SVS Prime Wireless 2.1 Speaker System Review
Prime Wireless Speakers
- Driver Specs:
1" Aluminum dome tweeter
4.5" midrange driver
- Precision 24bit/192kHz DAC
- 200-watt (50-watt x 4) amplifier
- DTS Play-Fi technology
- Bluetooth, Optical and Aux audio inputs
- Subwoofer output
- Bluetooth with AAC and aptX
- Alexa enabled
- Six front panel streaming preset
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 10.24" x 6.10" x 7.21"
- Weight: Active Speaker Weight Unboxed: 9.55lbs
Passive Speaker Weight Unboxed: 8.73lbs
- Driver:Front-firing 12" driver
- Driver: Lightweight Treated Fiber Composite cone
- Amplifier: Sledge STA-300D with 300 watts RMS continuous power (720 watts peak dynamic power)
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 13.5" x 13" x 14.6"
- Weight: 27 lb
- Tons of connection options
- Exceptional sound for a powered speaker system
- Preset controls across multiple inputs and streaming services
- No remote included
SVS is an American speaker company based in Ohio that has made it their mission to bring a thrilling listening experience to everyone, with prices that are both affordable and provide outstanding value for the cost. Their goal as expressed by their president, Gary Yacoubian, is:
“All the benefits of reference quality high-end audio with unmatched performance for the price.”
Initially, I received the SVS Prime wireless speakers themselves and set out to do a full review entirely on the pair without the subwoofer. I covered the release of the Prime Wireless system in a preview a year before and was anxious to see what the system had to offer in person. But, seeing how we are bassaholics, I just had to request a powered sub to compliment the system.
The goal of their new SVS Prime Wireless Speaker System is to be the perfect fusion between audio excellence and future-looking technology.
SVS achieved reference quality sound by giving the Prime Wireless Speaker System true stereo separation from an active-passive speaker pair, a massively powerful 200-watt four-way internal amplifier, a sophisticated 192kHz/24-bit DAC and a brilliantly-tuned digital crossover. Wireless audio is no longer just for background music, this is sound quality that lets you turn it up.
Magic happened when this uncompromising acoustic design was combined with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, convenient front panel presets, multi-room/multi-zone playback and advanced connectivity options that let it play with nearly any device. Now, you can enjoy streaming services, Internet Radio, podcasts, audiobooks and all your favorite playlists and downloads with audiophile quality sound.
It would be quite an achievement if SVS can truly bring it all together. Although these speakers can be used as part of a larger system, their flexibility alone should garner a look. SVS lists them with a frequency response from 52Hz to 25kHz, they could provide all the sound you need from the bookshelf speakers themselves. But a sub such as the SB1000 is really a great idea if you want full range sound in a compact and relatively affordable form factor.
The speakers arrived in a single cardboard box with sufficient Styrofoam packaging. Each speaker was encased in its own fabric bag and fit snugly in the box. Although the speakers themselves sport a range of potential input options, they only arrived with the power cable and a connector cable to attach the passive left speaker to the active right. Unfortunately, instead of using any speaker wire to connect the two speakers, SVS packages a propriety four wire connector. This may limit your usage if your cabinet locations are farther apart than the 9 ft supplied connector cord, but their website offers both a 15ft or 20ft cord on request for $30 each. Problem solved.
The first thing I noticed when unpacking the speakers was the exquisite gloss of the piano black finish. Like the finish of a finely-polished jet-black stone, the beauty of the cabinetry really took me by surprise. The finishes on the $100 - $300 pairs of active speakers I’ve reviewed recently don’t even come close. Although a magnet for fingerprints, once the speakers are placed, they would compliment nearly any décor. The finish wraps around the entire case, top, bottom, front and back. Although the review unit was their Piano Gloss Black, they offer the same Piano Gloss in white.
The cabinet build quality is also exceptional, and the units are solid, coming in at nearly 10 pounds for the active speaker and 9 pounds for the passive. The cabinet is made of high-density MDF and a quick knock on the side reveals the heavy, inert composition of the materials used. SVS includes elastomer stick-on bumper feet, adding a small amount of height but greatly reducing resonance from the cabinet to the floor.
The chamfered front baffle allows both drivers to be flush mounted and demonstrates the attention to detail that people have come to expect from SVS. The acoustically transparent and FEA optimized grilles are pin-mounted and definitely complete the look of the speaker. The only thing to differentiate the left from the right speaker in the front are the control knobs and display on the front lower part of the right speaker. One knob controls both the presets and input selection while another acts as both a pause/play and volume control. Although your input device can control all of this functionality, this keeps with SVS’s view that you should have options.
Both the left and right speaker use the same 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter and 4.5-inch midrange driver. The midrange drivers use a polypropylene cone with an aluminum shorting ring to reduce gap induction and reduce distortion. The drivers also use a vented voice coil and a cast ABS-fiberglass composite basket. Both speaker cabinets are ported with a 2.36-inch-wide-flared rear-firing port. The 200-watt amplifier is actually a 4x50 watts, with each individual driver receiving power independently after the active crossover. The digital controlled tweeter to woofer crossover is set at 2kHz with a 12dB per octave slope.
The rear of the passive cabinet has only the speaker connection port. The active cabinet is festooned with multiple options for connectivity.
On the back of the amplifier panel is an auto switching 100-120V/220-240V 50/60Hz power connection which is internally fused at 15A/250V for protection of the amplifier and crossover and connects using a standard detachable power chord. No AC/DC power converter required.
Now comes the fun part, if there’s a way you wish to connect a speaker, this one has it. For analog connections, it includes both a 3.5mm stereo connector and standard RCA left and right connectors. Further, there’s a standard S/PDIF optical input capable of accepting sampling frequencies from 18kHz to 96kHz.
One feature that really impressed me was the inclusion of an RCA subwoofer output. Being known for their impressive line of subwoofers, I was glad to see this addition to their SVS Wireless Speakers. When used, it activates a high-pass filter at 80Hz offloading the bass to a powered subwoofer and allowing the bookshelf speakers to focus on mid and high frequencies.
On the back panel, there is a standard USB slot labeled as service but SVS reports in their documentation that it can be used for powering or charging USB devices. I had mixed results using the USB charger. Using a standard lightning connector I was unable to charge an iPad but could charge an iPhone. Your results may also vary.
Lastly, the back panel has a switch for stereo or mono use to select between using the active alone or the active and passive together in a stereo pair. Also on the back are two buttons and indicator lights; blue for the Bluetooth connection and green for the Wi-Fi connections. The Bluetooth button is used to set the device into pairing mode, while the Wi-Fi button is to reset the Wi-Fi connection.
Audiophiles rejoice. The SVS Prime Wireless speakers allow lossless streaming. In fact, SVS is one of the Amazon Music HD Ultra Preferred Brands.
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