SVS Prime Bookshelf Speakers - Pair

Model: PRMSHLFBLK UPC: 850071005387 Item: 1586

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Prime Bookshelf Speakers - Pair
$499.00
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Product Information

World-Class Performance, Compact Form

Designed for two-channel purists and home theater fans alike, there simply isn't a finer bookshelf monitor available at even twice the price. Equally adept up front in home theater or 2-channel settings, or even as a surround speaker. No matter what your listening preference, the Prime Bookshelf Speakers are the most flexible performers in the Prime speaker line. The handsome styling and high-end finishes result in a premium look that inspires pride, even before you've hit the power button. Matched with both the Prime and Ultra Center, Prime Satellites, and SVS subwoofers, the Prime Bookshelf Speakers can be the cornerstone or a stunning supportive element to any audio system

SVS Drivers Extreme Performance and Uncompromised Fidelity

The proprietary SVS drivers utilize the finest materials and design features to ensure the highest sound quality and performance. The Prime Bookshelf driver array features a 1” aluminum dome tweeter and a 6.5" woofer.

1” Aluminum Dome Tweeter

Light, efficient, and rigid, providing high SPL (Sound Pressure Level) with minimal distortion and the sense of utter transparency, 1" aluminum dome tweeter deploys a Finite-Element-Analysis (FEA) optimized diffuser to ensure it only has the perfect on-axis and off-axis frequency response. That way, everyone in your listening room gets the best performance. Likewise, since these design traits are also found in the SVS Prime and Ultra speakers, both product lines can blend well with one another while offering that SVS hallmark ‘airy’ presentation and incredibly unveiled highs.

6.5” Woofer

SVS built their groundbreaking new 6.5” bass woofer 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 6.5” woofer uses aluminum shorting rings for reduced distortion, and a vented voice coil former to keep the motor assembly cool during high SPL playback. For perfect bass extension, the cabinet is rear ported and tuned perfectly for the 6.5” woofer.

SoundMatch Crossover Intelligently Designed for Your Listening Room

SVS's exclusive SoundMatch crossover sports premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors, and heavy-trace printed circuit boards. All these high-quality components yield lower distortion, tighter tolerances, better heat dissipation, and all around better sound. The 2-way crossover is uniquely tuned so each driver can blend perfectly with each other while offering the best on and off-axis response, while maintaining phase coherency and razor-sharp time domain behavior.

Specifications

Specifications (Per Speaker)

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 13.2" x 8" x 9.4"
  • Weight: 15.5 lbs.
  • Tweeter: 1"
  • Woofer: 6.5"
  • Frequency response: 48 - 25Hz ± 3dB
  • Port: 1.7" wide-flared
  • Tweeter-to-woofer crossover: 2.3kHz (12 dB/octave slopes)
  • Rated bandwidth: 48Hz - 25kHz (±3dB)
  • Nominal impedance 8 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 87dB (2.83V @ 1 meter full-space, 300-3kHz)
  • Recommended amplifier power: 20 - 150 watts

 

 

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • Prime Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)

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Reviews

Customer Reviews for SVS Prime Bookshelf Speakers - Pair

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Rated 5 out of 5
I have a 5.1.4 SVS
I have a 5.1.4 SVS surround sound system with Ultra front, Ultra center, Prime surrounds, and a PB-3000. The sound from these speakers blows me away. I couldn't be happier and would recommend these speakers to anyone. I have yet to find a fault with them! Thank you SVS for making my family's home theater dreams a reality!
September 2, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Sounds great! Worth the money!
These are so powerful by themselves! I kind of wished I had purchased 2 more of these for the surround rear 5.1 setup rather than satellites combination. Definitely splurge and get the bookshelves if you can.
July 13, 2021
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Rated 3 out of 5
Different sound
First of all I wanted to say that I'm not too keen on the design itself the way they taper towards the top I didn't realize that when I was looking at them online it takes some getting used to I'm used to just a square box overall I have a set of Kefs and a set of Focal . The sound is different on the SVS primes The mid range is a little bit more than I like and I thought they sounded sort of hollow, but I'm getting used to them so I'll probably end up keeping them I'll just use them as fronts on my surround
June 2, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Incredible Speakers! Stop Reading Reviews - Get These!
This is the best pair of speakers I have ever heard. I spent a lot of time reading reviews and bouncing back and forth between different models in this price range. I went to Best Buy and demoed what I could but still ended up ordering these. I am glad I did; they sound absolutely amazing. I wanted to try the pair before picking up the rest of the speakers to complete my 5.1 system (going with a PB-1000 Pro).

I read some reviews that mentioned these bookshelves lack in bass output. That has not been my experience at all. I don't know if it's just my room but I have them about 18" out from the back wall on stands and they sound great with plenty of low end.

The only problem is that my wife thinks they are ugly and wants me to return them for a "more attractive" pair. I went with the black ash finish but I think they look just fine. They're speakers ... Whatever. I kinda like my guest room anyway.
May 3, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Incredible Speakers! Stop Reading Reviews - Get These!
This is the best pair of speakers I have ever heard. I spent a lot of time reading reviews and bouncing back and forth between different models in this price range. I went to Best Buy and demoed what I could but still ended up ordering these. I am glad I did; they sound absolutely amazing. I wanted to try the pair before picking up the rest of the speakers to complete my 5.1 system (going with a PB-1000 Pro).

I read some reviews that mentioned these bookshelves lack in bass output. That has not been my experience at all. I don't know if it's just my room but I have them about 18" out from the back wall on stands and they sound great with plenty of low end.

