Prime Center: Clear Dialogue. Seamless Soundstage.
A center speaker has a challenging part to play. It has to be a soloist, delivering clear and natural dialogue across a broad soundstage. A split second later, it has to fill the role of back-up band, melding with the ambiance of the environment to contribute realism in movies and music. The Prime Center delivers on both of these demands with world-class precision via its 1 inch aluminum dome tweeter, dedicated and independently sealed 3.5 inch midrange driver and dual 5.25 inch woofers, a true three-way design that is a rarity for center channel speakers in their price class. Voicing is neutral and natural, bringing dialogue and vocals forward just enough to be clear and intelligible. Yet, when called on to play its part in transitions like a jet fighter soaring across the sky from left rear channel to front right, it blends in to create a smooth, realistic transition. Elegantly styled like its Prime siblings, the Center will look beautiful in any listening environment.
FEA and CAD Optimized Cabinet
The precision machined front-baffle chamfers were carefully engineered to reduce tweeter diffraction artifacts, while the rest of the cabinet was designed to eliminate resonances for an honest, neutral and uncolored sound. Likewise, even the grill has been FEA optimized for maximum transparency.
1 inch Aluminum Dome & FEA-Optimized Diffuser
The light, efficient, and rigid 1 inch Aluminum dome tweeter provides high SPL, minimal distortion, and a sense of utter transparency. It deploys a FEA optimized diffuser to ensure only the perfect on-axis and off-axis frequency response. That way everyone in your listening room gets the best performance. Since we share these design traits with both the Prime and Ultra speakers, both product lines can blend perfectly while offering that SVS hallmark ‘airy’ presentation and incredibly unveiled highs.
Sophisticated Crossover Design
Our exclusive SoundMatch crossover sports premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors, and heavy-trace printed circuit boards. All of these high-quality components yield lower distortion, tighter tolerances, better heat dissipation, and all around better sound. The 3-way crossover is uniquely tuned so each driver can blend perfectly with each other while offering the best on and off-axis response. Likewise, by virtue of using a dedicated mid-range driver, vocals are preserved perfectly and presented naturally and clearly for all dialog in center channel soundtracks.
Trickle Down Theory In Action – SVS Ultra Sound At A Prime Price
Borrowing heavily from the Ultra line, the Prime Bookshelf is packed with high-end technology and premium quality drivers, setting a new high-water mark for sound quality and performance value at this price point.
The crossover is the key to any great bookshelf, and our exclusive SoundMatch network is packed with quality components and exhaustive refinement for outstanding phase coherency and time domain behavior. The transition between tweeter and woofer is so smooth and seamless you’ll swear it sounds like a single full-range drive.
The front baffle of the cabinet is chamfered and the drivers are flush-mounted to reduce edge diffraction for a smooth high-end and outstanding imaging. Inside the FEA and CAD optimized cabinet is braced to eliminate resonances for an honest, neutral and uncolored midrange.