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Prime Centre

 

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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” aluminum dome tweeter, dedicated and independently sealed 3.5” midrange driver and dual 5.25” 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.

 

 

The dual 5.25” woofers deliver a full and rich sound, doing full justice to deep male voices and delivering plenty of punch on special effects. And to make sure those beefy woofers can’t modulate the delicate and critical midrange frequencies, the midrange driver is mounted in its own dedicated and completely sealed compartment.

Available in premium-grade piano gloss black or handsome black ash finish, the Prime Center is handsomely styled and tells the world you’re serious about high performance home theater.


Driver and Crossover Details

  • The 1” Aluminum dome tweeter, which is light, efficient, and rigid, provides high SPL (Sound Pressure Level) with minimal distortion and the sense of utter transparency. It deploys a Finite-Element-Analysis (FEA) optimized diffuser to ensure the tweeter only has the perfect on-axis and off-axis frequency response. That way everyone in your listening room gets the best performance. Likewise, since we share these design traits with both the Prime and Ultra speakers, both product lines can blend well with one another while offering that SVS hallmark ‘airy’ presentation and incredibly unveiled highs.
  • The 3.5” mid-range driver is dedicated to blending with the tweeter and the dual 5.25” woofers, while delivering natural, smooth, and clear vocals. The polypropylene cone is light and rigid to give a flat frequency response and the SPL necessary to match the other drivers. Like all of the other woofers in the Prime and Ultra series, the 3.5” mid uses a vented voice coil former to keep the motor assembly cool during high SPL playback. All of this is built on an all-new cast ABS-fiberglass composite basket for precise component alignment and an inert frame without resonances or added harmonics. Finally, the 3.5” driver is housed in a dedicated and tuned sub-enclosure to ensure the output is not distorted or colored by the flanking woofers.
  • We built our groundbreaking new 5.25” bass woofers on an all-new cast ABS-fiberglass composite basket for precise component alignment and an inert frame without resonances or added harmonics. Like all of the other drivers in the Prime family, the polypropylene cone is light and rigid to give a flat frequency response and the SPL necessary to keep up with the other drivers. Like all of the other woofers in the Prime and Ultra series, the 5.25” woofers use aluminum shorting rings for reduced distortion, and vented voice coil formers to keep the motor assemblies cool during high SPL playback. For perfect bass extension both woofers share the majority of the rear ported cabinet volume, which is tuned for maximum bass extension.
  • 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 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.

 

 

Loudspeaker Physical Description:

  • Center Channel Loudspeaker
  • Black ash and piano gloss black finish options.
  • 5-way binding posts.
  • Dual 1” wide-flared rear-firing ports.
  • Cloth grille with pin/cup retention system.
  • Elastomer stick-on bumper feet (adds 3mm to height).
  • Cabinet Dimensions: 7.6" (H) X 18.6" (W) X 8.6" (D).
  • Overall Dimensions: 7.7" (H) X 18.6" (W) X 9.2" (D) (includes grille and bumper feet).
  • Shipped Dimensions: 12.2" (H) X 23" (W) X 13.4" (D).
  • Weight Unboxed: 20.2 pounds.
  • Shipped Weight: 23.3 pounds.

Driver Array and Technical Highlights:

  • Vertically aligned tweeter and midrange reduces lobing and comb filtering along the horizontal axis.
  • 1" aluminum dome tweeter:
    • FEA-optimized diffuser delivers airy and unveiled presentation.
    • Aluminum dome for exceptional transient response.
  • 3.5" midrange driver:.
    • Polypropylene cone for excellent stiffness/mass ratio and pistonic behavior.
    • Cast ABS-fiberglass composite basket ensures precision component alignment and excellent thermal transfer.
    • Vented voice coil former minimizes air compression artifacts.
  • Dual 5.25" woofers:
    • Long stroke motor and suspension for high output.
    • Polypropylene cone for excellent stiffness/mass ratio and pistonic behavior.
    • Aluminum shorting ring to reduce gap inductance, lower distortion, and enhance high frequency response.
    • Cast ABS-fiberglass composite basket ensures precision component alignment and excellent thermal transfer.
    • Vented voice coil former minimizes air compression artifacts.
SoundMatch Crossover Network:
  • 3-way crossover with premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards.
  • Midrange-to-tweeter crossover: 2.4 kHz (12 dB/octave slopes).
  • Woofer-to-midrange crossover: 350 Hz (12 dB/octave slopes).
Cabinet Construction Technical Highlights:
  • Separate sealed midrange enclosure shifts standing waves beyond the driver pass band, improving sound quality.
  • Acoustically transparent and FEA optimized grilles minimize diffraction.
  • Chamfered front baffle and flush-mounted drivers reduce edge diffraction and improved on-axis high frequency response.
  • FEA-optimized cabinet and bracing eliminates resonances.
Frequency Response and Electro-Acoustic Data:
  • Rated bandwidth: 48 Hz-25 kHz (+/-3 dB).
  • Nominal impedance: 8 ohms.
  • Sensitivity: 86 dB (2.83V @ 1 meter full-space, 300-3kHz).
  • Recommended amplifier power: 20-200 watts.

 

 

"… have a surprisingly big sound… flawless in its performance…get a audiophile grade home theater system at a fraction of the cost."
AVTechReviews, Review by Chris Murray, 12/3/2014. Read Review
 
avsforum
“SVS Prime Bookshelf speakers are destined to become classics—that's how good they are… I found myself in awe of how transparent these speakers sounded.”
AVForums, Review by Mark Henninger, 4/2/2015. Read Review
 
"I highly recommend the SVS Prime speakers for anyone looking to break into the first true threshold of fidelity-driven sound reproduction without breaking the bank. It’s reassuring to know you have well-engineered loudspeakers that are built with quality components, from a company with unparalleled customer support and service."
Audioholics, Review by Tarunvir Bains, 1/5/2015. Read Review
 
"I had to watch it again and again to make sure I wasn't just fooling myself. It really is that good… Solid performance, striking design, exceptional build quality and all at a price point that is remarkable for what you get."
Home Theater Forum, Review by Sam Posten, 1/8/2015. Read Review

 

“So impressed… These are $1000 speakers? They sound seriously good…both powerful and detailed…Imaging is also terrific.”
Reference Home Theater, Review by Chris Heinonen, 12/29/2014. Read Review
 
The Poor Audiophile
“The Prime Center is a three-way design. I was happy to hear that SVS went with this design choice as it addresses the off-axis issues that are common to the two-way design short-cuts manufacturers sometimes take to keep prices down. At this price point, its refreshing to see that SVS chose to go with a three-way design.”
The Poor Audiophile, Review, 10/16/2014. Read Review
 
AbsoluteSound
“When you listen to $100k systems all day, it’s difficult to be really excited about $1k speakers. But let me tell you, these speakers, when listening in nearfield, are some of the best I’ve heard in the budget speaker category.”
TheAbsoluteSound.com, Review by Spencer Holbert, 10/14/2014. Read Review
 
SoundStageGlobal
“The flagship of the Prime line is the Prime Tower, which costs $999/pair in matte black or $1199/pair in gloss black. It's a 3.5-way design; the bottom woofer is there only to help out with the low bass. In the demo it sounded incredibly smooth and neutral, especially for a $999/pair tower. Bookshelf models are also available.”
SoundstageGlobal.com, Review by Brent Butterworth, 10/12/2014. Read Review