The only problem is that my wife thinks they are ugly and wants me to return them for a "more attractive" pair. I went with the black ash finish but I think they look just fine. They're speakers ... Whatever. I kinda like my guest room anyway.
May 3, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
I am very happy with
I am very happy with my Prime bookshelf speakers. They are very clear and have good bass. Over all I am very happy with my speakers.
May 3, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Definitely the best speakers $500
Definitely the best speakers $500 can buy.
April 20, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great Product! Glad I bought
Great Product! Glad I bought it!!!
April 19, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Thank you for building a Great Speaker
THANK YOU for taking the time to ask how we like the Prime Bookshelf speakers. I would like to tell you a story that will hopefully, not bore you to tears. I am 81 years old and my beautiful wife, Linda, is 75.

Over the course of time and several attempts at getting the right sound we are certainly getting closer. The REAL beginning began After the advent of the Blu-ray Disc, June 20, 2006. Thank You Sony!!! Prior to the Blu-ray Disc everything was just kind of flat and not terrible exciting! For many years we have always had 2 surround sound systems. One in our living area, with a Pioneer Receiver and speaker wires that connect through walls into our Master Bedroom, two for outside by our Pool and one connect to the inside of our Sauna Room. Also a 5.1 system in our Living room. The Music we play on this system emanates for an iPod with over 2500 tunes, most from the 1940's thru about 1976. A marvelous collection of OLD Tunes, with lots of Big Band sounds, and of course Frank. As well as all the popular music from the early 50s thru 1976 or so.

Our main media Room is Small (12 x 12) and specifically set up to bring great Blu-ray audio from our 400 Blu-ray Movie Collection. For the past 10 years we have been using Definitive Technology Speakers. Front L/R Studio Monitor 65. Center CS9060. The height and surrounds are Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800s. We also have 2 Subwoofers in this room. Definitive Technology SC6000 and SC4000. A new 65" UltraHD 65" Samsung screen, a Roku and a Sony UBP x800 4k Player. The driving force is our Pioneer SC-LX701 AVR.

For many years we have truly enjoyed the audio in this room, and I am always looking for either different and or better audio. In other words, I have never stopped looking at other speakers to compare and inquire and sometimes buy! Never wanting the same sound and never really knowing if the speakers we are running are too much for the room. And on and on it goes. last year I bought a pair of Wharfedale Reva 2 speakers. After a few weeks, these were not doing it for us. Not enough excitement and or punch, So we re wrapped these and set them on a shelf in the garage and brought back the def tech 65s.

We have a Blu-ray we use to listen and also test out new speakers. "Hotel California" like you never heard before! Volume way up, of course! My oh My what a PERFECT Album!!! There are more than a few other Blu-ray Movie scenes that also work quite well.

Last Monday we received your (ours now) Prime Bookshelf Speakers. We disconnected and re-wrapped the Studio Monitor Def Tech 65s and connected our New SVS Prime Bookshelf Speakers. I did all the proper Pioneer AVR set up and Calibration, etc. In the end, all speakers set on Small and 80hz Crossover, etc. After about 40 hours of Break in time I have done this Calibration one more time. Hopefully these new SVS prime Bookshelf Speakers are settling in properly. as they are on either side of our 65" screen and a couple of feet away from the back wall.

Linda and I are both pleasantly surprised at the big Sound that fills the room. One of the first things Linda said was these speakers have much better Clarity, and I agree. We are so very pleased and wanted to pen a few words to Thank you for building a Great Speaker. I remain ever so hopeful I did not bore you with this story!

Rather than a short review on this WONDERFUL product, I felt I needed to give you a little background on our many attempts at buying the proper Speaker. After another 100 or so hours of Break in, I will pen a few more words on these marvelous speakers, I am sure. In the Meantime, please feel free to share our feelings about the Splendid SVS Bookshelf Speakers. I would have loved going for the ULTRA Bookshelf Speakers, but the price slowed me down, as did Linda...
April 7, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Prime Bookshelf makes for the perfect L/R Main Speaker
Excellent mains for our home theater. We had used Prime Satellites for L, R and Center previously because nothing else sounded good in our very live, lots of glass, vaulted-ceiling room. When we recently moved our new house has a tamer listening room and I upgraded to Prime Bookshelfs and Center to take advantage of the better acoustics. Made a dramatic improvement in fullness, smoothness, imaging and dynamic range. Also upgraded from a 10" Velodyne and 12" BIC subwoofer to the PB3000 and added Atmos (5.1.4) by mounting four Prime Satellites to the ceiling. System is nearly 100% SVS now with only an older pair of Carver bipolars surviving to serve as side surrounds. Our home theater performs like a cinema now. Truly first-rate and thrilled I made the decision to stick with and expand my SVS components. Customer service (esp. Ted) was extremely helpful when I thought my PB3000 was DOA because it would not respond to my Pioneer AVR's test tones. Still scratching my head over that one but the sub works perfectly and sounds amazing. My HT is now sonically complete.
March 20, 2021
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Why did you choose this?
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Got these for my second listening area. Have all SVS Ultra on my Atmos setup and love their performance.
Jose S on Jun 24, 2021
Got these for my second listening area. Have all SVS Ultra on my Atmos setup and love their performance.
Jose S on Jun 24, 2021
Whats the Difference between the prime bookshelf in the ultimate bookshelf speakers?
A shopper on Mar 20, 2021
  Thanks for your inquiry. On paper the differences are subtle: Ultra has wider frequency response, lower crossover point, and bi-amp and bi-wire capability. Upon listening the Ultra has smoother mid frequencies and improved sound stage. The ability to bi-wire is a plus.
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