by the tweeter's presence (too bright and loud). After a couple of days of playback these problems disappeared. Another thing is these speakers perform best with thick wire. After I switched to 10 gauge wire the sound became much fuller and better balanced. Lastly, these speakers need to be placed at least a few inches away from back walls for optimal bass performance due to their rear port design.Can't wait to get a pair of SB-2000 subs to compliment these!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Beautiful gloss finish! Detailed sound
from Algonac, MI
About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical
Two Channel Set UpThe Pros: First and foremost these are very detailed speakers. Quite honestly I'm still getting used to them. As soon as i hooked them up I knew they were something special. They have an enormous soundstage and provide a sense of depth to the room (if the recording permits). I was able to pinpoint instruments within recordings with ease. They are a smooth forward sounding speaker. The treble and midrange sound as one. Voices come through with ease on movie soundtracks which is a plus! The bass is adequate for the tower as well. I have mine placed a foot off my main wall and they can get play low when called for. They pick apart recordings, so if you have a good one they will let you know and vice versa. They come very close to my long admired Triangle Celius 202's which i've had for 10 years now. The Celius' woofers are just a tad bit quicker and tighter. All said, these Prime towers are a great bargain at this price point. I have yet come across a speaker that comes closer.Now to the cons : These are not "turn it up loud" rock speakers. These are a "sit back, relax and pick out the details"speakers. They seemed to work best with orchestral and jazz recordings. They tended to get fatiguing with regular rock recordings. That said, they seem to highlight or accentuate different parts of recordings as well. This was something I was not used to. It doesn't make them bad. It just make them different. If you have a bad recording, they will shove it in your face (MP3's are going play for what they are (gritty-unless you're using a higher bit rate)). They can get harsh sounding if pushed too hard as well, so i wouldn't recommend it as a party speaker (which I don't think SVS intended it to be).Ok...with both the pros and cons added up, I decided to keep the Prime Towers. They weren't able to knock down my Celius 202"s but I shouldn't expect them to since the Celius' were another 1k asking price (at the time). They are very equal in terms of soundstaging and imaging though which was a pleasant surprise! Let me add, I've only had these for about a month now and only have maybe 10-15 hours logged on them, so I'm not anywhere near a break-in period. That's why I've been holding off on a review. If their sound changes which I'm sure it will, I will keep you posted.Great speaker SVS. I'm sure you will find an audience for it.associated equipment :Onkyo 809OPPO-93Kimber Kable 8tc speaker cablesKimber Kable PBJ interconnectsBob Carver Black Magic 20 tube ampAudioquest Typ4 speaker cablesShane
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The gloss finish is first rate
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(2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
By Honest opinion
from La quinta , ca
About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy
I thought since it can handle more watt power then the ultra bookshelves that it would be better sounding, boy was i wrong. It didnt seem louder either , it just sounds weird. I couldnt even hear my 2 1000rms svs 13inch ported subs anymore, it didnt blend well. Sent them back & kept my ultra bookshelves & and ultra center. I was using Emotiva 200 rms 3 channel amp & Emotiva umc-200 pre amp. I ran the mic before testing the speakers. Followed all svs eq settings on towers.
Merchant response: Thanks for the comments. The Ultra Bookshelves were and still are an incredible speaker and we are so glad you are enjoying them. It will be fun to observe the horse race between these two phenomenal speakers that are both at the same price.
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